Quinoa beetroot salad (Rocabella Hotel Mykonos)

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Forget about the breathtaking views, super stylish rooms and impeccable service: the real bomb in Rocabella Hotel Mykonos is the food! I couldn’t be happier sharing the recipe for one of their signature dishes with you, as it’s exactly the way I like it: delicious (trust me, I’ve been making it on repeat), colourful, fresh and super easy to make. If, like me, you can’t make the trip to Mykonos this year, we can at least enjoy this beautiful salad over and over again!

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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]

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]

Avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad

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Avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad

One of the things I love more about the summer months is how my appetite and cooking changes. When it’s cold, I enjoy heartier, somewhat heavier dishes and I’m happy to spend hours in the kitchen making soups, bread or decadent desserts. As soon as it gets a little warm though, all I crave is speedy, refreshing meals with light textures. I mostly lean towards salads and I’m always impressed by the countless combinations one can come up when it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits. So, these days, that summer has finally arrived here in London (I mean, kinda- rain still keeps us on our toes) my cooking is almost exclusively dedicated to all sorts of things light, colourful and quick. From this one pot pasta and the easiest, hands down most delicious molten chocolate cake, to this avocado, nectarine & pistachio quinoa salad. [READ MORE]

Mascarpone, pea & tarragon one-pot pasta

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Mascarpone, pea & tarragon one-pot pasta

Pasta is probably my favourite thing to eat; it’s easy, simple and delicious, aka the definition of comfort food. Although I can’t resist a serving (or two) of a classic tomato sauce slow-cooked with all sorts of herbs, garlic and onion, or a big plate of this stunning, pitch black squid-ink spaghetti, I’m usually partial to more speedy sauces, which you can whip up almost on the spot, with pretty much any ingredient you have in hand. [READ MORE]

Asparagus, wild garlic & corn cream cheese tartlets

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Asparagus, wild garlic & corn cream cheese tartlets

These asparagus, garlic & corn cream cheese tartlets are just perfect for this time of year. Asparagus is one of my favourite ingredients you guys! But, looking at my recipes, you wouldn’t know- in fact it’s been only featured here twice: quite recently in this super fresh chinese egg rice salad and a while back, courtesy of Nassia and her kick-ass red wine risotto. What the hell, right? Asparagus is such a delicate beauty, such a rock star, it needs all the love we can give it and then some. [READ MORE]

Spinach, dill & lemon basmati rice (spanakorizo)

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Spinach, dill & lemon basmati rice (spanakorizo)

This spinach, dill & lemon basmati rice is my friend Zoe’s version of spanakorizo (spinach rice) a Greek dish which is both widely loved and loathed. I used to belong to the latter category; I passionately despised spanakorizo, even when it was prepared by my mom, a truly exceptional cook. I expressed and emphasized my dislike at any given opportunity, but that never phased her (she’s had years of intense practice not paying much attention to most dramatic declarations occuring at home): instead, it was the dish she’d prepare for my sister and me every time we’d return home from London. I mean, every.damn.time. And every damn time, I’d give it a try and every damn time, I’d dislike it even more. [READ MORE]

Marbled egg, pickled carrot & asparagus rice salad

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Marbled egg, pickled carrot & asparagus rice salad

Easter is practically here, you guys! I realised this just a few days ago and I have to say, it really caught me by surprise- it’s so early! This year there seems to be a mahoosive gap between Catholic and Greek Easter and since I’ve been accustomed to the latter, I guess I really dropped the ball on the whole Easter situation. Still, since I LOVE celebrations of any kind at absolutely any time of the year, I’m definitely up for a speedy seasonal dish, filled with delicious flavours and bright springy colours:  hello, marbled egg, pickled carrot & asparagus rice salad! [READ MORE]