Have you ever spent Christmas in Greece? Well, then youcertainly have come across these three sweet treats: melomakarona, kourabiethes and last but not least díples (thee-ples). Díples, the Greek word for fold, is a light and crispy fried dough topped with walnuts and a generous drizzle of honey syrup. There is an easy recipe below so you can make your own díplesthis Christmas!Continue reading by
Nordic baking part 2
In the view of festivities, there is another Christmas delicacy: lussekatter, Sankta Lucia cats. These saffron buns are baked for the 13th of December in observance of Sankta Lucia in Sweden and the rest of the Scandinavian countries. Yes, they are delicious. Continue reading by
Nordic baking session, part 1
So here is a pastry that goes by many names: a cinnamon bun, a snail or a roll. No matter what you call this pastry, the Swedish cinnamon bun is truly delicious and super worth the effort to make at home. Why a Swedish pastry on a Greek food blog? Apart from the fact that I love cinnamon & cardamom, I have friends from up North visiting and we indulged in a Nordic Christmassy Bake off; it didn’t involve melomakarona this time. Continue reading by
A lavish vegetable soup
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.
It’s the thought that counts jot
Have you started your Christmas shopping? If you are in the UK, I am pretty sure you have jotted down a few things on a list already. Unlike my usual recipe posts, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my favourite shops for gifts. And yes, it’s all Greek!
It’s almost Christmas! For the past week I have little bells jingling in the back of my head shuffling numerous Christmas tunes. I hope you are all set for great feasts with friends and family and there is no last minute present rush. Well, there might be – get them chocolate! Keeping in line with Greek Christmas traditions, I made a pork roast with honey glaze and a very festive beetroot salad, with carrots and green apple. Continue reading
I hope you are ready for the Christmas holidays. I definitely am and probably have my hands on some melomakarona or kourabiedes as you read! In this post I couldn’t resist sharing some Greek Christmas traditions with you to mark the occasion, along with some of our favourite and most traditional Christmas food.Continue reading by
When it comes to Greek names Michalis, Mike comes just after Yannis, Nikos and Kostas in popularity. Last Sunday was a big name day – one third of Greece must have been celebrating their Michaels and Michaelas. I was celebrating a very special Michalis too, my dad, and he has a a special request, karidopita, Greek walnut cake with syrup! Continue reading
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas celebrations, I definitely did, that’s why I have been so quiet: too busy relaxing with my favourite people and stuffing my face with melomakarona and kourabiedes. Non-stop chatter with friends and family somehow makes you forget to pull out a camera or write down a recipe.
I am really excited about this one though: it’s New Year’s cake! We call it Vasilopita, after St Basil, our Santa Claus who actually visits on the first day of the year. It is not just another dessert, it’s the centrepiece of the evening. No matter how much we love Christmas, our New Year celebrations come with a bit more glam and lots more partying. Vasilopita is the start of it.
Not just a cake, a cake filled with anticipation for the New Year and a hidden coin! The cake is traditionally cut by the head of the family and a piece is allocated to all. The lucky slice with a coin will guarantee its happy muncher a very satisfied tummy, a little present and good fortune for the year ahead.
Have you enjoyed making kourabiedes? I can imagine you looking at the snowy piles of biscuits and saying to yourself: one more won’t hurt, it’s Christmas! Just in case you are running out, let’s indulge a little more and make melomakarona (honey biscuits). These are perfect to go with your tea once you put your feet up on Boxing day.by