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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The No demonstration and Burgers

No more debt pls. This is what Greece is saying No to, no to austerity. #grexit #grisis #athens #greece #greecestagram

Μια φωτογραφία που δημοσίευσε ο χρήστης Eugenia (@eatyourselfgreek) στις

There is this Greek habit of siesta, much more common when I was growing up than now. Should the kids refuse to have an afternoon nap, the grandma would threaten to call the boogie man, mesimeras. He would come and steal you from you bed lest you kept quiet. As a friend put it, following JC Junker declaration urging Greeks to vote Yes or else…’I haven’t been blackmailed so blatantly ever since I was 4 and yiayia was trying to put me to bed!’. But guess what, we are not four years old and we are wide awake.

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Pastitsio

pastitsio @eatyourselfgreek  The pastitsio heritage comes to us from neighbouring Italy, where it’s normally called pasticcio di carne, a meat pie much like the beloved lasagne. Pastitsio also means a mess and of course Greeks could not adopt a dish without messing with it. So our pastitsio incorporates all the goodness of pasta and meat sauce, with a typically Greek hint of all spice and cinnamon. All topped with an extra thick white sauce and, of course a generous layer of cheese.

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Youvetsi

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If you are a carnivore like me you certainly appreciate juicy, mouth-watering flesh. So far, I’ve written about wonderful Greek grills as well as the hearty roasts. For a meat lover choosing between a roast and a grill is most likely a win-win situation. But this post is about the best of both worlds, braising. And a very succulent recipe in particular: Youvetsi! Continue reading

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Soutzoukakia from Smyrna

Super meatballs in red sauce

When my friends taste soutzoukakia for the first time, it is love at first mouthful. If you’ve tried soutzoukakia too, you’ll know what I mean. That’s why they are top of my list of traditional Greek dishes. The secret to this recipe lies in the way soutzoukakia cleverly combine middle eastern spices to their best. Continue reading

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