A lovely loaf of bread made with roasted red peppers and flavoured with garlic and chives
Baking bread is one of the purest joys of life. Nothing, not a delicious cake or an intricate meal, comes close to eliciting the sense of pride that baking your own bread does. This is funny, because bread making, with the right recipe and attitude, is actually a very simple thing.
Our parents have been baking their own bread for as long as we could remember. At least once a week they will make several loaves of a rustic village bread that they then have for breakfast, with meals (especially delicious with lathera dishes like green beans and potatoes), and which they snack on. They also tend to send a few loaves our way, which is always a welcome surprise.
A Greek potato salad made with fresh herbs and a light lemon vinaigrette.
We were well into our teenage years before we realized that North American potato salads were typically rich with mayonnaise. Our parents used mayonnaise quite sparingly in their cooking, and in fact one of the only recipes we remember which used lots of mayo was the classic Russian salad. Beyond that, mayonnaise was something we saw spread on pieces of white toast sandwiching a slice or two of bologna at our non-Greek friends’ homes.
We grew up with potato salads, like this Greek potato salad with herbs, which were fresh tasting, light, mayonnaise-less and easy to bring along to a picnic. With the warmer weather fast approaching and our herb gardens growing, now is the perfect time to make this family favourite.
What is it about bowls? Honestly, you could take every single component in our grilled chicken bowl, lay it all out on a dish, eat it, and think Well, that was delicious. But the minute you take all of these ingredients, arrange them in a bowl all pretty, you think, even before eating it Well, this is going to be delicious! Just like frappé tastes better sipped on a beach in Greece, just like ice cream tastes best right out of the container, this recipe taste better in a bowl than it does on a plate.
A green version of the classic shakshuka loaded with healthy and delicious ingredients!
Our Green shakshuka has become our latest obsession. We love the idea of loading up on our greens early in the day; shakshuka is a great breakfast or brunch option. But this recipe isn’t just for mornings. We have enjoyed it for lunch and even a light supper. We think that if you try our recipe, you’ll find many occasions to enjoy it too!
Easy orange ricotta pancakes topped with orange and strawberry compote
Pancakes are a special way to start the day! Although there are loads of pre-made pancake mixes you can buy at the grocery store, making your own pancakes is easy. Also, the mix varieties tend to stick to buttermilk or regular, and if you’re lucky you might find something with chocolate . We don’t think you will ever find a boxed pancake mix that makes orange ricotta pancakes however, and you really do need these in your life.
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!
A healthy egg salad made with feta, Greek yogourt, lemon and dill, perfect for sandwiches
Our father has always said that if you have eggs in the house, you have a meal. He is so right! We rely on eggs pretty frequently, and not only for breakfast (although eggs fried in olive oil is one of our favourite ways to start the day). Eggs can be part of a pretty substantial meal at lunch or dinner; our eggs with loukaniko and potato is a hearty, classic Greek omelette that proves that you don’t need to get too complicated to create something great in the kitchen.
Eggs are quick and handy too. When we are particularly organized we keep a few hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator, available for anyone who needs a protein-filled snack or a breakfast on the go. Just be sure to identify the hard boiled eggs with a pencil marking on the shell to distinguish them from the raw eggs! We know, we know! There are other ways to tell the difference between the two, but really, who has time and energy for that?
Great recipe ideas for thing to make with hard boiled eggs
Easter is our favourite holiday. We love everything about it, and when it is over we find ourselves with lots of left-over hard boiled eggs! It’s a good thing that we love eggs, that they are nutritious, and that they are so versatile. Eggs are also a pretty economical way to add protein to your diet. Although we love eating hard boiled eggs just as they are, with a slight sprinkling of salt and pepper, we also love to make things with hard boiled eggs. Whether they are leftover from Easter or another occasion, or you are cooking them in anticipation of these recipes, we think you’ll love them all.
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.
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.