“briam” – oven vegetables in red sauce

this is not the traditional way for ‘briam’ when you usually bake all raw ingredients together in the oven. it’s baking them apart, capture their unique taste within and in the end ‘marry’ them, bring them together… like life; when people spend some time alone and ‘bake-build’ themselves they’re getting ready to meet another ‘baked’ person and make…

meat balls with tzatziki

I know, it’s not healthy, it’s meat and even worse fried.. but come on, every now and then it can’t be that bad! my mom, every time she makes meatballs ‘keftedes’, she makes a lot (that’s common for Greek people, when they cook they cook as if they are eating with 10 instead of 2!). I…

cod filet with beetroot & sweet potato chips

I was thinking about the source of inspiration for this recipe and I concluded that vivid colors is the reason one more time..! I always keep in mind to combine colorful ingredients. And vegetables are just the place to find colors.. I’m a big fan of vegetables and fish, so here is a more ‘fancy’ version of what someone would…

salmon & avocado salad

I think I said again how much I love salads! this one is more than a salad, it’s a complete lunch or dinner, whatever you want it to be! It’s been a while till I truly appreciated avocado to be honest, it was just a weird vegetable for me. I came across it quite often here…

green beans with tomato sauce “fasolakia”

‘fasolakia’ is one of the most tasteful, easy to make and nutritious summer foods in Greece. what is really common in my country, is for people to have their own kitchen garden, growing their own vegetables and herbs. I remember the one my grandparents used to have, a really big one, with all kinds of fresh vegetables…

pappardelle with mushrooms

if you really want to make a good impression go with something simple but tasty, casual but unique, a dish that anyone would like to eat but all would think it was especially made for them.. and believe me they would feel special if you feel it too when you cook it, I know it sounds…

chicken with potatoes & carrots

this may look like a ‘Sunday’ recipe let’s say, you know the ones that your mother used to cook cause everybody would eat together for sure and most of the times it would be a recipe that require more time. The truth is that this one will take a lot less time than what you’d expect but for…

potato chips

I know that nowadays people take good care of their nutrition avoiding junk food amongst other potato chips. the thing is you shouldn’t avoid them but find a way to eat the healthy version of them, where possible. with the home made potato chips you’ll get so enthusiastic by the taste and the compliments from your…

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…

watermelon & feta salad

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” the song probably doesn’t refer to food (even though it talks about fish jumping around..), anyway it’s true that during the hot summer days our body needs ‘easy’, light food and lots of water. I remember the hot summer nights in grandma’s old house, sitting in the yard with all the…