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…

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, …

Charred Eggplant with Fresh Za’atar Rub yogurt tahini dressing

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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…

Mediterranean One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Stack

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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…

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…

Pan Seared Beef Fillet Topped with Mushrooms and Garlic

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Prepare this delicious and quick recipe for Garlic, Mushrooms and herb Pan-Seared Beef fillets. These Beef fillets are perfect served on a bed of mashed potatoes and wilted English spinach perhaps or steamed vegetables.  You can use, eye-fillet, beef tenderloin medallions, beef fillet, steak, sirloin cuts for this recipe. Use a standard frying pan or…

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…

20-minute tender beef casserole in red wine

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This stew is the perfect comfort food.  Tender, fall apart beef simmered in a rich and wholesome tomato and wine sauce. There are so many recipes for beef stew, beef casserole,  beef bourguignon and beef ragu.  They are either simmered for hours over a casserole, in the oven or a slow cooker.    This recipe…

tuna and chickpea patties – vegan and without potato

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 Tasty vegan, egg-free,  and gluten-free tuna patties. Tuna patties, tuna burgers, tuna cakes or fish cakes whatever you prefer to call them they are easy to make, delicious and a great healthy low carb meal. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself regularly making them, as they taste wonderful. Fabulous for lunch, or make smaller…

Gluten-free chocolate sweet potato biscuits

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A moist and tasty biscuit or breakfast cookie made with healthy wheat-free lentil and almond-flour. The addition of sweet potato puree makes these biscuits extra tender and lightly sweet. Our chocolate sweet potato biscuits make a great guilt-free snack or breakfast cookie loaded with taste and goodness. What else does one need? We have added…

Baked Eggs Shakshuka with tomato sauce and beans

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Baked eggs Shakshuka with tomato sauce and beans make for a bright and spicy start to the day with simple, healthy ingredients. Can be eaten with a slice of your favourite bread or on its own. This middle-eastern inspired dish of baked eggs, hearty tomato sauce and made as a complete filling meal with the…

Roasted Mushrooms with Lemon Myrtle and Rosemary Butter

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Mushrooms have a way of absorbing the ingredients around it and in this simple earthy dish, the delicate lemon myrtle and garlic infuse the mushrooms with flavour.  Serve on toast,  or as a complement to a Winter Roast.  Use a variety of mushrooms such as shitake, button and oyster for added interest.