Vassilopita – A Traditional Greek New Years Cake

It is tradition in Greece that on New Year’s Day a cake is cut, the so called „Vassilopita “. This is a cake baked with nuts and a lucky coin is hidden inside. First, before cutting the cake, a cross is struck over the cake three times. Then the cake is cut crosswise. The piece…

Aromatic Pork Neck Roast or Pulled Pork Cretan (Minoan) Style

The Cretan diet has become famous all over the world since the last few years. It is considered to be the most healthiest diet because of its use of extra virgin olive oil, lots of vegetable and herbs. The Cretan diet developed from the Minoan traditions. This old civilization used the wild herbs of the…

Chocolate Pie

There is a commercial in Greece that says “more chocolate is not possible” – this is how I would describe this cake! Everything of this cake is just chocolate! It is sweet, it is juicy and it is chocolate. The first time I had a cake like this was at a long week-end in Sitia…

Pork Filet with Fruity Sauce

Are you looking for a Summer Sunday’s dish? Well, try out this one. It is not difficult to prepare. The combination of the hearty pork meat with fruits is really tasty. I am sure also your kids will like it. What you need: 3 pork fillets (appr. 250 gr each) 1 large apple 1 quince…

Homemade Bitter Orange Marmalade

My father used to travel a lot during his working life. That is when we learned about Bitter Orange Marmalade and it became one of my favorite bread spread for breakfast. As not native English you first have to learn the difference between marmalade and jam as for the rest of the world marmalade is…

Tsoureki (traditional Greek Easter Bread)

The Easter Feast is one of the most important celebrations in Greece. The celebration starts in the night from Holy Saturday to Easter Sunday by bringing the Holy Light home from church as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. There are also a lot of traditional foods on Easter like lamb, grilled slowly from early…

To Peel Or Not To Peel – Part 2

For today’s lunch I prepared pork filet with mushroom sauce and vegetable rice. Cleaning the mushrooms, I remembered some TV cooking shows where the chef was suggesting to peel the mushrooms. Doing the same, I thought, what for??! What difference does it make? So I took back the paper towel I started up wiping the…

Greek Vegetable Pie (Χορτοπιτα)

Maybe you already know my recipe for Chortopitarakia, the small pies stuffed with wild green herbs. If you do not have the time or patience to make those you should try this pie. Compared to the small pies it will take you about half hour to prepare the pie before cooking. So it is quickly…

Stuffed Pork Roll with Fruity Sauce

This is the perfect dish for Sunday’s lunch. It is a bit elaborate but the result is worth it! First time I tried this dish two years ago for Christmas I bought it ready from the supermarket’s fridge. We all liked it very much so I said that I can do it myself as well…

Greek Pies with Wild Herbs (Chortopitarakia)

This is one of my favorite dishes in Greek Cuisine! What I especially love about  living on the island of Crete is the use of wild herbs in the daily nutrition. Not only to spice the dish but also to eat as a side dish or salad. There are still a lot of women, old…

Black and White Pudding

When you think about white pudding your mind would go for sure immediately to vanilla pudding. But did you ever try to make it with white chocolate? Well, try it out and you will never ever make vanilla pudding again! Usually I do not like white chocolate. But since I tried out this recipe I…

What to do if…

This was one of those days where I skipped my plans for lunch but realized that one ingredient for my dish is missing: cream for the sauce. Saturdays is actually our fish-day at home. Actually I was planning to simply fry some fish filet and make some french fries as side dish. So I bought…