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    Voreina Gallery Suites, Pyrgos, Santorini

    If you were to ask people what images first pop-up in their mind when told to think about Greece, the immediate responses are  “Athens, Parthenon, the Aegean, donkeys, Moussaka, museums, Zorba and Santorini”. I have been to Santorini three times – the first time was in 1988 and although a bustling tourist destination, most of […]

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Greek

Octopus Ravioli Octopus Ravioli

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that I love octopus and if you love Greek food or have visited Greece – you know octopus is cooked in array of ways from braised to grilled, roasted to pickled. When one buys an octopus, you get eight tentacles and the head. Everything but […]

Greek Food Gazette 26/07/14 Greek Food Gazette 26/07/14

Win a trip for two to Greece, courtesy of Greek National Tourist Org Boutari Wines adapting to the changing times Ten of the Mediterranean’s 30 most popular island vacation destinations this summer are Greek Wine Spectator honours two restaurants in Athens Koufonissia in the Aegean your secret seaside awaits you Wine makes a comeback in […]

Boiled Greens With Grilled Garlic Scapes Boiled Greens With Grilled Garlic Scapes

At last month’s Greek Supper Club, I served up whole grilled lavraki flown in from Greece and although it wasn’t on the menu, I decided to serve boiled horta (greens) as a side to the fish. It’s a MUST. In Greece, folks will go for walks to forage wild edible greens with the most common […]

Squid Ink Spaghetti With Zesty Calamari Squid Ink Spaghetti With Zesty Calamari

Here’s an easy pasta dish that combines inspiration from the south in Crete, from the seaside tavernas and from northern Greece with the use of Boukovo…Greek chilli flakes. I first has cuttlefish and squid served covered in their squid ink…an odd sight at first but jet-black delicious! One can buy squid ink from finer grocers […]

Recipes

Paprika-Crusted Haddock Loin With Vlita Paprika-Crusted Haddock Loin With Vlita

I love summers and I’m not the type to take it for granted  – I like spending time outdoors. That means doing as little as possible indoors and that includes cooking. The obvious thing to do is entertain outside and that includes grilling but this post isn’t for your grill-master but rather, those who fear […]

Coconut Panna Cotta With Berry Sauce 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 […]

Talk Toronto

An Evening in Naoussa With Thymiopoulos Wines An Evening in Naoussa With Thymiopoulos Wines

Join me on Sunday, October 19th for an special dinner tailored to complement the wines of Thymiopoulos Vineyards of Naoussa in central Macedonia. The region has a long wine-making history (named Internation City of Wines and Vineyards) with an emphasis on the Xinomavro grape varietal. My family is from nearby the region and I am […]

Recap –  Greek Supper Club at The Manor Recap – Greek Supper Club at The Manor

The weather gods cooperated this past Sunday and the rain held off long enough for me to host an outdoor Greek Supper Club at The Manor on Bayview. I brought the grill and we all enjoyed a whole grilled lavraki (European sea bass), flown straight from Greece, courtesy of Selonda Aquaculture. The fish was dressed […]

Travel

Voreina Gallery Suites, Pyrgos, Santorini Voreina Gallery Suites, Pyrgos, Santorini

If you were to ask people what images first pop-up in their mind when told to think about Greece, the immediate responses are  “Athens, Parthenon, the Aegean, donkeys, Moussaka, museums, Zorba and Santorini”. I have been to Santorini three times – the first time was in 1988 and although a bustling tourist destination, most of […]

Savour Autumn in The Aegean Savour Autumn in The Aegean

I am delighted to be returning to Montreal on Tuesday, October  to cook at the city’s preeminent Turkish Restaurant – Su. Chef Fisun Ercan grew up in the kitchen and she shares her passion and affinity for Mediterranean flavours. The olive oil used through the entire menu will be furnished by Cretan olive oil from […]

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 […]