Giouvetsi

By |October 4th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Giouvetsi is a Greek word for a dish cooked in an earthenware casserole, from the Turkish word güveç, meaning clay pot. It is a tradition dish made with lamb, chicken or beef and orzo pasta. Serves 4-6 Preparation: 30 min Cooking time: 2hrs Ingredients 1 ½ kilo lamb or a whole chicken 1 kilo ripe tomatoes or canned 4 cloves [...]

Greek – Style Squid with Lemon , Garlic and Olive

By |September 30th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Close your eyes when you eat your first mouthful of this one and in your mind you'll be right there on some lovely Greek island – it's one of those very simple things that also tastes extremely special. It's easy, too, as the squid is all prepared for you, so the whole thing takes no longer than 15 minutes from [...]

Almonds’ Cake

By |September 29th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Preparation: 15 min Cooking time: 20 min Ingredients 2 ½ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 kg flour 2 egg yolks ½ cup brandy 2 cups sugar cinnamon 1 cup almonds finely chopped confectioner’s sugar Preparation Mix olive oil with sugar. Add eggs and brandy. Slowly add flour. Knead till mixture doesn’t stick. Add almonds and cinnamon. Shape into oblong [...]

Halvas

By |September 28th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Halva is a delicious, traditional dessert made in a many different variations across Greece and throughout the Middle East. To be honest, halva is wonderful in all forms and flavors. We’ve shared our favorite family recipe below. Fine ground semolina flour, chopped nuts and sweet syrup make this the perfect pudding with it’s charmingly delicate texture flavored with aromatic cinnamon, [...]

Gigantes Plaki / Baked Giant Beans

By |September 27th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Gigantes plaki, or baked giant beans, are about as Greek and about as good as a dish can be. There are countless variations of this classic dish and the recipe below is our family’s favorite. This recipe calls for parsley, celery, oregano and mint to flavor the delicate tomato sauce and beans. This combination is a bit lighter, brighter and [...]

Tourlou Tourlou / Briam

By |September 26th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Tourlou tourlou, which literally means all mixed up, is really the most wonderfully delicious mix up of vegetables!  Perfect for summer when garden fresh veggies are everywhere, a few simple ingredients and you’re on your way to one of the best traditional vegetable meals in all of Greek cooking. This dish also goes by the name briam from the Turkish [...]

Stuffed peppers

By |September 23rd, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Stuffed peppers are such a classic Greek dish and traditionally vegan!  Meat was only added to the rice mixture on special occasions and feast days.  Every day stuffed peppers were meatless and, as you’ll see with this recipe, absolutely magnificent! One of my all time favorite meals, stuffed peppers are a simple, easy to make ahead, healthy, so yummy dish. [...]

Okra

By |September 22nd, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Oh how I love okra! Tender, sweet with a big piece of crusty bread to sop up the garlicky good sauce and you’ve got yourself a Greek vegan good meal. This recipe gently braises the okra. It’s a simple, no fuss method that allows the okra to stew slowly until they’re melt in your mouth perfect. Late spring and early [...]

Greek Lentil Soup (Fakes)

By |September 9th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

8 ounces brown lentils 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 large carrot, chopped 1 onion, minced 1 quart water 1 pinch dried oregano 1 pinch crushed dried rosemary 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 bay leaves salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or to taste (optional) 1 teaspoon olive oil, or to [...]

Greek Style Fried Fish

By |September 8th, 2016|Dining Tips & Recipes|

Cuisine: Greek Cooking Method: Pan-Fried Category: Entree Level: Medium Yield: Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: Olive oil, for frying 2 1/4 lbs. (1 kg.) whole bogue, red mullet, or other small fish, gutted and scaled 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, plus more for dredging 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 cup white wine vinegar 1/2 cup water 2 sprigs fresh rosemary Salt and [...]

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