Mediterranean Magic – Crete, the start of something beautiful!

We were excited to be going back to Crete. We had been there 15 years earlier and had great memories of our time there with our three daughters. It was a place that had been untouched by the tourist industry and we had great expectations of an off the beaten track experience.

But were we in for a surprise!

Mediterranean Magic: Travelling through Greece Part 2

Well, it's been quite a few weeks (we were on the west coast of the Peloponnese pictured above) since I last blogged...a thousand apologies for my laziness! Actually, my laptop was playing up in Greece so I only managed to get one blog up...and then on our return home..we hit the pavement running!

Mediterranean Magic: Travelling through Greece - Part 1

It’s been just over 12 years since I last travelled to Greece and what a wonderful opportunity to come back and explore new foods, reconnect with old friends and of course catch up with our beautiful relatives!

Every Attempt is a Success!

I’ve been baking madly this week as I have the food and wine expo coming up this weekend.

GATHERING AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE!

There is always something to do, a task to complete or an errand to run!

It can get frantic at times and there are some core values I think most of us have that we really don’t want to compromise. Let me share some of mine!

Baking: Greek Sweets for anytime of the year!

We grew up not really celebrating Christmas in a big way – well I don’t remember it being a big deal put it that way. Easter is our big celebration for the year so that is more prominent in my memory. But one thing that did stand out over the Christmas season was the abundance of Greek Sweets my mum would cook and always have on hand in case someone dropped by.

WEEKDAY DINNERS: Greek Lemon Chicken with Rice

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you may recall the funny incident during the time my husband and I were dating and his first ‘Avgolemono (Greek Egg & Lemon Soup) experience. You know, it’s a wintery day, my mum cooks our favourite soup, Greg joins us for lunch and … and he just couldn’t stomach the lemony soup served up.

Baking: Beetroot Brownies

What does one do with a bunch of beetroot freshly picked out of our organic garden? Make beetroot brownies of course!!

Vegetarian Eats

I’m back on the wagon...the vegetarian wagon that is! I got a little lazy, busy and my head was so full of what I had to get done that I didn’t have time to consider what I was filling my fridge or pantry with and too often I would just grab what I had and cook. It was healthy but not always meat free.

TRAVEL: Melbourne – Australia’s Cultural Capital!

I often wonder why my Greek parents never settled in Melbourne. Half of Greece did, so why didn’t they?

In the Beginning.....

My love affair with food began as a young kid attempting to bake a chocolate cake!

Longing for a Mediterranean Summer Escape

It’s hard not to get a little nostalgic at this time of the year – it’s cold and wet here in Australia and when photos of my beloved friends and relatives living it up in warmth in the Northern Hemisphere, in particular when Greece and Italy pop up, I can’t help but want to jump on a plane and join them.

7 Steps to Becoming a Fabulous Cook!

Do you ever wonder if you can cook? You want to be a good cook but don't know how to get there?

Here is a list of what you can do (it's not exhaustive) to get you on that road to becoming the amazing cook you've dreamed about....

Winter Warmers: Starting Your Day Right!

Winter Warmers: Starting Your Day Right!

If you’ve been following me for a while now, it wouldn’t be hard to guess I love all things Mediterranean! Mediterranean food, Mediterranean culture, Mediterranean coastlines…what’s not to love I say!

A Tasty Childhood: Youvarlakia (Greek Meatballs in Tomato Passata)

A Tasty Childhood: Youvarlakia (Greek Meatballs in Tomato Passata)

If you love Greek food, you will love this dish! The mince is infused with fresh herbs and spices, which makes an ordinary meatball turn into an extraordinary Greek meatball! Served on a bed of al dente pasta and you have one very tasty and comforting dish!

5 Easy Steps to Having an Organised Kitchen!

The kitchen, well definitely our kitchen, is the heart of our home. It’s the very place where we gather and talk about our day, discuss our dreams and plan our weekly menu.

A Tasty Childhood: Starting them young!

What a week of family fun!

It started off with making a trip down to Sydney to take our little granddaughter to her first ever visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show!

Cultural Feasts: Cooking up a storm for Greek Easter!

I love this time of the year!

What is your most favourite feast throughout the year?

Living your dream, sharing your passion!

I love sharing my passion for good food – food cooked from scratch using the freshest of ingredients.

And the winner is? Italy gets first place as the healthiest country in the world!

During the last couple of weeks I’ve been writing about the Mediterranean diet and it’s wonderful benefits.

Recently the Bloomberg Global Health Index announced Italy as the healthiest country in the world! Despite the struggling economy in this country, they have continued to value healthy eating!