Coconut Panna Cotta With Berry Sauce

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    Coconut Panna Cotta With Berry Sauce

    This year, I’ve come to enjoy panna cottas…that means cooked cream in Italian. It’s a simple dessert and as long as you don’t mess up with either too little or too much gelatine, you end up with  smooth, delicate pudding like dessert where the flavour possibilities are endless. Today, I am using a pantry item […]

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Greek

Snails Stifado With Creamy Sour Trahana Snails Stifado With Creamy Sour Trahana

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a Cretan-themed dinner, featuring traditional dishes from Greece’s largest island – Crete. This island is considered the birthplace of the Mediterranean Diet and these folks like to stick to their traditions. That includes using their staples with include snails and sour trahana. Snails…you want to call them escargot? […]

Greek Food Gazette 28/06/2014 Greek Food Gazette 28/06/2014

Athens begins a hip economic rescue plan/gentrification Cretan Gastrnomic Festival acts as catalyst for economic growth Domaine Vassiliou in Attiki invites to tour their winery and estate Regional carrier Sky Express announces its summer routes Athens is back…here’s The New York Post’s list of places to check out Seats on sale now for Summer Taverna […]

Kserotigana from Crete Kserotigana from Crete

Last month I cooked (and hosted) a Cretan dinner as part of my Greek Supper Club events and the dessert I chose was a Cretan specialty called Kserotigana. The dough is similar to Laconian diples but they look a little different. Diples are folded quickly in the hot oil with two forks and one has […]

Fassolakia Ladera Fassolakia Ladera

Greek cuisine is full of vegetarian main options and many of those being main courses that are filling, nutritious and delicious. It’s Spring and herbs are abundant at the markets and in some of your herb gardens. The main ingredient of this one-pot dish are flat, runner or pole beans. Fassolakia. These flat beans are […]

Recipes

Fassolakia Ladera Fassolakia Ladera

Greek cuisine is full of vegetarian main options and many of those being main courses that are filling, nutritious and delicious. It’s Spring and herbs are abundant at the markets and in some of your herb gardens. The main ingredient of this one-pot dish are flat, runner or pole beans. Fassolakia. These flat beans are […]

Lemon Carbonara Spaghetti Lemon Carbonara Spaghetti

Most of you who are food enthusiasts (freaks) like myself, you’ve noticed by now that many items on your grocery bill have gone up. One glaring spike in prices is with lemons. Limes I can find for 6 for $1, oranges are decently priced but lemons? The best deal I’ve found so far this year […]

Talk Toronto

Announcing Summer Taverna Dinner on August 5th Announcing Summer Taverna Dinner on August 5th

Some of you have been to Greece, some of you are already back and some of you want to experience the bounty of the Greek summer as only the local laverna can. We are returning to Kritamos, located at 443Danforth in Toronto’s Greektown to make use of their rotisserie and huge grill.   Kolonaki Group […]

An Evening in Crete – Greek Supper Club Recap An Evening in Crete – Greek Supper Club Recap

Crete, the southernmost part of Greece, largest island in the Mediterranean and the birthplace of the “Mediterranean Diet”. This past Monday,  we raised a glass (or two) of Cretan wine, said a couple of Matinades and enjoyed a five course authentic Cretan dinner. This dinner has been long in the making and I am delighted […]

Travel

First Stop: Peter Minakis’ Athens First Stop: Peter Minakis’ Athens

I was recently approached by the folks of Culinary Backstreets to share with their readers where I would eat upon immediately arriving in Athens. The site’s focus is to explore a city’s authentic dining scene and they offer gastronomic walking tours of Istanbul, Barcelona, Rio, Mexico City, Shanghai and Athens. Click on the link and […]

Longing For a Greek Breakfast Longing For a Greek Breakfast

For the past few years, there has been a movement in Greece to showcase authentic Greek breakfast items. Emphasis has been given to hotels, inns and restaurants that are frequented by tourists. This is being done because if you’ve visited Greece (and the rest of Europe), you may have had one of those “continental breakfasts”…you […]

Pantry

Pickled Grapes With Manouri Cheese and Salad Greens Pickled Grapes With Manouri Cheese and Salad Greens

Last week I hosted my latest Greek Supper Club, this time the venue was at St. Lawrence Market, Toronto’s world famous central market. The dinner theme was Greek dishes with some Canadian twists. Greek eating and drinking has been centered around wine since ancient times but there’s always some new twists to be added so […]

Sesame Halva Balls Sesame Halva Balls

In Greece, we love our Halvah but the definition can be a little confusing, as there are a few different varieties. One kind of halva […]