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Month: January 2019

Ania’s “Hortopita” wild greens pie

Ania’s “Hortopita” wild greens pie

I’ve been trying to master my own filo pastry for years now. Or the idea of it, to be exact. You see, although I’ve had plenty of people show me, I never actually got round to …well, em…doing it. I got very good at talking […]

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

If it’s a tad too sophisticated for your little one’s palate, try using a pasta shape they know and like, for a fresh look…

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Cake

  • 4 medium fresh mandarin oranges
  • 200 to 250 g sugar, the sweeter the mandarins, the less sugar you need
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g clarified butter melted until liquid
  • 300 gr self-raising flour sifted

Cut the mandarin oranges in half horizontally to remove the pips, and pulse them whole in a food processor including the peel. Beat the eggs well with the sugar until thick and fluffy. Beat in the cool melted butter. Stir in the pulp of the mandarins and then add the flour.

Pour into a well oiled form and bake at 170 C for about an hour.

For the dairy free version, replace the butter with the same amount of coconut oil, with a different but equally aromatic result.

Winter Baked Beans

Winter Baked Beans

This is the winter version of the Greek classic “Gigandes” baked beans dish. Adding peppers, celeriac and good quality sausages make it a warming favourite…

Penne with peppers and sausage

Penne with peppers and sausage

So fast and easy, with rich flavor and very appealing to children. If you serve it with broccoli, you will have the rainbow on your table…

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

  •  800 g minced yearling lamb
  • 2 twigs rosemary
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs of celery finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 750 ml homemade broth 
  • 2.5 kg potatoes or mixed with sweet potato or celeriac
  • 200 ml milk
  • 50 gr. butter
  • 40 + 10 gr. mature Cheddar
  • 80 gr. breadcrumbs 
  • 350 gr. peas frozen

Gently fry the onions, carrots and celery. Add the garlic and 30″ later the minced meat and brown well. Add half the rosemary, the Worcestershire sauce, the tomato paste, salt and pepper and stir well. Pour in the broth and let it simmer for an hour. Towards the end, remove the lid so that your sauce is juicy but not watery. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes and drain them well. In the warm pot where you boiled the potatoes, add the butter and milk. Add the potatoes and mash them with the potato press. Beat well with a wooden spoon, the cheese and season lightly. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Grease a large oven dish, scatter the remaining rosemary leaves and most of the breadcrumbs on the bottom and sides. Spread half the mashed potatoes on the bottom and walls spoon by spoon. Layer over the minced meat followed by the peas. Finally carefully top with the remaining mashed potatoes, scatter the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs and dot with a little butter. Bake for about an hour at 180 C until browned well.

For the dairy free version, substitute the following:

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce with balsamic vinegar
200 ml milk with homemade broth
50 gr. butter with 40 gr. olive oil
40 + 10 gr. mature Cheddar with 1 tbsp mustard powder

Cardamom Marmalade

Cardamom Marmalade

This is one one my trusted homemade gifts and so versatile. A bright breakfast spread, a quick appetizer served on salami, a lovely glaze for a roast…

Maria’s Chicken Soup

Maria’s Chicken Soup

Our daughter did not seem interested in any type of food as a toddler, until she tried this soup at my friend Maria’s home, who graciously shared her recipe. It’s been part of our family menu ever since.