Tarhana, Tranahas, Call It What You Will Soup

If I were to ask you how you felt about fermented yoghurt and crushed wheat, what would you say? Would you pull a face, or would you know what I was talking about? If you are the former, then I am here to help. The latter? You don’t really need me, but welcome! Trahana (the …

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Cypriot Inspired Bread Pudding

Last time I made bread pudding, amongst the wave of Good Old British nostalgia that overtakes me every time I make it, there was a small voice whispering to me as I stirred the milk into the chunks of bread."Maybe this would work with other flavours. Maybe this would work with tahini. Thought about rose …

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Spelt Flour Koulourakia–Easter Cookies

I try to make these every Easter. Buttery, short cookies that are moreish and come flavoured with orange or lemon or vanilla. As I had no fresh oranges, I decided to go with orange blossom water, orange extract and mastiha, seeing as I had some left over from making the savoury hot cross buns. I …

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Greek Easter Buns

Orthodox Easter can’t be pinned down. It wanders about, never in the same place. Every year those of us without a Greek family group nearby to remind us, Google “When is Orthodox Easter?” with the vague worry that we might have missed it. The Orthodox Easter dates are often different because they are based on …

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Christmas: Kourabiedes, or Greek Butter Cookies

I have a cookbook. (Nobody is surprised at this.) I have 2 copies of the same cookbook, because the first one fell apart. My Mum used it to learn to cook Greek food for my Dad after they got married, then I found it, and started reading it. It had a cover, back then. One …

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Melitzanasalata and last minute mash.

You know that thing where you’re out shopping, and you get all excited and inspired by ingredients, buy them, bring them home, then…forget them? Well, I always do that with aubergines, and tinned beans. Beans are great, I eat them a lot, so long as I don’t put the tins away in the cupboard. *rolls …

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Chicken and Spinach with an egg and lemon sauce

There is a Greek soup called avgolemono. It is pure comfort food to any Greek, speaking to us of the days when we lived at home and Mum fed us soup when we weren’t well. Or when we had a broken heart. Or just because we loved it so. I remember being on holiday with …

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