‘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…

‘Diples’ – Honey rolls

‘Diples’ is on of the most typical Christmas desserts in Greece together with ‘kourampiedes‘ and ‘melomakarona‘. I found out recently that in some regions like Kalamata, it’s made throughout the whole year and it’s the typical treat in weddings. ‘My mom made 500 dimples for my brother’s wedding!’, told me my friend from Kalamata, Sophia….

Homemade lemonade

Weather is getting better here in Netherlands so I’ve picked up again my beautiful, long bicycle rides! Coming back home yesterday from a bike trip, full of sun and summer smells, I dreamt of a fresh, cold lemonade! I stopped in the grocery store close to my home, the one that this polite Lebanese sir…

Spinach salad with dry figs

It’s about time to talk about fig. Those who know me well might smile right now, because I love figs. During summer all I do is waiting for figs to be ready, keep spotting fig trees here and there saying “Oh here’s another fig tree, yes!” and when ready everyday is fig day! My dad…

‘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…

french toast with crème fraîche & fruit

in my mind people and food are tied together. for instance ‘french toast’ is what I grew up knowing as ‘avgofetes’, what my mom made for light dinner when there was ‘old’, meaning not really fresh, bread at home. then I found out about the ‘french toast’ or ‘german toast’ and I wonder; how different can be people who…

yogurt, thyme honey & walnuts

what should I write about Greek yogurt or honey or walnuts? they’re always in my kitchen and quite often altogether in my plate! it’s a combination that rings Greek bells, drives me to sunny blue skies, thyme scented steep mountains and happy hospitable people, who even when they get unexpected visitors and don’t have a treat…