Leek with wild rice & saffron

Sometimes seeing something beautiful, makes us think that the person who made it is a high class artist/specialist/chef. And we feel amazed and think that “He is a specialist, that’s why. I couldn’t do that.” Well, think again. Was this person always a specialist? No. He had to start somehow. He had to try various things until sometime something…

‘Kihi’ -Traditional filo feta pie

‘Kihi’ filo feta pie is an amazing, extraordinary pie made in my hometown, Kozani. The taste is so unique but the most amazing part is its artistic part, the way you make it! My grandma, Kleopatra, used to make such a thin handmade filo dough that you could even see through it! That’s the success in this…

‘Melitzanosalata’ – Eggplant salad

Eggplant salad for me is tied to family weekends in Krokos, in my home village. Eggplant salad is great either with fish or meat or whatever you want! When my dad starts a barbecue, eggplants will be the first ones to be grilled. First of all, because they need the high temperature that the woods…

Leek ‘Tigania’ – Fried pork with leek

Leek. I’ve probably said this for other ingredients I admit, but really, how would life be without leek? Leek can accompany on its own (no fries, no rice) some beautiful pork, not all vegetables can do that.. In Greece, leek ‘tigania’ is served either as ‘meze’ or as main course. It’s really a winter recipe served…

‘Soutzoukakia’ – Meatballs in red sauce

I love spices, I really do! In Greece there are small stores selling just spices and different kinds of nuts, their adorable! I like take a stroll in these places even if there is nothing I particularly need. It’s like opening the door to another world, full of aromas and stories, you feel calm and…

Dutch apple pie – ‘Appeltaart’

If you ever come in the Netherlands and don’t try apple pie is like going to Greece and not trying baklava; it’s really a shame. Apple pie is for Dutch people the most well-known dessert, everyone knows a recipe coming from their ‘oma’  (grandma), you can find it in every cafe, restaurant, super markets.. everywhere!…

homemade plum jam

My dad has a tree of ‘vanilla’ plums as we call them in Greece. They have this great red color and they are really sweet! Even from one tree you can get enough fruits to eat and to make some delicious homemade jam! It’s so easy to make or at least my mom makes it…

‘moussakas’ – moussaka

Moussakas is one of my favorite Greek recipes! It takes some time to prepare that’s true, but other than that it’s not scary at all! What I like in this dish is that in a bite you taste all these amazing layers.. and if you make it yourself it tastes even better! First attempt to make moussaka was when…

“kremmudokeftedes” – spring onion fritters

  This is probably one of the favorite recipes of my mom. She could eat them on and on and on.. And this is her own lovely recipe. She used to make this dish as an appetizer. In Greece, apart from the main course and a salad, is really common to make 2-3 appetizers as well. Even in…

“fava” – yellow split peas purée

‘fava’ is an amazing Greek appetizer – ‘meze’ which you might have tried in traditional Greek taverns in some island with a glass of ouzo! You can prepare also a bigger portion and eat it  as a main course, like I did today after an endless day at work and a French course right after…

“briam” – oven vegetables in red sauce

this is not the traditional way for ‘briam’ when you usually bake all raw ingredients together in the oven. it’s baking them apart, capture their unique taste within and in the end ‘marry’ them, bring them together… like life; when people spend some time alone and ‘bake-build’ themselves they’re getting ready to meet another ‘baked’ person and make…

“koulouri Thessalonikis” sesame bagel

‘koulouri’ Thessalonikis is the trademark of the northern Greek city where I’ve lived 10 years of my life. Of course they enjoy it in whole Greece because it is just lovely! Everybody eats it, little kids at school, young people as a quick snack or breakfast, ‘serious’ business people at work.. Koulouri is so widely…