“Tsoureki” – Greek Easter Bread

tsoureki uncut.jpgI remember when I was a kid, people took Greek Easter far more seriously. Easter Thursday and Friday were mourning

days and everything was shut, from grocery stores to restaurants. There was no TV and fasting for 40 days was the norm. As a kid with no religious aspirations at the time, surely I hated the fact I couldn’t watch TV for 2 days, but my greatest protest was not being able to eat “tsoureki” until Easter Sunday. Continue reading

Lemon, Almond and Mastic Cake with lemon glaze

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You can call this my “lemon addiction”. Since it’s lemon season here in Cyprus I decided to bake my favourite lemon cake and eat it almost by myself over a cup of tea. I was gathering my ingredients while humming Ed Sheeran’s “photograph”, when suddenly there I was, face-to-face with one of my worst nightmares: NO VANILLA EXTRACT! I remained quite calm, considering the seriousness of the situation, and then suddenly it hit me: Mastic! The unbelievable aroma and taste of mastic works so well with the lemon and almonds. Of course, you can use vanilla if you can’t get a hold of mastic but if you can, give it a try. Continue reading