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Loukanikopitakia: Spicy Phyllo Wrapped Sausages with Leeks, Parmesan and Feta

By • Ιουν 11th, 2014 • Category: Breakfast, Greek, Mezedes-appetizers, My recipes, Side Dishes

The usual Loukanikopitakia we make in Greece are those called Pigs in a Blanket made with frankfurter sausages, wrapped in puff pastry. The other day I made Galaktoboureko and had some leftover phyllo sheets*.  Instead of making the usual Tyropitakia I saw some Kalamata sausages** in the fridge, I had leftover parmesan from my last recipe […]



Hounkiar Begendi (stewed veal) and Eggplant Purée

By • Ιουν 8th, 2014 • Category: Greek

  The dish is called hünkâr beğendi in Turkish, which means «the sultan was satisfied».   The French chef serving  sultan Murad IV (who was sultan from 1623 to 1640) , combined his knowledge with French cuisine to prepare a dish which would satisfy the sultan and he fully succeeded, creating  this delicious dish. This dish was made […]



Four cheese, Carbonara with Bacon and Greek Yoghurt

By • Μάι 24th, 2014 • Category: International, Main Dishes, Pasta

When it comes to a busy day I always resort to making a pasta dish which can be made in minimum time and still have a delicious meal. It was not a planned meal so I used the ingredients I had at hand.  I always have grated cheese in the deep freezer and had a […]



Yiaourtoglyko me Portokali (Greek Yoghourt Tutti Frutti with Orange)

By • Μάι 10th, 2014 • Category: Creams-puddings, Desserts, Glyka tou Koutaliou (fruit preserves), Greek, My recipes

I based this dessert on an older recipe of mine which I make with Greek yoghourt, whipping cream, sugar and canned tutti frutti.  These four ingredients make an easy and delicious dessert called Yiaourtoglyko (yoghourt dessert) which you can have ready in five minutes. I love making fruit preserves, which I love using  in my recipes. […]



Kounoupidi me Patates Kapamas (Stewed Cauliflower with Potatoes)

By • Μάι 5th, 2014 • Category: Greek, Healthy Recipes, Main Dishes, Nistisima (Lenten), Vegan, Vegetarian

Did you know that in the Middle Ages the British used to call the cauliflower «Cyprus Colewort»?   It is believed that the cauliflower originated in Cyprus, where the oldest record dates from the 6th century b.C.    Cauliflower,  arrived in Europe from Cyprus by the Venetians. It was then introduced to mainland Europe through Italy in […]



Olive Oil Karydopita with Chocolate and Orange (Walnut Cake)

By • Απρ 29th, 2014 • Category: Cakes, Desserts

Karydopita (walnut cake) is one of the most delicious, traditional Greek cakes.  I have already posted two «Karydopita» recipes (see links below) but this new twist of mine is my all times favourite.  This time I made it with semolina flour, olive oil, orange syrup and added a chocolate ganache made with orange fruit preserve […]



Sausages in Tomato, Leek and Feta Sauce with Fussili

By • Απρ 28th, 2014 • Category: Greek, My recipes, Pasta

This is a very easy pasta dish you can pull together in less than half an hour.  I always keep some sausages in the deep freezer and had some leftover leeks from the last time we went to the farmers” market.  Of course, it’s impossible that a Greek household is without feta, so with a […]



Brown Lentils with Carrots, Orzo and Caramelized Onions

By • Απρ 24th, 2014 • Category: Cypriot, Healthy Recipes, My Cookbooks, My recipes, Nistisima (Lenten), Pasta, Vegan, Vegetarian

Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) to all my Christian readers. Hope you had a joyful Easter! This recipe is one of those I cooked at the restaurant, at the beginning on Lent, when I was in Cyprus, for the staff. I love dried legumes, especially lentils and if I were to chose between a meat dish or […]



Vegan Almond and Strawberry Halvas

By • Απρ 16th, 2014 • Category: Creams-puddings, Desserts, Vegan

Easter is just a few days away and this will probably be my last post before Easter.  The fasting period is almost over but there are some days during Lent when not only animal products are not allowed for the Orthodox fasting period but also any kind of fat, be it animal or vegetable fat. […]



Vegan Coconut Mandarin Samali (Semolina Cake) and How to Make Vegan Whipped Cream

By • Απρ 16th, 2014 • Category: Cakes, Desserts, Greek, How to make.., My Cookbooks, My recipes, Nistisima (Lenten), Vegan

This Lenten or vegan dessert is a twist to a recipe I used to make in the restaurant called Samali or Kalon Prama in Cyprus, which we offered to our clients after their meal free of charge.  The traditional recipe is a semolina cake flavoured with mastic and drenched in syrup.  Some blanched almonds are […]