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Green beans casserole

Ladera are the dishes that the Greeks eat during periods of fasting when all meat and dairy products are not eaten. Of course, that is not to say that they are not eaten at other times. They are always vegetarian dishes cooked with olive oil and usually tomatoes, garlic and herbs. The word ladera comes […]

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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, […]

Spinach and Risoni

It is already April and I can hardly believe it.   Summer is over and autumn is well and truly here…crisp mornings, glorious day and time to bring out the cardi.    The autumn kitchen also begins to change from barbeques and salads to bowls of soup, slow cooked meats and casseroles. Autumn in Melbourne is my […]

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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 […]

Recipe of the Month

Oven Roasted Figs with Ricotta and Honey Ingredients: 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) fresh figs 50 g (1. oz) unsalted butter 250 g (9 oz) fresh ricotta Greek honey cinnamon pistachios or crushed walnuts   Directions: Prepare the figs by trimming the stems and cutting a cross into the figs but not all the way […]

Mary Valle

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 […]