Greek Christmas Honey Cakes | Melomakarona

Melomakarona | Μελομακάρονα
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So this is one of those Greek words that means you will probably end up with tongue injury: Melomakarona 

The word should not concern you however – just call them Christmas Honey Cakes or some such. The taste is a LOT more important.

Basically, unless there are melomakarona or kourabiedes (don’t ask) somewhere about the house, it’s probably not Christmas.

The recipe is by Katerina and I did a video of it – I know, it’s all Greek to you. I’ve translated the recipe below and added some comments that should help you out. Do try making them – they are absolutely divine and go down a treat with tea or some Greek/ Turkish coffee.

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Octopus with potatoes in an oven pot by Panagiotis

Octopus with potatoes

See the Greek version of this post Panagiotis Plotas is one of my oldest friends who sends amazing recipes from time to time.

Today he is tackling octopus. I am well aware that most non Greeks find octopus extremely yucky but – trust me on this – you are wrong! No offence. Just try Panagiotis’ recipe and you’ll see the light!

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Rocking Movember

See the Greek version of this postFor about two years now each November I’m thinking “yes, I’ll stick on a moustache and do a a video like that in support of Movember

Once more things have been seriously hectic, the end of the month approaching and I still don’t have a video. Damn. Note to self: Must plan better.

So anyhow, here is the Digital Scullery photo-contribution to an amazing idea, worthy of loads of support. Now that you’ve seen me like this please consider donating to Movember. :-)

Digital Scullery <3 the Mo

Digital Scullery <3 the Mo

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btw I did my hair for a swing conert & dance thing I went to today. It is a very poor version of the amazing video on doing a half victory roll by Cherry Dollface

Vine harvest and wine juice in Greece

Vine harvest - Atalanti, Greece

See the Greek version of this postI don’t know if you’ve watched old films with vine harvests and wine juice making or wine making but they always seem to contain plucky villagers without shoes stepping on the grapes. That’s all very well and dandy but apparently it hardly ever happens any more.

The team in Atalanti, Greece, went about finding out what actually does happen nowadays to get wine juice. This is effectively the process before one starts wine making. A lot of people in Greece with their own grapes will just take them to a patitiri (the place where the grapes are literally ‘stepped on’) to get wine juice. They then take the wine juice and make their own wine at home.

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Chocolate truffles by Daphne

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See the Greek version of this postDaphne (deadendmind) sent me a step by step photo recipe for yummy chocolate truffles.

Here’s a note on culture. When it’s our name day or our birthday we traditionally do a kerasma in Greece. It means to offer a bit of food or dessert at work or to friends and family to celebrate. So this is Daphne’s favourite kerasma recipe.

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When we are celebrating or its our birthday we usually offer some dessert to colleagues. However, in the middle of the economic crises this can be a bit of drain on resources, especially if one wants to offer nibbles to 30 people. What could be better than just making something yourself? However, we are not all be professionals nor have a lot of time. So, here is an easy recipe which yields a lot of chocolate pieces and everyone likes!

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The Real Greek moussaka, their souvlaki and the gossip

Chef Alan is funny too!

See the Greek version of this postSo this might seem a bit weird. Why would a Greek go to see The Real Greek chef make moussaka? “Isn’t it like your national dish?”, “Don’t you know how to make it from birth?” Yes, thank you I get the point, even though I learned how to make it when I was 23.

When I got the e-mail for a moussaka making experience from the lovely Megan I thought exactly that. However, I’m always learning so I really wanted to see this staple of the Greek family table done from a professional chef. Secondly, I had completely stopped going to The Real Greek three years ago so I was super curious.

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A recipe for Greek wild greens and pics from my mum’s garden

Wild greens

See the Greek version of this postThese days my sister and I are at my mum’s and my stepdad’s house in Atalanti Greece. You can imagine the mayhem.

On Friday we had amazing weather so we went out in the garden to gather wild greens. They are called χόρτα (chorta – wild greens) in Greek and we gather them from gardens and fields. I imagine that in an English garden some of those yummy wonders are killed off as weeds. They are boiled and then served hot or cold with olive oil and lemon. They go amazingly well with fish, but I love them any old way.

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Feta pie in a cake tin by Mrs. Eleni

Cheese pie in a cake tin by Mrs. Eleni

See the Greek version of this postA few months ago Mama Despoina (my rocking mum) called to inform me that at a dinner with friends she had a mythical cheese pie. I initially failed to grasp the significance of this since my mum rarely expresses such admiration for food. Even rarer is for her to gobble down THREE PIECES of feta pie in one go. So this was clearly a feta pie I needed to know all about.

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Greek Easter, the Resurrection hymn and a soup with lamb intestines

My London Magiritsa

Let’s get the scary stuff out of the way first. This is a post about soup with INTESTINES. (Wait! Come back!)

So, now that we are left with the brave folks here goes the story.

Mama Despoina (also my mum – she simply rocks) blogged the recipe for Magiritsa the other day, the Greek traditional soup eaten after the Resurrection. It’s incredibly yummy even though I know it sounds weird.

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Magiritsa – the Greek Easter soup with intestines

Μαγειρίτσα

See the Greek version of this postGreek Orthodox Easter is near and I thought I should write about Magiritsa (aka Magheritsa, Mageiritsa, Mayeritsa, Mayiritsa), the soup we eat after midnight, after the Resurrection.

This is the tradional Greek recipe so it has intestines (Sofia wrote an explanatory post as this might seem a bit yucky). However, if you can’t get intestines where you are (or if you just find them disgusting) just omit them.

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Purple sprouting broccoli with sesame and honey

Purple Sprouting Broccoli with sesame and honey

See the Greek version of this postSince we started getting an organic fruit and veg box delivery each week I have been trying out all sorts of new things. It’s so exciting to be getting vegetables every week that you’ve never tried. It makes you look for information, learn and do new stuff. Sort of brilliant.

Especially since we are going through Lent (and the Greek version is a bit weird as I was saying the other day) it’s great to be doing different things with veggies.

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Cooking for trouble (in a yummy way) – working with Unilever and OgilvyOne for Hellmann’s

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My, this is a long – and yummy – story, but it had to be shared. So here’s a bit of gossip about my cooking adventure with Unilever Greece and OgilvyOne Athens for Hellmann’s.

The people at the two companies found the Greek version of Digital Scullery and my cooking videos in Greek. Apparently they liked them and they approached me. We got together to create Πας Μαγειρεύοντας – the closest translation might be Cooking for Trouble – an online cooking show.

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Greek Orthodox Lent menu: Going vegan(ish)

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One of the things you have to understand about Greek food (apart from the obvious stuff like souvlaki, frappe, koulourakia and all that) is that at least once a year the word “nistisimo” appears almost everywhere. It’s probably Lent, aka Sarakosti

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