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…

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,…

Vanilla & Semolina Custard Pies – bougatsa – μπουγάτσα

Golden and creamy perfection, delight your taste-buds by biting into these crisp filo pastries with warm custard filling. Layers of filo encase a sweet Semolina custard baked inside a golden flaky exterior. Bougatsa, is best eaten warm straight out of the oven. Each layer of filo is lightly sprayed with a light pure olive oil….

Traditional Fasolada or White Bean Stew

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What is better than a warm fire and a big bowl of comfort food on a winters night? Pulses and lentils are a staple of the traditional Mediterranean diet. Fasolada is a soup made of dried white beans, olive oil and vegetables. If you have not tried them they are so easy to use, economical…

Olive Oil Semolina Cake with Rosewater and Lemon Syrup

This European and middle-eastern inspired sweet is similar to the Turkish and Greek Ravani or Revani, and the Egyptian Basbousa. Rosewater is akin to middle-eastern sweets but have toned it down for an understated and subtle presence. Traditional syrup cakes are heavy and laden with sugar, here have played-down the sweetness so don’t be afraid…

Authentic Greek Lamb Souvlaki, Lamb Skewers

Light up the BBQ or grill for these tender, juicy and flavoursome greek-style lamb skewers. Greeks do enjoy their meat whether it be in the form of chicken, lamb or beef. They have a recipe for just about any dish. When it comes to skewers I always turn to Greek traditional flavours. The best cut…

Τσαιτι, Rustic hand-rolled feta and mint turnover

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Traditionally named ‘σαιτι’, this dish is regional fare from laconian ( Λακωνίας ) – southern mainland Greece.  The villages of the region produce their own wine, olive oil, honey and bread and are also proud producers of traditional greek cheeses like ( kefalotyri, tulumotyri and mytzithra ).  This dish is a local traditional hand pie…

Kourambiethes with Almond | Kourambiedes | Greek Shortbread | Κουραμπιέδες.

Enjoy this sugar powder-coated shortbread inspired from Greece. There are many variations, this take on the Greek favourite certainly won’t disappoint. It’s heavy dusting of icing sugar resemble snow-capped mountain peaks, the crushed almonds make them delicately earthy, with a buttery but not too crumbly texture. You can make them crescent-shaped, triangle, square or ball-shaped. …

Robust Olive Tapenade

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This Olive Tapenade is not for the faint-hearted. Robust, fresh, and alive it surpasses any store-bought variety.  Highly addictive to eat and I guarantee you it will be devoured.   Perfect served with crackers topped on tasty bread like a baguette or even with your lamb steak. The ingredients may not be that different from…

Greek Zucchini Fritters (κολοκυθοκεφτεδες ) with dill and feta

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Zucchini fritters are a classic greek mezze or appetizer served in homes when zucchini yield is high.  I first discovered these light and crispy greek zucchini fritters with dill and feta arriving from a long international flight to my mothers home in Greece on a summers afternoon. I was quite keen on freshening up with…