• Chicken hand pies

    Savoury Chicken Hand Pies recipe

    This Chicken Hand Pies recipe was originally posted on my favourite blog seven years ago. I first made them on my son’s birthday party when he turned one and they were consumed with such excitement that I knew it was a keeper. The pastry is made with butter, it is a perfect, flaky crust that melts in your mouth. The filling is pretty unusual as it contains no cheese or béchamel sauce along with the chicken; rather it consists of paprika, chorizo, olives and raisins, resulting in a savoury hand pie which bursts with flavour. These savoury hand pies are so much favoured in our house that we frequently make…

  • baked camembert serving suggestion

    Melted Camembert à la Different Beast recipe

    There is a brunch restaurant in Athens, Greece, called Different Beast,which might be the cosiest place in town. It is owned and run by Evita and Alex, a wonderful young couple, who, if one is to judge from the space they have created and the way they treat you, are two of the warmest people around. We frequently visit it with my girlfriends, especially on our Ladies’ Night out, every other Friday. The main reason, beyond the unique ambience and the elaborate cocktails, is this dish, in which we will indulge on cold winter nights. In a tiny pan, wrapped in parchment paper lies a wheel of Camembert cheese, melted to perfection…

  • dondurma ice cream recipe

    Dondurma Ice Cream (aka Kaimaki Ice Cream)

    Dondurma ice cream, flavoured with mastiha, originates from Turkey and is also extremely popular in Greece, where it is known as Kaimaki ice cream. It is a thick, soft, creamy and stretchy ice cream, which refuses to melt, so is perfect to eat on a very hot day. But it is also the ice cream to enjoy on a cold winter day as it has a warm mouth-feel. The secret to this texture lies in salep (aka salab or sahleb), an ingredient sold in powder form. Salep is made from wild orchid tubers cultivated in certain areas of Turkey and makes a natural thickener for ice cream; it gives it…

  • reliable recipe for brownies

    A reliable recipe for Brownies

    A reliable recipe for brownies, it gives a fudgy brownie with a velvety texture. Serve with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream or Dark Muscovado Whipped Cream. Brownies – a reliable recipe Special equipment: 23 cm (9 inch) square pan, preferably nonstick Ingredients: 160 gr butter, cut in slices (about 5.6 ounces; 11 Tbs. ) 245 gr granulated sugar  (about 8.6 ounces; 1 cup + 1 Tbs.) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 20 gr honey or other sticky liquid, like golden syrup, maple syrup, liquid glucose ( about 1 Tbs. ) 285 gr bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, preferably 50% to 65% cacao solids, chopped ( about 10 ounces ) 3 large eggs 100…

  • tahini ice cream

    Tahini Ice Cream recipe

    He is sitting next to me in a quiet, empty restaurant, talking with his thick voice and a strong rural accent. He is in his late 50s, looking a decade older than he actually is, tall and thin, always sitting straight, always looking you in the eyes. I have just asked him what the sesame plant looks like and all of a sudden the story of its cultivation begins unfolding in front of my eyes. I can picture him, a 10-year-old boy in the early 70s, sowing the sesame seeds in the vast, sunny fields of northern Greece. The sesame plant is a short bush he says, which loves well-drained,…

  • Lemony chickpeas with fennel

    Oven Baked Lemony Chickpeas with Caramelized Fennel recipe

    Chickpeas. Oh, those little fellas that, after being soaked in water overnight, can be transformed into the best of dinners. Of course, I do not mean the ones in cans. Those are just to be kept for the hummus-of-the-desperate-evening when you have to come up with something edible and all you have is this can, a jar of tahini and some forgotten vegetables hanging around at the bottom of the refrigerator. But when it comes to actually cooking a hearty dinner, dried chickpeas are the only option. Because, not only do they soak up all the flavors they are cooked with, but, when they are properly baked, they can also…