Fanouropita

Fanouropita, a Greek vegan cake linked to Saint Fanourios fest, also known as a way to ask from the Saint help on finding something you lost, at least that’s what the tradition is. After lots of work, a lockdown and some more things that drove the attention and energy elsewhere, here is a new post….

Greek semolina halva

This semolina halva will be definately a nice surprise to you, especially if you like your desserts to be authentically sweet with the aroma of cinnamon, star anise and cloves. That’s the most simple Greek dessert that you can be treated with in Greece, it matches perfect vanilla ice cream and a nice cup of…

Gemista – Stuffed vegetables with rice & herbs

During winter season (and other seasons as well) when landing at Schiphol, Amsterdam’s airport, the plane dives in a thick grey cloud layer and most of the times it get a bit shaky too, getting you ready for what it comes. “You are busted”, it says. Don’t get me wrong, especially with the climate change and…

‘Lamb Fricassée’ – Lamb with greens

Lamp is literally the ‘black ship’ of meat, people usually react like this when you talk to them about it: “It smells! It’s fatty! It’s heavy!”. I defied all this the other day and dared to buy lamp from a Dutch butcher who was listening Pink (!). Writing this in the Greek version of my blog…

‘Bobota’ – Corn flour Greek pie

It’s been a while. And yet again (at least) for me, nothing really changed. Cooking is all around, it takes different forms every now and then, but that’s part of its nature right? So I come back with a big discussion: true love. Does it exist? What is it? Where can you find it? I…

‘Giouvarlakia’ – Meatball soup

I say, don’t fight. Don’t fight. Not the ordinary way at least. Get the punch. Take it. It’s yours. Take it all. You can and you should. It’s only then when you realize that you can handle way more than this punch. It’s only then when the blue sky comes. Laugh when your eyes are…

‘Sfakianes pites’ – Pies from Sfakia, Crete

I’ve been 3 times in the airport on January. I will be at least another 2 on February. And counting. Meanwhile, I’ve eaten lots of interesting food while traveling. And what I have actually confirmed once more is that the bigger satisfaction for me comes from cooking not eating. I want to experiment, learn, be…

Prassopita – Leek pie

Have you ever thought of ‘why’? I’m sure you use it lots of times in your day and especially for the things happening around you coming from others; ‘Why did he/she do that?’, ‘Why did he/she talk to me that way?’, ‘Why did he/she decided to leave?’.. But I don’t mean this ‘why’. I talk about…

Cretan Christmas cookies

It’s all about those sweet cookies with butter and baked almonds inside, so soft that melt in your mouth, make you smile from delight! It’s a local Cretan recipe really close to the traditional ‘kourampiedes’, the cookies we make in Greece for Christmas. Greece, even though a small country, offers lots of variety when it…

‘Tiropitakia Kourou’ – Feta cheese pies

When I made those mini pies I got this image in my mind: a bus full of schoolmates climbing the hills of a mountain somewhere in northern Greece. Laughters, teasing among friends, fun moments and then in my bag, wrapped in aluminum foil those cheese ‘kourou’ pies. I think it’s the combination of feta and…