Best Mother’s Day Recipes

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Best Mother's Day Recipes that Mom will love! Includes ideas for breakfast, dinner and desserts!

Best Mother’s Day Recipes that Mom will love! Includes ideas for breakfast, dinner and desserts!

Mothers. Is there any person in the world more worthy of celebrating? Any woman who has a positive impact on a child’s life is deserving of some extra special attention and love on Mother’s Day. Whether it is a biological Mama, a grandmother, an aunt, a godmother or a good friend, treat the special women in your life with the best way to the heart – with food!

We’ve compiled some of our favourite recipes that are Mom approved. Whether it’s breakfast in bed, a beautiful brunch, a lovely dinner or dessert (or all of these – hey…she deserves it!) we think that these are some of the Best Mother’s Day Recipes around. To get to the recipe, just click on the recipe title. Enjoy!

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What to do with leftover tsoureki

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What to do with left over Greek Easter bread, tsoureki! It can be used in some creative and delicious ways

There are a few things about Orthodox Easter and Greek families that are pretty standard fare. Daily church services (sometimes more than one a day), beautiful red dyed Easter eggs, and other creative designs, and lamb to help break the fast of Great Lent. Holy Thursday for us is usually the day when we try to finish up all of our last minute baking – Pascha is not Pascha without koulourakia, amygdalota and galatopita. It’s also not Pascha without the sweet smell of tsourekia baking. In this post you will discover what to do with your leftover tsoureki.

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Galatopita, Greek milk custard pie

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Galatopita is a Greek milk custard pie made without phyllo or crust.

Galatopita (or galopita) is a Greek milk custard pie made without phyllo or crust

Γαλατόπιτα. Galatopita (sometimes called galopita) is a traditional Greek milk custard pie that is popular in the Peloponnese region of Greece, made especially during Easter. There are several variations, including those with phyllo and those without. If you have ever tasted a great galatopita you would remember its richness, sweetness and unique texture. You may also remember sneaking a few extra pieces after your initial one, how the kitchen smells when it’s baking, and how amazing it tastes right out of the fridge. Galatopita reminds us of all these things, but most of all it reminds us of Helen’s godmother.

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Giant beans (gigantes) with greens

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A Greek recipe which combines giant beans (gigantes) with a mixture of greens.

A Greek recipe which combines giant beans (gigantes) with a mixture of greens.

Γίγαντες με λαχανικά. Have you met our parents? If you have, in person, then you have hopefully visited them in the summer and taken a stroll through their garden. They love sharing this outside oasis with family, friends and people they just met. A garden is a lot of hard work, but the payoff is priceless. The pride of growing your own food, knowing that it is as fresh and as clean as possible – well, there is nothing better. It also offers a perspective that you can’t really appreciate otherwise. A garden, big or small, gives you a glimpse into the work that our farmers and agriculturalists experience every day to keep us fed.

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Tahini honey cookies

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Simple, vegan and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites.

Simple, dairy-free, gluten-free and utterly delicious! Tahini honey cookies are our new favourites

Μπισκότα με ταχίνι και μέλι. If you have just stumbled across Mia Kouppa and are wondering what all the fuss is about, and especially if you are not sure that you should use precious ingredients on one of our recipes, we have a few things to say. First, welcome!!! We are so happy that you are here! Second, try this recipe for tahini honey cookies. Seriously. We know that this recipe will convince you that we are worth the risk.

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2022 Great Lent Meal Plan

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Our new and improved Meal Plan for 2022 Great Lent. Recipe ideas to take us from Clean Monday to Pascha!

We are once again so thrilled to be able to offer you our FREE downloadable meal plan for Great Lent 2022. We have worked hard to make this meal plan even better than previous ones. The larger format makes the daily recipe ideas easier to follow. We have included many new recipes, including some wonderful ideas for lenten friendly breakfasts (many of which can be prepared the night before). Finally, we have included links to some of the major holidays during this lenten period.

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About fasting during Great Lent

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly (Mathew 6.16–18).

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Tyrini or Cheesefare Week Meal Plan 2022

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Our 2022 Tyrini (Cheesefare) Week Meal Plan to take you from Cheesefare Monday to Forgiveness Sunday.

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Tyrini Week (also known as Cheesefare week – Tyri means cheese in Greek) is the last week of Apokreas or Carnivale before the start of Great Lent, which begins on Kathara Deftera (Clean or Ash Monday). Although all food except for red meat and chicken are permitted during this week, there is a special emphasis on dairy and cheese. This is helpful because it offers an opportunity to use up any products you already have in your refrigerator so that they don’t spoil. It’s also an opportunity to gorge on feta, which is usually sorely missed during Great Lent.

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Loukaniko with kefalotyri

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Loukaniko, or Greek sausage, stuffed with kefalotyri, a delicious Greek cheese.

Loukaniko, or Greek sausage, stuffed with kefalotyri, a delicious Greek cheese

The Greek meze is a thing of beauty and loukaniko with kefalotyri is no exception. The variety and wealth of small plates available to enjoy with family and friends is endless and covers everything from vegan recipes like the famous fava from Santorini, to an endless array of pita (spanakopita always being a popular choice). You can serve marinated olives, little fried fish for the seafood lover and keftedes, or Greek meatballs, for the meat lover. All of this accompanied by something wonderful to drink, like straight ouzo, or a lovely ouzo cocktail makes feasting on small bites a very lovely thing to do.

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Hot chocolate

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A rich and creamy hot chocolate

A rich and creamy hot chocolate

Canadian winters were a highlight of our childhood. For those of you who live in places where the climate is always sunny, or rainy, or foggy, or windy – but never snowy, allow us to paint you a picture. It will be white. All white. Glistening white so bright, that at certain times of the day staring at it hurts your eyes.

As kids we quickly learned that not all snow was created equal. There is the powdery soft fresh fallen snow that was perfect for falling into backwards. We would stare into the sky while doing horizontal jumping jacks and then carefully stand up and then stand back to admire our created snow angel. There are the big, beautiful snowflakes that fall so gently, landing on your lashes and on your tongue as you stick it out for a taste of winter. There is the wet snow that is exactly what you need to make the best snowman, the best snow fort and the best snowballs. You have not lived until you have spent three hours building a snow fort with your friends and then another three bombarding your neighbourhood rivals with snowballs.

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