Bloggers meet in Crete

DSCN0802.jpgOne of my first blogging pals was Krystina Kalapothakos, who has a great foodie blog, Kouzounas Kitchen.

Krystina is currently on holiday in Crete from her home in California. Here, to my delight, is a photo of Krystina in my Kritsa kitchen gifting me a copy of her Greek recipe book, Back to my Roots.

We had a fabulous day together along with her friend and my husband…more of that in my next post. Today it’s all about the cookbook.


Inspired by her grandmother’s recipes the book not only gives great and easy to follow recipes, with mouth-watering photos, it also gives insight to the family traditions that inspired Krystina to cook. The book is also available as a kindle version .

wp-image-361058204Next morning I was keen to find a recipe to suit my fridge full of lovely produce bought from the local farmer’s market in Agios Nikolaos. I browsed the book and found I had all the right ingredients for Briam, a light vegetable stew. This is one of my favourite dishes when I’m out in local tavernas.

wp-image--387630022I only had one onion, whereas the recipe called for two. Perhaps that was just as well, my slow cooker pot was filled to the brim. The recipe doesn’t call for a slow cooker – It is my adaption. I used a third less oil as a slow cooker needs less liquid. Then I put the switch to auto and went off to enjoy a day at the beach.


We know this fabulous beach is always popular on an August Sunday, and our early start allowed us to find a shady spot.


DSCN0833.jpgLater, out on the balcony the Briam certainly made a tasty supper, and looked just like the recipe’s photo.

Thank you, Krystina. I love the book and will certainly enjoy making many more dishes, and Alan says he looks forward to eating them!


What recipe shall I try next?



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