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

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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…

Vegetarian Split-Pea Soup

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This flavourful and warming split-pea soup is made from yellow split peas, a handful of spices, simmered and blended to a creamy smooth consistency.  No ham hocks, or complicated straining.  Greek split-pea soup is made in a similar fashion, except for the addition of the spices here.  A pleasure to make on this particular day, …

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…

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…

Ravani Semolina Cake with Rosewater and Lemon Syrup | Egyptian Basbousa

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Try to resist Ravani or Basbousa, a moist and light semolina syrup cake with a touch of rosewater to enhance the exotic middle-eastern in everyone. This cake is flour-free, coconut free and made with yoghurt and semolina flour.  It should be noted semolina syrup cakes are popular everywhere around the middle-east as well as Eastern…

Honey Puffs | Greek Donuts | λουκουμαδες

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Greek honey puffs (λουκουμαδες) served in a delicate rose-water scented honey syrup –  endowed with a golden, crispy shell, and an irresistible spongy, super-airy inner-casing.  You can choose to drizzle with the rosewater honey syrup or sprinkle with cinnamon and crushed walnuts or perhaps dust with icing sugar.   You could even dust with a…

cheese pastries or feta mint kalitsounia with lemon thyme

Try to stop eating just one of these little cheese hand pies otherwise known as kalitsounia with feta mint and lemon thyme. These delicious little cheese pastries originate from the Island of Crete – in Greece and are made during Easter.  Of course, there is no rule that says you can only make them at…

Vegan Spelt Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti | Greek paximadia

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This is a quick and easy to make butter-free, vegan biscotti, made with the addition of cranberries and piatachios. You don’t have to dip this type of biscotti in coffee tea or milk but it’s certainly tastes amazing if you do. This is a Greek version of biscotti made without any butter as well contains…

How to Make a Traditional Hortopita, Greek Spinach Pie | Horiatiki Spanakopita

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This recipe is a true Horiatiki Hortopita – A Greek Traditional Spanakopita, how the women from my village make it. Hortopita is a Greek Spinach pie made with traditional homemade phyllo loaded with various greens like silverbeet & herbs. A true Horiatiki Spanakopita. Travel off the beaten track where the roads wind perilously deep in…