Greek culinary walking tour

Join me, Mary (Mary’s Kitchen), and Kelly (Hellenic Odyssey) for a guided walking tour of Melbourne’s most popular and energetic Greek precinct, Oakleigh. Get ready to bite into a delicious galahtoboureko, an iconic sweet of creamy custard between filo pastry and drizzled with syrup. Crunch into the bestkoulouri outside of Athens. And savour the taste […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time for a coffee…

In a Greek household, drinking coffee is a way of life.  As a young girl I remember my father always drinking it and my mother always making it.  I remember these days fondly, sipping coffee and chatting…these are the memories that I love so much.   2 teaspoons sugar 2 teaspoons coffee Greek coffee is […]

Join me for a magical foodie tour to Greece

Hi Everyone, Join me  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.  We will […]

Baking tsourekia

It is days like today that stir up so many emotions.  I am baking tsourekia and the house is filled with exotic aromas of mahlepi.  I am always so surprised, and really shouldn’t be, as to how something as simple as baking or a taste or smell can take you back to another place and […]

Red eggs for Easter

Red eggs for Easter are dyed on Holy Thursday..so today I bought a packet of red powdered dye and some eggs ready for tomorrow mornings ritual of dying the eggs. My mother loved to decorate a few of the eggs using a leaf from her garden and using it as a stencil.  She would place […]

Getting ready for Easter

It is Holy week this week and the Easter preparations will begin soon.  In traditional Greek homes, eggs will be dyed red, and koulouria (Easter biscuits) and tsourekia (Easter bread) will be made on Thursday.   Holy Saturday is for the making of the mayeritsa (Easter soup) and then of course Easter Sunday is an all-day […]

Greek Orthodox Easter

Greek Orthodox Easter is not far now, only three weeks away. It is a time of fasting, and the Lenten begins on Clean Monday, which is seven weeks before Easter. The purpose of fasting is to cleanse the body and spirit. During this fasting, you abstain from foods that contain red blood, meat, poultry, milk, […]

Greek Easter for Butchers!

Easter is the most significant religious celebration in the Greek Orthodox faith.  It begins with the Lenten fast seven weeks before Easter…this time of fasting is to cleanse the body and spirit. Easter preparations begin on Holy Thursday when the eggs are dyed red, representing the blood of Christ.  Women in Greek families are busy […]

Welcome to my new website!

Hello and welcome to my new website.  It has been months in the planning and hope it reflects my love for all things foodie. I will be sharing with you my love for Mediterranean cooking and in particular Greek cooking, posting recipes inspired by the seasons, upcoming events and videos. You can connect with me […]