Creamy Prawn Curry

  It was a long Greek Orthodox weekend here in Greece, and I had a sudden craving for curry. About a week before, I went to Mirch with a friend and had a very spicy Chicken Vindaloo. I do miss curries, and I don’t make them as often as I would love to. And if…

Trip to the North

Autumn should be upon us, but I am still wearing my summer dresses and it has been exceptionally warm still. We decided to make a trip up north to Thessaloniki this year, and spent a few days up in the mountains of Chalkidiki in the family cabin. It was a wonderful! We went hiking, and…

Imam Baildi

Imam Baildi is a rich and heavy vegetarian dish that came about from Old Istanbul (Constantinople) and Asia Minor (the coast of modern-day Turkey). Its name means ‘The stuffed Imam who collapsed/fainted’ because he was so full after eating too much. George’s grandmother and her family were from Asia Minor – their family had to…

Kalamata Olives Palmiers

Recently, I bought a jar of tapenade from the supermarket and I was severely underwhelmed by the quality. I had them with bread sticks, on bread rolls, but it was rather bland. I remember that I made a tapenade with capers and sun-dried tomatoes that I brought to my friends’ Jennifer’s dinner party last year….

Dakos (Cretan Rusk Salad)

This is a dish that took me quite some time to get used to. I found that the barley rusks usually causes my mouth more harm than good (they are crunchy, and that is to put it mildly!) – that is until I attempted to make it myself at home. And I have to tell…

Spanakorizo (Spinach Rice)

This spinach and rice dish has become one my favourite dishes to have when I feel the need to satisfy my rice cravings. I tasted this mostly vegetable dish for the first time at the age of 19, cooked by Elena (the same one who introduced me to Tzatziki) – she made hers with no…

Gemista (Stuffed Vegetables)

Gemista is a great dish to have during the summer, the tomatoes and peppers are excellent during this season. This is one of the first few Greek dishes that I mastered cooking – it isn’t as time-consuming as moussaka, and when I do make it, I make a lot so that it will last us…

Easy Beef Kokkinisto (Beef in Tomato Stew)

I love kokkinisto (which means ‘reddened’ in Greek). Its so easy to make, extremely tasty and it goes a long way. There is only 2 of us at home and this food always lasts us for 2 days. This stew is usually eaten with a type of pasta rice called kritharaki or hilopites (small squares…