Leek pie and kourkoubinia

Smart ways to make your ingredients go a long way

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Still on food blogging competition mode and all I think about is re-using. Last week I re-used my chickpea soup into chickpea burger, I had a few onions cooked into a sharp chutney and made my materials go a little further. This week, it is all about the pie and a bit of dessert, well, from leftovers fillo pastry. Making your ingredients go a long way, have something savoury and something sweet.  Continue reading

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Spinach pie, Popeye food

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If Popeye the sailorman was Greek the only thing he would gulp down would be spinach pies, made by grand-ma Nia. And I wouldn’t blame him. There is crunch in the filo, there is succulence in finely chopped spinach leaves and wonderfully baked feta. I have a very soft spot for spinach pie, many Greeks do, but my affection for this pie has deep-deep roots. Continue reading

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Pastrami pie, after Easter treats

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Easter has come and gone and normally there is a tone of leftovers. Perfect for making kleftiko or exohiko, but for me Easter held a different sort of present this year: home-made pastrami! Dad had made some himself and of course he kept some for me. Pastrami is one of the most exotic cured meats with a long history and a very special pie to honour it, pastrami pie!

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Tiropitakia, mini cheese pies

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Samosas are a lovely treat, there is hardly a time I  visit an Indian restaurant without ordering some. I am so used having them fried, I was pleasantly surprised when I found the baked beetroot and feta samosas on Chilli and mint. And guess what, these tiny treats are very popular in Greece, especially baked but they are known under a different name: tiropitakia, first comes the name of the filling and then –pitakia for tiny pies. They are so commonplace, from bakery to Sunday lunch, I had almost forgotten about them. Continue reading

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Eggpie, with homemade pastry by a pro

I bet you enjoy a slice of pie. It’s probably the number one comfort food, with silky smooth dough gently wrapping your filling of choice – the combinations are endless, pleasure unlimited! Pies enjoy a very special place amongst Greek cooking. They are the unsung heroes, always on the table, always discreet and extremely satisfying.

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