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Greek Pizza Boat (Peinirli)

Greek Pizza Boat (Peinirli)

The Peinirli is a real favourite in our household. These are traditional Greek pizzas, shaped like little pizza boats. Slightly smaller than a regular Italian pizza, they’re perfect as a treat for one. They can carry all sorts of toppings, so are a favourite for all the various taste preferences in our family. It’s super-easy to rustle up a veggie option for me too, which makes life easier! Having to bake a meat-eaters meal and a veggie-friendly meal on top can sometimes just feel like a step too far! The peinirli origin story comes originally from Turkey. Turkish ‘pide’ are the same boat-shaped pizzas, and the Greek name ‘peinirli’ came from the Turkish word for cheese - ‘peinir’. Peinirli usually feature a basic cheese filling, to which you can add whatever you fancy - be that tomato, olive, onion, egg, spinach, ham or bacon…the options are about as endless as you can imagine toppings for an Italian pizza! When we return to Greece, Peinirli is one of our favourite bakery options (we mention it in our blog on the 7 must-eat Greek bakery bites). The kids (well, to be honest, my husband and I too, I suppose!) are often tempted to enjoy a Greek peinirli for our breakfast - it’s a popular choice!

How to make sun-dried tomatoes in the oven!

How to make sun-dried tomatoes in the oven!

Sun-dried tomatoes are an easy way to impart Mediterranean flavour. Here’s our easy and in-depth 'how to make' guide!

Veggie Burger Patties

Veggie Burger Patties

Why buy veggie burgers, with great lists of unknown ingredients, when making your own is so simple? That’s what I think anyway, since I tapped into this particular recipe. For me, an easy veggie burger has to provide a challenge to its meaty alternative, but I don’t want it to mimic beef, I want it to be different. This meatless burger will convert a few meat eaters at your barbecue - not because it ‘tastes like meat’ but because it’s a really tasty alternative, full of flavour. This is not just for barbecues, however. We end up having vegetarian patties as a midweek meal pretty often, because it’s not complicated and veggie burger patties always seem to go down well with the whole family. Because I use a combination of couscous and chickpeas instead of something like potato to bind the burger, the burger already contains a great amount of protein from the legumes, as well as carbs (and texture) from the couscous. Add to that the peas, corn, carrot and spring onion, and you basically have all the nutrition you need! For a light dinner, serve them up alone with a side salad or some fresh veg, or for something heartier add your burger to your favourite bread roll…we’ve even been known to accompany them with our oven-baked potatoes or oven-roasted chips!

Carrot Cake with Yogurt Cream

Carrot Cake with Yogurt Cream

What’s a Greek carrot cake, I hear you ask? Well, for me, all things Greek use Greek yoghurt wherever possible! So yes, this is a carrot cake without cream cheese -I substitute in that tart, rich tang of Greek yoghurt instead, to make for a slightly healthy carrot cake, as well as a yummy one. That tart, sweet tang is literally ‘the icing on the cake’ when it comes to carrot cake - that vegetable, spiced moist batter is just complemented so perfectly by a tangy sweet frosting. Carrot cake might just be my favourite cake - and that’s saying something! Being wholemeal flour, as well as containing carrots, raisins, and walnuts as well as eggs and plenty of spices, I can convince myself that this indulgent treat is at least doing me a little bit more good than a decadent fudge cake, for example. Yoghurt icing for carrot cake isn’t completely pioneering - it really does mimic that slightly sour-sweet tang that cream cheese frosting delivers, but with the added goodness of Greek yoghurt. A creamy Greek yoghurt frosting is just as easy to make as a cream cheese one, and we are always more likely to have Greek yoghurt in the fridge - so it just makes this cake a real easy store cupboard bake for our household.

Mozzarella and Chorizo Peppers

Mozzarella and Chorizo Peppers

As you may know by now, I’m a veggie - but the rest of my family aren’t! Although they’re happy to eat tasty veggie meals a lot of the time, they sometimes ask for meat. So when they have a craving for meat-based products, I find chorizo an easy addition - it’s something I can have in the fridge and its flavour packs a punch. A little goes a long way, I find. These mozzarella and chorizo peppers are great quick and easy snacks to make with that bag of mozzarella cheese that you have in the fridge, and work well to ease those afternoon hunger pangs - what’s better for a meat eater than a mozzarella chorizo snack, after all? They’re pretty healthy too, so they’re a snack I’m happy to dole out to my daughters when they’re hungry after school. Because there’s the bell pepper and the tomato sauce it means they’re getting two portions of veg, and I often serve them up with an accompanying side salad for a light lunch or dinner, too - the pizza-like taste of the peppers means everyone’s happy to nibble up some accompanying greens without complaint! For a veggie version, I do mozzarella peppers for myself - still scrumptious. If you’re avoiding the chorizo, like me, or just fancy playing with the recipe, why not add a shake of paprika to the mozzarella for smokiness, or simply add a couple of basil leaves for that Mediterranean summertime taste?

Thin-battered Feta Pie - Alevropita

Thin-battered Feta Pie - Alevropita

This simple and tasty feta pie is best straight from the oven, whilst it’s still crisp-edged, buttery, and warm. It’s a lazy pie; just a simple batter dotted with feta, which turns out the most mouth-watering results. It’s the kind of cooking I need sometimes - when you know you haven’t got much energy, but you really want to create something tasty, satisfying, and homemade. It’s a great ‘first pie’ or ‘first pastry’ for a new cook, too, as there are so few steps to consider. It depends on your larder, but as big feta fans in my household, this is basically a store cupboard pie, as I will always have the ingredients in my cupboards and fridge for an alevropita! The name translates as ‘flour pie’, as you just make a simple batter and dot this with feta and butter before baking. It’s important to follow step one, and get that tray into the oven before you start the recipe (though keep an eye on it, as you don’t want the fat getting too hot and burning) - because it’s that contact with a hot tray immediately that makes sure the thin batter gets a hit of heat from the start and creates those all-important crispy edges. This is a recipe that’s great at any time of day; a quick and easy breakfast, or a tasty lunch served with a side salad. For me it really comes into its own as a quick mezze to make to add to a table when you have guests coming round!

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Fooodlove.com | Easy Greek & Mediterranean-inspired recipes

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Tasty food blog featuring easy Greek and Mediterranean-inspired recipes.

Baked Giant Beans (Gigantes)

Baked Giant Beans (Gigantes)

This recipe for baked giant beans, or Gigantes Plaki in Greek, is a really flexible, useful one to have in your recipe bank! Gigantes are a really large variety of beans, known also as Butter Beans or Lima Beans. We buy them dried and soak them; these are my favourite to use in terms of flavour. Gigantes are a healthy addition to any diet, vegan, veggie or omnivore, as they are full of complex carbohydrates, fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, keeping you fuller for longer, and satisfied, too. In Greece, sausage or bacon can be added - I have seen it with chorizo, too - but you really don’t need to add any meat to end up with the perfect Gigantes recipe, in my opinion. This is a wholesome and hearty vegan recipe, which is perfect served up with some feta and bread for a filling, healthy meal - a great one to have to hand if you’re inviting vegan guests over (minus the feta, of course!). It’s also a tastier (and much healthier) substitute for a tin of baked beans, so you can use it in the same way you would with those, too. Take your giant baked beans in tomato sauce and put them on top of a baked potato instead of the branded variety for an easy supper; you’ll be getting lots of extra veg and a lot less sugar than in the tinned stuff. Greek Gigantes are easily found in Greek food delis and in some supermarkets now, but butter beans will work for this recipe too.

Greek Walnut-filled Chocolates (Kariokes)

Greek Walnut-filled Chocolates (Kariokes)

These Greek walnut-filled chocolates, or Kariokes, are a moreish delight. Kariokes, filled with the rich darkness of cocoa and a hint of brandy, are the epitome of indulgence, for me (and not just for me - they’ve been my husband’s favourite since he was a boy!). When we have friends around for supper, my take on Greek walnut crescent cookies are a perfect treat after dinner. Greek bakeries make these into perfect crescent shapes, but the easiest method I’ve found at home is to roll the mix into ‘sausage’ shapes, press to slightly flatten the bottom, and freeze them, before slicing (incidentally, that’s pretty much how I do my chocolate mosaic with halva too!). This recipe uses Petit Beurre biscuits, but any rich, buttery and plain biscuit will do the trick here. In fact, the recipe traditionally uses up the crumbs of Vasilopita (Greek Lucky New Year’s Cake) and Melomakarona (Greek Christmas Honey Cookies); keep your eyes out for these recipes on fooodlove over the festive period, but in the meantime, a plain biscuit like a Petit Beurre is a great alternative. This hack makes for a quick and easy recipe, which nevertheless will wow at dinner parties - or you might like them so much you keep them just for you! These are the perfect treat for darker wintery days; imagine a roaring fire, a rich dinner, a glass of red wine - and then a coffee and my Kariokes for dessert. What heaven!

Dried Fruit and Nut Loaf

Dried Fruit and Nut Loaf

This Dried Fruit and Nut Loaf is a perfect British ‘tea time’ treat. Served up with a lovely cup of tea on a grey and drizzly afternoon, it will put a smile on anyone’s face! This dried fruit and nut bread recipe is, like banana bread, truly more of a cake - although I’m not averse to a slathering of butter on my slice, and I always feel, however untrue it is, that calling a cake ‘bread’ somehow takes away some of the naughtiness! A no yeast bread with dried fruit is surprisingly versatile. We enjoy it as a sweeter breakfast treat, swapping out toast, a croissant or a hot cross bun for a nice slice. I also wrap it up and add it to my daughters’ packed lunch boxes. I’ll always make sure there’s a good portion left for afternoon tea though - in the mid afternoon with a cup of tea or coffee, it’s a great excuse for a ten minute sit down and a little time to yourself. This loaf cake is truly one of those great hybrid bakes that functions as both breakfast treat and afternoon tea indulgence. It’s a quick and easy recipe that has a distinctly warming, seasonal feel due to the aromas of cinnamon and orange that emanate from the oven whilst it cooks…it’s an Autumn staple in our house!

Crustless Zucchini Pie

Crustless Zucchini Pie

This crustless zucchini pie is the perfect lunch for a sunny day in the garden. The recipe originally comes from a friend in Crete. It’s both easy, and a great way to use up the glut of courgettes we seem to enjoy every July and August! Accompanied by a side salad (and maybe a chilled glass of white wine!), this courgette tart is so savoury and satisfying. The feta, parmesan and eggs give it that cheesey, almost quiche-like consistency, whilst the grated courgette/zucchini and the fresh herbs give it a real green vibrancy and fresh taste. Since it’s without a crust, it’s a really healthy, light option too. I’ve even been known to wrap the whole thing in tin foil and take it to the park for a picnic - and you can be sure that none ever comes back!

Pasta Salad without Mayo

Pasta Salad without Mayo

This pasta salad is such a simple dish that it barely needs a recipe; that’s part of the reason I love to make it! The second reason is that it gets some nice veggies into the kids’ diet without any fuss - they love pasta in every form. This is a great, easy supper dish. I often serve it with my wine-infused burger patties, for a hearty lunch or evening option. It’s also the perfect dish to feed to those guests who came round for coffee - and are still here hours later, when dinner is due! Cooking pasta is the easiest, quickest thing, and there is always enough in the fridge to help me rustle up this recipe. You might’ve noticed I use Greek yoghurt here, instead of mayonnaise. This really brings the calorie count back under control; it’s still an indulgent pasta, but the added protein from the Greek yoghurt and the decrease in calories make it easier to warrant cooking regularly. I tend to make a big batch of it, hoping to have it in the fridge to use as a side dish over the next two to three days - but my family often thwart this plan, demolishing it in one sitting!

Vegan Mint Bounty Bars

Vegan Mint Bounty Bars

If you’re on the hunt for vegan chocolate treats, these vegan mint bounty bars are the one. In fact, as long as you like coconut, I can assure you that, vegan or not, you’ll love these! In fact, our family aren’t vegan but absolutely adore these little bites. I always find it so useful to have a treats recipe to hand that fits everybody’s dietary requirements. Homemade bounty bars might sound more effort than they’re worth, but nothing could be further from the truth. Plus, you know exactly what ingredients are going in. Easy homemade bounty bars, plus mint - they’re so satisfying, and actually, they’re kind of good for you as far as chocolatey snacks go! The healthy fat from coconut milk plus desiccated coconut and dark chocolate; this is indulgence without the guilt.

Custard and Jelly Dessert

Custard and Jelly Dessert

This custard jelly dessert is a real classic sweet that often appears at our family gatherings in Greece. It’s rather simple, with three layers - a biscuity base, custard cream and a jelly topping. But don’t be fooled, it’s the type of simple dessert you need a solid recipe for, as many make it, and only some succeed! Possibly that’s because they have custard and jelly dessert recipes with a special, ‘secret’ ingredient or two which they are not prepared to reveal! I had to make my own, through trial and error - and have arrived at an easy, failsafe recipe. Once you have the recipe, and know how to make this custard and jelly dessert, it is just the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon in the sun, ice-cold refreshing frappé in hand - the Greek way (if you don’t know what a Greek frappé is, take a read of our blog on Greek coffee culture here)!

Florina Peppers Stuffed with Feta

Florina Peppers Stuffed with Feta

Feta-stuffed Florina peppers are a very popular side dish in my family! Every time we have a family gathering (pre-pandemic, anyway), we would each bring a meze dish to the feast…and this particular side would somehow always be present. It’s just a hit with everyone who tries it! Showcasing simple ingredients and with an easy cooking method, this is a great meze dish. It also seems to go with everything - I think you’d be hard-pushed to find a pairing that didn’t sit easily with it! In my book…there is always room for Florina peppers stuffed with feta. (Ssh, let me tell you my secret! When all the peppers are gone but there’s still olive oil in the bottom of the dish, dipping bread into those feta- and pepper-infused juices is possibly my favourite morsel of all!)

Pasta Flora

Pasta Flora

This traditional Greek jam tart recipe, known as Pasta Flora, is a real childhood favourite for many. I didn’t actually try it until I visited the remote island of Ikaria, my father-in-law’s birthplace. To this day I get so excited when the postman delivers us the occasional box full of my father-in-law’s homemade Ikarian jams, reminding me of the natural bounty of that island! My husband’s aunt can make a Pasta Flora in a matter of minutes - so it’s a recipe I had to master! It’s a brilliant dinner party dessert, but it’s so easy you could make it everyday (but beware, if you make it everyday it gets eaten everyday! At least by my children, who seem to never tire of it)! This is the perfect recipe for when you have a glut of jams, too - here, I used the deliciously fragrant quince jam my father-in-law sent. Good quality jam is a must for this recipe.

Juicy Chicken with Veggies

Juicy Chicken with Veggies

This simple and satisfying supper is one of the first “proper” meals I cooked for my husband when we got married! I had always been confident with all the egg options (always a go-to for our breakfasts), but I tended to stick to the safety of easy pasta dishes for dinner. So, I got this chicken with veggies recipe from my mom. And we’re still married…coincidence? Perhaps not! Haha! I’d say this recipe marks the beginning of my journey into love - for family, for food, and for cooking. This recipe for chicken with veggies is a similar dish to the chicken and red pepper mix that works so well in chicken fajita recipes - so there’s another serving option for you! We like to have it served simply with basmati rice. It’s a brilliant midweek meal, featuring lots of healthy lean protein as well as plenty of veg, for a really balanced meal. It’s pretty quick and easy, too. You can even enjoy it with rice one night and as the filling for chicken fajitas the next! I love batch cooking, as a great way to make sure my family has plenty of great food to eat through the week, without having to stand at the stove for ages every night.

Baked Brioche Egg Cups

Baked Brioche Egg Cups

This delicious baked brioche egg cups recipe is a perfect option for breakfast on the go. Sometimes on busy weekday mornings, getting everybody ready in time is a real challenge! Knowing that if time escapes us I can give my daughters one of these as they run out of the door just takes away some of the stress. These breakfast egg cups are super easy to make (and to takeaway), and make for a satisfying, wholesome breakfast. Mix it up if you like, adding pancetta, different types of greens, herbs or spinach, for example. Whatever suits you and your family! Packed with protein, similar to my omelette muffins, I just love an easy breakfast solution that is filling, substantial, yet easy to eat on the go, too. Knowing that their breakfast on-the-go (and mine!) can contain a couple of veggies and energy-packed eggs makes me feel I’ve given them a good, healthy start to their day.

Lemon Pea Stew

Lemon Pea Stew

This lemon pea stew recipe is a perfect veggie winter warmer. It’s super easy, and the addition of lemon and dill at the end makes for a vibrant zestiness that is so addictive. In some parts of Greece this recipe is made with meat, too. There are several Greek recipes that make arakas, or peas, the star of the show, and this is one. Other arakas recipes might include beef, or tomatoes - but I like the clean, sweet flavour of peas in combination with lemon and dill best. At our house this is served simply, with lots of crumbled feta cheese mixed with olive oil and lemon, maybe a side salad and some garlic bread. It sounds simple, but really this sits pride of place as a main meal. It is the perfect dish for early spring - it tides me over from the cold winter nights when all I want is a bowl of warm, nourishing stew into the springtime, when I crave fresh, green flavours. This lemon pea stew recipe straddles both of these desires perfectly.

Chocolate Mosaic

Chocolate Mosaic

This Chocolate Mosaic is my version of a chocolate fridge cake recipe. This no-bake dessert is a really easy option for a dinner party dessert recipe, but is also the perfect afternoon treat. It’s my go-to choice when I need something indulgent and quick that I know will be a guaranteed hit with everyone who tries a piece (who doesn’t like chocolate and biscuits?!). I like to use crushed Petit-Beurre biscuits here, because these are what my sister suggested when she gave me the recipe. I have experimented with lots of other varieties with great success too, though, so don’t be afraid to use what’s to hand! Rich Tea or Digestive biscuits work similarly, or mix up the texture with a crunchy Hobnob. And don’t forget to try it with the addition of Cognac, or Baileys (or Amaretto, or… you digestif of choice, really!) if you like an alcoholic edge - it changes this up and makes it a great treat for the grown-ups.

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