Travel 0 comments on 5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer

5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer

Mykonos or any other Greek island for that matter 🙂

Last week, I had the most relaxing time in Mykonos with my aunt, mom and sister. It felt so refreshing to be on a trip where all we could do was laze by the sea and walk around a town full of happy people on holiday.

We basically perfected our tan, swam in the freezing, clear water of the Aegean sea and walked around the cutest and most preserved island town I’ve ever seen. Continue Reading “5 Reasons to Fly To Mykonos This Summer”

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5 Books For Your Kitchen Shelf

Even though the modern cook prints recipes from the internet or even flips through them on his or her iPad, I still love a colorful cookbook to get inspired from. Book lovers surely understand what it is to physically touch what you’re reading and having it tucked in safe onto your bookshelf. I know I write recipes and I’m counting on you guys to refer to them for this blog to survive 😉 but physical stuff still matter.

So here are 5 books for your kitchen shelf to keep you inspired and motivated to be a better a cook.

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#LoveTheWorld: The Reasons Why

Waking up with bad news all over the internet has become our daily bread. People all around us are full of negative thoughts and fear. I understand this feeling and it is a hard one to shake. We cannot help but no longer feel safe on our planet. This morning, I was digging through the recent stories: Baghdad, Medina, even Brexit. Surfing through the pages, I felt like there was no safe place in the world. But the good thing about my brain is that it never fails me in negative times. It always finds a way to disconnect me from awful news and make me look at the positive aspect of our planet. Continue Reading “#LoveTheWorld: The Reasons Why”

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How To Make Cafe Frappé in 3 Easy Steps

During my year in England back in 2008, I was ecstatic about meeting Greek people, given that I’m part Greek but had never met fellow “compatriots”. I did meet a lot and became friends with everyone. I also learnt a lot about the culture and related to some aspects and habits we have in my family. One of the very first things I learnt however, was how to make the perfect homemade Cafe FrappĂ©. For coffee lovers, this is absolute heaven in the summer. Continue Reading “How To Make Cafe FrappĂ© in 3 Easy Steps”

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Night in the Kitchen Part II – Lemon Baked Cheesecake

Remember that night we cooked for my parents and their friends? The one where we served the fresh crab tartare as a starter? I promised a second recipe right out of that awesome dinner, and here it is: Lemon baked cheesecake. If you’re faithful to this blog and honor me with unconditional love, you might remember my baked cheesecake recipe. The one I compare with the moist one from f.r.i.e.n.d.s. over which Rachel and Chandler fight. Well I’ve been giving it a different twist. I ditched the raspberries and added lemon zest and juice instead! It is absolutely divine. Not that I like to brag, but it’s something you must taste if we get to meet one day 🙂 Continue Reading “Night in the Kitchen Part II – Lemon Baked Cheesecake”

Recipes 0 comments on Night in the Kitchen Part I – Crab Tartare

Night in the Kitchen Part I – Crab Tartare

When my parents decided to “hire” us to cook for them and their friends, we were more than happy to comply. They’ve all been amazing at supporting our food adventures and I admit it was quite touching for them to trust us with a seated dinner of 15 people in their fifties (i.e. quite picky and not easy to satisfy). The dinner ended up being an absolute hit in the dining room and crazy fun in the kitchen! Not only were we full of adrenaline and couldn’t believe we were making it happen, but we also had excellent company! Continue Reading “Night in the Kitchen Part I – Crab Tartare”

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Don’t Pair Cheese with Wine!

A while ago, I stumbled across this article on why we shouldn’t pair cheese with wine. It got me thinking about our “food behavior”. In the world of hosting, there are things we stick to – depending on the circumstances and season. Cheese and Wine is one of them. Year after year, come rain, we gather for cheese and wine. We’ve been taught to do it and the winter season can’t possibly go by without these gatherings. It’s funny how sometimes we know deep down some things shouldn’t be the way they are but we still do them because that’s what the culture and lifestyle in the place we live in are like. Continue Reading “Don’t Pair Cheese with Wine!”

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Light Eggplant Recipe + Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

Working out is an amazing thing to be doing on Saturday mornings and Sylphide helped me get out of bed early a few weeks ago. What they did was host a healthy breakfast and workout sessions, seasoned with an hour talk with a cool and hip nutritionist called Nadine Issa. We talked about how to sustain a healthy lifestyle but still enjoy the meals we love and cherish, so I thought I’d share what I basically learnt on that day. Continue Reading “Light Eggplant Recipe + Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle”

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Gorgonzola Cheese and Pear Tart

Last Sunday was a major throwback to childhood. I’ve been going on a lot of Bibayti dinners lately, but this time, we prepared lunch for a cute family celebrating their daughter’s first holy communion. I remember mine like yesterday – as clearly as my wedding day actually! The flowers in my hair, the cake and the menu, my amazing family and friends. At 9 years old, you truly feel on top of the world. Continue Reading “Gorgonzola Cheese and Pear Tart”

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Salad Series: Easy Beef Salad For Weekdays

Last July and after two years of freelancing, I took the life-changing decision of going back to a full-time job. Naturally, I thought about all the possible consequences. Only one of them escaped me: weight-gain. The main reason I slightly gained weight once I started spending time in an office, was peer pressure. Those who know me well are aware of my unconscious and continuous fear of rejection. In a work environment, one must make a huge effort to fit in, make friends and have everyone on their side. Being the ambivert that I am, the only solution to me fitting in, is to be extremely nice. Needless to say this has consequences on its own.

I am not necessarily a candy person, but where I work, it’s apparently the thing. Instead of coffee breaks, they have candy breaks that involve munching on the most calorific chocolates and having ice cream or a nutella sandwich after lunch (depending on the season). These things don’t mean that much to me but getting weird stares when I said no added pressure to eat. That’s how I gained the extra weight that I’m working on getting rid of now. I simply learnt to say no and to stop pleasing people.

So it’s been 3 weeks and my packed lunches mostly consist of protein salads. This beef salad, which literally takes 10 minutes to make is my favorite. Here’s how to make it for a healthy and filling weekday lunch.

What you’ll need:

  • 120 g of lean beef, sliced
  • 5 fresh white mushrooms
  • Freshly washed rocket leaves
  • Pink peppercorn

For the dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Grape seed oil
  • 1 pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Heat a grilling pan then throw in the beef slices. Cook to your preference. I like the beef medium rare.
  2. In your lunch container, place the rocket leaves, top them with the mushrooms and beef. Sprinkle pink peppercorn on top.
  3. In a separate container, prepare the dressing: mix the 3 kinds of vinegar, add the honey and mix, add the oil then mix, add the salt and mix again.