Greek Cypriot Savoury Olive Cake/Bread “Eliopita”

Being a Greek Cypriot in the main, I love Cypriot food.  This savoury cake is a treasure, because it can be eaten as a snack, or it can be served with a stew or soup.  Either way, you’er going to love it.  It’s also great for a picnic.  This savoury delight tastes much better the next day, once it is 100% cooled down and rested.  I like to make this the night before I intend […]

Vegan Greek-Style Roast “Lamb” (Kleftiko)

Kleftiko literally means “in the style of the klephts”, and traditionally this is lamb slow-baked on the bone, first marinated in garlic and lemon juice, originally cooked in a pit oven. It is said that the klephts, bandits of the countryside who did not have flocks of their own, would steal lambs or goats and cook the meat in a sealed pit to avoid the smoke being seen.   Well, in spite of my having […]

My Vegan Tava

This recipe is a gift to you from my book ‘Mouthwatering Vegan’ (published by Random House 2013), available from Amazon US or Amazon UK along with most other major online & retail booksellers.   My yearning for Greek food comes to me from time to time – maybe it’s my genes reminding me that embedded in the Med somewhere, I sprouted into life, and it’s thanks to my parental lineage (my father a Greek Cypriot, […]

Basmati Tomatoed Spiced Rice with Spinach, Mushroom & Cheese

This is a beautiful dish.  I say this because it looks wonderful, and has the most amazing of flavours.  It is easy to prepare and is one of my favourite rice dishes.  I sometimes make enough for 2 days, as it comes in handy if you’re too busy to cook daily, and it keeps well in the fridge in an air-tight container.  It is a kind of fusion, with both Greek and Indian notes.  Try […]

Homemade Smoky Mapled Baked Beans

Beans are something of a staple in the vegan pantry, and can be prepared in numerous different ways.  For example, coming from Greek heritage, in our household we would regularly eat fasolia, which to this day remains a firm favourite with us all at home. However, I sometimes prefer to make mine using baked beans – cannellini, haricot or red kidney beans.  This time round, I decided to take a different route, and to get […]

Pastitsio Perfetto

Pastitsio, sometimes spelt pastichio (or pasticcio in Italian), is a Greek and Mediterranean baked pasta dish, made with ground beef and béchamel sauce, with layers of pasta sandwiching the sauce. I have perfected the typical Greek flavour, with cinnamon, nutmeg & clove – and I defy anyone to spot that this is vegan in a blind tasting ! INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE olive oil 6 fresh plum tomatoes, processed in a food processor 1 large […]

Mamma’s Greek Style Orzo with Mushrooms

Oh, this really was delicious.  My mum used to make a tomatoed pilaffi, which she used to serve with many other things – salads and, sadly, pieces of meat. But now I have made her pilaffi using orzo, and I have adapted it using mushrooms for their lovely texture and flavour, and served it with a plain avocado salad.  Orzo, also known as risoni, is a form of short-cut macaroni that resembles a rice grain. […]

Baked Stew Like My Mamma Used To Make

Winter is approaching, time is short and comfort is yearned for, and that is why I have created this dish –  my mum used to make this for us all (not vegan though, I’m afraid).  All I remember was the joy of the potatoes melting in my mouth, and crunchy bread and raw onion served alongside this dish – oh, a truly mouthwatering experience.  Here it is – from my table to yours.  You can […]

Best-Ever Baklava

Baklava – a dessert served in many countries around the world, all with their own personal touch.  This is a very rich sweet, and therefore not one you will indulge in frequently.  I make this once a year – maybe twice, at most.  It’s not a weight-loss dessert, it’s not a totally healthful dessert – it is an uplifting, and very flavoursome dessert, to enjoy and lift the spirits.  Having tasted the different takes of […]

Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard Slice)

This recipe of this wonderful Galactoboureko is simply mouthwatering. I have been making galaktoboureko for years now, and have perfected it down to a T.  So, if you love Greek food and Greek desserts, you’re in for much delight here. INGREDIENTS 1 350 g (12.35 oz) pack firm silken tofu 4 heaped/rounded Tbsp Birds Eye Custard Powder (or cornstarch) – use more if you want a thick set custard 2½ Tbsp semolina 4 cups (1 […]