Mavromatika – Thick black-eyed bean stew

Mavromatika  (Black-eyed Beans) For me this is soul food, a recipe that I learnt watching my father, Andreas. An easy recipe, this Cypriot dish can be the main meal or used as an accompaniment. Also known as black-eyed peas, these beans are nutritious (protein rich and high in zinc, iron and potassium) and should definitely … read more

Carrot Hummus

Another favourite. This is a tale of ingredients. The secret to carrot hummus is to use a good dark tahini (made with whole, unhulled sesame seeds). One of the best tahini I’ve tasted was brought back by a friend from a spice shop in Israel where they grind the sesame seeds on the premises! I … read more

Minty Pea Dip Recipe

An ‘easy peasy’ dip to make, with amazing vibrant green colours of peas, fresh mint and of course a good drizzle of Greek extra virgin olive oil! This is a Greek style mushy peas, that goes well as part of a mezé or as a starter. Preparation time 10 -15 minutes and an hour to … read more

Yoga, food and health.

You might have thought that by now, dietary advice would have been distilled and refined to a unified theory of ‘what’ and ‘how’ to eat. If anything, we are still yoyoing from one piece of advice and research to the next contradictory piece of advice. First, we are told that butter is a definite ‘no … read more

Benefits of the Mediterranean (Greek) Diet

On the island of Ikaria, the islanders often live to a ripe old age. In fact, men on Ikaria are 4 times more likely to reach 90 years old than their American counterparts. Unfortunately, a move to a modern, city based, European way of life has meant a dietary change for many Greeks that is … read more

Summer fruit salad

Those of you who have visited us will have enjoyed Wendy’s fresh fruit salad with thick Greek yoghurt after the morning yoga classes. Apart from the aromatic peaches, fresh figs from our garden and other seasonal fruits, there are two little touches that really lift the flavours of the fruit into the heavenly realm! A … read more

Vlita me avga – Vlita omelette.

Vlita is one of the many ‘greens’ or ‘horta’ that are eaten in Greece. it is commonly known as Amaranth and grows wild as well as being cultivated. It has a firm texture and a delicious slightly bitter taste which i balance by adding onions. Other greens could be used for this recipe such as … read more


A staple of any mezé, everybody loves hummus! It is delicious, rich in protein, trace minerals and roughage and chickpeas and sesame seeds have been shown to help reduce cholesterol. It is very easy to make a great Hummus. I always prefer to prepare my own chickpeas, the texture is much better. It seems pointless … read more

Tomatoes again!

You can tell it’s hot and sunny here in Greece, because I’m thinking of yummy healthy salads again! Tomatoes are a common ingredient in the ‘mediterranean diet’, but what you might not know is that the bodies ability to absorb the antioxidant carotenoids (phytochemicals such as lycopene) can increase by up to 15 times when … read more

Making a Greek salad.

What could be so difficult about making a good Greek salad? Simple ingredients, five minutes to make…and yet, I have had some really bad Greek salads – even in Greece! When I order a Greek salad, the first thing I do is tear a piece of crusty bread and dip it into the salad juices. … read more