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?
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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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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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Incredibly flavourful fish cakes made with cod, potato and lots of fresh herbs.
Greeks have a special relationship with cod (bakaliaros) despite the fact that you don’t find fresh cod in the waters around Greece. Salt preservation and curing however have made Atlantic cod an important staple for many European countries, particularly for those people living in non-coastal communities. In fact, cod has been an important commodity in Europe and the other parts of the world for over 1,000 years.
For many in Greece, and the Greek diaspora, bakaliaros is the traditional food served on March 25th, to celebrate Greek independence from Ottoman rule, a day which also coincides with the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. To make this traditional meal, salted cod is soaked for days and then batter fried and served with skordalia (a potato garlic spread) and greens.
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Easy Greek appetizer of baked feta with orange and olives to serve with bread or crackers
Appetizers, or as meze as we call them in Greek, that come together quickly and get devoured even more quickly are a success in our books. Our recipe for baked feta with orange and olives is that kind of recipe. Made with only a few kitchen staples (yes, feta and olives should be a staple in your home, as should oranges) this is a winner of a recipe.
Something pretty magical happens to feta when it gets warmed up. It doesn’t melt necessarily, but it does get sensuously soft and perfectly spreadable. The creamy creation can then be spread over crostini, it can be scooped up with pita bread, and it can even be eaten with a spoon – no apologies, no excuses!
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An amazing way to get all the flavour of spanakopita with our sheet pan spanakopita quesadilla
The flavours of spanakopita are out of this world. Anyone who thinks that they don’t like spinach has never had it mixed with feta and ricotta, the combination of which is then wrapped and baked or fried into a crispy package. There are so many different recipes for spanakopita and we have yet to try one we haven’t loved.
The only downside to making spanakopita is the time commitment. Opening your own phyllo is an art and it takes patience and practice. Using store-bought phyllo sheets is much simpler, but still requires a bit of care as you lay your sheets out and make little spanakopita triangles. But using tortillas? Well, this just is a game-changing technique!
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Sauteed mushrooms with cream is the perfect topping or side to any number of things
Every once in a while our parents venture away from their tried and true Greek recipes to introduce something new into the mix. There was their study into homemade egg rolls and vegetable fried rice – both delicious and both recipes we absolutely have to share one day. They went through a phase when they made broccoli “like the French do“, that is, covered in cheese and baked. We’re not sure where they got that idea (probably a soap opera), but it was delicious, and short-lived. Our mother decided that her usual method of preparing broccoli, with olive oil and lemon, was far superior to broccoli au gratin. We tend to agree. And then, there was their discovery of stuffed mushrooms.
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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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A delightful and easy marble cake for all occasions made with chocolate and orange
This chocolate and orange marble cake is about as nostalgic as a cake can get. There is something simply vintage about a cake made of two different batters swirled together to make a random design. Fancy frosting need not apply; the only thing a classic marble cake needs is a light dusting of icing sugar…maybe.
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Delicious quiche like muffins made with red pepper and tomato
Red pepper and tomato egg muffins! We love eggs. When we run out of eggs, we panic. During periods of lent, when we cut out meat, dairy and eggs, it’s the eggs we have the hardest time with. Besides the fact that they are common in baked goods (hello Greek marble cake) they are also the perfect solution to having nothing planned for dinner. Our dad always says that so long as you have eggs in the fridge, you have a meal – and he’s right!
One of our fondest memories of summers spent in Greece are heading to the chicken coop early in the morning with our aunt, on the hunt for eggs. For us city girls, searching for and collecting still warm eggs every day was something that we could never tire of. With our cousins we ran a competition. Who would find the most eggs. Who would collect the largest one. And who would find the prettiest egg of the day. Our aunt would then prepare breakfast by cracking some eggs in a cast iron frying pan generously coated with olive oil. The whites would develop a crinkly edge and the bright orange yolk would remain runny, perfect for dunking her homemade bread into.
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