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Portuguese Caldo Verde

Portuguese Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde means “Green Stew” made with potatoes, onions garlic and Churizo sausage and for the “Verde” leaf cabbage or kale. I chose to make it into a smooth veloute but you don’t need to.  In South Africa I bought the leaf cabbage shredded and dried so you...

Grilled Rockfish with lemon and mustard Orzo

Grilled Rockfish with lemon and mustard Orzo

The Maryland Rockfish, also called striped bass, is a challenge to catch and a delight to eat. There are many ways I have cooked this tasty fleshy fish but this is one of my favorites, cut into cutlets, grilled and serve with Orzo (κριθαρακι) with lemony Greek...

Bacalhau with potatoes, bell peppers, garlic and olives

Bacalhau with potatoes, bell peppers, garlic and olives

Portuguese are known to have more than 1000 recipes using Bacalhau even though cod isn't even caught in Portugal and it's primarily imported from northern Europe, specifically around Norway and Newfoundland. I wouldn’t know so mane, but I did get a few when lived in...

Smoked Porchetta

Smoked Porchetta

Favorite Italian food makes best filling for sandwiches. In this recipe Porchetta or Pork Belly it is smoked and this elevate the taste to another level. Ingredients Whole slab of smoked pork belly with the skin on Coarse salt Mixed peppercorns Caraway seeds Fresh...

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

According to food historians, shakshuka originated in Yemen and more specifically in the Libyan-Tunisian region, while others claim it came from the Ottoman Empire, all though not the recipe we know today, since tomatoes and peppers came to the Mediterranean region...

Kokoretsi

Kokoretsi

Many claim the name “kokoretsi” as far back as the Byzantine times, the Albanians, Bulgarians and Turks with different meanings and dialects. Today, very popular in the Turkish and Greek local cuisines. It used to be a Greek Easter dish but now you can find it almost...

Imam Baildy.

Imam Baildy.

This dish arrived to Greece with the Greek refugees from Asia Minor early 1900s. It only got recognition in the late 1950s when local Greeks accepted the recipes that were introduced by the Greek refugees. The name supposedly derives from a tale of a Turkish imam who...

South African Boerewors

South African Boerewors

South Africa's bride and king of the braai!!! Find also the how To make video within. Recipe For the meat Lean beef (chuck or shoulder) 1,750kl (3,85lb) Pork belly meat 0,750kl (1,65lb) Pork fat 0,750kl (1,65lb) Red wine vinegar 1/2cups 1 length pork casing for...

Pork Spare Ribs

Pork Spare Ribs

Finger licking good, sticky and tasty, spicy and tangy, easy to make Pork Spare Ribs to die for!!! For 2 whole rib cases you will need to do: Cut ribs to portions of 2-3 rids eachPlace them in a big pot, fill with cold water to cover the ribs, add 1tbsp salt for every...

Mosaiko Log

Mosaiko Log

Since I can remember Mosaiko was one of my childhood favorite. Quick and easy to make, super delicious to eat!!! Ingredients: Unsalted butter 250grms (8,8oz) Condensed milk 400grms (14,1oz) Bitter cocoa powder 60grms (2,1oz) Cognac or Brandy 3tbsp Pti Ber biscuits or...

Greek Tzatziki and its History

Greek Tzatziki and its History

People call it a dip, salad, paste, sauce; they say the name is Turkish, Persian… plenty wrote about it philosophizing, searching for its origin, from India to N. Africa and the Balkans! The whole world has talked about it; food writers have voiced their opinions, and...

Sour Cream Cheese or Xinomizithra… Make your own!!

Sour Cream Cheese or Xinomizithra… Make your own!!

Living way from Greece was very difficult getting some ingredients I loved for my Greek dishes, one of them was the sour cream cheese for my Dako salad, Xinomizithra … so I made my own and I am happy to share it!! You need500 grms Greek yogurt (full fat)100 grms Feta...

Fanouropita

Fanouropita

There are many things that can take you back to your past especially when it comes to flavors that gives you comfort. One of them is Fanouropita!!! Both my grandmothers used to make this beautiful easy cake, so Saint Fanourios could reveal (Fanerosee) good things to...

Makaronada Imam??

Makaronada Imam??

Yes exactly!! Makaronada Imam… when you have more than one person to satisfy in the family, each with a different taste, you have to be innovative and creative. So when one wants Imam, but the other one wants something with pasta, the third not so much onions, garlic...

Bouyiourdi (Feta cheese meze)

Bouyiourdi (Feta cheese meze)

The word Bouyiourdi originally meant the written order from an official of the Ottoman Empire (under Turkish occupation) usually for tax collection. Today it means the official document, of an unpleasant financial content: The phrase is known as: did the “Bouyiourdi”...

Samian Skaltsounia with Ouzo

Samian Skaltsounia with Ouzo

Almost every island has some type of Skaltsounia, in Samos my good friend pastry Chef Rena Kostoglou, gives her version with Samian Ouzo and filled with Loukoumia Ingredients200 grms sunflour oil150 grms orange juice150 grms Ouzo2 tbsp sugar600 grms flour about1 tsp...

Chicken casserole (kotopoulo katsarolas)

Chicken casserole (kotopoulo katsarolas)

Almost every home, tavern, and restaurant will cook this amazing comfort food dish, especially in the summer time when tomatoes are in full season. Best to serve with handmade fried potatoes. Recipe and photo by : Chef Tony Kavalieros Ingredients1 chicken cut to 8...

Galatopita (Traditional Baked Milk Custard Pie)

Galatopita (Traditional Baked Milk Custard Pie)

By: Giannis Bourodimas Ingredients 140 g sugarRind of an orange800 g goat’s milk60 g semolina and a bit more for dusting the dish20 g rice flour2 medium size eggsPinch of salt60 g of sheep or goat butter and a bit more for buttering the dish For the topping 2 tbsp...

Easy recipe for Sesame Honey bars without sugar

Easy recipe for Sesame Honey bars without sugar

Recipe and photos: Gianna Balafouti Ingredients250grms honey of your choice250grms white sesame seedsJuice of half lemonOptional: dried fruit, chocolate drops, cinnamon, nutmeg. MethodWeight the sesame and honey, must be the same quantity in weight.Using a non-stick...

Lemon Pepper Wings with Cucumber-Feta Yogurt Sauce

Lemon Pepper Wings with Cucumber-Feta Yogurt Sauce

I come across many recipes named “Greek” just from using feta, but I tried this one from Sara Yoo and really brings out some Greek taste… nice one Sara!!! by Sara YooINGREDIENTS 18 whole chicken wings1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber1/2 cup...

Moustalevria and Moustokouloura

Moustalevria and Moustokouloura

Moustalevria (must pudding)  Ingredients: 17oz (500 ml) must2oz (60g) low gluten flour2oz (60g) walnuts1tbsp corn flourCinnamon.  METHOD: In a pot bring the must to a boil.Sift flour, corn flour and cinnamon together and add them to the must.Mix well until the mixture...

Greek chicken kontosouvli

Greek chicken kontosouvli

Kontosouvli is actually a big skewer cooked on a spit turning over hot coals. Many different meats can be used, including liver and other offal’s. here we give you a nice home recipe for Chicken Kontosouvli. Ingredients12 boneless chicken thighs For the marinade2...

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Ouzo-Poached Figs

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Ouzo-Poached Figs

This tangy yogurt cheesecake is topped with ouzo-poached figs inspired by sikomaida, a traditional delicacy from Corfu made with dried figs macerated and kneaded with ouzo and pepper, which are formed into disks and dried in chestnut leaves. It's also delicious with...

Fish Savoro or Marinato

Fish Savoro or Marinato

A good friend Chef Peter Minakis reminded me of this great dish that somehow was always available in our home. My dad cooks a variation of this fish dish using thin sliced calf’s liver. For the fish 1lb (about 500grms) fresh small fish, (anchovies, sardines, red...

Frumenty and tomato soup (Trahanas)

Frumenty and tomato soup (Trahanas)

One of those tasty and wonderful soups that make Greek cuisine so exciting and nutritious. Here I give you one of my favorite soups with a little twist that gives away my taste and style of cooking. By: Tony Kavalieros Ingredients:1 cup frumenty (trahana)1 cup cracked...

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