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Boiled Greens With Grilled Garlic Scapes

Jul 24th, 2014 | By
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

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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 […]



Savour Autumn in The Aegean

Jul 19th, 2014 | By
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 […]



Recap – Greek Supper Club at The Manor

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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 […]



Cafe Frappe Ice Cream With Honey Roasted Figs

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
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 […]



Greek Food Gazette 14/07/14

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
Greek Food Gazette 14/07/14

Selonda’s sea bream and sea bass rated highly for taste and overall quality Everything Mediterranean cookbook available at Public bookstores in Greece Greek wine of the week: Ktima Voyatzi from Kozani Aegean Airlines breaks 1 million passenger record in 1 month Made in Greece Food Fesitval begins July 18th at Titania Hotel (Athens) Get your […]



Coconut Panna Cotta With Berry Sauce

Jul 10th, 2014 | By
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 […]



Snails Stifado With Creamy Sour Trahana

Jul 8th, 2014 | By
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

Jul 6th, 2014 | By
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 […]



Announcing Summer Taverna Dinner on August 5th

Jul 5th, 2014 | By
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 […]