Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Melomakarona: Traditional Greek Xmas Sweets


One could've been to Greece hundreds of times and yet never had been able to taste the most delicious Greek cookies, Melomakarona. And the reason is that Greeks prepare those only for Christmas. Same happened to me: been to Greece many times, both on business and for pleasure, tasted so many different and splendid foods there and yet, as it so happened that I had never been there around Xmas, I never tasted Melomakarona until 2010. I saw it suddenly appearing in all shops and all of the people buying it. Bought some to taste it and that was it: love from first bite! I was truly disappointed when Melomkarona disappeared shortly after Christmas and started questioning about it. That's how I discovered that those are the most traditional Greek Xmas cookies and there is no real Christmas "trapezi" without it.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Delicious Baby Octopus with Sauerkraut

First of all: Happy New Year to all of you, let it bring all the best to you and your loved ones!
I decided my first post in 2013 to be about a very special recipe, created by me on the last day of 2012. I was wondering what special dish to cook for the New Year's eve when a crazy idea came to my mind: "What could happen if I combined such a typical Bulgarian food as sauerkraut with something so rare in our geographic latitude as octopus"? It was risky as I wouldn't have enough time to cook something else for dinner but I decided to give it a try as in my head those two ingredients combined in a perfect harmony: octopus being so hard to digest and yet so delicious if prepared in the right way, and sauerkraut - the food that works so well on digesting.
It took me about two hours to prepare the dish but the result paid back in a big way: I can firmly state that this is one of my best recipes ever!