Saragli – Greek rolled baklava

Saragli is the baklava version that is nicely wrapped, allowing you to simply use your hands to eat it! That means that pleasure of eating it will be even more. That’s my view of course, I just think that when you don’t use any fork/knife/spoon to eat and you do it directly with your hands,…

‘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…

Bitter almond liquor

This type of liquor is the specialty of all other liquors my parents make. Around the end of summer one can find in the terrace of my parents house lots of bottles with different fruit liquors lying in the sun. Spirits going through zymosis, holding in there a touch of the summer aromas and warmth,…

Chicken with lemon sauce – ‘Kotopoulo lemonato’

There is a saying in Greek about facing a dead-end. About a time that comes when you feel you cannot move to anywhere, everything seems difficult or scary, a time when it seems that you have no choice, no option to move on. In reality there is only a voice. A voice in you saying…

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…

‘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…

‘Kourampiedes’ – Christmas cookies

‘Kourampies’ is a typical Greek Christmas dessert made with butter, almonds, flour and powder sugar. It’s a lovely cookie with excellent aroma that you will encounter in every house during December. Being in Netherlands almost the whole month of December, I wanted to get some of this ‘home’ feeling so even though I know I will eat lots…

‘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…

‘Ladokouloura’ – Olive oil cookies

Olive oil is not that commonly used in desserts. It has a vivid taste and strong character but it is the main ingredient in these cookies! Making cookies with olive oil, imagine that! Making cookies is either way fantastic: kneading makes you fueled relaxed, shaping the dough makes you creative and the result makes you…