Tuna Empanada with Caramelized Onions and Peppers

Happy 2013!

I hope you had great holidays, relaxing and full of amazing food! I know I did!

Since this is my first post since (what seems like) ages, I decided to stick to something rather simple, but very delicious: Empanada with tuna and a mix of caramelized onions and three-color peppers!

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I used commercially available dough, special for empanadas (very similar to brisee, in my opinion). I definitely believe that if you can find good quality ready dough, it’s not a bad thing to use it! So, no, I’m not ashamed 🙂 .

Let’s go and make it then!

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Melomakarona {Traditional Greek Christmas Cookies}

It’s Christmas tiiiiiiiiiime!! CHRISTMAAAAS!!

I cannot begin to describe how excited I am during this season! My joy is ridiculous!!

To top that joy I made melomakarona! Sounds Greek to you? Well, it is!

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Melomakarona are traditional Christmas cake-like cookies, wonderfully spiced and soaked in a honey-based syrup. They are sweet, delicious and addictive!

You will not find a house without melomakarona during the holidays!

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Plus, in case you are interested, they are dairy-free!

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Green Bean Salad {Thai-Inspired}

I attended recently a Thai-cuisine course and, even though I left agitated due to the (pointless and annoying) efforts of the teacher to brainwash me with how awesome cilantro is (eew!), I did get the chance to taste a delicious salad.

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The title says “Thai-inspired” because there were ingredients in the original recipe that I skipped in this one. Either because I didn’t have them at hand or because I felt I’ll like it more without them. Also, the onions were fried crunchy, but I opted for simply caramelizing them.

But no worries! I will give you the full recipe at the end of the post, mentioning the ingredients I didn’t use.

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Cheese Pie with Homemade Filo Pastry

Disclaimer: This was my first attempt at making filo pastry.

Result: Very satisfying!

I chose to use the pastry for a cheese pie. Surprise 1.

And I used feta cheese. Surprise 2.

Oh, come on, there is no surprise here. I am Greek. Cheese pie is a huge tradition for us. It’s our breakfast, lunch and dinner. And I don’t think I need to actually explain why I used feta.

Because it rocks and rules. That’s why!

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