Greek Semolina Halva

Have you ever had halva made from semolina? This is the recipe that my mother would make when I was a child. Halvas Simigdalenios - or Semolina Halva. It is studded with nuts like pistachio, pine nuts or almonds, and dried fruit like raisins. Spiced with cinnamon & flavored with orange or lemon zest. It’s … Continue reading Greek Semolina Halva

Traditional Spanakopita & Tiropita

Two of the most popular pites (pies) are the spanakopita (spinach pie) and the tiropita (cheese pie. Every region in Greece has their own regional variation and every famly has their own special recipe for these. I grew up eating and loving both. Now, you may ask why I would publish two difference pites in … Continue reading Traditional Spanakopita & Tiropita

Gravlax

Have you ever heard of gravlax? I hadn't! But one afternoon, I had seen an article in the food section of the New York Times about gravlax. I love lox. They looked similar. And so, my interest was peaked! Gravlax is Nordic in origin and the traditional way to make it is to bury it … Continue reading Gravlax

Tahini Halva Fudge with Pistachios

Greeks love tahini halva. And when Lent comes around, it truly becomes a staple sweet in our homes. Traditionally, it is made with sugar, because it is technically a candy. It is made all over the Middle East and Balkans. In Greece we call it “halva tou bakali” or the halva from the grocer. The … Continue reading Tahini Halva Fudge with Pistachios

Kalamata Olive & Oregano Crisps

One of my favorite breads to bake during my pre-low carb lifestyle days was no knead Kalamata olive & oregano bread. Today, I make this on a very rare occasion as we avoid wheat. Since my favorite way to eat it was toasted, I now create Kalamata olive & oregano crisps instead. These olive crisps … Continue reading Kalamata Olive & Oregano Crisps

Galatopita – Grain-free Greek Milk Pie

The first time I went to Greece as a married woman, one of the pites (pies) my mother in law had prepared for us was her famous galatopita. Galatopita means milk pie. It is a sweet dessert pie that is made with milk custard and a semolina base. Regionally, it can be made with or … Continue reading Galatopita – Grain-free Greek Milk Pie

Beef Liver & Heart Souvlaki

It’s Tsiknopempti today for the Greek Orthodox Christians & it’s our traditional meat feast right before the Great Lent. Tsiknopempti literally translates to "burnt, charred, smoky meat Thursday". Its basically the Eastern Orthodox version of Fat Tuesday. Apokries (abstaining from meat), our carnival season is made up of three themed weeks. Prophoni (preannouncement of the … Continue reading Beef Liver & Heart Souvlaki

Tiropita (Feta Cheese Pie) without Phyllo

Most people outside of Greece are familiar with a tiropita (feta cheese pie) that is wrapped in crispy phyllo dough, whether as individual hand pies or as one large pan sized pita. Tiropita without phyllo, as a quick bread. Here is another popular version that is made without the phyllo. It is a bit more … Continue reading Tiropita (Feta Cheese Pie) without Phyllo