Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce: Soutzoukakia Smyrneika

Melt-in-your-mouth Smyrneika Soutzoukakia are comforting meatballs with notes of cinnamon and cumin in a luscious, thick tomato sauce.  ‘Σουτζουκακια σμυρνεικα’ originate from the Greeks of Smyrna, Turkey (now named Izmir).  What makes these Middle-Eastern Spiced meatballs a favourite is the rich and hearty depth of flavour enhanced by the cinnamon and cumin.  The meatballs are…

Tiropitakia with Dill & Mint Hand-pies | tiropites

Vegetarian

Tiropitakia or Tiropites are found displayed at Greek friend and family gatherings and celebrations. They are so easy to make and what is wonderful about these little ‘tiropitakia’ they store well in the freezer, ready to bake when needed.  The word greek word ‘Tiropitakia’ translates to ‘little cheese pies’ but technically speaking they are ‘little…

Charred Eggplant with Fresh Za’atar Rub yogurt tahini dressing

Gluten FreeVegetarian

Grilled charred eggplant is a staple in our home.  Its firm skin protects its creamy interior and will absorb any flavouring you add to it during the cooking process. Inspired by Za’tar, a middle-eastern thyme-  and sesame- based spice blend, have instead used freshly picked thyme & oregano, blended the leaves with toasted sesame seeds…

Baked Basil and Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Vegetarian

A hearty and comforting vegetarian pasta meal easy to prepare.  Giant pasta shells are filled with a pillowy light cheese sauce flavoured with plentiful of fresh basil, resting over a hearty tomato sauce.  I won’t like this recipe calls for a lot of basil.  In fact, normally you would find spinach is used with the…

Mediterranean One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Stack

Gluten Free

If your a lover of Mediterranean food, this dish features two Mediterranean staples – the eggplant and tomato.  Eggplants and tomatoes spell summer, and to me, it is not summer without eggplants or tomatoes accompanied in a dish. Eggplants are grown in my garden every summer, as did at my greek mothers garden, and my…

Dukkah-Spiced Pumpkin and Haloumi Salad

Gluten Free

A hearty winter salad of roasted pumpkin and capsicum, halloumi, rocket, corn with Crunchy Dukkah seasoning.  This salad, will not disappoint served as a side, or a filling lunchtime meal. This Pumpkin and Haloumi Salad with Dukkah will add vibrance and warmth to your meal during the cooler months and will keep you nutrient loaded…

Greek Chickpea Soup, ρεβιθια σουπα με λεμονι

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This Greek Chickpea Soup is ideal for when the days are starting to shorten, become colder and the evenings are chilly.  It is a satisfying and heartwarming dish which happens to have an impressive nutritional profile perfect for also warding off the seasonal cold and flu. This stew has a creamy texture, simmered with base…

Mediterranean Risoni Salad

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Greek Risoni Salad with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, plentiful of chopped kalamata olives and finished off with a tasty dressing makes for a quick and tasty meal, ready in 15 minutes.  Make your own variation with whatever you have on hand, orzo is a wonderful substitute to rice. Risoni can also be used as a…

Snapper in a hearty and luscious tomato sauce

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Serve snapper or your favourite fillet fish a little differently tonight, by gently simmering in a luscious and bold Mediterranean-style tomato sauce.  This healthy snapper recipe makes for a hearty meal for the family or no fuss tasty dinner party.  The sauce will never go to waste, as you will joyfully lap it up with…

Make your own Authentic Chicken Tikka Curry from scratch

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I have to say, there is nothing more satisfying than the smell of a made from scratch chicken tikka curry at home. The mix of spicy, sweet and tangy flavours, tantalising aromas and vibrant colours of this well-made chicken curry dish unmistakably quicken your senses.  Authentic Indian food can be made at home with ease…

Greek scrambled eggs with tomatoes, strapatsatha

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For something a little bit different, try this simple greek dish of scrambled eggs and tomatoes or otherwise known as Strapatsatha or kagianas. Use nice ripe tomatoes, grate lightly using a box grater,  reduce on the pan with a little olive oil and then scramble with the eggs.  Strapatsatha or Kagianas is a popular dish from…

Whole Snapper Baked with Mediterranean Style on a bed of herbs

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This baked whole snapper makes for a majestic dinner meal worthy to be displayed as the centrepiece dish on your dinner table. Snapper is steam baked cradled on a bed of herbs. Sealed,  to lock in all the moisture and flavours you have added the result being a tender, moist and flavoursome seafood dish. Garlic,…