Lahanodolmades, Greek stuffed cabbage rolls with tomato sauce
Λαχανοντολμάδες με σάλτσα ντομάτας. We feel sorry for cabbage. If vegetables were sentient beings, we could imagine cabbage sitting in the corner, huddled together with okra and eggplant, maligned and misunderstood. It’s no secret that many people, given the choice, would pass on cabbage. With a reputation for being gas-producing and unglamorous, cabbage is one of those vegetables that we can easily ignore, because we know that if and when we need it, it will be there.
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Learn how to make the best pan-seared and roasted filet mignon with herbed butter baste
Spring is in the air and that alone is reason to celebrate! With the promise of new beginnings, warmer weather, flowers in bloom, there is the hope for a brighter and happier world. Spring is also the season for Easter, and regardless of how you celebrate, it offers an opportunity to gather with family and friends to eat, drink and be merry!
We have partnered with Canada Beef and are so excited to offer you an Easter feast idea that will elevate your luncheon or dinner table. Have you been too intimidated to try cooking filet mignon? Are you under the impression that filet mignon is tender, yet flavourless? Have you not considered beef to be the perfect centerpiece for your Easter table? Remember, this is the season of new beginnings. Let us convince you that pan-seared filet mignon using Canadian Beef tenderloin steaks, cooked to perfection, is exactly what you need this Easter holiday!
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Youvetsi with lamb is a classic Greek slow cooked meal made with lamb and orzo.
Γιουβέτσι με αρνί. Several years ago one of us was gifted a cookbook called Slow Food. Like all great cookbooks it was bedtime reading for weeks. Only after every page had been turned over at least once did the book make its way into the kitchen, where a few of the recipe were tried. We still have that book, and love it. The photos are appetizing, the recipes varied and delicious, and the spirit of the book is exactly what we needed then, and now. Slow cooking (not to be confused with slow cooker cooking) is about intentionality, calm and patience. Since that book, the slow food movement has ebbed and flowed in its popularity but one thing is for sure – the Greek kitchen is full of recipes that require time, and little else.
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Delicious Greek-style grilled lamb burgers with feta topped with tzatziki, tomatoes, lettuce and red onions.
Αρνίσια μπιφτέκια με φέτα. We love lamb. We didn’t always; its strong flavour was not consistently appreciated by our developing palates, but we came around. It is a special ingredient that we don’t have too often, but when we do we like to treat it with as much care and attention as possible.
We are always taken aback when a non-Greek assumes Greeks eat lamb more often than any other meat. We wonder if it was only in our family that lamb was a special occasion food. But then we remember that although lamb is popular in Greece, other meats such as pork, are much more so. In some areas, goat even surpasses the consumption of lamb. And then we also remember that the Mediterranean diet we were privileged to be raised on prioritizes less meat and more other stuff. Lamb, pork, goat, beef and even chicken are less frequently enjoyed than fresh fish and seafood and vegetarian recipes.
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Perfect recipe for marinated and grilled lamb chops for any occasion.
Παϊδάκια αρνίσια στη σχάρα. Lamb is really a special occasion meal in our family. Perhaps this because it is so closely associated with our Pascha (Orthodox Easter) celebration (which you can read about here), and also because it tends to be a pricey meat protein option. In any case, when lamb is on the menu, you just know that both the meal and the gathering will be amazing.
Although there is a general assumption that Greeks eat a lot of lamb, in our experience this isn’t really the case. In Greece, pork tends to be a more popular meat choice because of its availability and affordability. Also, pork is delicious and makes some of the best souvlakia. Furthermore, many Greeks also follow Orthodox lent and fasting periods, during which the diet is primarily plant-based. All this means that lamb is enjoyed, but not as frequently as you might imagine.
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The best prime rib roast recipe for any special occasion.
If you have a special occasion coming up, or if you just want to indulge in a fancy meal (you deserve it!) we have the perfect recipe for you. Our prime rib roast is a celebratory meal and we often serve it for family birthday dinners, Father’s Day, Christmas lunch, or any other event that we feel is worthy of it, like a weekend!
What is prime rib, actually?
This is the portion of beef which is cut from the primal rib between ribs 6 – 12. It is also called standing rib roast. This alternate name is used because prime rib is often roasted standing on the rib bones. Although a prime rib includes the section of beef between ribs 6 – 12, it doesn’t have to; it can be a smaller subsection of this.
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A delicious and super simple recipe from Chefs Plate
Quick and easy meals like this quick pork ragu with zucchini and Parmesan cheese that you don’t even have to shop for?! Are you wondering what sort of sorcery we are talking about? Not sorcery friends, just meal kit delivery services, like Chefs Plate, a division of HelloFresh in Canada. If you have never treated yourself to a meal kit delivery service like Chefs Plate, let us tell you all the reasons why you should.
The concept is simple. You go online, find recipes that you think you would enjoy making and eating, click a few buttons and then voila! Like magic a box full of all the ingredients you will need shows up at your door in perfectly measured amounts along with a detailed and clear recipe card. Chefs Plate takes the stress out of cooking!
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A delicious Greek lamb sandwich full of Mediterranean flavours
Σάντουιτς με αρνί. Most years Pascha is a huge celebration in our family. Immediate family, extended family, friends who are like family gather together to eat, drink, laugh and be merry. Many people means much food and you can read all about our usual Easter celebrations over here. This year, like last, our plans were usurped by the pandemic and each of us celebrated at our own homes, with our husbands and daughters. Different, but still lovely. As a result, our usual entire lamb on a souvla was replaced by a leg of lamb and a couple of shanks on the smoker at one of our homes, and grilled lamb chops at the others.
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A maple, brown sugar and Dijon glazed ham served with a pineapple salsa
If you’ve been with us for a while then you know that both of us are married to men who are not Greek. Although they have both embraced our Greek culture, religion, heritage, customs, language and traditions, they are xeni (the Greek way of say not Greek). Both men are a beautiful medley of English, Irish and Scottish descent and with a Canadian lineage that goes back a few generations at least.
John is Billie’s husband, and he is a gem. As a child he spent a lot of his time with his maternal grandparents, Viola and Eldon, surrounded by love, kindness and food that his grandma served with pride. This was a very traditional home where the man of the house worked and the woman kept the home pristine and comfortable, and every night dinner was a committed affair. The table was always set perfectly, manners were paramount, and meals began with a prayer and thanks. John relished the time he spent with his grandparents and thrived under their care. Sleepovers with grandpa and grandma were the highlight of young John’s week. It’s no wonder that when John and Billie were married, Viola and Eldon were the two people who walked him down the aisle. They were so proud.
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The best biftekia with the most lemony roasted Greek potatoes
Hearty, easy, humble food! That is what this meal is. Biftekia sto fourno (or meat patties baked in the oven) are like mini meatloafs or large meatballs. These oval shaped hamburger patties are perfectly Greek, and our recipe is perfectly delicious!
Growing up our parents would sometimes take our biftekia and serve them in a hamburger bun, their oval shape causing a bit of dead space resulting in bites of plain bread with ketchup. Most often however, biftekia were served just as they are here – no bread and with a side of slow roasted, creamy and lemony potatoes. So good!
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