Tsourekia is a brioche type of sweet bread which is braided and is part of our Easter and Christmas traditions. These are the tsourekia I made last year. I made them with chestnut filling and glazed them with chocolate. The chestnut filling is optional but it’s an addition that surely adds to the wonderful [...]
Christos Anesti! Christos Anesti meaning Christ is risen is a greeting Orthodox Christians say during the whole period after Easter and until the Ascension of Christ to Heaven. In all liturgical services the Paschal troparion (hymn) of Christos Anesti is chanted during weddings, baptisms, funerals and this greeting is only used during the first time [...]
Memorial. (Gr. Μνημόσυνο Mnemosyno – mnee moh see no). A special service held in the Orthodox Church for the repose of the souls of the dead. Memorial services are held on the third, ninth and fortieth day; after six months, and after one or three years after death, then annually. Boiled wheat is used as [...]
Theofania: The celebrations throughout the Twelve days of Christmas, called Dodekaimera, period until Epiphany, (6th January), end on Epiphany day where Greek Christmas celebrations conclude with the feast called «Ta Phota» meaning «The Lights».
Years ago, before refrigerators were invented or even before electricity, can you imagine how people lived? We stuff our refrigerators with lots of products and whenever we feel like cooking we just thaw something and cook it. Back then people had hens and turkeys, rabbits and other domestic animals in their yards, which they would [...]
Bakaliaros (Cod) is another Greek traditional dish which has become synonymous to the 25th of March, which is the Annunciation of Virgin Mary and on that day we also celebrate the Revolution against the Turks in 1821. The Annunciation in Greek is called Evangelismos and those named Evangelos or Evangelia celebrate their name day. My [...]
Chilopites are traditional Greek egg and milk pasta which are cut either long like tagliatelle and fettuccine or in very small pieces of about 1 cm long and are ideal as a side dish or in soups. They are cooked in many ways: as a side dish with myzithra on top, which is a local [...]
Today, making Christopsomo (which translates as «Christ’s Bread») is still considered by many to be a sacred task, and great care is taken in its preparation. Christmas bread (Christopsomo – pron. Christopsomo) or kouloúra tou Christoú (round bread of Christ) graces the Christmas table. Christ Bread was once the centerpiece of traditional Greek Christmas tables, [...]