Roasted Pork Shoulder with Peas

IMG_6528.jpgAs most Cypriots, I grew up on vegetables in tomato sauce. Green beans, peas, taro root, potatoes, beans turned into rich casseroles with sweet tomato sauce, herbs and and olive oil. Sometimes these vegetables are cooked with pork. The pork slowly braises in the tomato sauce, becoming meltingly soft and delicious. My inspiration for this dish was one of these traditional dishes, “Bizelia me kreas” as my grandmother would say, which is translated to “Peas with Meat”. Continue reading

“Gemista” – Stuffed Courgettes and Tomatoes with Mushrooms, Bulgur Wheat and Feta Cheese

stuffed mainI love to stuff food. Mainly I like stuffing it in my mouth, but on some occasions I like stuffing other things like vine leaves, eggplants or mushrooms. So I cooked “Gemista”. The direct translation of the word is “Stuffed” and this is what they are. This is not a 30-minute recipe but it’s so worth your time in the kitchen. It’s not a difficult dish to prepare. In fact, I find that stuffing veggies is far easier than stuffing a chicken or a pork loin (don’t get me started on the kitchen twine!). Continue reading

Tahini sauce

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I am seriously addicted to tahini (and chilli flakes as I stated in the past). Being a Cypriot, I grew up on tahini. Tahini pies, tahini sauce, tahini with honey on bread, I am so grateful that my culinary heritage includes this tasty and healthy, sesame treasure. Tahini sauce is very easy to make and it’s absolutely fantastic with almost anything! I love it with chicken or lamb shawarma, with kebabs, falafel, salads or even plain with some nice, fresh pita bread. Continue reading

Tahini Cinnamon Rolls

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I have the absolute admiration and respect for any Cypriot man or woman who successfully baked “Tahinopittes” (Cypriot tahini pies). Many years ago, I decided to take up this challenge and figure out, how to make this absolutely delicious pie. I tried for weeks! At the time, my patient and lovely colleagues had to taste my experiments almost everyday and give me valuable feedback. I must say, this was probably the most difficult cooking challenge I took, until today. I don’t know what makes this pie complicated. Maybe it’s the way you fold, twist and stretch the dough in order to achieve the right crunchy sweetness on the outside and creamy yumminess on the inside. Continue reading

Roasted Lemon Chicken with Tahini Sauce

chicken tahini.jpgThere is nothing better than Cyprus lemons. Ok, I’m a Cypriot and maybe not too objective, but if you ever smelled a Cyprus lemon I’m sure you would think the same. Incredibly juicy, unbelievably fragrant (not to mention unwaxed!), everything a lemon should be. My grandmother used to make a fantastic dish called “kotopoulo lemonato”, which is chicken pieces on the bone, braised in lemon juice, broth and lots of garlic. Continue reading