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That’s right! Greeks have been flipping pancakes for over 2500 years! It turns out that pancakes –tiganites (wheat flour pancakes) and staititis (spelt flour pancakes) were a staple in the Ancient Greek diet. The flours were mixed with olive oil and topped with honey, sesame seeds and cheese or curdled milk. The first record of […]

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Tender beef chunks, stewed in spiced tomato sauce, combined with orzo pasta and topped with grated Mizithra, Romano or Feta cheese. Growing up, this was a great meal to come home to after a long day! It’s hearty and delicious. Traditionally, the meat, sauce, and dried pasta are combined into a clay pot and  baked in […]

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If you want a little taste of the Greek islands, then fresh, grilled fish, is a wonderful way to start!  Especially when drizzled with Ladolemono (lemon-olive oil dressing). Other than looking for wild caught fish, there are a few other things to look out for when visiting your local fish market. To ensure that you […]

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I created this meatball recipe years ago, when I made the mistake of planting mint in my garden, instead of in pots. It spread and spread!  I had so much mint and couldn’t take another mojito!  I needed to find a use for those fragrant leaves!  After riffling through several recipes, finally, I remembered my […]

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Sweet, creamy custard, enclosed in crunchy, buttery phyllo and dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon! What’s not to love? This delicious Greek pastry recipe will have you making it time and time again!   n a large, heavy pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to a very crumbly roux. […]

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You read correctly- dandelion greens!  The same weeds or “horta” that are a nuisance to landscapers and people everywhere!  Now, what if I told you that studies have shown evidence, that if incorporated into your daily diet, these weeds can:  detoxify your entire system, prevent or lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, improve gastro-intestinal health, prevent or cure liver […]

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Eating quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has become the new superfood trend. Although new to most of us, it has actually been eaten for thousands of years!  Ancient Inca warriors would eat quinoa for stamina!   Quinoa is referred to as a grain, but it is actually a vegetable seed from a vegetable related to spinach and […]

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Moussaka

March 3, 2014 by Zoe Vlachos - in Recipes

Moussaka is a well loved Greek dish by many- and my personal favourite! What makes this dish so unique is the layers of different flavours and textures. There are several steps, however, it’s worth the work, I promise! Servings: 6-8 Working from the bottom up, you will need: Layer 1 – Potato  4-5 medium size […]

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Ever wonder how to make the thick and creamy sauce enjoyed atop the classic Greek dishes of moussaka or pastitsio? Well, here is a great recipe to try! Greek béchamel sauce differs from the traditional French and Italian versions due to the inclusion of eggs. When baked, the eggs are what give this Greek sauce […]

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Garlic? Really? An aphrodisiac? YES! It turns out that this aromatic bulb is not just famous for its ability to treat everything from the common cold to cancer. Ancient Greeks ate garlic to stimulate passion and to increase sexual stamina. Modern science confirms this to be true, as garlic […]