Tomato mini pies, perfect for Halloween (vegan & gluten-free)

We get the creepy crawlies just looking at these mini pies! Give your kids a fun and healthy treat this Halloween with these tomato mini pies. Their decoration is good enough to eat and so easy to make, it’s frightening! The only trick to these vegan and gluten-free mini pies is how easy they are to make; they make use of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. If you are hosting a Halloween party this year, look no further: this spooky appetiser will delight both adults and children, and it will make them think you put in a lot of effort.

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Horta Salad – Greek Amaranthus Blitum Salad

Greek greens salad, or horta (HOR-tah) salad — bursting with the flavours of late summer blitum — can be eaten as a healthful side dish or a simple first course. Horta salad was a main staple of the ancient Greek diet and continues to be in modern Greece! Amaranthus blitum is a Mediterranean variety of greens, which is at its peak in late summer and fall. This Greek staple is easy to prepare, and when dressed with a bit of olive oil and lemon has a refreshing, clean taste.

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Lahanodolmades, Greek cabbage rolls

Give this classic Greek recipe a try! Dill and mint bring a heavenly fragrance and herbaceous flavour to these juicy, lemony bundles. Lahanodolmades, as the Greeks call these cabbage rolls, are served in Greek mezze platters as a compliment to drinks. This vegan Greek mezze easily becomes a complete meal when you add a simple side salad or some sautéed greens.

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Vanilla Fig Preserves

A perfect way to explore the gastronomical wonders of the fall season is to make fig preserves; fresh figs are abundant in the summer and fall. Vanilla fig preserves with its autumnal red colour, delicate vanilla aroma, and unique taste is a gourmet delight. Give the gift to homemade vanilla fig preserves to family and friends! This recipe is not only a tried and tested one but also it is very simple and easy.

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Fresh mint vinaigrette

The key to an unforgettable salad is vinaigrette. Fresh mint vinaigrette dressing has very sophisticated nuances of tart and herbal flavour and spicy and woody fragrant. Master the art of making this delicate fresh mint vinaigrette — it is quite easy — and dress a balanced beet green salad or even revisit a green salad with my refreshing vinaigrette!

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Traditional Greek Strawberry Spoon Sweet

Bound by the Ancient Greek cultural law of hospitality, known as Xenia, Greeks show generosity to strangers and guests up to this day! Offering guests spoon sweets accompanied by Greek coffee and cold water is the ultimate Greek gesture of hospitality. In my recipe, I have used the traditional method for making strawberry spoon sweet. It is not too surprising to find a sense of nostalgia in its unforgettable aroma of strawberries, its ruby colour attraction, its true taste of spring. This recipe is a treasure trove of history, culture, and gastronomy.

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Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

The art of salad–making is of great gastronomic importance; a meal is incomplete without a salad. The key to an unforgettable salad is vinaigrette. Pomegranate vinaigrette dressing has subtle nuances of tart and fruity flavour and winey and floral fragrant. Master the art of preparing the perfect green salad and dress this salad with my perky pomegranate vinaigrette! Green salad with homemade pomegranate vinaigrette, masterly executed, is a piece of art.

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Pomegranate Vinaigrette

The key to an unforgettable salad is vinaigrette. Pomegranate vinaigrette dressing has subtle nuances of tart and fruity flavour and winey and floral fragrant. Master the art of making the perfect pomegranate vinaigrette — it is quite easy — and dress a green salad or even revisit a traditional salad with my perky pomegranate vinaigrette!

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Sophia’s Hibiscus Jello

Sophia’s hibiscus jello is a delicious light way to finish a romantic meal. Sophia’s hibiscus jello made with hibiscus syrup captures the sweet and tart flavour, the floral and fruity bouquet, and the ruby red colour — the colour of sexual attraction — of the exotic hibiscus blooms. My recipe is very easy and quick, and yet Sophia’s hibiscus jello is a majestic Valentine’s Day dessert; hibiscus is considered an aphrodisiac herb that boosts libido. My hibiscus jello recipe does not contain gelatin or artificial food colours. Sophia’s hibiscus jello is vegan, gluten-free, and alcohol-free.

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Hibiscus Syrup

Hibiscus syrup captures the sweet and tart flavour, the floral and fruity bouquet, and the ruby red colour — the colour of sexual attraction — of the exotic hibiscus blooms. It is an elegant mixology syrup with outstanding flavour, and a versatile sweetener.

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