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Traditional Greek Easter dishes

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There is one Greek dish that can easily claim the prize of the most controversial of all dishes as far as Greek cooking is concerned. It’s a soup, it has plenty of greens, we enjoy it during Easter and it has a secret ingredient that could make you squeamish. For those in the know, you have already guessed the dish: mayiritsa! For those new to the dish, just name five animal organs you have never seen on a plate: Bingo! 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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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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Pumpkin, brie and sage pasta

loving the autumn veg

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I am back in Athens! It’s been a wonderful break. So many strolls, so many people to see, so little time to do everything. Of course I had a good break from cooking, too. I returned to an empty fridge and I was greeted by a lonely beer, it was high time for quick and dirty recipes. Foggy London always brings back good memories. This is a tasty one that I often cooked after work: my pumpkin and sage pasta. Given the season, you can hardly resist. Continue reading

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Kimadopita, the two ingredients pie

My Greek shepherds pie

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If you are a Greek cuisine aficionado you probably already know that flaky pies with scrumptious fillings is one of our strong points. Pies are such a simple preparation, once you get into the habit they almost get addictive. I made a simple, two ingredients pie: mince meat and onion pie, kimadopita that I prefer to call it Greek shepherds pie. Continue reading

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Aubergine with pumpkin and smoked anchovies

Autumn delights

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Hello October! We are well set into autumn and I would very much like to describe a scenic picture of golden brown leaves dropping on a gentle breeze but this is not at all autumn in Athens. Instead of walks to the park, we stroll the city center in much more bearable temperatures and we can still head to the beach over the weekend. The transition is made with vegetables! I am cooking a favourite bake with aubergines (yes, again) and freshly arrived pumpkin. Bites of summer, bites of autumn. Continue reading

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Aubergine bake with tomatoes and feta cheese

Enjoying the last of the summer aubergines

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Autumn is here, they say, but in Athens it still feels like summer. Even with the odd, passing thunderstorm, we are enjoying plain sunshine and we run to the beach over the weekend to enjoy a swim and soak up the sun. Most of us are back into schedule, holidays seems like a long gone dream. But hey, there are aubergines, last of their season and they taste like summer! Especially when baked with tomatoes and topped off with feta cheese.
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