Cottagecore-style roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli

One of the latest trends in the food industry is modern nostalgia and cottagecore. With love for the countryside and nostalgia for the past, in these febrile times let’s fall back on familiar comfort food and local products. Cottagecore is, among others, about self-soothing with a hearty meal. The recipe with its rustic simplicity puts a bounty of sun-kissed countryside flavour on a plate that makes you dream of an idyllic escape in the Mediterranean verdure.

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Pontian Peinirli

Peinirli is always a winning meal choice for kids, but this recipe puts a vegan twist on the classic. Not only does it add some much-needed veggies, but your children won’t even taste the difference. The combination of sweet Santorini aubergine, homemade marinara, mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, almond cheese, plus the fluffy boat-shaped bread is sure to be an instant childhood favourite. Experiment with different fillings; the whole family can be involved in preparing their own fillings for this savoury pizza-boat. Serve with horta salad and elevate Sunday dinnertime to a Pontian gastronomic experience.

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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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Falafel with vegan yogurt sauce

Spices from the East add a wonderful aromatic touch to falafel. Unexpected flavours meld together perfectly into this easy and economical dish, which uses chickpeas and veggies for extra punches of taste and nutrition. Serve these Mediterranean chickpea patties in pita pockets with greens, tomato, and a mild vegan yogurt sauce. Your kids won’t be able to resist! For a rainbow of riches create a surprising, colourful main dish using complementary side salads — the easy way — from greens to carrots.

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Ancient Greek Panspermia

Hermes Chthonius is a god associated with the earth and underworld. For Greeks, the gate to spring has been the Athenian festival of Anthesteria that was held for three days in the month of Anthesterion (February-March). Anthesteria is the ritual rite of the journey from winter to spring, from death to life. During the third day of the festival, the Greeks made panspermia. Panspermia is a multi-grain soup, which was offered to Hermes Chthonius and the dead. Packed with whole grains (whole grain helps lower cholesterol) this hearty dish is a nutrition powerhouse!

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Kinteata nettle soup

Kinteata nettle soup is a dense and delicious broth of nettles and spearmint, spiced with red chili flakes called bukovo or ground black pepper and thickened with cornflour. Pontic Greeks love the retro dark green nettle soup and enjoy it as a starter/appetizer especially during the winter season. This historic recipe from the Kingdom of Pontus or Pontic Empire (later called ‘Greek region of Pontus’) is part history and part gastronomic experience.

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Greek Buckwheat Kolokythokeftedes

The mint-infused kolokythokeftedes are a classic Greek mezze. The courgette balls are very light because they are baked. Buckwheat kolokythokeftedes are crunchy on the outside and sticky on the inside. They are gluten-free!

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Carob biscuits

Let’s take a trip down memory lane with these retro carob biscuits! They have a naturally sweet and earthy flavour and are the best for dunking in tea or coffee. You can always fall back on that old favourite, carob biscuits for a good family breakfast. Your kids will love them and you will love how simple they are to make!

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Moussaka

You really can’t go wrong with Greek moussaka for dinner. However, this dish is even better because it is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free! This recipe is so delicious (and on the healthier side), we bet your kids will eat their veggies! Moussaka is a retro dish created by the Greeks of Smyrna and Alexandria. Plant-based moussaka is just as summery and tasty: this yummy combination of sweet aubergines, hearty potatoes, and savoury mushrooms, all topped with a rich vegan béchamel sauce is stick-to-your-ribs filling. Actually, you will prefer the plant-based version of this traditional Greek dish! It is guaranteed to have everyone at the table licking their forks and asking for seconds. This recipe will become your new favourite!

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Crispy courgette flowers

Frying courgette flowers is a simple way to bring out their natural fragrance, and create the ultimate summer Greek mezze! That’s the dish that sings the song of early summer. Even though this is a gourmet recipe, this amazing dish requires just 4 ingredients and it is appropriate for kitchen newbies.

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