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Stuffed miniature eggplant (melitzanes papoutsakia)

This aubergine-based recipe literally translates to ‘little eggplant shoes’. The original recipe for papoutsakia calls for halved eggplants, but the Ottoman version of this recipe prefers to create incisions in the vegetable and keep the juices in. INGREDIENTS: 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 500g minced beef 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup butter 1 cup milk 2 ... Read More »

Penny Zalalas’ Pastitsio

Pastitso is the Greek version of lasagne and this classic dish is full of richly flavoured meat, pasta and béchamel sauce. This mouth-watering recipe, was passed on to Penny, by her mum. INGREDIENTS: The Meat Sauce 1/2 kilo of beef mince 1 large white onion 2 cloves of garlic 2 tablespoons parsley 5 fresh grated tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato paste ... Read More »

Eggplants with mincemeat

*Note: This is a classic dish of Volos and it is thought that the dish was brought by the Anatolian Greek refugees who fled their native Asia Minor early in the 20th century. Other versions can be found in other northern areas of Greece. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup of olive oil 2 large onions, grated 250 grams of ground beef 1 ... Read More »

Vegetarian Gemista (Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers)

INGREDIENTS: *3 medium-sized bell peppers *2 tomatoes, diced *2 cloves of garlic, minced *1 onion, diced *1 tsp dried parsley *1 tsp dried oregano *2 tsp dried basil *1 tsp salt *2 cups white rice *1 cup water METHOD: Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Carefully remove the tops of the peppers using a sharp knife. Remove the seeds ... Read More »

Tsoureki (Pascal Bread)

Holy Thursday is the day that baking is done within the house, the Pascal bread (tsoureki),  Pascal shortbread (koulouria) and the dying of the red eggs occurs. No other jobs or chores around the house should be taken care of. Dora Kitinas-Gogos shares this Tsoureki recipe: TSOUREKI (PASCAL BREAD) This is a fail safe recipe; it has come to me via ... Read More »

Rose Water Greek Rice Pudding (Risogalo)

A classic Greek-style rice pudding with a twist of fragrant rosewater Ingredients: 1L (4 cups) light milk, plus 1 tablespoon extra 1/2 cup (110g) arborio risotto rice 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon rosewater 1 teaspoon cornflour 1/2 cup low-joule strawberry jam, warmed *Shopping tip: Rosewater is available from gourmet food shops and delis. *Low FODMAP ... Read More »

Strawberry Lemon Cake

A delicious recipe by Ioanna Chalamouki of food blog Pasta Flora. Ingredients: Cake: 6 egg yolks 60g vegetable oil 60g milk 45g sugar Zest of one lemon 120g flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 6 egg whites 75g sugar (granulated) 2 tsp lemon juice 2 cups strawberries, cut in slices (reserve some for decoration on top) Whipped cream: 500ml double cream ... Read More »

Ricotta cheesecake with blood orange marmalade

A difficult to resist cheesecake with a concentrated milk flavour and a glaze that makes a difference Ingredients For the crust: 1 1/4 cups ground almond biscotti 1/4 cup granulated sugar 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, plus more for coating the baking pan For the filling: 1 package cream cheese, cut into pieces 225g whole-milk ricotta, drained in a fine ... Read More »

Gluten free Greek Meatballs

Greek meatballs (keftedes) are extremely versatile and absolutely delicious. They can be served as an appetiser on a sharing plate, with a side of rice for dinner or in a pita bread wrap for lunch on the run. They are perfect for kids lunch boxes and extremely popular at parties. Keftedes are traditionally made with breadcrumbs but Helen’s gluten-free version ... Read More »

Gluten Free Pastitsio with Lamb, Rosemary and Oregano

Pastitsio is a traditional Greek baked pasta dish, and Greece’s answer to lasagna. The key differences are lamb mince instead of beef and the use of tubular pasta as opposed to sheets. Helen’s hearty gluten-free version is made using gluten-free penne and is wonderfully comforting on a cold winter’s day. Serve with a Greek salad when entertaining friends to showcase ... Read More »