The filling in these hand pies is flavorful and tastes of fall. Fresh Fuyu persimmons are slowly simmered in Metaxa (Greek brandy) with freshly grated ginger, orange zest and cinnamon. YUM.
Tag: Modern Mediterranean
According to Wikipedia, the generic name for the Fuyu persimmon tree is Diospyros, which comes from the ancient Greek words dios (διός) and pyros (πυρος). The translation from Greek to English means more or less “divine fruit” or “divine food.” Being a lover of the Fuyu Persimmon, this translation is pretty spot on.
As a child, I remember my mom making popcorn balls around this time of year. One year, she even made a gazillion of them, wrapped them in plastic wrap and handed them out to trick-or-treaters. (Oh… the good ole’ days!).
Here’s a little time saving tip to making this delicious fun treat: use pre-popped popcorn. More specifically, I recommend SkinnyPop Popcorn.
Usually when I make homemade ice cream I use whole milk, heavy cream and sugar as my base. Here I’ve substituted the whole milk with coconut cream and the sugar with honey. I love the depth of flavors this combination creates! Simmering fresh lavender with the coconut cream takes this ice cream to an entirely different level of richness and flavor.
Can you tell I’m passionate about my ice cream?
Like most, I love to cook and bake with the freshest fruits and vegetables of the season. Summer is probably my favorite culinary season mainly because it is also what I like to call “fig season”. As we approach the end of summer my family’s fig tree is bursting with its final crop of the year.
The Story of UncommonGoods, Figs & Feta, and a Mid-Week Cocktail Party
I try to purchase local. I also try to go out of my way to support U.S. makers. I also really love handmade and unique house ware products with a story. I’ve recently found all of the above at UncommonGoods and am thrilled to be partnering with them for this special and exciting post!
Thanks to an old sturdy tree on my family’s property I have an abundance of plums this summer. I’ve googled “things to make with plums” and had a hard time finding a recipe that really excited me until I came across this recipe in the July issue of Real Simple.
I’ve found a new cheese to love this summer: Burrata – a fresh Italian cheese consisting of mozzarella cheese soaked in heavy cream. It is slightly sweet and milky. Of course this cheese will be delicious on pizza, or in a fresh garden salad, but because of Burrata’s mildly sweet flavor, I decided to substitute this Italian favorite for my usual go-to thick Greek yogurt on top of a fresh fruit salad.
Chai Spiced Banana Muffins made with Greek Yogurt and topped with a Bourbon Glaze
Made with Greek yogurt, these muffins are a solid choice for breakfast or snack time. Topped with a bourbon glaze makes them a little extra special for the adults.
Although Feta is the queen of the Grecian cheese hierarchy, Greece produces a wide variety of littler-known hard cheeses as well – such as Kasseri, Kefalotiri, Myzithra and the cheese used to make these Greek Polenta Stuffed Mini Peppers: Kefalograviera.