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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Aubergine burger

for the love of burgers, and vegetables

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There is nothing better than the comforting bite of a soft bun that envelops a little tower of yumminess. Burgers are our Sunday bbq treat and guilty take-away pleasure. We almost always associate them with juicy beef patties or coated chicken breasts, crunchy lettuce leaves and spicy condiments. It’s time to take burgers to the next level, have an aubergine burger. Continue reading

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Kastraki and a mushroom tart

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Just next to the town of Kalampaka, you find Kastraki. Kastraki is a small village, nested under the rock pillars of Meteora, almost forgotten by time. I left the car behind and went on a short hike towards a lonely rock, called the spindle. The views were amasing and because a hike, albeit a virtual one gives you an appetite, there is a mushroom tart too! Continue reading

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Bean fritters

Vegetarian golden nuggets

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You may recall an entry on the popular Greek bean soup (fasolada) I posted some time ago. This traditional staple shows our love for legumes and pulses, especially during the Lent and the run up to Orthodox Easter. A few brave ones give up meat and dairy for 40 days, while the rest do it for a week or two swapping meat protein for the protein found in the humble dry beans. Here is a recipe for “golden fritters”; yummy deep-fried patties made with Vanilla Feneou beans.
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Spinach salad with taramasalata dressing

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So, so, I was getting really exciting for Greek pic-nic and kite-flying day – Clean Monday or Kathari Deutera as we call it over here. Yet, for another year the weather has turned a little cloudy, a little too windy and a little wet. Honest, I am no weather winger, I haven’t complained since I left London, it is steadily sunny and warm and soooo bright. But not this weekend – it’s going to be pouring down and anyone going to fly a kite is certain to re-enact Benjamin Franklin’s experiment. So food, console one self with food. A light salad with taramasalata dressing Continue reading

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Beans, carrots and mushroom stew

hearty winter warmers

beans, carrots and mushroom stew

The weather is timidly getting a tad more wintery in Athens. We have officially entered December and I just cannot bring myself to do any Christmas decorating. I guess it’s a little too sunny. I am very happy working my way through hearty stews though. I think I nailed a very nice one with beans, mushrooms and carrots, part of my competition challenges for the Vima food blog awards, think humble ingredients. Continue reading

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Black-eyed beans stew, with greens, raisins and pine nuts

wholesome winter stews

black-eyed beans stew

I am sure you all remember the challenges for the food blog awards. Working with humble ingredients is great inspiration. Pulses have been on the menu and the dishes are getting healthier and healthier, in a truly Greek manner. I made a black-eyed beans stew with greens, seskoula, these taste a bit like chard, spinach and added a few raisins and pine nuts. Continue reading

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