Greek pita bread

What makes Greek souvlaki so unique, juicy grilled meat aside, is, of course, the pita bread. The Greek pita resembles very much the Arabic flatbread, but unlike them, our pita breads are leavened. Their taste is neutral and pita are soft and flexible so that it can wrap around the grilled meat and tzatziki or home-made gyros I made last week. The best part about pita bread? It’s the easiest bread you will ever make. Continue reading

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Bruschettas with courgette and smoked mackerel

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Slowly, very, very slowly we are dragging from summer into September. I took it easy this summer and enjoyed a few beaches around Athens in August whilst everyone was away on the islands. Along with all the wonderful summer fruit, from apricots to peaches and figs, I have been enjoying veggies a lot. I went crazy on courgettes recently. There is my favourite courgette bruschettas recipe from chef Aria Pouliou below, I couldn’t stop eating it. I still cannot to be honest. Continue reading

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Hummus, light nibbles

How to make hummus from scratch

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I love hummus, I often have it alongside chopped sticks of carrots or cucumber as a light lunch or late evening snack. I like the natural sesame and lemon flavour, I love experimenting with different variations, too. There are two recipes so that you can make your own from scratch: natural flavour and spicy, pepper hummus. Continue reading

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Dolmadakia – tightly wrapped

My years at Uni were good old times, long gone but never forgotten.

Studying translation I was fortunate enough to be part of a very multicultural group. There were a lot of social gatherings, most of them spontaneous, and a few meticulously planned by our study group secretary. Close to Christmas holiday one year, we were assigned a very special task, cook something from our home country. And out came her suggestion for us Greeks: why don’t you make dolmadakia? it’s great finger food! You should have seen our faces. Pale as sheets, unable to utter a word. Make dolmadakia? There was no pot big enough on the entire campus… Vine leaves! Where on earth are we going to find those? Is she mad? Does she know how long they take to prepare? Doesn’t she realise students survive by grazing off raw salads or eating burgers? You need grandma love for dolmadakia , it’s a special ingredient. The thoughts burst like bubbles above our puzzled faces. Well, we eventually found the courage to say no. We prepared Greek salad and spinach pie instead. Continue reading

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