Food for thought

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This food for thought celebrates Oliveology, great couples, pretty plants and Athens’ perpetual allure. Oh, and banana bread too!

Yesterday, I had the privilege to take part in an Oliveology cooking workshop, in partnership with Pan London. The couple hours we spent at the Cookhouse in Borough Market, just above the shop, were pure joy; in company of a group of lovely ladies, enthusiastic and curious about food, under the discreet guidance of Marianna (the driving force behind the brand) and Despoina (chef extraordinaire and sharer of delicious little secrets) and the rest of their team. We cooked and tasted delicious food (a split pea dip, a sweet and a savoury pie and two versions of an egg and tomato dish), drank exquisite wine, tasted a range of the delicious products available in the store, learned tips and shared stories. And for a couple hours, I really felt both like I was home and very very homesick. I’ll be sharing more on Oliveology soon- in the meantime, have an ace weekend.

My three Oliveology favourites, currently: wrinkly and delicious olives, the sweetest raisins and a very special extra virgin olive oil.

For like ever (happy couples’ secrets).

Speaking of- what a couple! (Anjelica Houston on Jack Nicholson).

Love your freezer and it will most certainly love you back.

In trying to develop my green thumb, I’ve fallen hard with this beauty.

Is the weekend dead?

Athens’ beautiful anarchy and cultural significance.

My permanent plan for overripe bananas.

* Beautiful & fragrant Greek mountain tea at the Oliveology workshop.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Six delicious desserts to celebrate Mother’s Day: from the most chocolatey cake, to strawberries & cream and a hell of a banana bread. Happy Mother’s Day! 

I really am quite oblivious when it comes to all the ‘days’ celebrated throughout the year- apart from two: Mother’s & Father’s Day. I suspect that the reason I pay that much attention to them is stark evidence of how much I miss my parents. And I do, I really do, so very much, in such different ways. My mom is a stunning ball of energy that seems to excel in everything she does, in an understated, quiet and yet powerful manner. Her embrace is literally the safest place in the world for me (still, regardless of everything), her glance is a raffish little pool of the softest blue and her loud, exuberant laugh one of my favourite sounds in the world. She inspires and drives my sister and me crazy- both in equal measures, both seemingly every single day. And every single day, I also miss her and love her. So very much… [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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Friday’s food for thought with ice cold coffee, the best banana bread, the art of street photography and the charm of a good old t-shirt. 

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This short week seemed to go down a treat. The days were predominantly filled with books (I just started this and find it very hard to put down, despite its size), lots of cake testing and exceptionally bad weather (come on, London! It’s May!). And as such, they were quite ordinary, yet with moments of unexpected beauty and bursts of slightly mad inspiration. The weekend is still up in the air and I’d very much like it to stay this way. As long as there’s cake and more of these fleeting jolts of bliss, it’s all good. [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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Food for thought: yes to eggs for dinner, mixing spices and citrus cocktails, Georgia O’Keeffe, healthy plants, berry cakes & cookies. 

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Compared to last week, which seemed to move like a lazy, annoyed, unmotivated slug, this was a hell of a ride. It was busy and fast, with lots of ups and some downs too; rewarding yet filled with anxiety and tension and two grand highlights: a few successful recipe experimentations (which I will be sharing in the following weeks) and On The Waterfront (which left me with significant crushes on both Brando and Saint). I am ready for the weekend, which will be spent without Mike but with visiting friends and a much needed ladies night in. Have a good one, y’all! [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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Food for thought today is the heartbreaking beauty of adolescence, the magic of Harper Lee, outdoor cinemas and spicy breakfast eggs.

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The week after a holiday, no matter how short or long, how far or not at all, is always difficult. I struggle to get my bearings and stubbornly resist to succumb to any form of organised schedule. Yet, somehow, the week is almost passed- we’ve made it, almost to the other side. There’s so much left to be done, there should be very little rest on the weekend. But still, it’s the weekend, and we’ve almost made it unscathed and these two alone are perfect reasons to celebrate. Have a good one y’all! [READ MORE]

Happy Easter

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Wishing y’all a very happy Easter with all the traditions, delicious dishes, colourful surroundings and chocolate your heart desires!

Happy Easter

As much as I was snubbing it as a rebellious teen, Easter is now one of my favourite times of the year; perhaps the fact that, for the past few years, I have been spending it away from my family has intensified a love I had no idea was there. It really does signify spring for me and all the beautiful things that come with it: colours, smells, brighter days and longer nights. I also find myself over and over again enchanted by the many traditions associated with it, the ones I grew up participating in (or pompously ignoring) and others I became aware of later on. [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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This food for thought is all full of spring and anticipation for the coming week: Easter traditions, flower power, delicious cookies and wanderlust. 

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Growing up, the week before Easter was always quite significant; there were lots of traditions involved (some already existing, others having emerged through the years in our family), lots of preparations, fighting and making up. As these were always taking place in our village house, I remember it all so vividly: spring was powerful and omnipresent in the countryside, in every smell, every colour. Each passing moment was significant, different and filled with the season’s enchanting power. I haven’t spent Easter at home in a few years now, but in my heart, throughout this week, I am always there. It is one of my favourite illusions and cooking sustains it wonderfully. So stick around for a couple of my favourite recipes- Easter cookies are coming your way on Monday and tsoureki, my favourite sweet bread and an Easter staple, will make an appearance on Wednesday. Have a great weekend y’all! [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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All about food in this food for thought: delicious cocktails, extraordinary ladies, a gorgeous seasonal pizza & healthy sandwiches. 

Food for thought

Happy Friday, everyone! It feels like spring is finally here- although London weather has a reputation for being notoriously and at times charmingly unpredictable. None the less, we’ve had lots of sunshine the past few days, enough to give me welcome bursts of energy and sudden urges to walk around and get lost in the city (literally, I managed to actually get lost a few blocks close to my house, but because of the sunlight, every wandering moment was sheer pleasure). A few summer plans concerning The Tasty Other are slowly taking shape and I hope I’ll be able to share more soon. In the meantime, I am looking forward to a baking workshop I’ll be teaching this weekend (all with traditional Greek Easter recipes)  and hopefully some time spent in the sunshine with my favourite ladies. Here’s some inspiration for you: this time, it’s all about food! [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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A new Soho House, a delicious olive bread, the irresistible madness of David Lynch and villages to pack up and move to- all in today’s food for thought. 

This past week in our beautiful, strong, hurt, generous, defiant London was- well, you know what it was. I think I am going to take cue from Mike and avoid talking about it, as there really isn’t much to say. The last couple of days I’ve been waking up with a slightly bruised heart, but still filled with energy and anticipation for what’s to come. The weekend will be spend at friends’ birthdays and gatherings with (possibly) lots of beer and (definitely) delicious food. Stay safe and strong and keep your hearts and minds open. [READ MORE]

Food for thought

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Food for thought: truths about women, recipes for the 60s, ordering wine & throwing a party like a boss and the simplest, most delicious breakfast toast.

Food for thought

After last night’s almost impromptu, utterly delicious and inspiring supper hosted by Georgina Hayden, I can officially declare this week one of my favourites in a long time. The unexpectedly, irresistibly sunny weather had me (and others, I’m sure) feeling light as a feather and in a constant kinda half-dreamy disposition. I have equally dreamy plans for the weekend too, which will be spent without my favourite man, but with most of my favourite women. There’s something delicious planned for this Sunday, which I will hopefully be sharing in the next few days, along with an interview with one hell of a lady. Stay tuned, stay cool.

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