Christmas “Kouloura”, a sweet ceremonial bread

Christmas “Kouloura”, a sweet ceremonial bread

In Zakynthos, my grandmother’s island, we make the round “Kouloura” on Christmas Eve. It is a lovely Lenten sweet ceremonial bread. Every year since I got married, we gather around the table, raise the Kouloura together in our hands, over the incense burner and chant 

New Year’s drink with Pomegranate and tsipouro

New Year’s drink with Pomegranate and tsipouro

A festive drink to ring in the New Year with pomegranate for luck. Serve cold in a frozen jug with small shot glasses on the side. Leave a bowl of pomegranate seeds for guests to add to their glass. I use fresh pomegranate juice. You 

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

This is my mum’s recipe, which was usually the centerpiece of our birthdays as children. I still rely on it for my own children and for their friends. It is a delicious cake, dairy free, moist and firm enough to cut into any shape the 

Apple and cinnamon oatmeal

Apple and cinnamon oatmeal

Perfect for a sweet breakfast or snack, like apple pie filling with cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Delicious and ready in under 10 minutes.

Mandarin Orange Cake

Mandarin Orange Cake

Cakes using the whole citrus fruit taste really fresh and are so aromatic. Remember to taste the fruit in order to reduce the sugar accordingly…

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…