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.
The Greek New Year’s Eve lucky cake is called Vasilopita. The cake contains a hidden gold or silver coin which is slipped into the dough before baking. The person who is fortunate enough to receive the slice containing the coin is believed to attract good luck throughout the year. The most enthralling element of the Greek custom of Vasilopita for the New Year is that this amaranthine recipe has endured for centuries in Greece. Family and friends join in the cutting of the Vasilopita in early January every year.
As Halloween comes closer, let’s honor the chthonic goddess of the underworld, Hecate. Hecate is a dark goddess in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Hecate’s Black Tart is perfect for a witch’s feast and a Halloween party! Hecate’s Black Tart with its rich and sweet pumpkin-chocolate filling and its soft-chewy molasses crust is vegan and sugar-free!
The Pomegranate Liqueur captures the fruity scent and flavor of pomegranate. It is perfect after dinner as a digestive or added in provocative cocktails! The aroma is unforgettable, while its crimson red color is bold and potent.