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In 1975, the chance meeting in a college canteen with a bizarrely varied group of foreign students, resulted in my acquisition of a Greek boyfriend.

Having been fascinated by cooking and food since childhood and also being convinced of the old adage, that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, I dashed out and bought the only Greek cook book I could find.

Fortunately, it was the classic ‘The Home Book of Greek Cookery’ by Joyce Stubbs. This was my very first experience of a cuisine that would become second nature and also to a country that would become my second home.

'The Home Book of Greek Cookery' by Joyce M. Stubbs

In the intervening years, the boyfriend transformed into my husband and our story meant that we lived on a Greek island for many years and also in Athens – perhaps the coolest city in the Mediterranean!

Of late our travels have rested in England but I cannot shake off the smells, tastes, colours and warmth of Greece.

My endeavours to capture it all are here….

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Shelley Chapman says:

    I think your story is so wonderful! Having had 3 of the best years of my life growing up in Cyprus (pre-developed & somewhat spoiled?!) (Yes, me & the island!) I miss the Med terribly. I really look forward to reading more of your story, recipes and life, Mrs Kouzina!
    Kind regards,
    Shelley

    1. Hi Shelley,

      I’m so pleased that you have enjoyed my ramblings! These Mediterranean islands are so magical – especially before the tourism ‘revolution’. I don’t think you ever really leave them, once you’ve lived there and experienced it all.
      Hope you get back there soon.
      Many thanks for your kind comment.

      Regards

      Jane

  2. David Blake says:

    Jane – a great website. Looks good and the recipes are straightforward and easy to follow. Thanks.

    1. Thank you, David ! Really good to know that !

  3. kritsayvonne says:

    Hi, I’ve nominated you for a blog award. Hope you are up for it! See my blog post http://kritsayvonne.com/2015/03/27/versatile-blogger-award/ Best wishes, Yvonne

    1. Thanks Yvonne! That’s really kind ! Really appreciate that. Best wishes, Jane

  4. Greece Lists says:

    I own that book by Joyce Stubbs too and its just as tattered as yours!

    1. Still a favourite though !

  5. . says:

    Love your recipes, love visiting this site! I first came across Joyce Stubbs’ gem of a book in a public library in Glasgow’ s Royal Exchange Square. I re-discovered it on Amazon a couple of years ago, and even though it no longer looks new, but a bit splattered with olive oil and the pages are yellowed with age, it has some of the best Greek recipes I have ever seen.
    Do you have any other favourites Jane?

    1. Thanks ! That’s really kind – so glad you like the blog. My copy of the Joyce Stubbs book is in the splattered and age-yellowed state ! Another real favourite is Cooking the Greek Way’ by Anne Theoharous – it’s very good for standard Greek dishes. Sadly it is also out of print – but I did manage to get a copy for a friend from Abe Books. Another favourite is Vefa Alexiadou’s ‘Vefa’s Kitchen ‘. It’s a bit of a a hefty tome but is very informative. Vefa is Greece’s ‘Delia’, so her recipes are well-tested. It’s well-worth the investment.
      What’s you favourite dish ?

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