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This recipe riffs of one of favourite Greek appetizers, fried zucchini chips. Tavernas all over Greece serve this easy but delicious dish in the summer months, when zucchini are in season. They are often served with Tzatziki. Another fave, although not as common are fried eggplant chips. I like combining both to make for a colourful stack of green and purple. Although fried, the vegetables are ver...
More cooking adventures involving fried dough. Every cuisine has their version(s), everyone loves them and many deny themselves eating such pleausures. I’ve never been an advocate of making desserts lighter..does that mean I can three portion of the lighter version? Desserts are desserts, they should be sweet, they should catch your eye, they should be fattening and yes, they should be delic...
Grilled Halloumi With a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (appetizer for 6) 1/3 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove of garlic, smashed 1 roasted red pepper, peeled, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup of hand-crushed plum tomatoes (from good quality canned variety) salt and pepper to taste pinch of Boukovo (chilli flakes) 1/2 tsp. dried Greek oregano 1 block Halloumi cheese, cut into 1/4 inc...
One of Greece’s best known sweets/ desserts/snacks/street foods has to be Loukoumades. I knew that offering these sweet fritters up for my guests would be memorable. Every Greek has had them. Loukoumades are the Greeks’ answer to donuts and as one friend calls them…”the original Timbits”! The first time I ate Loukoumades was during my introductory trip to Greece in 19...
There are about 11 million Greeks in today’s Greece and about another 11 million throughout the rest of the world. Greeks have long traveled beyond familiar land and have made their new beginnings in far off lands. Eons ago, Greeks had settlements in Egypt, as far west as southern France and as far east as India when Alexander the Great traversed and conquered and Greeks co-habitated with lo...
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family, friends and loved ones. Yesterday was one of the most memorable…for the company and of course, the food. Christmas for the Greeks goes beyond Christmas day and the tree at this household does not come down until after Epiphany. One of the mezedes I made yesterday were Tsigarides or deep-fried pork chunks - a favourite of my Mom & Da...
A city in Europe that always caught my interest was Amsterdam. I liked that the Dutch had a historical tie to Canada from WWII, that the Dutch were tolerant and a diverse society, many spoke English and the sheer green beauty of the countryside and the gorgeous canals and steepled buildings of its cities, like Amsterdam. My first visit to Amsterdam was in 1990 and I have fond memories of the walki...
There are still lots of eggplants in the markets here and this year’s crop has been sweet with very few having the usual bitterness one finds in eggplants. Not all eggplants are the same: the usual big purple ones often have some seeds and bitterness and one sprinkles salt on the exposed flesh to draw some out. The Tsakonian and more familiar Japanese eggplants rarely have bitterness and the...
One of the downsides (there are few) to going to Greece is that lobster prices are astronomical. If you find live lobster at the market it will go for 60 Euros a kilo and at a seafood taverna you will likely pay 80 Euros a kilo for this delicacy. Fast forward to Canada, back from vacation and yes…I can once again afford lobster from Nova Scotia (Atlantic Canada). Live lobster here in Toronto...
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