Chickpea stew with wild fennel

a recipe by Despina Siahuli

If there is anything I enjoy more than cooking, then this would have to be photo shooting. Being in London, I didn’t miss the chance to meet up with lovely Despina Siahuli, the chef behind Pan. Despina welcomed me in her East London kitchen and we spilled the beans of what it is like to be living in London, how much of Greek sunshine does she keep in her kitchen cupboards and of course, can you really cook authentic Greek food abroad? So, she cooked, I took the snaps and we enjoyed the best chick pea stew I had ever tasted. Chickpea stew with wild fennel. Continue reading Facebooktwitterpinterestinstagramby feather

Asparagus mimosa,a taste of spring

asparagus mimosa @eatyourselfgreek

The first day of spring is officially here. If there is one dish that signals spring to me, it’s asparagus. Asparagus mimosa to be precise, it’s their exact time to flourish as well.The new asparagus harvest has already made its appearance and it’s a delight to munch on the young, delicate stems of asparagus. This is obviously not a Greek recipe, but a classic dish that crosses borders and time. Yup, it is old school too, but hey there is nothing like good mustard vinaigrette, fancy looking boiled eggs and fresh greens for a quick meal.

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Spanakorizotto, a recipe from Mazi Restaurant & a giveaway

I visited Mazi restaurant a few weeks back when visiting London. It certainly left an impression on me, it was not just the excellently grilled octopus or the devilish jars of yumminess. You rarely find Modern Greek cuisine so imaginative and so well executed. Drawing inspiration from traditional Greek dishes, at Mazi restaurant you will find great cooking technique and also great atmosphere to enjoy them. Of course, for anyone already acquainted with the restaurant this is old news. The exciting part is they have collected all their best recipes in an amazing new cookbook, called Mazi: Modern Greek cuisine. There is spanakorizotto recipe below along with a book giveaway for one lucky reader.

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Festive beetroot salad with pistachios and herbs

during hols we need a light meal, too 😉

Coming so close to Christmas, there is an insane amount of present wrapping and organisation to do. Christmas cards come and go, phones buzz, bleep and ring to arrange meeting up with loved ones before, during and after the holidays. So many glittering lights around to gaze at, so much fuss around the Christmas table. I am sharing a festive beetroot salad, quick and easy to please and impress.

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Baked cauliflower with chervil, sourmilk and almonds

It tastes seriously good

Baked cauliflower with chervil, sour-milk almonds sauce

I’m back to Athens for the winter. December has brought in many fairy lights in preparation for Christmas and very little cold weather. A mild southern breeze brings the smells of the sea in the streets of the city. Blessed with the occasional sunshine, I started digging in my cookbooks for winter vegetable recipes. Love them, hate them? I baked some cauliflower, it’s better than you think.

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When in Bruges…Pumpkin and mushroom bake

Flemish delights

My stay in Belgium this time extended further than Ghent. I visited Brussels and Bruges and this post was supposed to be all about Bruges. I found myself shopping though, at their farmers market. so below you will find a very autumn dish, inspired by the goodies of the West Flanders: pumpkin and mushrooms bake with potatoes and carrots, for a true Flemish delight.

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Aubergine with pumpkin and smoked anchovies

Autumn delights

img_6958 Aubergine with pumpkin and smoked anchovies @eatyourselfgreek

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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