Baklava

This is a recipe that Yiannis’ mother always used to make for Christmas and New Year’s- Yiannis and I have carried on this tradition. 500 g filo pastry dough 500 g finely chopped walnuts or almonds 1 T cinnamon 3 T fine dry breadcrumbs…

Tangerine marmalade

A delicious recipe to try at the height of the tangerine season, from December to March. 2 kg organic tangerines 1 kg sugar 2 lemons pectin for jam-making 7-8 clean jam jars with lids   Wash and dry the tangerines. Cut them in half…

Whole wheat bread

A recipe for whole wheat bread without using a bread-making machine: use those muscles and get kneading! This makes 3 loaves. 1 l warm water 40 g fresh yeast 1 Tablespoon salt 1 Tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon vinegar ½ teaspoon cardamom powder handful of…

Amaretto

1 litre Metaxa 3-star or another cognac 125 apricot pits 200-250 g sugar 150 ml water   Crack open 15 apricot pits to release the bitter almonds inside. Allow these, as well as the other 110 pits, to steep in the liquer for 2…

Walnut liqueur

1 litre Metaxa 3-star or another cognac 10 green walnuts, with outer skins, about the size of a full-grown ripe walnut (usually found until the end of june) A handful of cloves 200-250 g sugar 150 ml wter Allow the walnuts and cloves to…

Tomato sauce (Saltsa domata)

An original recipe from the Sugar House Book, from 1801 3 kg ripe tomatoes, washed 50 g salt Remove stems from tomatoes and chop coarsely. Place in a large pot, add 2 l of water and the salt and cook for 2 hours, stirring…

Chestnut cake II

250 g chestnuts, weighed after hulling 100 g butter 100 g brown sugar 3 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla dash salt Wash the chestnuts. Cut a small slash along the top of each one. Place in a pan, cover with water and bring to…

Chestnut cake I

500 g chestnuts, weighed after hulling 2 Tablespoons water 125 g butter, softened 2 Tablespoons cognac or Metaxa 100 g sugar + 1 Tablespoon vanilla sugar (or substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract) chocolate Wash the chestnuts. Cut a small slash along the top of…

Lamb and rice stew (Arni me risi anatoliki)

A festive dish, with hints of eastern spices….the lamb may be replaced by chicken 100 ml olive oil 2 shallots, chopped fine 300 g fresh spinach, chopped ½ cup dill, chopped fine 1 cup cilantro, chopped fine 1 cup parsley, chopped fine 2 Tablespoons…

Raw beet salad (Pantzarosalata)

A lovely salad to go with fish, or combine it with tzatziki 3 or 4 small raw beets 1 spring onion 2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 1 Tablespoon pumpkin-seed oil 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon chopped dill salt & pepper…