Happy New Year 2012!

I wish you a

Happy New Year!
Healthy, with all your wishes satisfied, goals acieved, facts that will make you happy, success to all your efforts, and of course, a better year than those that preceded it!

Zambia

Baked Apples in Phyllo Pastry

Apples wrapped in crispy pastry and stuffed with an aromatic blend of cinnamon, sugar, almonds and brandy.
As apples are baked, brandy evaporates and penetrates the flesh of the apples and make them very tasty.
A very light, sweet dessert for ending the old year and welcoming the new one.

Happy New Year

work: 00h:30′ time: 01h:00′ easy: 2/5

Smoked Salmon and Mozzarella Terrine

Smoked salmon and mozzarella, fragrant basil to flavor these two ingredients into a fine appetizer.
A light, green salad, an avocado dip and slices of toasted bread accompany it to balance the oily taste.
work: 20′ time: 12h:20′ easy: 2/5

Merry Christmas 2011

I wish you Merry Christmas, wherever you are.
Relax, laugh, dance, travel, have fun, enjoy a delicious dish, bite a "sinful" chocolate treat, embrace the warmth of a flame, love and be loved, share all the above with other people, family, friends or strangers.

Zambia

Roast Pork with Apples

Roast Pork with Apples
Roast pork casserole with apples, apple juice and caramelized onions. A special taste, slightly sweet, with an aftertaste that reminds somewhat the familiar stew.
Eaten pleasantly, and not far from our Greek tastes and culinary experiences.
Pork with mixed fruit, fresh or dried, as quince, plums, figs, are flavors found in many parts of Greece.
A dish coming from the English cuisine that has traveled across the Atlantic.
Enjoy!
work: 00h:30′ time: 03h:00′ difficult:

Melomakarona, Honey Cookies with Walnuts

Melomakarona, Honey Cookies with Walnuts
Melomakarona with semolina. With the right amount of honey, delicious and crispy, orange scented and sprinkled with a lot of walnuts.
Classical taste for Greek Christmas, where almost every household has its own family recipe and the "magic" formula to make them tasty and enjoyable.
If you like melomakarona, these meet the requirements for a delicious bite!
work: 01h:30′ time: 02h:30′ medium: 3/5

Christmas Tree Cake

Christmas Tree Cake. With a strong almond flavor, aroma of cinnamon and the sweetness of sugar. Decorated with colorful candies and candy, which give it an impressive appearance in the eyes of children.
work: 01h:00′ time: 02h:00′ medium: 3/5

Chicken Risotto a la Milanese

Chicken risotto a la Milanese, a timeless dish of Greek houses, which, almost never, was missing from the banquet.
The ingredients are very simple, a chicken stew, a granular aromatic pilaf and a velvety white Milanese sauce.
The result is a very tasty, festive dish that will be appreciated a lot!
work: 01h:30′ time: 02h:30′ difficult: 4/5

Kourabiedes

Kourabiedes
Kourabiedes delicious, fluffy, aromatic, and dissolving on the palate!
Made with fresh milk butter, beer, almonds, and covered with a dense cloud of fluffy powdered sugar… and do not forget the clove pins, that make the difference.
If you have a "traumatic" experience making Kourabiedes, maybe so hard that can break teeth or with a flat taste, try this recipe and will change your opinion about the "real" kourabiedes.
work: 00h:30′ time: 02h:30′ medium: 3/5

Chocolate Pie

Super chocolate pie, with the irresistible flavor combination of almond and dark chocolate, wrapped in a delicious, crisp, well cooked pastry sheet.
Despite the chocolate it contains, it has a light, fluffy texture, and the aromas of dark chocolate is highlighted.
Every little bite of this delicacy is a complete, tasty treat, with the predominant flavor of chocolate. The fans will be rewarded in full from this proposal.
Consumed at room temperature.
work: 30′ time: 02h:30′ medium: 3/5

Olive Pie

Olive Pie
The saltiness of the cheese and olives combines with the sweet taste of leek and onion In this easy and delicious pie. The result of unique and delicious. If you like olives, try this version of olive pie.
work: 45′ time: 1h:30′ medium:

Taramosalata

Tarama Salad, different with the addition of red peppers that give color and additional flavor.
Pure olive oil, dried onion, squeezed bread, all well mixed and the tarama salad is ready.
Appetizer, dip or salad? All this, for a very tasty "all weather" treat for our table.
Consumed with large quantities of bread and can accompany your beer, wine or ouzo.
Try another version of the classic, traditional taramosalata.
work: 00h:20′ time: 00h:25′ very easy: 1/5

Oven Baked Quinces

Quinces baked int the oven, with sweet wine, herbs and spices like cinnamon and star anise.
Very tasty, very fragnant! What is fascinating with thiw delicacy, apart from the smell, is its color. Baked qunces have a bright red-orange hue like purple sunset. You have to make them just for the color. The trouble is zero and the time just 15'. Just to cut them in 4, sprinkle with red sweet wine and put them in the oven.
Try them!
work: 00h:15′ time: 01h:15′ very easy: 1/5

Coconut Truffles - Raffaello

Tasty, small coconut truffles with simple ingredients such as condensed sweetened milk, butter, and stuffed with crunchy, roasted almond.
Very easy to make and enjoyed by the young and the not so.
Prepare and give to your loved ones, beautiful, delicious, white or colorful truffles.
They will enjoy them.
work: 00h:20′ time: 01h:20′ very easy: 1/5

Liver a la Veneziana

Fresh chicken livers, cooked with onions and flavored with rosemary.
The sauce concentrates the aromas of ingredients and in combination with mashed potatoes and carrots becomes a delicious and hearty dish.
Try it.
work: 20′ time: 01h:00′ easy: 2/5

Dried Fruits Cake

Aromatic and delicious cake, stuffed with dried fruits to remind us of summer when we enjoy it in the winter.
The use of dried fruit has a long tradition, dating from the fourth millennium BC in Mesopotamia. Today it plays an important role in the Mediterranean diet.
I suggest you try this recipe, marinating the fruits overnight in lemon orange zest and juice. They will soften, get caramelized and swell absorbing the juice.
work: 00h:45′ time: 13h:20′ medium: 3/5

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki is a cooking technique, used in Japanese cuisine to grill fish (or meat), dipped in sweet soy marinade and enjoyed by drinking Saké, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
We will make crispy chicken drumsticks in a fragrant marinade with a very easy recipe.
work: 30′ time: 01h:00′ easy: 2/5

Calzone Express

Today we eat fast, delicious and hearty!
Make a Calzone with puff pastry, a little ham and cheese and we're ready. Without time-consuming procedures and with guaranteed tasty results!
Until cooked we can prepare a delicious light salad with red radish and a lightweight vinegraite, to accompany and to ease the calories of the calzone.
Try it!
work: 00h:10′ time: 00h:30′ very easy: 1/5

Ravani Syrup Cake

Ravani is a delicious classic dessert of Greek cuisine. Essentially it is a syrupy cake and by adding the almond it is made delicious and unique.
The syrup is light, and makes it as sweet as it should be, flavored with lemon, which gives it a touch of citrus freshness and flavor.
work: 45′ time: 01h:30′ easy: 2/5

Onion's Pie

Pies are among the favorite dishes of Greek cuisine. We like them and make them in many different versions.
Today's pie is an onion pie… enhanced with various cheese turmeric and sundried tomatoes .
If you like the combination of ingredients, I think you will love this pie.
work: 45′ time: 01h:45′ easy: 2/5

Red Lentil Soup

Lentils with orange, intense color, and unmatched flavor, taster than the simple lentils we all know.
Lentils came in my kitchen, from Xanthi, covering many miles on their way.
At first glance I was thrilled by their color, but I did not know their taste. I gained first hand experience, of this little known product, by cooking them!
You can find them is many health stores. In other cities around the world they may be easier to find in local markets.
Worth the try.
work: 00h:10′ time: 00h:30′ easy: 2/5

Plum Jam with Spices

Plums, are not only very tasty and sweet fruit, when mature, but they also have a color. As such, they make ​​a very tasty jam with a fantastic pink-red, transparent color!
The process is so simple, that in a little time we have a spicy, red, light jam for the first meal of the day. Our breakfast!
Enjoy the almost ethereal flavor and you will feel very proud to make your own jam, so much better than those you buy, which are laden with sweeteners, for my taste.
work: 00h:15′ time: 01h:45′ very easy: 1/5

Fish Fillet with Orange Sauce

Today my suggestion is a tasty version of fillet fish with orange sauce and fragrant spices.
A Low Carb plate, suitable for those who care about their diet.
It is still, however, a delicious and hearty dish.
Try it!
work: 15′ time: 45′ easy: 2/5

Spinach Feta Pie

Spinach & feta pie sticks in phyllo pastry.
We love pies and we eat a lot of those especially if the contain greens.
This recipe comes with phyllo pastry, but we can replace it with a thicker phyllo.
The feta cheese is added at the end. If you don't add cheese you have a pie suitable for fasting.
work: 01h:00′ time: 01h:30′ medium: 3/5

Palmiers

A Palmier is a French pastry made with puff pastry and sugar. The are crisp, caramelized and delicious.
They are easier and simpler to make if you use ready puff pastry.
work: 15′ time: 15′ very easy: 1/5

Garlic's Breadsticks

Garlic's Breadsticks
Fluffy, buttery and very tasty.
A fluffy bread, cut in sticks. Bread sticks, flavored with garlic and basil, very easy to make and without much work.
Enjoy them warm to accompany your appetizers and/or main dish.
Try kneading today. It relieves stress!
work: 15′ time: 2h:00′ easy: 2/5

Fatty Acids in Nutrition

We read many things about fats in nutrition. Saturated, unsaturated, ω omega, butter, margarine good better and bad. All are bad or good depending on what we read and who is the author.
So what emerged from my research?

Orange Cake

Fluffy cake with the scent of oranges. The intoxicating scent of citrus trees characteristic of Mediterranean countries and, of course, our country.
Try it and enjoy the juicy taste. If you are fond of orange I hope this will excite you!
work: 30′ time: 01h:20′ easy: 2/5

Lamb Shanks in the Oven with Potatoes

Lamb Shanks in the oven with potatoes and plenty of garlic, cheese and thyme. Many tasty ingredients for a tasty outcome that meets the most demanding taste.
Classic food for festive days of the greek house. One of the favorite foods for most of us.
Try it.
work: 00h:30′ time: 03h:00′ medium: 3/5

Feta Phyllo Triangles

Mini crisp, triangular cheese pies, very tasty, wrapped in a thin crust.
A few minutes in the oven, to get a golden appetizer!
One Finger Food, served easily and excellent for our meetings or our family table. They get eaten realy fast, so make sure you make enough.
The mini pies can be prepared ahead in time and put in the oven when you need them.
work: 20′ time: 40′ easy: 2/5

Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate - and everything that contains it - is loved by most. If you are one of them try this cake.
Very easy, without eggs with butter, fluffy and delicious. The sauce is flowing through the cake and makes it juicy.
The ingredients of the sauce are placed on top of the ingredients for the base but during baking the sauce gets at the bottom of the cake.
work: 00h:10′ time: 00h:50′ very easy: 1/5

Pork Meat with Pasta (Greek Giouvetsi)

Pork Meat with Pasta (Greek Giouvetsi)
Delicious!
Rosted pork in the oven with pasta. With only a few ingredients but with a lot of flavor!
As lovers of traditional flavors we added lots of dry cheese, as was also the hand made, tender and tasty pasta!
The truth is that regardless of our ability in the kitchen, the raw ingredients of good quality will give us good tasty results.
A favorite sunday food for many families.
Yours!
work: 20′ time: 2h:20′ easy:

Anchovy Dip

Canapés for our leisure!
Pine nuts, parsley, capers and a few green olives!
Make a quick spicy anchovy spread, take your favorite drink (a good white wine is perfect for this) and just enjoy!
work: 00h:20′ time: 00h:20′ very easy: 1/5

Grape Must Pudding-Moustalevria

Grape Must Pudding-Moustalevria
Velvety, fragrant taste of a traditional fresh Greek cuisine dessert.Moustalevria.
Grape syrup, a little corn flour, roasted sesame seeds, walnuts, and fragrant unique fennel seeds!
For those who already know it, I would recommend that you try this version of the moustalevria. If some people have never tasted moustalevria this an opportunity to enjoy!
work: 00h:30′ time: 00h:45′ easy: 2/5

Oven Baked Fish with Tomato

Fish baked in the oven with plenty of onion, garlic and tomatoes.
A delicious, hearty and juicy fillet of cod, boned for easier consumption.
Try it.
work: 00h:30′ time: 02h:00′ medium: 3/5

Gardener's Pie (vegetables)

This, is a pie with lots of different, fresh vegetables such as eggplant, carrot, zucchini, pepper. You can add a little Trahana, or some pasta, just enough to absorb the juices of vegetables, that are produced during cooking.
Adding trahana gives an excellent aroma and special taste that elevates the whole dining vegetable companionship!
work: 00h:30′ time: 01h:30′ medium: 3/5

Semolina Cake (Samali)

Traditional dessert of Greek cuisine, with roots from Constantinople, and basic ingredients the yoghurt and semolina. You make it without mixer, just mix the ingredients with a spoon!
It used to be one of the desserts that were sold by street vendors outside schools, in summer cinema or at various festivals.
Easy, delicious and simple, without the burden of too much fat.
Try it!
work: 00h:20′ time: 01h:50′ very easy: 1/5

Moussaka Vol Au Vent

Moussaka Vol Au Vent
This recipe, the Greek-and not only- moussaka is united with the French Vol-au-Vent and they give us a tasty matching pair.
The flavor of the well known and loved moussaka, enclosed in crisp fluffy pastry.
This dish requires more work than a simple moussaka but I think it is perfect for a formal buffet or meal.
work: 2h:30′ time: 3h:30′ difficult:

Pistachio Cheese Balls

Pistachio Cheese Balls
One bite appetizer, round cheese ball, sprinkled with pistachios, filled with a berry or grape.
A spicy treat with Roquefort or blue cheese, which replaces the usual form of the traditional appetizer platter of cheese with wine.
It is easy. If you like spicy flavors, you will like this too.
work: 30′ time: 2h:30′ very easy:

Fresh Fruit Crumb Pie

Pie, made with delicious nectarines and vanilla in a tasty biscuit base with light coating of crumby dough. The cream filling with an almond mixture intensifies the flavor and makes it juicy, soft and special.
The combination of all these, although quite time consuming, as we have to prepare three different things, compensates us with a hearty, fragrant, fruity pie.
The dough base, is a very easy and manageable dough that can also be used in savory combinations, without the sugar of course. I recommend it and is worth a try.
work: 01h:00′ time: 01h:40′ difficult: 4/5

Broccoli Tart with Cheese

Broccoli Tart with Cheese
Broccoli: It has lots of fiber, vitamin C, anti-cancer properties, is delicious and beautiful, with a bright green color. A flower!
So we put it in our food and cook it as a salad or steam it in pies and tarts like this one.
A few mushrooms, broccoli, 2 kinds of cheese, some fresh cream and we have a very tasty and hearty tart.
work: 00h:45′ time: 01h:30′ medium: 3/5

Pizza Express

Pizzas made ​​easily and effortlessly, with a special spicy flavor, for a quick snack with a group of friends or a quick dinner.
They are fast to get us satiated and a perfect accompaniment to our drinks.
Ketchup, peppers, ham, olives and mozzarella. The oregano is a necessary ingredient, this exquisite herb, for a Mediterranean flavor!
work: 00h:15′ time: 00h:30′ very easy: 1/5

Almond Cake

Almond cake with a light and smooth taste but with great relish.
Do not miss the bitter almond. Enhances the flavor and gives extra taste.
Time for cake then, and let us fill the kitchen with autumn aromas, colors, flavors and of course… optimism!
work: 00h:30′ time: 02h:30′ easy: 2/5

Turkey with Mashed Potatoes

Turkey with tomato sauce in a saucepan with plenty of onions, accompanied with colorful puree handmade ​​with fresh ingredients!
In the market you can find turkey cuts: turkey legs, turkey wings, turkey breasts. Choose whatever you like. We cooked wings. Two large wings with lots of lean, very tender meat and very tasty.
work: 00h:20′ time: 01h:20′ easy: 2/5

Prosciutto and Melon

Prosciutto and Melon
Today's simple dish is a classic example of "Prosciutto e Melone" ie Prosciutto and Melon, which we enjoy in our own table and not only when we travel to our neighboring country, Italy.
It should by accompanied by Prosecco, a slightly sweet, sparkling Italian wine. It has a slight fruity aroma with a touch of sweetness, but still very cool courtesy of the bubbles.
work: 10′ time: 10′ very easy:

Orange Pie

Golden, fluffy Orange Pie with the aroma and taste of oranges.
Simple ingredients, easy process and delicious outcome.
Easy pie for those new in the kitchen or for those who want to enjoy a delicious homemade sweet but without having to spend many hours in their kitchen.
Enjoy it with an ice cream ball!
work: 00h:15′ time: 01h:00′ very easy: 1/5

Red Peppers Tart

Red Peppers Tart
Tart with pickled red peppers, sprinkled with crushed pistachio and chopped onion and all these "nested" in a rosy crisp Parmesan crust.
The parmesan crust gives intense cheesy taste and makes it delicious!
work: 30′ time: 1h:30′ easy:

Flax Seed

Flaxseed in our diet.
Flax (Linum usitatissimum = Flax the useful) is part of a larger family (Linaceae) flowering plants native to the area from the eastern Mediterranean to India for more than 5,000 years.
For many years it was underrated. The used mainly in fiber production, oil, nets, twines, ropes, and animal feed. Only the poor consumed it for the low (obviously) cost.
Recently researchers discovered the great health benefits and the well-known since antiquity seed suddenly became one of the "magic" super foods.

Baklava Muffins

Muffins with the flavor of the baklava.
Fluffy, delicious, with its characteristic flavor of walnuts and honey. A delicious and healthy dessert for young children who will surely enjoy them.
work: 00h:15′ time: 00h:35′ very easy: 1/5

Fresh Fish Fillet

Crispy fillet of fresh fish, so delicious and so different from the fish we normally eat.
This grilled fish with a light salad, with fresh cooked vegetables are among the combinations many of us like. If you fall into this category, I suggest you try this delicious dish, with dominant flavors of lemon and rosemary!
We enjoyed it with boiled broccoli and cauliflower, sprinkled with grated golden flaxseed and accompanied with a cold, Greek Retsina.
work: 00h:20′ time: 00h:20′ medium: