Sesame coated fried feta with honey and walnuts

Sesame coated fried feta with honey and walnuts

Sesame coated fried feta with honey and walnuts

This dish looks so impressive, so fancy, that it is hard to believe that it can easily be whipped together in a moment’s notice.  The sweetness of the honey, paired with the saltiness of the feta and the crunch of the sesame seeds and nuts, creates a dish which is rich in both flavour and texture.  Pretty impressive for a recipe which has only a few basic ingredients and can be ready in under 10 minutes.  We wish everything in life was this easy, and this tasty!

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Apple cake (Κέικ μήλου ή μηλόπιτα)

Apple cake (Κέικ μήλου ή μηλόπιτα)

Apple cake (Κέικ μήλου ή μηλόπιτα)

 

There are so many things that are wrong with this recipe, starting with the name.  This is an apple cake, which our parents have forever referred to as a milopita (μηλόπιτα).  Now technically, a milopita is an apple pie…which, this is not.  It’s a cake, and many Greeks might call it just that, an apple cake or keik milou (Κέικ μήλου).  If you are one of those people, please don’t send us emails and well meaning comments informing us that this is not a pie.  We know it’s not, but the reality is, this recipe has bigger problems.

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Tomato and feta toast

Tomato and feta toast

We don’t know about you, but for us, mornings are a marathon.  We are up early, and from the time that our feet reluctantly make contact with the floor, we are running. Whether we are tending to the pets, the kids, the spouses, or, imagine this…ourselves…it seems that the morning whizzes by. Getting out the door in time leaves us exhausted and ready for bed again, immediately.

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Eggplant, zucchini and potato bake

Eggplant, zucchini and potato bake

Eggplant, zucchini and potato bake

 

Have you noticed that we have a fondness for eggplant?  They are so versatile, and so very delicious.  This fruit (yes!  eggplant is a fruit, and botanically a species of nightshade, a family of flowering plants) can be treated in all sorts of ways, including being fried for eggplant chips, stuffed in yemista, and even used as a substitute for crostini!  It also plays well with others, and in this baked vegetable dish, it is combined with zucchini and potato to make one of our families most favourite dishes.  We are so excited to share it!

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Fried eggplant chips (τηγανιτές μελιτζάνες)

Fried eggplant chips (τηγανιτές μελιτζάνες)

Fried eggplant chips (τηγανιτές μελιτζάνες)

 

Remember when we shared our fried zucchini chip recipe and you were so thankful that you were sending us cards of gratitude and telling all your friends to follow Mia Kouppa? That wasn’t you?  Well, why not?  You should really think about getting on that bandwagon! 🙂  In any case, we think that this recipe, similar but different to the summer squash chips, might just have you running out to pick up some stamps.

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Pork and celery with egg lemon sauce (Χοιρινό με σέλινο αυγολέμονο)

Pork and celery with egg lemon sauce (Χοιρινό με σέλινο αυγολέμονο)

Pork and celery with egg lemon sauce (Χοιρινό με σέλινο αυγολέμονο)

It’s not often that a two-bit character actor is cast in a leading role.  It’s rare for a back-up singer to move center stage, and win a Grammy.  It’s unusual for a second-string quarterback to somehow lead the league in touchdown passes.  And it’s surprising that a plain Jane vegetable, which is usually part of a basic trio (think: saute onion, garlic and celery…), becomes the focus of an entire, decadent meal.  But this is a celery Cinderella story, and we’re here to tell it.

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Chunky tomato sauce

Chunky tomato sauce

Chunky tomato sauce

 

This sauce!  How could we begin to describe the wonder which is this sauce!?  How could we convince you that this sauce, is something that you absolutely have to make…like, today…before it becomes difficult to find sweet, vine ripened tomatoes.  Will it help if we tell you that this sauce, so basic, so simple, will elevate your dishes in ways you could barely imagine?!  It’s true! It’s so deliciously true!

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