Meze

Greek Easter Recipe Round-Up

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
Greek Easter Recipe Round-Up

Many of you have visited my Recipe Round-Up for Lent and I hope that I’ve helped you find some interesting dishes to break-up the monotony of the usual Lenten fare. We’re fast approaching Greek Easter and preparations are already beginning in my household! Greek Easter is centered around lamb or goat and the whole day […]



Phyllo Beggar’s Purses With Greens

Apr 10th, 2014 | By
Phyllo Beggar’s Purses With Greens

I made these appetizer-sized phyllo bites last month for my Lenten Greek Supper Club. These look pretty and they really aren’t too hard to assemble but the filling was a challenge. You see, I had to make a filling that would be flavourful, vegetarian (for Lent) and come up with an ingredient that would bind […]



Mussels Meze With Zesty Vinaigrette

Mar 18th, 2014 | By
Mussels Meze With Zesty Vinaigrette

In northern Greece, mussels make up  big part of the seafood culture and practically every taverna serves up Mussels Saganaki or fried mussels. Nowadays one can also find other more worldly dishes and you even find fresh mussels in Athens and on many of the more touristy islands. Mussels are cultivated in Greece and many […]



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 […]



Symi Style Salt and Pepper Shrimp

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
Symi Style Salt and Pepper Shrimp

I have never been to Symi, a small island near Rhodes but after having this delicious and easy meze, I now want to! Symi is in the chain of islands called the Dodecanese (Tweleve Islands) and you can see Turkey in the distance. Once of the specialties of the island are these small, red shrimp […]



Oyster Loukoumades

Dec 12th, 2013 | By
Oyster Loukoumades

Last night I hosted another Greek Supper club, the second annual Greek Christmas-themed dinner. Christmas time signals that we can indulge a little bit with some the appetizers, cheeses, meat, fish and seafood and of course, desserts. There’s lot of entertaining and fried foods show up more during the holidays than other times of the […]



Stuffed Mussels With Rice, Pine Nuts and Sultanas

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
Stuffed Mussels With Rice, Pine Nuts and Sultanas

This meze is inspired by the one of the street foods one finds in the evenings when strolling the Sokaks (streets) of Istanbul. They call these Midye Dolmasi or Mussel Dolmades as the shells are stuffed with rice and mussel meat. The first time I visited Istanbul I would try everything offered by street vendors […]



Phyllo Cigars With Pastourma and Cheese

Nov 25th, 2013 | By
Phyllo Cigars With Pastourma and Cheese

December is coming up and there’s going to be a lot of holiday entertaining, regardless of your faith or beliefs. Here, we do things Greek style and I recently shared these cigars made of phyllo and filled with pastourma and Kasseri cheese. Pastourma is a cured beef product with its origins in Asia Minor, Caesaria […]



Recap – Politiki Kouzina, Constantinople Dinner

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
Recap – Politiki Kouzina, Constantinople Dinner

Constantinople, the name Greeks still like to call modern-day Istanbul. The name Istanbul comes from Byzantine times when it was referred to as “Is Thn Poli”. I have been three times to this magical, historical and magnificent city. Many Greeks who left Istanbul to resettle in mainland Greece, brought with them the many recipes for […]



Everything Mediterranean Cookbook Launch in Toronto and Montreal

Nov 17th, 2013 | By
Everything Mediterranean Cookbook Launch in Toronto and Montreal

This past week saw me celebrating the release of my first cookbook, Everything Mediterranean. The first event was here in Toronto where family, friends and those who lent support were present at the Burroughes Building, who were kind enough to donate the space for my event. Guests were treated to appetizers made from recipes in […]