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my mama’s «taramosalata» fish roe dip
my mama’s «taramosalata» fish roe dip

… Because most of us have been doing it backwards and wrong and for sooooo long ! I’ve always known how to approximately make taramosalata dip, also known as “tarama” which should be a pale, creamy and almost mousse-like preparation of salt-cured fish roe, soaked bread, olive oil, lemon juice and some onion and my very...

17.09.2022
traditional «spanakopita» greek spinach & feta pie
traditional «spanakopita» greek spinach & feta pie

I discovered a new type of filo dough. A sheet of dough so thick that 5 sheets weigh 400 grams ! This version here, at least the dough part, was an experiment, in addition to my other older pita recipes ! A traditional spanakopita is more rustic and could include a modifiable variety of ingredients but of course is composed of mostly spinach...

06.08.2022
smoky & oven-roasted «shakshuka» vegetable sauce
smoky & oven-roasted «shakshuka» vegetable sauce

Whether you call it shaksouka or tchoukchouka or chakchouka, this preparation has as many variations as it does names and spellings ! Many similar dishes sound the same, include other vegetables and/or meats and could be prepared with chickpeas and shredded flatbreads called chakchoukha or with eggplant called şakşuka. The original version...

25.06.2022
quick & easy rolled bread rolls
quick & easy rolled bread rolls

What could compare to the pleasure of having one dozen fresh BREAD ROLLS on your table ? The added pleasure of moist and stringy bread rolls, with a thin and crispy crust, that are easy and quick to prepare, shape and bake ! And on top of that, they almost look like cinnamon rolls. What are you waiting for ? It’s amazing how altering some...

14.05.2022
almond & rose & candied cherry soft amaretti cookies
almond & rose & candied cherry soft amaretti cookies

A spring version with floral notes and pink and red tones, for yet another variation of these soft amaretti cookies, to be prepared for the Easter (both Catholic and Orthodox) or Passover or Ramadan festivities this year. They’re still as easy to make with one part egg white + two parts sugar + three parts ground almond powder, with new...

09.04.2022
«caprese» mozzarella & tomato salad with croutons
«caprese» mozzarella & tomato salad with croutons

The easiest Italian salad (as an accompaniment or entrée or even light summer meal) to prepare, requires a fine balance of subtle flavors and adjustments depending on the ingredients used, so we’ll talk about all these little adjustments and how to accentuate the individual flavors to make them the best that they can be, before...

03.09.2022
«stafidopsoma» wholesome honey & raisin bread buns
«stafidopsoma» wholesome honey & raisin bread buns

Poor little raisins, so often forgotten and considered much less interesting or fancier than other red or blue dried fruits. And yet, at home, we often had an after dinner ritual, instead of eating overly sweet desserts (which was rare in our home after dinner), and that was eating freshly peeled or sliced fruits or the other option, which was to...

23.07.2022
«gemista» stuffed green bell peppers with ground beef & rice & herbs
«gemista» stuffed green bell peppers with ground beef & rice & herbs

We’ve talked about “GEMISTA” before, which are all those different mediterranean and/or greek versions of stuffed vegetables, sometimes vegetarian and sometimes not. This partcicularly green bell pepper version is my favorite, stuffed with beef and rice and a larger mix of different grated vegetables inside, with more fresh...

11.06.2022
stuffed baby calamari with spinach & ricotta & fennel
stuffed baby calamari with spinach & ricotta & fennel

A seafood dish prepared in spring as we anticipate and wait for the summer to make its official entry.  These pleasantly tender, chewy & grilled baby calamari (which could either be made with squids or cuttlefish) are easy to prepare with bright lemony and fennel flavors and stuffed with a delicate filling of various greens, fresh...

30.04.2022
greek «tiganites» fritters with spring onions & fresh herbs & feta
greek «tiganites» fritters with spring onions & fresh herbs & feta

A proper way to announce spring ? A perfect accompaniment ? Vegetarian peasant food ? A healthy alternative ? All of the above. They’re great as is, as a snack or an appetizer with a drink, as a side dish with eggs (sunny-side up preferably) or simply served with a salad for a light meal. So many possibilities and easy to partly make and...

26.03.2022
intense «toum» garlic sauce
intense «toum» garlic sauce

This is the simplest recipe that I’ve ever had the opportunity to prepare. The simple association of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt which is TOUM, is a Mediterranean’s dream and the result is often almost as white as snow, but not for my reinterpreted version. It’s more intense and darker. But why ? Even though...

20.08.2022
aromatic «nespolino» loquat seeds liqueur
aromatic «nespolino» loquat seeds liqueur

Back to the huge loquat tree in our garden that gives dozens of kilograms of fruits every 2 years ! Of course, jam or fruit preserves are a must but what to do with the seeds ? Make “NESPOLINO” which is yet another bittersweet liqueur, made with the seeds of a fruit called a loquat (or japanese medlar) and which is quite similar to...

09.07.2022
«roxakia» cookie & puff-pastry rolls with cocoa & walnuts & syrup
«roxakia» cookie & puff-pastry rolls with cocoa & walnuts & syrup

Try to imagine a dense and moist cocoa, walnut and cinnamon cookie, wrapped in a layer of puff-pastry dough and then soaked in a sweet aromatic syrup, with hints of vanilla, citrus and cognac. This is my version of greek ROXAKIA ! My mother’s younger sister and thus my aunt, ANNA, who spent her younger years raising me when my parents...

28.05.2022
«koulourakia» greek easter cookies with citrus zests & vanilla
«koulourakia» greek easter cookies with citrus zests & vanilla

The Orthodox Easter festivities this year are exactly one week after the Catholic and Protestant Easter holidays, so I thought I’d post a recipe for these cookies today, on this first Easter Monday, when most of you will be officially on holiday from work and school, instead of waiting until next weekend ! There are so many variations to...

18.04.2022
lemon & ricotta «ciambellone» cake
lemon & ricotta «ciambellone» cake

Here’s a versatile cake recipe that I seem to be able to remember how to make without even looking at the written recipe, because the measurements are easy and I modify some ingredients each time, depending on what I have available. The cake shape never changes though and it’s always a “ciambellone”, which is the name of...

12.03.2022