Greek Food Gazette 26/07/14

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    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 […]

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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 […]

Cafe Frappe Ice Cream With Honey Roasted Figs Cafe Frappe Ice Cream With Honey Roasted Figs

Just two days ago, I served this Greek Summer inspired ice cream, reminiscent of Cafe Frappe – the iced coffee enjoyed in Greece using Nescafe instant coffee. In old days, Nescafe was added to a cocktail shaker with sugar to taste, water and shaken to a thick foam then poured into a tall glass. Cold […]

Recipes

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 […]

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 […]

Talk Toronto

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 […]

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 […]

Travel

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]