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.
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.
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!
Let’s take a trip down memory lane with these retro carob biscuits! They have a naturally sweet and earthy flavor and are the best for dunking in tea or coffee and a good breakfast idea to power up your morning routine. This is an easy recipe for homemade biscuits that will keep for up to two week. Kids will love them!
Summer vegan moussaka has so much flavor and it is hearty and light. This is a vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free recipe! Moussaka is a retro dish created by the Greeks of Smyrna and Alexandria; vegan moussaka is just as tasty as the traditional one: sweet eggplants, hearty potatoes and savory mushrooms, all topped with a rich vegan béchamel sauce.
Fried courgette flowers are crunchy, salty and fragrant, the best summer starter! Even though this is a gourmet recipe, this amazing dish requires just 4 ingredients and it is appropriate for kitchen newbies. For the lovers of the authentic Greek cuisine, crispy courgette blossoms is the ultimate summer Greek mezze!
Nothing is better than homemade marinara tomato sauce and having a taste of fresh summer tomatoes. The marinara recipe is a vintage one that we never want to forget! A bowl of pasta with marinara sauce is everyone’s favorite dish. This is a very easy, healthy and simple recipe—one of life’s simple pleasures. Serve with crackers for dipping.
Peppers stuffed with buckwheat is an easy-to-prepare and uniquely delicious summer dish. The mint-infused nutty buckwheat filling and the sweet summer bell peppers pairing is a celebration of summer! The recipe is gluten-free and works well as either a side or main dish.
Stuffed courgette flowers are considered a delicate and vegan viand perfect for summer gatherings. This recipe is a real celebration of summer! The vibrant colors of this dish, its bright aroma of fresh herbs, and its tangy lemon flavor will offer you an unforgettable food experience. Aromatic white wines defined by citrus notes are an ideal accompaniment to stuffed courgette flowers.