Monday, August 31, 2015




1/2 lb Walnuts, finely chopped
2 1/2 tb Sugar
1/2 ts Cinnamon
1/8 ts Ground Cloves

1 lb Phyllo Dough
3/4 lb Unsalted Butter, melted

1 1/2 c Water
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 1/2 c Sugar
2 ts Lemon Juice
1/2 c Honey

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix first four ingredients together for filling. Combine syrup ingredients and cook until sugar dissolves and mixture turns syrupy. Set aside to cool. Remove cinnamon stick before using.
Unfold phyllo. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut phyllo sheets crosswise, into thirds.
Cover phyllo not being used with a barely damp towel.
Using two pieces of phyllo – phyllo sheets are so thin they must be doubled – and keeping narrow ends towards you, brush with butter.
Place 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons filling 1/4 inch from end nearest you, to within 1/4 inch of sides.
Fold long sides in 1/4 inch.
Fold over bottom to cover filling.
Place a clean pencil on top of fold and roll into a cigar-like cylinder.
Push both ends toward center and remove pencil.
Place roll on cookie sheet and generously brush with butter.
Repeat with remaining filling and phyllo.
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Dip hot rolls into cooled syrup – kitchen tongs work well for this.
Place onto a platter to cool.

Cover and refrigerate. Can be frozen.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


¼ cup olive oil
2 bell peppers, sliced into long strips
14oz can of diced tomatoes
1 pound of your preferred sausage (normally around 5 sausages)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves

Salt and pepper

In an oiled pan, add sausages and bell peppers, cook until sausages turn light brown.
Next, add diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
Cook uncovered over medium heat for 15-20min, or until sausages are cooked and sauce has thickened a bit*
Add sausage(s) to plate, top with onion/pepper mixture

*If sausages are done and sauce is too watery, use a slotted spoon when plating and add liquid as needed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


20 – 25 zucchini blossoms
250 gr feta cheese
100 gr of ricotta cheese
3 eggs
olive oil for frying
500 gr flour

1 glass of water

Grate the feta and ricotta cheese.
Add them into a bowl together with 2 of the eggs.
Add dill and pepper.
Mix all the ingredients well.
Mix the flour, the glass of water, the remaining egg and some salt.
Wash each zucchini well and fill it with one spoonful of the filling.
Dip one by one into the batter.

Fry the zucchini blossoms in both sides in hot olive oil.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


1kg boneless beef fillets (leg part preferred)
1 onion, finely cut
2 garlic cloves, mashed
1 glass of white wine
2 bunches of parsley
Flour for coating the fillets

Olive oil for frying

Coat the fillets with flour and fry slightly on both sides.
Add olive oil in a saucepan and sauté onion.
Add rosemary, marjoram, garlic and white wine.
Cut the stems of both the parsley bunches, tie them and add them in the saucepan.
Add meat fillets and simmer until the sauce thickens and meat is tender.
Remove parsley stems from the saucepan.
Serve meat in a platter and pour the sauce over them.
Cut the parsley leaves finely and dredge them over the fillets.

Serve fillets with mashed potato or rice...Enjoy!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

FISHERMAN'S PASTA (Makaronatha tou Psara)

1/2 pound of squid, cut in small pieces
1/2 pound of octopus or cuttlefish, cut in small pieces
10 - 12 mussels in the shell, washed and trimmed (optional)
1/2 pound of shelled mussels
10 - 12 cockles in the shell, washed
15 medium or medium-large shrimp, shelled and deveined, with or without heads
2 small hot red peppers, chopped (more if desired)
1 bay leaf
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large onion, minced
2/3 cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of brandy
2 cups of cherry tomatoes, finely chopped (or 3 cups grated ripe tomatoes)
2 teaspoons of salt
cayenne pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds of penne pasta (or other pasta of your choice)
3-4 cups of water

2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped

In a large skillet or dutch over, sauté the garlic and onion in hot oil. When the onion softens, add squid and octopus or cuttlefish and hot peppers, and cook for 10 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Stir in brandy. Add the tomato and cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Add bay leaf, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add water slowly, stir, and cook for 40 minutes.
10-12 minutes before time is up, add all the mussels (in and out of shells) and cockles. 5 minutes before time is up, add the shrimp. Turn off heat and cover. Boil the pasta according to package directions and drain. Toss pasta with the sauce and transfer to a large platter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.