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.
Dundee cake is a traditional Scottish fruitcake, a classic treat for all, which derives its name from the city of Dundee. Dundee cake is considered one of the best desserts in the world. My Dundee cake is vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, and butter-free; my vintage-inspired Dundee cake not only has the same texture and flavour as the traditional fruitcake, but reaches all parts of your palate with its floral aroma of a citrus orchard in bloom and its lush richness of fruits and finishes leaving a mellow rum aftertaste.
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.
Digestive biscuits with cranberries recipe is an essential biscuit recipe to make at home! These crunchy and semi-sweet digestives are bursting with tart cranberries. This is not only a simple and elegant recipe but also a tried and tested one. Digestive biscuits with cranberries make for the perfect dunking material. These biscuits are perfect for the whole family.
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.
Crème de marrons is a glamorous dessert and a perfect festive, vegan and gluten-free centerpiece for Christmas/New Year’s Eve breakfast party! Chestnut cream is a versatile indulgence: a rich and nutty spread, a delicious cake/biscuit/crêpe filling, an incredible sweet addition to smoothies.
This vegan digestive biscuits recipe is a treasured one from my collection, because everyone needs a trusty digestive biscuits recipe. Digestives for years now have been adored by biscuit lovers. UK’s favorite biscuit is a digestive for more than 100 years!
Pear jam with star anise captures the sweet freshness of autumnal pears and apples, the tangy sweetness of oranges, the soft and exotic scent of star anise, the spicy aroma of fresh ginger, highlighting the best autumnal and winter flavors. Wake up to a festive, Thanksgiving, Christmas breakfast with this great recipe! Pear jam with star anise will surely please even the most discerning gourmet palate. The recipe showcases the eternal appeal of Mediterranean flavors.
The retro molasses biscuits are crunchy on the outside with a chewy cinnamon sugar coating and soft on the inside. Try this recipe and you will be surprised how easy and simple it is! Infuse your home with a warm biscuit fragrance; the smell of cinnamon and clove and orange fills the house when you bake these biscuits. Retro molasses biscuits are made healthy with olive oil, whole wheat flour and molasses.
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!