‘Melomakarona’ – Christmas honey syrup cookies

‘Melomakarono’ is the other major Greek Christmas dessert next to ‘Kourampies’. In this case honey is the basic ingredient giving also the name to the dessert: melo-.. from meli (μέλι, Greek word for ‘honey’). Apart from honey, cinnamon is also big contributor here and of course syrup and walnuts.. As a person, I’m not the biggest fan of…

‘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…

Trahanas pie

In Greece this recipe is made in lots of different ways (and places) but I’m sharing with you the one coming from my home town Kozani. Sour trahanas based on wheat is  a delicious ingredient that people used to make in older days during summer time and eat in the winter creating many different recipes with…

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…

Trahana soup

My hometown in Greece, Kozani, gets really cold during the winter time.. The best way to get warm in a cold night is to have some Trahana soup. Trahana can be categorized under cereal or pasta, as it can be made either with cracked wheat, semolina or flour boiled in milk or sour milk/yogurt. Trahana is widely known in Greece…

Cod fish ‘souvlaki’

Greeks love souvlaki. I believe everyone does actually. It’s delicious no matter what. No matter if you make it with meat or not.. So here is a ‘new version’; cod fish souvlaki! Apart from being easy to make, tastes awesome and has great looks, if you serve it with garlic bread then the taste lifts up in…

Olive bread – ‘Eliopsomo’

As deeper as I go into the cooking I realize that I love doughs and pastries. Using just water and flour you can make a ‘nest’ for all the ingredients you want, how amazing is that? Is olives what you like? Then you go ahead and make olive breads! I usually make one big bunch…

‘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…

“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…