Our Kouppes

Mia Kouppa
So, we’ve been thinking.  This website was initially intended to be a place where we could preserve, and then share with all of you, our parents’ traditional Greek recipes.  Our goal, simple; to fill in the gaps, and answer the questions that most children of Greek immigrant parents (actually all immigrant parents) seem to have, including: “How much, really, is mia kouppa (one cup)  flour?” or “What do you mean, add as much water as it takes?”.  We set out to cook with our parents, document their recipes, measure out their ingredients, and take careful notes of each step and all directions.  At the same time, we have captured their kitchen wisdom, even that which is quite nonsensical, and we have been sharing that too.  Along with recipes, step by step photos, some videos, and helpful hints, we also share stories and memories which resonate with so many of our readers.  Mia Kouppa has been a true labour of love, that has received a lot of love!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all your support and encouragement.

But along the way, a funny thing has happened.  Now that we are seasoned food bloggers (pun intended), we find ourselves eating meals using recipes that we have created, and thinking, “This is really good.  Too bad we can’t share this recipe on Mia Kouppa”.  A few delicious desserts, fancy appetizers and elegant entrées later, we realized…hold on a second! We can actually do whatever we want!  This is the beauty of being your own blogging boss!
And so, here we are.  The initial, and principal, purpose of Mia Kouppa remains the same; our parents’ kitchen will be our main source of inspiration and our parents remain the stars.  But, just as we have created space to share (and decipher) recipes from other Greek kitchens, through our feature of  More Kouppes, we will also begin sharing some of our own creations, using the heading Our Kouppes (cute, don’t you think?!).  Many of our recipes will be influenced by the food we grew up with. Others will be inspired by our love of various cuisines, our avid (and slightly obsessive) inquiry into all things edible and potable, and our city, which allows us to experience some of the best restaurant food out there.  We hope that you are as excited as we are to get to know us a little better, through Our Kouppes.

Thanks for sharing!


  1. In 1989 I left the UK to live in Greece for a year (so easy, pre-Brexit) and fell in love with an Irishman. In the crisp winter days of northern Greece we discovered bourgatsa and for years afterwards, even though we were no longer together, when one of those rare crisp, sunny days came along in our rainy countries we’d write to each other “the bourgatsa days are upon us”. I’ve never seen a recipe for it anywhere else, and your blog is a treasure trove of all the other real Greek dishes from the mountains that are hard to find. Efcharisto!

    1. miakouppa says:

      Thank you so much for your message Alison! We are so happy that you have found us, and that you are appreciating our recipe. This really makes us so grateful, to know that our hard work is reaching people and that they are finding joy in our recipes. Also…how sweet that you and your friend still keep in touch in such a lovely way. Love that! xoxo Helen & Billie

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