Recipes from my favourite cook in the world!

Thursday, December 31, 2009


4 eggs, separated

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla powder

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

  1. Beat the egg whites until frothy and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter for a couple of minutes on its own before adding the sugar in and creaming them together. Then, add the egg yolks one at a time beating until just incorporated. Add the orange juice, zest and vanilla.
  3. Gently fold in about 1/3 of the egg whites, followed by 1/3 of the flour mixture. Repeat two times until the batter is just combined. Stir a foil-wrapped coin into the batter and pour everything into a greased baking pan (I used a silicone mold).
  4. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.

* This is not my mom’s recipe as she traditionally makes a tiropita like they would in the village. This recipe is from ellysaysopadotcom.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chicken Stifado

5 lbs small onions

1 cup red wine

¾ cup olive oil

½ teaspoon whole black pepper

10 bay leaves

6 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast

1-teaspoon salt

3 cups water

3 tablespoons tomato paste

  1. Clean all onions, leave whole and put into a large pot with water, oil, pepper, bay leaves, wine and salt
  2. Cut chicken breasts in half and add to pot
  3. Add tomato paste, taste for sweetness of onions and add salt as needed
  4. Boil for 90 minutes on medium-high heat

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fruit Trifle

1 package (4-5 rolls) raspberry rolls

Vanilla or lemon instant pudding

1 package Dream Whip

Milk for pudding and Dream Whip

2 large cans fruit cocktail


  1. Slice the raspberry rolls and line a large glass bowl
  2. Splash Metaxa over the raspberry rolls, careful not to soak
  3. Mix drained fruit cocktail into the pudding
  4. Pour into the bowl
  5. Spread dream whip on top and decorate with fruit on top
  6. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to enjoy

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tiropitakia (cheese pies)

1 package of Krinos Fillo (thin)
4 eggs
½ kilo of Canadian feta
¾ cup of vegetable oil
  1. Beat eggs together and mix into grated feta until the feta looks creamy
  2. Cut the fillo in half length-wise
  3. Using a teaspoon sprinkle oil onto fillo
  4. Using another teaspoon scoop out cheese at the bottom of the fillo and fold up into a triangle shape
  5. Put on an aluminum pan and bake at 380F for 30 minutes until golden brown (makes approximately 36 pieces)

Christmas Melomakarona

8 cups Robin Hood flour

2 cups vegetable oil

1-cup sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1-tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground cloves

400 g crushed walnuts

1-tablespoon baking powder


1-cup honey

2 cups sugar

4 cups water

1-teaspoon whole cloves

  1. Mix oil, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and 200 g walnuts together
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ground cloves together
  3. Combine dry to wet ingredients and knead until mixture is crumbly but packable
  4. Make balls of dough and flatten slightly into oval shapes
  5. Use a fork to create tracks on all cookies
  6. Bake for 45 minutes at 350F
  7. Allow to cool for 20 minutes
  8. For the syrup: combine all ingredient together boil for about 30 minutes
  9. Reduce heat and put each cookie into the syrup bottom up for at least 10 minutes, flipping once and remove with a slotted spoon
  10. Place on cookie sheet and sprinkle each cookie with crushed walnuts on top and place in paper baking cups

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas Kourabiedes

2-454 g unsalted butter

½ cup of Metaxa

8 cups Robin Hood flour

2 eggs (1 whole, 1 yolk)


½ teaspoon baking soda

1-tablespoon baking powder

1-cup almonds, baked

1-cup sugar

500 g icing sugar

1 lemon

  1. Mix eggs, sugar, and butter until fluffy
  2. Add Metaxa and almonds mix until well blended
  3. Mix flour and baking powder into a separate bowl
  4. Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture
  5. Knead until not sticky
  6. Add baking soda to strained lemon and mix into kneaded mixture
  7. Use rolling pin to flatten out (about 1 inch thinness)
  8. Use a cookie cutter, put cookies on aluminum pans
  9. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350F
  10. 15 minutes out of oven, paint on rosewater
  11. When dry, roll each cookie in icing sugar and then sprinkle each one with a sifter
  12. Put into paper baking cups and store in a plastic food ware container