Most Tasty Meatballs

Recently my daughter asked me to buy ready cooked meatballs from the supermarket to have at home as a snack.  After  strolling around in  the supermarket looking in the deep-freezers and the fresh food corner we found some, made from pure beef and no artificial flavors. Most ready to eat meatballs were made from pork…

Carnivore vs. Vegetarian vs. Vegan?

As an inveterate carnivore, I finally have to express my… Hmmm, what actually? Displeasure, astonishment, frustration? … about all this vegan hype. Is it a fad? Is it justified? Are THEY a bit over the top? I can remember that – I do not know exactly when it started – the same hype has been…

Pasta Soufflé

Once upon a time my mother made this dish when we were small and it became one of our favorite dishes. So it was just logical that I prepared this dish as well when I had my own family – and my kids love it as much as me and my brothers did. It is…

Vassilopita – A Traditional Greek New Years Cake

It is tradition in Greece that on New Year’s Day a cake is cut, the so called „Vassilopita “. This is a cake baked with nuts and a lucky coin is hidden inside. First, before cutting the cake, a cross is struck over the cake three times. Then the cake is cut crosswise. The piece…

Aromatic Pork Neck Roast or Pulled Pork Cretan (Minoan) Style

The Cretan diet has become famous all over the world since the last few years. It is considered to be the most healthiest diet because of its use of extra virgin olive oil, lots of vegetable and herbs. The Cretan diet developed from the Minoan traditions. This old civilization used the wild herbs of the…

Chocolate Pie

There is a commercial in Greece that says “more chocolate is not possible” – this is how I would describe this cake! Everything of this cake is just chocolate! It is sweet, it is juicy and it is chocolate. The first time I had a cake like this was at a long week-end in Sitia…

Pork Filet with Fruity Sauce

Are you looking for a Summer Sunday’s dish? Well, try out this one. It is not difficult to prepare. The combination of the hearty pork meat with fruits is really tasty. I am sure also your kids will like it. What you need: 3 pork fillets (appr. 250 gr each) 1 large apple 1 quince…

Homemade Bitter Orange Marmalade

My father used to travel a lot during his working life. That is when we learned about Bitter Orange Marmalade and it became one of my favorite bread spread for breakfast. As not native English you first have to learn the difference between marmalade and jam as for the rest of the world marmalade is…

Tsoureki (traditional Greek Easter Bread)

The Easter Feast is one of the most important celebrations in Greece. The celebration starts in the night from Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday by bringing the Holy Light home from church as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. There are also a lot of traditional foods on Easter like lamb, grilled slowly from early…

To Peel Or Not To Peel – Part 2

For today’s lunch I prepared pork filet with mushroom sauce and vegetable rice. Cleaning the mushrooms, I remembered some TV cooking shows where the chef was suggesting to peel the mushrooms. Doing the same, I thought, what for??! What difference does it make? So I took back the paper towel I started up wiping the…