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Greek-Style Caesar Salad With Pastourma and Saganaki Cheese

February 20th, 2014

This is one those dishes where you are going to have to go to a Greek grocery store for many of the ingredients. There are ingredients like Pastourma, Cretan rusks, Saganaki cheese and there’s some more familiar ingredients like capers and sun-dried tomatoes. I served a version of this salad this past week at my […]



Monkfish Saganaki

December 4th, 2013

From September and through the winter, I begin to see monkfish at shops in Greece and here in Canada. It’s not a pretty fish but it’s delish, no pin bones and the meat on the fish comes from two loins that are attached to the tail bone. You would get two pieces of that resemble […]



Wasabi Mussels Saganaki

October 3rd, 2013

If you’ve visited Thessaloniki and the nearby Halkidiki, you likely will have enjoyed mussels saganaki. This dish is a specialty of the region where mussels are served in  two-handles vessel, a wonderful appetizer on all seafood tavernas in the area. The most common versions are a tomato based mussels saganaki with a touch of got […]



Batzos Saganaki

December 20th, 2011

One of the cornerstones of Greek cuisine has to be it’s cheeses…varied in taste, texture and many offerings coming from all parts of the country. I brought a cheese from Greece is called Batzos – not Batsos (Greek slang for Police/Cop). Batzos come from northern Greece and more specifically from central to western Macedonia (Naoussa […]



Lobster Saganaki (Αστακος Σαγανακι)

October 19th, 2011

It’s time for another saganaki dish. There are a lot of “saganaki” dishes on this blog but this one is the tastiest. REALLY! Most of you are familiar with the flaming cheese saganaki (a taverna favourite) but there are many types of saganaki dishes. Saganaki is the two-handled dish that it’s served in – so […]



Gavros Saganaki (Γαύρος Σαγανάκι)

September 1st, 2011

There are some things that just MUST be eaten when in Greece: vine-ripe tomatoes, freshly pressed olive oil, tree-ripened figs, watermelon and cantaloupe and the fresh fish – anchovies in particular. Erase whatever preconceived notion you have of the anchovy. Forget about the salty tinned or jarred variety or that pizza with the dreaded anchovies […]



Mussels Saganaki With Mustard

January 26th, 2011

In the town near to our summer home in Greece, is a “psaro taverna” or seafood tavern that’s been a favourite of our family & friends for years. The taverna’s name is Kapetan Giakoumis and the proprietor is this portly fellow with long curly dark brown hair. Think rolly-polly Diego Maradona. Our summer home is […]



Flaming Cheese Saganaki

October 2nd, 2010

This appetizer meze is one that you will find both in Greece and in the tavernas around the world. The glaring difference in the Cheese Saganaki served in Greece and abroad is that in Greece it will simply be pan-seared and brought to your table. Abroad (Canada, US, Australia, western Europe) you will also get […]



Scallops Saganaki (xτένια-Σαγανάκι)

March 1st, 2010

I get my inspiration from many sources: my mother and other family members and friends who I consider culinary wizards, frequent visits to Greece, chatting about food with other Greek food enthusiasts, other bloggers who I respect and consider friends and of course, the well known food and cooking celebrities who enter our homes via […]



Announcing Summer Taverna Dinner on August 5th

July 5th, 2014

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 […]