‘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…

‘Spanakopita’ – Spinach pie

As time goes by and I get deeper and more consciously into cooking, things start to be shape up. It’s clear to me that any type of dough is of special interest to me. I think that the dough is a mirror. Every recipe/dish is, but with the dough it’s different. Every step you take…

Chickpea soup

After 4 flights, 2 boat trips, 2 train trips, countless bus and car rounds, it’s time for my bike(s) again! Back in the Netherlands, back in my cute apartment, back in cooking. I made a turn to some comfort food, at least for me. Chickpea soup, since the weather here is starting getting chilly. You will not need…

Imam baildi

End of summer and here I am again in Thessaloniki. There is something special about this city. The air is comforting, it eases your inside world. Wonderng around the neighborhoods you know so well, the streets and small alleys and yet nothing is the same. Every time the same feeling. A swat melancholy at first but…

Squid with wild rice & saffron

This summer in Netherlands is beyond all expectations. Everyone admits. It’s not the sunny days that make the difference, it’s the fact that they last and they come the one after the other for a long time. “Like Greece right?” my colleagues tell me at work. I smile at them, not having the right words to explain. How can…

‘Gigantes’ – Oven giant beans

In Greece we eat frequently those white giant beans. They have such a full flavor, they are nutritious and healthy, I love them. They remind me of my grandparents Kleopatra and Zissis. I cannot really tell you why, I think I cannot write this but let’s say that it’s one of my best childhood memories…