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…

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…

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

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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…

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…

Black Sesame Seared Tuna Steak with a light soy & lime dressing

Serve Tuna Steak marinated in a tangy refreshing soy dressing and coated in black sesame seeds. The Tuna steaks are then seared in a hot skillet and served with a gorgeous caramelised shallot and bean salad. To make this recipe low salt when using soy sauce, I always use Kikkoman brand. Tuna steak makes 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…

Pan Seared Beef Fillet Topped with Mushrooms and Garlic

Gluten Free

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…

Lemon Myrtle Christmas Cake | An Australian Fruit Cake

Try this beautiful Fruit Cake this Christmas and celebrate it the Australian way, with the addition of the exquisite scent of lemon myrtle.  You can substitute lemon myrtle with any flavour tea if you like.   In this recipe, I will explain how to best extract the aroma and flavour of the lemon myrtle from…