‘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…

Beet stems & leaves salad

Anna’s, my sister’s, favorite salad ! All those years now, lunch time on Saturdays, we all make the table together, the food would be for sure some kind of fish served with 2-3 salads, one of which most of the times would be stems and leaves of beets. While all of us as I said…

“Kalitsounia” – Cretan sweet cheese pies

‘Kalitsounia’ is a traditional Cretan recipe especially made during Easter. The combination of mizithra, a mild cheese with sugar and cinammon is a wonderful way to have a light and yet tasteful dessert. Crete is famous for its local cuisine so it’s no wonder how everyone going there wants to try ‘Kalitsounia’ which are nowadays…

Quince chutney cake

In Greece there is this dessert category, the so called ‘Spoon sweets’ or else fruit chutneys. Every Greek mom (or dad, but usually mom) makes a few during summer time together with jams. And what is regularly happening is that your mom wants you to have one or two or more jars, until you say…

‘Tigania’ – Fried pork with mushrooms

Fried pork with mushrooms is a typical Christmas recipe in Greece, especially in the northern part. Early December the first ‘tigania’ is made and until the end of the year it’s high likely that you’ll find almost everyday some of it in the fridge.. People eat it either as main course or wine ‘meze’, everyone…

Beef with plums & trahanas

Sometimes we fall in this ‘loop’ of eating ingredients with the standard way, like beef: beef with rice or beef with fries or beef with rice or beef with fries… you get I mean tight? Or ok sometimes vegetables are there too. But food, in order to be good, it has to be ‘vivid’, there…