Propyra (pronounced propýra) is an ancient Greek flatbread. Its name denotes a brick oven cooking technique: propyra was baked near to the oven’s door and far from the fire. Propyra’s ancient Greek recipe has stood the test of time; Greeks today call it Spetsiotic propyra, as the local islanders of the idyllic Greek island of Spetses continue to bake this flatbread everyday even to this day! Propyra is a wholemeal flatbread generously coated with sesame seeds, sea salt flakes, and freshly ground black pepper. Traditionally, propyra is eaten with almost every meal just like bread. Are you more of a flatbread than a baguette? No matter which type you may prefer, bread is one of our food staples.
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.
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.
This praline carob spread couldn’t be easier to make and will elevate your kids’ breakfast! This is a very healthy and nutritious praline spread — you can indulge yourself for a chocolatey craving without feeling guilty. Decidedly mature flavours — winey, honey, caramelly — make for a delightful nutty spread that is nutritious, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Praline carob spread served up in a cute jar steals the show at every gifting exchange; prepare to completely wow the recipient! And it tastes as good as it looks.
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.
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.
These lovely digestives with cranberries take biscuits to the next level: crunchy and semi-sweet 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 beloved biscuits are an indulgent holiday treat. Indeed, homemade digestives with cranberries are a treat all on their own, but that doesn’t mean you cannot make them feel more festive with a Christmas biscuit tin. Here’s a cute Christmas food gift to surprise all your friends and family with this season!
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.