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Baked Keftedes With Onions & Korres

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
Baked Keftedes With Onions & Korres

Many of the comforting dishes on this blog come from recipes my Dad loves to eat or in some cases, his recipes that he makes (and shares). My father loves keftedes, Greek meat patties if you will. He loves pasta and my parents tell me about homemade pasta they used to enjoy as children when […]



Greek Taverna Omelet

Mar 9th, 2014 | By
Greek Taverna Omelet

Eggs are a versatile ingredient and in Greek cooking, they are used in a multitude of ways: there’s eggs in Avgolemono Sauce, eggs are often included as binder for meatballs or fillings for phyllo pies, there’s desserts, Easter eggs and of course, the many egg  and omelet dishes. We love “avga matia” (sunnyside up), we […]



Longing For a Greek Breakfast

Mar 5th, 2014 | By
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 […]



Pastitsada With Rooster

Feb 25th, 2014 | By
Pastitsada With Rooster

I’ve only been to Corfu once but I may be going again as I am one of the organizers of this Easter-time tour of Greece where we end up on the island of Corfu for Easter. The island is located in northwestern Greece, with Albania to the north and Italy across the Adriatic Sea. Corfu […]



Greek-Style Caesar Salad With Pastourma and Saganaki Cheese

Feb 20th, 2014 | By
Greek-Style Caesar Salad With Pastourma and Saganaki Cheese

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 […]



Smoked Eggplant Macaroni & Cheese

Feb 11th, 2014 | By
Smoked Eggplant Macaroni & Cheese

This dish came about after brainstorming with “The Dragon” on our recent trip to Chicago. I had prepared as part of the main course a braised lamb in tomato sauce on a bed of smoked eggplant purée. Hunkar Begendi for those who know Istanbul-Constantinople food. The key to pulling off this dish is getting the […]



Big Boy’s Burgers

Feb 9th, 2014 | By
Big Boy’s Burgers

Through some mutual friends, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Elizabeth and Christos, owners of the Kingston Road (Scarborough) location of Big Boy’s. Toronto (and many cities) is still enjoying the proliferation of burger joints. The burger as you knew it is gone, no more big chain burger joints on the radar. It’s […]



Braised Lamb Pastitsio

Jan 31st, 2014 | By
Braised Lamb Pastitsio

This dish came about after having some leftover lamb shanks and like any frugal Greek, one should never throw out good food. Re-invent, remake, reuse. If you don’t have leftovers, then this dish is a little more involved as you will have to braise the lamb shanks to make but it won’t take you that […]



It’s Easy to Speak of Parlour Lounge

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
It’s Easy to Speak of Parlour Lounge

I recently was invited to come check out Parlour, located on Adelaide West in Toronto’s entertainment district. Surrounded by loud bars and nightclubs, this oasis […]



Braised Lamb Shanks With Trahana

Jan 6th, 2014 | By
Braised Lamb Shanks With Trahana

Winter has only just begun and we’ve been in the grip of a cold spell with a day of mild temperatures then snap…more cold. As much as I would like to eat lighter after a rich and festive December, I find myself yearning for comforting dishes and frankly…a kale salad doesn’t cut it in these […]