Pastéli

Although Greek kitchen is very rich in savory dishes with high nutritional value, this does not apply for desserts. Why is that? I don’t really know. Perhaps the fact that from 1453 when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottomans and consequently the whole of Greece, until 1821 when we started our fight for liberation, we

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Vegan Chocolate Cookies with Tahini

Once upon a time in the exotic land of Far East, Ali Baba, a poor logger, discovered a cave that was filled with gold and precious stones, a treasure that was stolen and gathered there by the 40 thieves. All he had to do was to shout at the cave’s door: “Open Sesame”. And just

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No Knead Crusty Bread in No Time

Since the 5th century B.C., bread was made from barley here in Greece since the morphology of the land discouraged any cultivation. From 5th century B.C. and forward, thanks to trade with Egypt, the cultivation of wheat begins to expand in Greece. Bread was a basic and very important element of the Greek diet from

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Orange Flavored Semolina Bars (Sàmali)

Greek pastries were very limited before 1922 when the Greeks of Asia Minor came as refugees in Greece. The country was very poor and the sweets people had, were based on simple ingredients they could find in nature. Some pastry shops that existed in big cities had French inspired sweets that could be enjoyed only

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Kopaniá of Santorini

Santorini island is basically what has remained after a massive volcanic eruption that destroyed all previous settlements, and created the current geological caldera. This enormous volcanic eruption has become the most famous single event in the Aegean before the fall of Troy. It may have been one of the largest volcanic eruptions on Earth in

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