Chicken with okra & wild figs

Hail wild figs! Wild figs trilogy is starting! All started with the wild fig tree that was brought up by itself (hence wild) in my parent’s yard. A couple of meters away from the ‘normal’ fig tree that gives close to August the loveliest figs in the world. “Figs! Yes! Figs!” that was me late May when I…

Lasagne Bolognese

Most of the times the hardest things are the most simple ones. Or what is actually hard is to keep something simple, not to mess it, not to get lost, to simply do what you want. People will say that ‘It’s not always easy to simply do what you want’. And that sounds extremely comfortable…

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…

pasta with salmon in red sauce

  I should admit that I was not a real big fan of pasta. Even in my childhood that all kids were going crazy for it, I would probably go for fish!I know, strange! As the time went by, pasta served me well for many of my studying-living alone days as well as for my…

“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…

pasta with minced meat sauce

when you give me laurel leaves, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and onions, my mind goes directly to minced meat and in most of the cases with pasta! this is not the traditional Italian way to go, no. this is the magical way of east, Poli, spices and aromas that open your heart, people that lived and cooked there giving food a central place…