Recipes

Greek Lentils and Rice-Fakorizo

greek rice and lentils

I have always been a proponent of a mostly vegetarian diet, following the traditional Greek-Mediterranean diet which is composed of vegetable based dishes, legumes, cheese and olive oil. Meat is more of a side dish and particularly red meat was consumed sparingly. We now know from studies, that increased red meat consumption as well as processed meat (bacon, luncheon meats etc.) are associated with an increase in mortality, in other words an increased risk of dying. Read more »

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Greek Style Peas-Arakas Latheros

Greek peas

Today I am sharing a favorite, traditional Greek recipe. Another lathero. These days, here in Greece we have been getting very little sleep, what with following all the developments taking place with our economy, so I cook dishes that are very easy, almost requiring no recipe. Just vegetables cooked with olive oil and tomato, that is what a lathero is. This one is called arakas latheros, translated as peas cooked in olive oil. Not only is it easy to make, but it is also a comfort food: cooked vegetables in a rich olive oil-tomato sauce, accompanied with tangy feta and good bread to dip in the yummy juices. Read more »

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Sautéed Zucchini with Feta

zucchini feta

I could not write this post without mentioning the current situation here in Greece. Yes, we have been going through some tough times. The Greek people have been asked to basically choose between a rock and a hard place. For the past years here in Greece we have been hit by increased austerity measures: taxes increasing everyday, salaries and the minimum wages going down, people losing their jobs, less money going into healthcare, schools and so many other services. Read more »

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Greek Sour Cherry Preserves – Vissino Glyko Koutaliou

Greek sour cherry vissinoThese Greek fruit preserves are known as spoon sweets. Greeks do not spread these preserves on bread but serve them on their own as a dessert. Basically, when one would visit someone’s home, they serve them this sweet in small crystal plate with a spoon and a tall glass of cold water to wash it down. Years ago, the spoon sweet would be served communally. The hostess would bring a large jar full of the preserves with small spoons for each guest to serve themselves. However you only served yourself once and only a spoonful. Read more »

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Feta and Strawberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

strawberry feta sandwich

I like grilled cheese sandwiches in any shape or form. Here in Greece we have what you call a “tost”, which is basically a sandwich with cheese and ham that is toasted in a panini type press. Kids love it. Read more »

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Greek Yellow Lentil Dip with Oregano-Fava Yahni

Greek fava with tomato, yellow split pea, yellow lentilsIf you like Greek cuisine or have traveled to Greece, you surely have tasted fava, it is yellow split pea cooked to a creamy puree, served with onion and capers and of course drizzled with olive oil. The fava, is not to be confused with the fava bean, this is yellow lentil or  yellow split pea. Read more »

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Greek Island Almond Sweets – Amygthalota

amygdalota

The abundance of almonds on the Greek island lead to a number of desserts made with… what else? Almonds. If you have traveled to islands such as Mykonos, Tinos, Sifnos you may have seen these white little sweets. Read more »

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Greek Style Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera

Greek Green beans-Fasolakia

Ok, summer is almost here. And that means more lathera! Lathera as I’ve mentioned before, are a whole category of Greek recipes where vegetables are cooked in olive oil and tomato along with herbs. We eat this as a main course along with bread and feta cheese. I would say that this is the secret weapon of the Greek diet, it is why Greeks consistently have the highest intake of vegetables (per person) in the world. Read more »

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Smashed Potato Appetizer

Smashed Roasted Potatoes

I first made this recipe a few months ago and ever since I have made it numerous times as an appetizer and it is delicious, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The ingredients are only two and of course staples of the Mediterranean diet and Greek cuisine: potatoes and olive oil. Inspired by a recipe here, I simplified them even more to resemble the classic Greek style fried potatoes (patates tiganites) in flavor and texture, but without the frying. Read more »

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Oven Roasted Asparagus in Olive Oil

Roasted Asparagus in Olive Oil

It’s the season of asparagus and were loading up on it as much as we can, as soon it will be over. Here in Greece we get plenty of the white asparagus and less of the green type and then if you are lucky, you can find wild asparagus which is thinner and slightly bitter. Read more »

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