Strawberries in Red Wine

It has been a long time since I last bought or had any strawberries in the house, since the horrible incident of migrant slave labourers that were shot at by Greek farmers in the Southern Peloponnese here in Greece. I tend to avoid eating strawberries here in Greece unless I know that they do not…

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday is in 9 days time, and since I have made quite a few pancake recipes, I thought maybe I’d try making fillings that can be eaten with pancakes and crepes. I stumbled upon a recipe of this hazelnut spread called gianduja and it was so rich-looking in ingredients – cream, butter… I wanted something…

Greek Baked Spiced Quince

 I can’t remember the first time I had quince – although I can remember the first time I cooked it. I was about to give up – peeling and coring and cutting the fruit is so hard! It’s a very tough fruit, so be very careful when you are cleaning and coring the fruit. As…

Cherry and Rose Cake

My recent trip to the UK, I had purchased a lot of special ingredients that I have always wanted to use when I cook or bake. One such purchase was a small container of dried rose petals from Waitrose. I wanted to bake. I wanted to make a cake. So, I made one. I wanted…

Pineapple Jam

Its going to be Chinese New Year soon, and during this holiday season I am always reminded of these small soft melty cookies. I love them. You can find them everywhere in Malaysia – but homemade ones are usually the best. The main ingredient for the tart cookies is Pineapple Jam. You can buy them…

Ginger Syrup

Ginger -aromatic and spicy. It’s wonderfully versatile – it’s used in both sweet and savoury recipes. I always add a slice or 2 of ginger when I cook beef (it helps get rid of the ‘beefy’ smell when I particularly want it to taste fresh and clean.). I also love ginger beer. The Greeks have…