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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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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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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Green salad with fig 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. Fig vinaigrette dressing has subtle nuances of tart and fruity flavour and winey fragrant. Master the art of preparing the perfect green salad with red currants and fresh figs dressed harmonically with my aphrodisiac fig vinaigrette and garnished with slices of Sophia’s almond cheese!

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Fig Vinaigrette

The key to an unforgettable salad is vinaigrette. Fig vinaigrette dressing has subtle nuances of tart and fruity flavour and winey fragrant. Master the art of making this seductive fig vinaigrette — it is quite easy — and dress a green salad with red currants and fresh figs or even revisit your favourite salad with my aphrodisiac fig vinaigrette!

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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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Beet green salad with fresh mint 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. Fresh mint vinaigrette dressing has very sophisticated nuances of tart and herbal flavour and spicy and woody fragrant. Master the art of preparing the perfect beet green salad dressed harmonically with my refreshing vinaigrette! Beet green salad with fresh mint vinaigrette, masterly executed, is a piece of art.

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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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