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Recipes, our exploits and random musings about all things Greece.

Gemista & Melitzanosalata (eggplant salad)

Jul 20, 2020

Ingredients needed for Gemista: 1 carrot  2 medium sized tomatoes (not very ripe) 2 bell peppers (any color you like) 1 zucchini  1 eggplant 3 potatoes 1/2 bunch of parsley 1/3 bunch of mint 3 onions, chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic 8 tbsp wholegrain (brown rice) or white rice Salt, pepper, oregano Olive oil Black …

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Semolina Halva & Rag Pie

Jul 15, 2020

This is the famous 1,2,3,4 recipe which goes back in time and usually the recipe is passed from our grandmothers to the next generations. In the classical recipe you will need 1 unit of oil, 2 units of semolina, 3 units of sugar and 4 units of water. In our case, we will make our …

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Paros – the Cycladic Underdog

Jul 14, 2020

In the US, the Memorial Day holiday marks the start of the summer travel season.  In Greece, although we all start thinking about our summer holidays as soon as we get past Easter, the actual “start” of the summer holiday season begins with the Agiou Pneumatos holiday – 50 days after Easter, with the first …

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Mysterious Mountain Mystras

Jun 21, 2020

I’ve previously blogged about Sparta and all the cool things in the area, but lately I’ve been spending alot of time thinking about places I personally plan to return to when I’m back in Greece. One of these places is Mystras, a place much more “modern” than anything you’ll find in ancient Sparta, but is …

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Alevropita & Fasolakia Ladera

Jun 15, 2020

Ingredients needed for the alevropita:  3 ¼ of a cup/450g flour 3 eggs (2+1 will beat it at the end) 1 cup/220ml milk ½ cup/90ml olive oil 3.5tbsp/50gr unsalted butter 2 cups/300gr feta Tip: It is served as breakfast, snack or even regular meal, ideally accompanied by good tsipouro and a warm glowing fireplace 🙂  …

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Some people are pure gold

Jun 10, 2020

Mrs. Toula, We live our lives, we meet people, we make acquaintances and then we find some special people. It’s like panning for gold. You get a pan full of sand and rocks, you dip it i the water, swish it around, get rid of the sand and the rocks, and, there, in the bottom …

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Dare I Say… Theater Thursday?

Jun 5, 2020

I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but if you’re in Athens or Argolida sometime soon or looking for something to do this weekend, I really think you should try to see some part of the summer Athens-Epidavros Festival. For the next two weekends the Greek National Opera will be performing Bizet’s “Carmen” …

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Chicken Souvlaki with Pita Bread

Jun 1, 2020

This is a recipe that will give you 4 servings (you can just use half the amount of the ingredients if you want to cook just for 2) For the chicken souvlaki: For each adult, count on having about 4 to 5 ounces of cooked chicken, 10 ounces of uncooked boneless chicken breasts will yield …

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Traditional Tzatziki & Quick Beer bread

May 16, 2020

Ingredients needed for the tzatziki: 1 cup + 3.5 Tablespoons strained yogurt (the fattier the better!) 1 cucumber 1 clove of garlic (if you feel like being a Greek grandmother while you make it then add a bit more!) 3 Tablespoons apple side vinegar 1/4 bunch dill, finely chopped (optional) 2 tablespoons olive oil (if …

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No Monk-ey Business

Aug 10, 2019

Since it’s the height of the summertime, I suppose it makes sense that I’ve been spending a lot of time fantasizing about the coast, the water, island paradises and whatnot. Unfortunately, doing that forever would just be a disservice to the rest of Greece, especially the north! Given how incredible Athens, the Peloponnese, and the …

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Yiayia’s spanakopita

May 15, 2019

This time, I thought I’d share with you an original recipe for spanakopita, one of the most typical and popular dishes in Greek cuisine. This is very similar to what you’d find in the cookbooks or on cooking shows on T.V…  the thing is though, I got this recipe from my grandma, and my grandma …

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Greek Easter, Tradition, food and drinking: Business as usual

Apr 27, 2019

For every Greek and Greek community worldwide Easter is coming, and they’re preparing for it like every other year: a lot of food, a lot of wine and beer, talking and laughing and dancing along with family and friends. Every family has someone who usually hosts the Easter events, usually someone with a big back …

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International Day of Monuments, in Athens

Apr 18, 2019

Wait a minute, I thought to myself taking another sip of coffee, we have guests & clients who will be in Athens the 17th of April, which means that on the 18th, International Day of Monuments, they can spend it all sightseeing in Athens. Wow, now that’s what I call luck! So since Greece offers …

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Hunger Games: A Greek’s Edition

Apr 9, 2019

This year I’m finally going to do it, I told myself. This year I’ll go through all 40 days of Lent without a gram of meat, just like my Greek Orthodox tradition suggests. But it’s not so easy, believe me. I mean, it’s all going well, I’m already past the second week but then I …

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25th of March, Happy Greek Independence Day!

Mar 25, 2019

If you’re anywhere in Greece this week you’ve certainly noticed the Greek flags flying. Like everywhere in the world, a country’s independence day calls for celebration. Greece is no different, and in fact, Greek Independence Day is celebrated beyond the capital, across the country – and across the ocean in cities and towns with large …

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Greek revolution 3/25/1821: Historical Elements

Mar 21, 2019

Everyone’s always talking about Greek summers. But for me, the Springtime in Greece is pure drama: it’s got all of the elements of a heart pounding, cinematographically breathtaking Hollywood movie (which in fact, is being released this month around the US – but that’s the subject of another post!) We pass from the Carnival period, …

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