My Mongrel Christmas Recipe – Mince Pies with Kourambié Pastry

As a Gree-nglish family we have become accustomed to segue fairly seamlessly between Greek and English culture. There is a remarkably even-handed choice between food, customs and idiosyncrasies of both countries. Favourite family meals could be moussaká or equally meat and potato pie; our kettle is absolutely indispensable but we never use a washing-up bowl. My…

Bringing in the New with the Old – New Year 2016

  Here in Athens, 2016 has arrived with a long-anticipated blast of wintery weather. All through this autumn, Greece has been basking in bright sunshine and temperatures that would put an English summer to shame. To be honest, you could tell that the Greeks were getting a bit weary of it – longing to get…

Another year, another post. Meatballs in kimonos aka Dolmadákia

So that’s it,  Christmas is over. You’ve  cooked yourself stupid with baking and roasting. You’ve made the vasilópita, melomakárona and kourabiédes, you’ve cooked Christmas dinner, made the celebratory meal for New Year’s Eve and then, after ALL that, you have to start again! This time, on the first day of the New Year, I wanted…