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]

Molten chocolate cake

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Yesterday was my mom’s birthday. For the past ten years or so, I’m not around to celebrate with her, but I always try to mark the occasion by making her a delicious dessert. Even though she’s not around to enjoy it, I’m always very happy to do it (and eat it, of course). Last year it was this airy, crunchy and fruity cookie & raspberry tart, but this time, I went the crowd-pleasing  molten chocolate way. [READ MORE]

White chocolate & strawberry Dutch baby

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White chocolate & strawberry Dutch baby

I think I first came across the photo of a Dutch baby on Pinterest and was instantly smitten. I mean, what’s not to love? A giant pancake, perfectly puffed, perfectly golden brown, perfectly dusted with icing sugar. It really was love at first sight. The following day, I had my first go at that beautiful XL pancake and fell deeply, madly in love. I haven’t stopped making them since and our love affair grows stronger every time. [READ MORE]

Peanut butter, cream cheese & chocolate parfaits

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Peanut butter, cream cheese & chocolate parfaits

I love making dessert- almost every time, it’s a little daunting, yet I always go into it with the same enthusiasm and anticipation for the end result. As soon as the weather softens up and the first spring fruit appears, I crave buttery, juicy pies, and simple tarts with delicious toppings; I can also barely keep myself from making fruity frozen treats or the first batch of ice cream and frozen yogurt of the season. [READ MORE]

Mango & passion fruit vanilla bundt cake

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Mango & passion fruit vanilla bundt cake

I’m coming back with a bang, back with this mango & passion fruit vanilla bundt cake. But let me first explain my absence. Remember how in my last post I mentioned how kinda crazy my week had been? Boy, was I about to get schooled. The one that just passed was hands down the definition of crazy. Like, Mike up on the stage of Dolby Theatre, accepting an Academy Award for Best Short film, along with the director and producers of Stutterer, the most beautiful short ever, one that stole my heart from the first time I saw it- that kinda crazy. And staying up with friends till 4 in the morning, celebrating with too much bubbly and too much happy cursing and hugs and spending a couple days trying to reply to congratulatory messages- additional kinda crazy. [READ MORE]

Orange & tangerine Greek semolina cake with pistachios & honey

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Orange & tangerine Greek semolina cake with pistachios & honey

One of the greatest pleasures I had over the past holidays was spending time with my Zoe. Zoe is one of my closest friends; she is a force of nature, a gorgeous teeny tiny ball of energy, charming and sweet, ballsy and witty. She studied History, she works at LSE and her cooking game is seriously strong. She can ace pretty much any traditional Greek recipe, knows her ingredients, techniques and history and, most impressively for me, she has the most balanced diet of anyone I know. [READ MORE]

Chocolate, coconut & sprinkle toffee

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Chocolate, coconut & sprinkle toffee

Coming back after the holidays, in a slight haze after days filled with too much romance, wine, friends and cheese, I couldn’t help but notice all the many healthy recipes all around. I mean, all those smoothies and fruit and veggie bowls and scrumptious salads and oh my! Getting back into shape seemed almost as appealing as this New Year’s cake: absolutely delicious, beautiful and very inspiring. And I really need that air of freshness, those beautiful colours. Βut I also need me some butter & chocolate. [READ MORE]

Buttery & nutty Greek Christmas cookies (kourampiedes)

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Buttery & nutty Greek Christmas cookies (kourampiedes)

This year I’ll be spending the holidays in London. It’s the first time I won’t be in Greece with my family and I’m feeling pretty bittersweet about it. See, I really love my loud, overbearing, inspiring, always-in-your-face family. I love and miss them constantly. Plus, they really know how to do Christmas. There’s always beautiful decorations all around the house, tons of hugs, tons of energy (I mean, tons of energy, which translates to heated debates on just about anything, arguments, long embraces, lots of frantic running around), tons of delicious food and presents. I know I’ll miss out on all these- but then again, I’ve been living in London for over ten years now and I’ve never spent the holidays here. It’s about time I gave it a try and created some new traditions, don’t you think? [READ MORE]