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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Spanakopita Recipe for Beginners | a healthy recipe big on Flavour

Spanakopita is a popular greek savoury pie of primarily spinach, herbs and feta cheese encased in sheets of phyllo dough.  This recipe has been adapted to use commercial phyllo dough that you can find at your supermarket.  It is easy, healthy and big on that Mediterranean flavour. I made this recipe for my non-greek followers…

Γεμιστα – Stuffed baked tomatoes and capsicum – Yemista

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Yemista or gemista which means ‘stuffed’ are tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, capsicum or even potatoes filled with a perfect proportion of rice, herbs and minced beef. Paired with your favourite seasonal vegetable the options are endless. This recipe is traditional and authentic with ingredients readily available in Australia. Greece is synonymous for dishes which feature fresh,…

Vegan Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti (παξιμάδια )

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Greeks have a love affair with paximadia and I am one of them. Greek Biscotti are a staple of greek cuisine and are an everyday well-loved cookie. I have added cranberries and pistachios to this very traditional biscotti.  Omit if you like but we find their tartness to be a welcome surprise. My mother would…

Easy and Authentic Tasting Tiropites with Feta and Mint – Tiropitakia

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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. This recipe is the one you will use frequently as they not only taste fabulous with…