Monday, 7 December 2015

Flavours of Greece - Yiayia's Greek Kitchen Recipe Book Giveaway

A few month's back my lovely friend blogger Sarah Pylas excitedly told me about her plans to publish a recipe book of her Greek family's favourite recipes.  Having sampled some of this amazing food at blogger get-togethers and also at her book launch party, it was a book I couldn't wait to see.

It was fascinating hearing the process and the hurdles a cookery writer has to get through from concept; design; styling; translating and testing right up to getting the book on sale.



It must have been no easy feat actually penning all these recipes which have been handed down through the generations, and usually made by eye and taste rather than with specific measurements, but I'm so glad they did because now not only will their family secrets live on through the coming years, but we get to share in them too.

Flicking through the book I'm instantly taken back to happy holiday memories, sat on cobbled pavements at tavernas on balmy evenings.  Many of the recipes are foods I enjoyed in Cyprus this summer and even just looking at the photos makes me smile.

But don't be fooled into thinking this is a summer recipe book.  The hearty soups are great winter warmers and the meze and dips are perfect for entertaining this Christmas.

Our fallback weekend lunch is usually meze and various dips (picky lunch my daughter calls it), although if I'm being honest I totally cheat and buy it from the supermarket.  With this new book in my clutches I've got no excuse now for not making authentic, additive-free homemade versions of our favourites -taramosalata, tzatziki and houmous.

This weekend I whipped up a batch of melintzanosalata (aubergine dip) and I was delighted how easy snd quick it was to make.  The recipe was simple to follow and easy to adapt - I don't think our non-Greek taste buds are up to quite so much garlic!  It went down very well for lunch and I loved that I could make it with what I had in the fridge without any fancy ingredients, and best of all it was healthy and wholesome with no hidden additives like you'd get in the supermarkets.



Other Greek specialities in the book include keftedakia (meatballs), bourekia (mince filo rolls), calamari (squid), dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) and spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie).

Reading through the book written by Sarah Pylas and her sister-in-law Eva Ryan, you get a real sense of family through the stories and anecdotes that punctuate each dish, and understand that Yiayia (grandmother) is absolutely at the heart of it.  This is the first time that Vasso, the family matriarch has disclosed the secrets of her kitchen, and dishes that have been passed down through the generations.  You feel like you're actually being welcomed into the bosom of the family through this book.

The book is available to purchase now through Amazon. This is definitely one to add to your cookbook shelf, and I'm delighted to say I have a copy to give away to one lucky reader.  Simple complete the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

Find more information on the website Yiayia's Kouzina.

Giveaway ands midnight Sunday 20th December 2015, open to UK entrants only.

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54 comments:

  1. Ohhhh this book makes so happy- lovely to see blogging friends doing well

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  2. The taramosalata, but all the recipes look good.

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  3. The Bourekia sounds lovely and would be nice at this time of year as a bit of a change to the usual Christmas food.

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  4. The Bourekia look like an interesting alternative to mince pies for Christmas. I would try them.

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  5. Bourekia Filo Pastry Rolls Stuffed with Spiced Mince Meat

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  6. Being married to someone half Greek Cypriot, this cookery book looks like just what I need!

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  7. And the bourekia rolls for me too! Sorry forgot!

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  8. Bourekia as they look very tempting!

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  9. the octopus with vinaigrette sounds very tasty.

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  10. The taramosalata ive heard of it but never tried it

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  11. Bourekia ... because my neighbour makes it for me and I want to make it myself

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  12. Bourekia looks delicious

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  13. Bourekia Filo Pastry Rolls Stuffed with Spiced Mince Meat

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  14. I've been meaning to have a go at making my own spanakopita for a while now and I see it's in the book!

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  15. I'm too much of a chicken for the octupus but would definitely try the bourekia out. I had something similar in Turkey and it was delicious!

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  16. Definitely the bourekia - I'm part-Turkish, and they're common in Turkey too!

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  17. Bourekia looks fab x - leanne w

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  18. Bourekia looks really tasty and it seems popular

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  19. I love Greek food. Octopus with Vinaigrette is fab when I have it there.

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  20. I would like to try the Bourekia (Filo Pastry Rolls Stuffed with Spiced Mince Meat)

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  21. I'd love to adapt the Bourekia to make them suitable for vegetarians - they do look as if they could be very tasty

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  22. Spanakopita, my absolute favourites!!!

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  23. Elizabeth Gurney14 December, 2015 19:27

    I like the look of Bourekia - looks mourish!
    Elizabeth Gurney x

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  24. Anything as I adore Greek food

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  25. Bourekia Filo Pastry Rolls sound great

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  26. Octopus with Vinaigrette, this brings back so many memories of Greek Island solidays

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  27. The Bourekia look really good, I'd most like to try those!

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  28. Bourekia looks interesting

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  29. The Octopus with Vinaigrette look yummy

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  30. The
    Bourekia (Filo Pastry Rolls Stuffed with Spiced Mince Meat)

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  31. Octopus with Vinaigrette looks really interesting (I like to try new things!) so probably that! :)

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  32. Bourekia looks delicious

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  33. The Bourekia!! They're one of my favourite greek snacks :)

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  34. The Spanakopita looks delicious!

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