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Octopus in Red Wine

Octopus, tomatoes and onions , cooked with a red wine reduction.

This is a Mediterranean inspired dish that I have been cooking ever since I discovered my love for octopus. It also used to be my signature dish until I discovered my love for veal, and crêpes, and veal-stuffed crêpes. (´・ω・`)

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Tiropita

Cheese pie.

Cheese pie.

I actually gained a few pounds shortly after making this. You have been warned~!! \(^O^)/

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Falafel

Patties of blended chickpeas and spices.

I live nearby a Palestinian restaurant, and they make the best falafel and shawarma sandwiches known to man. Even better than my own, I’m not gonna lie. But making them homemade is more fun than paying someone else to make it for you.

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Fasolada

Soup with white beans, carrots, celery, and plenty of olive oil.

My father asks for “bableves”. I’m trying out Greek recipes to add to my cookbook. Fasolada is a Greek bean soup dish. We had white beans. Bableves is Hungarian for bean soup. It was pretty easy to figure out what to do.

So this is fasolada, which according to Wikipedia is to Greece as Goulash is to Hungary, which is funny because I never actually heard of it until I looked at a list of traditional Greek recipes. Well whatever, it’s Greek, it’s easy to make albeit a little time consuming, and it’s tasty, so why not? ⊂(◉‿◉)つ

It was so tasty I didn’t even need to top it with sour cream! But I did anyway!!! \(^O^)/

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Moussaka

A layer of eggplants and onions, topped with a layer of ground meat, topped with a layer of baked béchamel sauce.

A layer of eggplants and onions, topped with a layer of ground meat, topped with a layer of baked béchamel sauce.

I’ve been meaning to do this dish for about 3 months now, and while the meat wasn’t on special, I was determined last Friday to get this one done and over with. And I’m so glad I did, the flavour of this dish really caught me off guard. It truly is something special, and unlike any other Greek dish I’ve tried thus far.

I really wanted to use lamb meat, but they didn’t have it ground and the cuts they had weren’t ideal for grinding, so whatever… beef is good too. Just not as good. (*ノ・ω・)

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa mixed with slices of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, olives, and feta cheese.

Quinoa mixed with slices of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, olives, and feta cheese.

A simple and fairly quick dish to make, this is something I just came up with when my father asked me to try a Thai quinoa salad recipe he cut out from a newspaper. Liking the idea of a quinoa salad but not finding the Thai version particularly interesting, I decided to make a more Mediterranean-style salad which better appealed to my tastes using our leftovers veggies, and it was actually pretty tasty. (´・ω・`)

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Baba Ganoush

Roasted eggplant blended with tahini and spices.

Roasted eggplant blended with tahini and spices.

A lower calorie alternative to hummus which tastes more or less like a lighter hummus, this works as a dip for vegetables, chips, a spread on pita bread or in a sandwich, just do me a favour and don’t eat it like you’d eat yogurt. It’s not a meal on its own.

Oh, and unlike hummus, this recipe doesn’t require a food processor to make! Sure, use one if you have one, but don’t go out and spend money unless you need to! And in this case you don’t! (´・ω・`)

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Hummus

Chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, garlic and spices.

The discovery that my body was unable to properly process canola oil (which is the oil that’s in literally every store-bought product that requires oil around here) led me to learning how to make my own hummus. This is the red onion variety that I make, but I also like to make it extra garlicky at times, or even throw in a piece of a red pepper.

It goes excellent with my sweet potato fries recipe, if I do say so myself.

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Octopus Salad

Octopus tossed with red onions and cilantro.

Octopus tossed with red onions and cilantro.

A very simple recipe, something I came up with when I didn’t feel like buying another bottle of wine to make my signature octopus dish. It’s not as flavourful, but it still has octopus, so it’s got to be good. (´・ω・`)

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Greek Lemon Roast Potatoes

Oven-roasted potatoes with lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic.

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