Campari and sanguini jelly

inspired by the Greek 80’s

Campari blood orange jelly

Greece in the 80s, what was it like? There is an exhibition running in the center of Athens, at Technopolis, dedicated to this bittersweet decade, focusing on contemporary life, from politics to architecture – with a wonderful reconstruction of an urban 80s household – to music, fashion and toys. There were a couple of talks on food and I admit I didn’t get a chance to pop by. But the exhibition in itself is a great opportunity to retrospect and of course, cook. There is Campari and blood orange jelly!

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Greek pita bread

What makes Greek souvlaki so unique, juicy grilled meat aside, is, of course, the pita bread. The Greek pita resembles very much the Arabic flatbread, but unlike them, our pita breads are leavened. Their taste is neutral and pita are soft and flexible so that it can wrap around the grilled meat and tzatziki or home-made gyros I made last week. The best part about pita bread? It’s the easiest bread you will ever make. Continue reading

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Make your own gyros souvlaki at home

gyros at home @eatyourselfgreek

Carnival season is open again this year. Parades have already started to get organised and we are all waiting for Tsiknopempti to get the party started. Tsiknopempti, the official BBQ day of the year for Greece, it is a celebration equivalent to Shrove Tuesday, but with a lot of grilling instead of pancakes. Are you ready for home-made gyros? Continue reading

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Wild boar chops with citrus zest and mustard cream sauce

It’s all game

New year, new recipes. I admit it took me a while to come up with something new and a little different. Inspiration was found somewhere between ideas for Christmas dinner and the ‘exotic’ meats of Greece. It arrived to me frozen and well wrapped, at the hefty weight of two kilos that landed on my doorsteps via mum’s hands. She was very excited that I would make her some wild boar. Wild boar chops, to be precise!

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Athens city break

One wonderful day in Athens

The Parthenon & Lycabettus hill, walking in Athens

Most of the people who visit Greece, usually fly to Athens. Be it at the height of summer, when Athens is swarming with visitors making their way to the islands or during winter, when mild weather and winter sun will help you recharge your batteries. However, it’s no secret that the best time to enjoy a crowd-free capital is in the autumn and spring. No matter which time of the year you choose to visit, the fact is you will be spending at least one day in Athens. For me, Athens is certainly worth visiting longer than just for a quick weekend break but it is so often the case that busy people have little time on their hands. So, how do you spend your day when you only have 24 hours in Athens? Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Continue reading

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Greek winter recipes, top 10 dishes to keep you warm

Heart warming food to beat cold weather

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We got snow in Athens! When snow comes in Athens is not without excitement. Seeing dreamy snowflakes drop is indeed a rare occurrence. For no matter how cold Athens can get in winter, snow rarely sets in. It’s time for heart-warming, cold weather food. A Greek winter food top 10 it is!
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Butternut squash soup

A lavish vegetable soup

butternut squash soup @eatyourselfgreek

Winter soups tend to give me this fuzzy feeling, similar to the one you get from gazing at the lights of a Christmas tree. No matter how tasty a soup can be though, I could never consider it a main dish. Soups for me always falls under starters or under the light meal league. Given that Christmas is just 5 sleeps away now, here is a butternut squash soup to warm you up on joyful dinners for the festive days ahead.

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Stuffed Quince

 meal fit for a feast

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Stuffed quinces is a recipe walking a fine line between celebratory cooking and obscure medieval grandeur. Quinces, a somewhat awkward fruit, seem to be enjoying a timid comeback on food bloggers’ social media feeds and to be honest I am excited. Cooking with quinces will make you squeal with joy if you are into sweet-n-sour dishes. Stuffed quinces have a unique, elegant taste, certainly fit for a celebration. Continue reading

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