Food for thought

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I’m back home for the summer and my days are now filled with faces I’ve been missing for far too long, blinding sun, hot weather and familiar songs. Food wise, I’ve been overwhelmed by my mom’s terrific dishes once again, the beautiful fresh produce in our local farmers market and all the ice cream and cheese pies I can get my hands on. Needless to say, I’ already a little heavier and a lot inspired, so expect lots more new fresh and delicious recipes coming your way in the days to follow. In the meantime, here’s a few bits and pieces from around the web, all Greece-related, to match my current state.

In spite of the general chaos and shaky economy, Greek tourism is alive and kicking.

If you’re visiting Athens this summer (you really should y’all!), here’s a couple ideas on the healthier side, to help you balance the wild nightlife that is a definite given (I highly recommend #1, a stroll through my hood).

Speaking of my hood, that’s the place to stay (if you’re on the terrace, grabbing breakfast or having a yoga lesson, check out our balcony across the street, buried behind flowers, plants and freshly washed clothes).

Athens can get super hot- that’s why you need to know its most beautiful roof gardens for bites, drinks and everything in between.

One of my favourite places for tasteful gifts (from jewellery, to pottery and coffee table books).

Forget about the islands and go for the gorgeous Zagorochoria instead: wild, green forests, amphitheatrically built villages, stone bridges and exquisite local cuisine- you’ll really find it hard to leave.

Herbs and spices to kickstart and inspire your Greek cooking. Extra thumbs up to the not so widely known mahleb.

My favourite Greek summer dish: stuffed tomatoes and peppers.

* Friday farmers market loot: all the colours and all the flavours.

Beet, feta & thyme tart tatin

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This beet, feta & thyme tart tatin ticks is so easy and delicious, I’m really confused as to why it’s taken me so long to come up with. Gorgeous beets, flakey, buttery pastry, salty feta and fresh thyme- check. Easy, quick and fuss free cooking- check again. Tons of flavour and gorgeous to look at- triple check! This one’s a winner y’ all! Let’s talk beets for a second: gorgeous colours, beautiful texture both when raw and cooked, slightly sweet, they really are lovely whichever way you decide to take: chips, soup, smoothie or combined with summery zucchini and manchego– you really can’t go wrong with these beauties. Especially when you keep them almost whole and make them the star of a tart tatin show. [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

Yesterday’s tragedy in Nice has left me once again numb, sad and kinda desperate. I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that our world is a dark dark place, while remembering that there’s still light to be found- or at least there should be and we need to cherish it. On that note, here’s a few Food for thought links for y’ all, because, dammit, it’s summer and we need to stand up to violence, fear and insanity. Stay positive, stay cool. [READ MORE]

Baked peaches & mascarpone

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Baked peaches & mascarpone

When summer approaches and along with it come all the beautiful seasonal fruit, peaches somehow escape me at first. I go crazy over strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries; I’m smitten with nectarines and then, in the middle of said love affairs, I see peaches. And every time, I just can’t explain why the escape me- especially the small, flat ones. They are so cute and pretty and aromatic, I want to grab all of them, take them home, look at them for a few days and then play with their soft, pink skin. Are you with me? [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

Last Friday, my amazing girlfriends took me to Côte d’Azur for a very long, very relaxing, very fun weekend, which officially marks the beginning of our wedding festivities. Our four days spent in the gorgeous sun started with a long breakfast, continued with lazy sessions by the pool and carried on with visits to beautiful little villages, dinners in Cannes and Nice, too much wine, cheese, ice cream, giggling and beautiful conversation. I came back forever grateful and with a renewed appetite- hence this week’s Food for thought, which features food & drink links. [READ MORE]

Nectarine & blackberry pie

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A couple weeks ago, I spent a whole day making pies for an event. They were filled with spinach and swiss chard, feta and ricotta and I was filled with joy. I love making pie of any kind and this is probably my favourite savoury combo. At the end of the day, I found myself tired, with some leftover phyllo pastry and in desperate need of a dessert (after all the pie ‘testing’). I glanced at the ice cream in the freezer, then at the beautiful fruit in the fridge and thought “What the hell, let’s make another pie! A nectarine & blackberry pie!” [READ MORE]

Toast 3 ways

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Toast 3 ways

One of the things rarely found in our kitchen is bread. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE bread, both making and (even more) eating it. The main reason for its absence is simple: bakeries are not the same here as back home. Seriously, Greece seems to have a bakery in almost every corner; each is filled with every type of bread and any sweet and savoury dough-y thing imaginable*, making it very hard to resist and not buy a fragrant loaf or a bag of delicious treats. In additional to that, Mike, who loves treats of any kind (especially the chocolate and peanut butter kind) is quite indifferent when it comes to bread. He never asks for it nor buys it, so it’s easy for me to follow his lead. [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

After spending a super fun evening with friends from all over Europe, I woke up today to the confirmation that the times they are a-changing and are in fact bat shit crazy. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having this WTF feeling for the better part of a year now. I mean Europe is a hot mess, right? Things in Greece have been bad for quite some time now, the shit’s about to hit the fan here in the UK as well, the States are not doing too swell either.

There’s so much to think about and endless debates and conversations to be had; there’s gonna be uncertainty and worry. But that’s not all there’s gonna be, that’s certainly not all there is. The world around us is changing, and it’s precisely at times like this that we need to breath in and out, pause and be appreciative of what’s dear to us, be thankful and calm. [READ MORE]

Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos

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Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos

Who was it that invented food trucks? Especially those serving quick, perfectly flavoured, spicy little bites of food wrapped in something delicious? Who was that genius mastermind? My hat off to them, because all of the above describe one of my favourite things to eat and pretty much sum up the perfect summer bite. More specifically, tacos. Spicy mango & lime chicken tacos even more specifically. The one taco recipe I’ve shared here before is filled with flavours and veggies and this one follows the same principles: lots of freshness, lots of colour, a little heat- pretty much all you need for that perfect bite. [READ MORE]

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Food for thought

While the weather in London continues being very British (sun! black clouds! tropical style night rains! humidity! sun again!), in Greece summer has officially arrived. It’s hot and sunny and my family and friends are already off to the beach. No biggie. I’m not jealous at all. Like really. I’m just as happy here, carrying my umbrella and sunglasses everywhere, constantly checking the weather and then whining about it. Oh! And seeking all things summery and holiday-y. [READ MORE]