Easy and Delicious Avocado Dip

This creamy show-stopper avocado dip conveniently comes together in less than five minutes.  With the summer season upon us and Christmas Holidays only around the corner, Australia is brimming with life for the outdoors.  I’m hoping everyones BBQs are getting a spring clean and the sparkly supplies are in the fridge ready for those afternoon…

Traditional Baklava with Honey

My family originates from the  Laconian region of Greece make this baklava recipe with layers of crispy flaky phyllo pastry soaked in a lemon honey syrup and a cinnamon and clove nut mixture of pistachios, almonds and walnuts. This is the iconic baklava, the one you will want to make over and over. An easy…

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 tiropites, Greek Feta Cheese Pies

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

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

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 Tagine Stew

If you are a lover of Mediterranean food, this dish features two Mediterranean staples – 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 mother’s garden, and my…

Greek Chickpea Soup, ρεβιθια σουπα με λεμονι

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

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

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

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

This stew is the perfect comfort food.  Tender,  pull-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 negates…