Greek Lagana Bread Recipe & the Tradition of “Clean Monday”

20200301_203124The first day of Lent in Greece is a bit of an oddity.  For many, a strict Lenten fast will be observed in reverence to the solemnity of the time leading up to Pascha (Easter), while also frolicking and picnicking, and generally having a jolly good time!

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Tiropitakia (Greek Feta Cheese Pastry)

20200129_174309Think of them as little triangles of pure heaven.  Crispy phyllo, tangy feta cheese, and a generous slathering of butter… yes, pure heaven.

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Ham & Cheese Empanadas

20200123_142927Several days ago I gave the Old Man and the Medium Boy the task of putting in a new pond liner for our back yard.  It’s hard work.  I fed them these empanadas as payment.

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Chilean Style Empanada Dough

gyiHaving a go-to pastry recipe is kind of like having that one pair of shoes that can work for multiple occasions: everybody needs one.

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Sourdough Cinnamon-Raisin Rolls

IMG_0850ghvhI live in California’s raisin country.  If one drives out of town during the hot, dry days at the end of summer, row after row of grapes drying on mats can be seen in between the long stretches of grape vines.  I guess you could say I know where my food comes from!

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Christopsomo (Greek Christmas Bread)

20191224_074923Greeks like bread.  No… we LOVE bread.  There is literally a bread made specifically for every main holiday, and this doesn’t even cover the bread used daily and in religious ceremonies!

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Savory Pumpkin & Cheddar Muffins

20191103_103609The moment the temperatures drop even just a smidgen near the end of summer, it’s pumpkin season.  Correction, it’s pumpkin-SPICE season.  Maybe it doesn’t have to be?

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Whole Wheat & Olive Oil Sourdough Bread

20190812_202014So tell me, does anyone else look at their sourdough starter and yell in a mad scientist type voice “IT’S ALIVE!!  MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!” or is it just me?

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Lemony Blueberry Muffins

20190610_184540At some point someone stole muffins and turned them into greasy, gut-bomb, cupcakes-in-disguise.  It’s time to steal them back.  You’re welcome.

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Greek Village Bread

20190519_161628Bread has been a staple of the Greek diet since antiquity, much like in other cultures world-wide.  Definitely not the place for low-carb diet trends!

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