“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…

meat balls with tzatziki

I know, it’s not healthy, it’s meat and even worse fried.. but come on, every now and then it can’t be that bad! my mom, every time she makes meatballs ‘keftedes’, she makes a lot (that’s common for Greek people, when they cook they cook as if they are eating with 10 instead of 2!). I…

green beans with tomato sauce “fasolakia”

‘fasolakia’ is one of the most tasteful, easy to make and nutritious summer foods in Greece. what is really common in my country, is for people to have their own kitchen garden, growing their own vegetables and herbs. I remember the one my grandparents used to have, a really big one, with all kinds of fresh vegetables…

pisia

my great grand mother was born and raised in Pontus, the ancient Greek colony in Black Sea, a region tied to epical narratives with Jason, Hercules, Odyssey, inhabited by highly competent merchants and overal hospitable people, Pontic Greeks. I never called her grandma; everybody called her ‘Mana’ – Mother. She was mother to everyone and source of unique Pontic recipes…

yogurt, thyme honey & walnuts

what should I write about Greek yogurt or honey or walnuts? they’re always in my kitchen and quite often altogether in my plate! it’s a combination that rings Greek bells, drives me to sunny blue skies, thyme scented steep mountains and happy hospitable people, who even when they get unexpected visitors and don’t have a treat…

watermelon & feta salad

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” the song probably doesn’t refer to food (even though it talks about fish jumping around..), anyway it’s true that during the hot summer days our body needs ‘easy’, light food and lots of water. I remember the hot summer nights in grandma’s old house, sitting in the yard with all the…

dakos salad

I consider dakos salad to be one good example that gives a straight view of my country’s cuisine philosophy: you need only a few simple, concrete parts to create something big.. like this humble yet enormously tasteful salad which combines 4 basic ingredients to a great result. the recipe ingredients 10 small Kretan wholegrain barley rusks 3 medium sized juicy tomatoes 100gr. Feta…