Category Archives: Jan’s recipes

Sweet Christmas Series: Cherry Almond Cake Squares

Herblay, France

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Hello everyone,

It’s a great feeling having a few things tucked in the freezer all ready for the holidays.  I just finished tearing bread crumbs from a big loaf of sour-dough bread. They’ll sit out on a cookie sheet till tomorrow to dry out then I’ll put them in a bag and into the freezer …. my turkey gravy is already in there, chillin’ until the big day.

Now for something sweet! It’s hard to resist the cherry/ almond flavour combination in this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens– super easy and delicious and you can freeze it for up to a month.  I have to confess that I was feeling a little feisty today and made big changes to the original recipe. The result was more cakey and I’m proud to say, yummy. Here’s my version.

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Saucy Greek Threesome: Meatballs, Risotto and Saganaki

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Herblay, France

Hi everyone ,

During our last week on Milos, I spent a terrific day with our friend Vasilis in the kitchen of his restaurant, Alevromilos. It was so interesting to see how  he manages to make three or more dishes at a time. He cooks everything fresh to order,so he is super organised. One of the few things he preps ahead is his basic tomato sauce and that was the foundation for a lot of what we made that day.

On the menu was: aubergine saganaki, aubergine risotto and chicken meatballs-all easy and all delicious in large part because of the tomato sauce. We also made red pepper dip, feta in filo and orange filo cake but those are for another day.

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Cheeky Chickpeas in the Oven: Revithia Sto Fourno

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Hi from sunny Milos,

Our friend Vasilis, chef and owner of  Alevromilos Restaurant here in Milos (one of our faves!) makes sublime chickpeas in the oven. I have tried many times to replicate his dish in France with varying degrees of success so when he offered to come over to the house and show me, I jumped at the chance.

This is a simple recipe that relies heavily on having the very best chickpeas. The Greek ones really soak up the liquid before cooking, swelling to a much larger size than those we get in France, plus they are very digestible. Vasilis says that if he couldn’t have Greek chickpeas, he would use Canadian ones. Who knew? Vasilis uses myrtle to flavour his version of revithia sto fourno but you can also use the more traditional bay leaves.

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Something from (almost) nothing sweet pepper appetiser

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Herblay, France

Hi Everyone,

This summer was quite an odd one with more than a few misadventures including, watching our plane to Athens fly over the house without us. Couldn’t leave the cat behind! We thought Lucy was out and about, and looked all over. The stress mounted and we changed our tickets but still no Lucy. Turns out, she was curled up asleep in a bedroom closet. Aye, aye, aye. We had to stay an extra week…..

Yeah, I’m pretty sure I know just how much sympathy is coming my way on that one!

The night before we left, we had a friend to dinner. We’d been busy all day getting the house ready to close up and we had no car during that extra week; so the meal had to be made out of what was left in the fridge and the larder: slim pickings. I also wanted to use up what I could so decided against my usual easy, peasy, roasted peppers.

As luck would have it, a neighbour had dropped by with a couple of kilos of small tomatoes the day before and I had made confit tomatoes with them (also known as sun blush in the UK). Rummaging around, I also found some feta, capers, olives, peppers, onions, a few anchovies, garlic, dill and parsley (but I had to save the herbs for the main course).

Here is the approximate recipe, including how I did the tomatoes.

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Zucchini Five Ways: My Date With a Monster!

Milos, Greece

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Hi all,

We were given a giant zucchini (courgette) by the owner of Mikros Apoplous restaurant in Adamas while we were having lunch there. Here is the result of the challenge I set myself as promised in my comment on Beth’s post. Em says it’s a marrow. I don’t know,  I’ll let you decide.

So here we go. This big bruiser became: 1. peppy roasted snack seeds, 2. puree with pesto , 3. roasted cubes,  4.baked semi-circles, and 5. grated shards to toss in mixed salad or slaw. Each had a different texture and flavour…and if I do say so myself, each was delicious.

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Italian Roasted Peppers

Herblay, France peppers Hi all, When we got home from London last night there wasn’t much in the fridge. I figured we’d have some kind of pasta and pesto (yes, out of a jar) but was looking around for something to make as a first course. Back to the fridge and there was the solution: peppers! Everything else I needed I was on hand. Forty minutes later-we sat down to some serious yum. Made a day ahead, the peppers taste even better. They add lots of colour to a selection of antipasti if you’re having friends in for Italian. I vary the filling items so everyone has a choice. Although it’s almost impossible to believe, I’ve been told that there are actually people who don’t like anchovies!!! Of course, this recipe is vegetarian and vegan friendly if you leave them out altogether. Bon appetit! Continue reading

What’s your Spring resolution? Our recipes for good health this season.

Dear Reader,

Spring resolution - healthy recipes for the season

Today the four of us are happy to share a special post! The nice people at www.aloha.com asked us if we’d be interested in sharing our health and food tips for Spring and it got us thinking… what are we doing for our bodies and minds? With New Years’ resolutions but a faint memory, we decided to make new ones!

In this post each of us shares our Spring resolution accompanied by a recipe that will help to achieve our objective.

We hope that you’ll enjoy this post and that it will encourage you to make a Spring resolution as well. What will you do for yourself in the coming months? Please share!

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