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Easter baking and red eggs

Memories of Easter as a small girl have been fused into my mind. Easter is the most significant religious celebration in the Greek Orthodox faith. The Lenten fast begins seven weeks before Easter on a Monday… ‘Clean Monday’. This time of fasting is a time to cleanse the body and spirit. During this fasting you […]

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Summertime recipes

Happy New Year to you all! I hope it has been a wonderful beginning to the year, filled with deliciousness, of course! January for me is a time for rest; it’s a time to reflect and plan, a time for lazy days, and long lunches with family and friends. Here are some summertime recipes to […]

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Food and Wellness Retreat, Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria, Greece July 2017 9 nights, 10 days Join me, Mary Valle, for a deliciously, amazing foodie retreat to Ikaria, Greece…it is time to relax and reward yourself. Immerse yourself in 10 glorious days and 9 nights of traditional Greek village life and culture. We will be learning about this Blue Zone region of the […]

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Winter comfort food

The icy mornings remind me that winter is here and with that the promise of slow cooking, Sunday afternoon long lunches, retreating to the sanctuary of our homes and nourishing the mind, body and soul with comfort food. Chicken Soup Avgolemono I whole chicken 250 grams fine noodles (angle hair) (or short grain rice) salt […]

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Chicken casserole with chorizo and peas

Winter has arrived and brings with it a slower pace and more time dedicated towards the old fashioned comforts of home. I love spending time in the kitchen on a rainy day cooking up favorite meals for friends and family….these are the moments that I adore. This chicken casserole is best served with a simple […]

Christmas baking

Christmas is nearly here and I need another batch of kourabiedes…love to give these gorgeous biscuits as gifts. Here is the recipe for that last minute baking and homemade gift giving. Mary x Kourabiedes 250gm unsalted butter ½ cup (125 gm) caster sugar 3 egg yolks ½ cup (125ml) oil 1 small cup (shot glass) […]

Summer couscous salad

Summer is here and it is time to slow down. Dreamy summer holidays for me are all about relaxing, having lazy days, enjoying time with family and friends over long lunches that turn into dinner. Summer food includes the idea of simple cooking, and this recipe is not only simple but perfect for summer eating. […]

Bean, vegetable and chorizo soup

As Melbourne winter begins to nibble, I love the idea of stews and soups simmering away on the stove, sitting by the fire with a throw and a good book and of course sharing comforting meals with family and friends. This bean, vegetable and chorizo soup is an old family favorite and one that my […]

My Mediterranean Pantry

Autumn has well and truly arrived and the long, lazy, carefree summer days are over. For me, it is a time to reorganize and declutter my home and especially my kitchen.  I love clearing my cupboards and pantry and restocking them with all that I will need for the cooler days ahead. Reorganizing my cupboards […]

Greek Easter…

April is here already, it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was Christmas, but here I am now preparing for Easter.  I love this time of year. Preparations for Easter begin on Holy Thursday when the eggs are dyed red and families begin their baking, making tsourekia and koulouria.  The house fills with the […]

Langham Masterclass MF&WF – dessert

Bougatsa – filo pastry parcels filled with custard – with roasted figs  1 pkt filo pastry 3 eggs ½ cup castor sugar 1 cup semolina ½ teaspoon vanilla paste 1 ½ litres full fat milk (warm) grated zest of one lemon 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter for brushing icing sugar and cinammon for dusting or […]

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Stuffed zucchini with avgolemono 8 white (Lebanese/white) zucchini 200 grams beef mince ¾ cup medium grain rice 2 heaped tablespoons chopped parsley 1 heaped tablespoon chopped mint 1 teaspoon chopped dill 1 tablespoon tomato paste or ½ cup tomato passatta olive oil salt and pepper Avgolemono (Egg and lemon sauce) 2 eggs juice of 1 […]

Langham Masterclass – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

What an inspiring weekend it was, demonstrations, discussions and tastings at the Chefs Masterclass at Langham Melbourne. I feel immensely privileged to have been part of the Chefs Masterclass amongst some of the world’s best culinary masters…it was so much fun.  Chocolate masterpieces created by Johnny Iuzzini, inspiring discussions together with delicious seafood by Mauro […]

Karydopita (walnut cake with syrup)

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. If you are looking for a  dessert for the new year here is my recipe for Karydopita. This gorgeous cake is perfect for any special occasion.  The blend of cinnamon, walnuts and honey make this cake irresistible.  It is very typical of Greek cakes. Happy New Year to all…Mary […]

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Gourmet foodie tour Greece 2014

Hi Everyone, Join me, Mary Valle, for the ultimate gourmet foodie tour to Greece. It will be 10 glorious days of luxurious foodie indulgence, traditional Greek culture and living the Mediterranean lifestyle that we love so much. The tour begins in Athens where we will explore the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and the Ancient Agora.  […]

private cooking classes

  I love sharing my passion for cooking, and in particular all things Mediterranean. I offer private cooking classes in the comfort of your own home for just yourself or a small group of friends.  It makes sense to be learning how to cook in your own kitchen as this is where you will be […]

mediterranean lifestyle

The Greek Mediterranean diet is not only about the food but also about the lifestyle.  The importance of this lifestyle is evident in the research into the longevity of the people of Ikaria, a Greek island in the Aegean.  This island has been known as “the island where people forget to die”. Similar studies have […]

Fish soup avgolemono

You can tell Spring is in the air.  The days are becoming warmer, getting longer and the kitchen will start bringing us lighter meals. As I sit here at my desk writing I am feeling excited about spring and the beautiful  fruit and vegetables that will come to our table. Here is my favourite fish […]

Stuffed red peppers (Yemista)

Yemista is the term used to describe stuffed vegetables such as capsicum, tomatoes and zucchini.  These are often stuffed with the same fillings, usually rice and ground meat, and baked together.  At times you may see wedges of potatoes added amongst the vegetables to extend the dish. I love the aroma of the red peppers […]

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Gourmet culinary tour of Greece

Hi Everyone, Join me  for the ultimate gourmet culinary tour to Greece in June 2014. It will be 10 glorious days of luxurious foodie indulgence, traditional Greek culture and living the Mediterranean lifestyle that we love so much. The tour begins in Athens where we will explore the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus and the Ancient […]