Honey Cake “Lebkuchen” Muffins

Honey cake is one of the traditional cakes during Christmas time in Germany besides Lebkuchen or Christmas Stollen. Here is one idea to make honey cake as muffin. It is best to prepare them at least one day before eating as they contain typical spices like cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. As honey I…

Christmas Stollen Muffins

In Germany Christmas Stollen is the most traditional sweet bread existing. It is a heavy sweet bread loaf traditionally made from butter, yeast, curd, raisins and candied fruit peel. Besides of Lebkuchen it is the most important sweet at Christmas time. The “Dresdner Christstollen” and “Nürnberger Lebkuchen” are the most famous of all. If you…

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…

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…

Greek Vegetable Pie (Χορτοπιτα)

Maybe you already know my recipe for Chortopitarakia, the small pies stuffed with wild green herbs. If you do not have the time or patience to make those you should try this pie. Compared to the small pies it will take you about half hour to prepare the pie before cooking. So it is quickly…

Greek Pies with Wild Herbs (Chortopitarakia)

This is one of my favorite dishes in Greek Cuisine! What I especially love about  living on the island of Crete is the use of wild herbs in the daily nutrition. Not only to spice the dish but also to eat as a side dish or salad. There are still a lot of women, old…

Octopus Salad

In Greek cuisine one of my favorite dishes is octopus salad. Octopus is an inherit part during feasting time as strictly religious people do not even eat fish during this time but still are allowed to eat sea food like octopus, clams, mussels or shrimps. My son and I always fight about the octopus salad….

Stuffed Vine Leaves (Dolmades)

I believe in Greek kitchen preparing stuffed vine leaves is the highest art of cooking – if you know how to do them! I have tried a lot of Dolmades until now, but Mama Marikas’, my beloved mother-in-law, is making the very best you’ll ever get. 86 years of age by now she still wakes…

Paella

During my time I worked as a guide I got the chance to work on Mallorca. Before I came to Greece, Spain was always my passion and still is. I love the Spanish food. And to go out in Spain in a large company is about the same as in Greece. Everybody sits at a…