Valsamo Interview

Valsamo Interview

I buy most of the spices I use in my cooking plus herbal teas, superfoods, vegan treats, dried fruits, plant based cosmetics and much more from Valsamo (Yperikon) here in Patra. I don’t know how Vasilis does it, but his spices are so fresh, full of flavor with a strong aroma! They are, by far, some of the best herbs and spices Ι have ever tasted! I enjoy walking in his beautiful store while Vasilis and his wife welcome me in their calm and friendly way. Anytime I have asked him for an herbal remedy to help me with something specific such as a light cold or even improved concentration for studying, he has always   delivered and it worked! Of course, it would be hard to write this interview without mentioning the smoked paprika they sell there! I asked him for an interview because I wanted to find out how a small business owner in Greece is handling the economic crisis, especially when he sets quality as his priority. I strongly suggest you try anything from his store, which you can now find online as well!

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Vegan Greek Christmas Cookies

Vegan Greek Christmas Cookies

As you can see from our old melomakarona recipe, they are traditionally made using flour, honey and sugar. However, we veganized it and left the honey out! This year I thought why not leave the flour out too? This new recipe uses walnuts combined with the traditional flavors of melomakarona: orange, cinnamon and cloves! These make for a juicy cookie wrapped in a scrumptious layer of chocolate that melts in your mouth! Very vegan Greek Christmas cookies, wow! :) Continue reading Vegan Greek Christmas Cookies

Gluten Free Italian Style Pizza

Gluten Free Italian Style Pizza

Well, here we are posting another pizza! I could be biased, but I always thought pizza is one of the things I do best. I grew up eating pizza and as my Grandpa would tell you I had no problems eating pizza for breakfast or as a midnight snack either! For this pizza we wanted to veganize a classic. This gluten free Italian style pizza features no cheese or sauce. We made it using tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, onions, olives, herbs and love. This recipe is the last one of the recipes we are posting for the food blog awards we are participating in. If you are interested in supporting us, click here and then click like to vote for us. Thank you for your support!

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Vegan Cheesecake

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake

One of the combinations I love most in desserts is peanut butter with chocolate. I understand there are people out there who despise these flavors together but I am certainly not one of them! I decided it was time to make a peanut butter and chocolate vegan cheesecake and I must say I really love how it turned out! This recipe is another one of the recipes we are posting for the food blog awards we are participating in. If you are interested in supporting us, click here and then click like to vote for us. Thank you for your support!

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Eggplant Boats

Eggplant Boats

One of the very first recipes we posted was very similar to these Eggplant Boats we are posting today. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years already! One of the challenges for the food blog awards we are participating in is to make a simpler version of one of our favorite foods. We both loved the original version of this recipe so we wanted to see if we could simplify it without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. We are very happy with the end result! As stated, this recipe is another one of the recipes we are posting for the food blog awards we are participating in. If you are interested in supporting us, click here then click like to vote for us. Thank you for your support!
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Steamed Lemon Ginger Carrot and Zucchini Noodles

Steamed Lemon Ginger Carrot and Zucchini Noodles Recipe Gluten Free Dairy Free Soy Free

In the past we have enjoyed noodles made from raw carrots and zucchinis but we wanted to try something a little different with this recipe. We wanted noodles that could be enjoyed without the raw crunch while still keeping the recipe as healthy as we could without sacrificing flavor.  Steamed lemon ginger carrot and zucchini noodles were born! This recipe features no additional salt, no gluten, no soy, no dairy and the nuts used are optional! The steamed noodles are served with a zesty lemon ginger dressing that is bursting with flavor!  As an added bonus, this recipe is low in calories and easy to prepare! This recipe is another one of the recipes we are posting for the food blog awards we are participating in. If you are interested in supporting us, click here and then click like to vote for us. Thank you for your support!

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Tomato and Basil Vegan Cheese

Tomato and Basil Vegan Cheese

As many of our readers know, we have been making a lot of cheesy flavored dips out of chickpeas this year. Some people say that makes them a hummus, I guess it does not really matter to us what they technically are but we sure do love the flavor of them! Out of all of the chickpea cheeses we have made, this tomato and basil vegan cheese is our favorite! This recipe is another one of the recipes we are posting for the food blog awards we are participating in. If you are interested in supporting us, click here and then click like to vote for us. Thank you for your support!  Continue reading Tomato and Basil Vegan Cheese

Gluten Free Olive Bread

Gluten Free Olive Bread

We received an e-mail from a reader requesting a gluten free olive bread similar to the way it is traditionally made in Cyprus. We worked on it and eventually came up with this recipe and we love it! This bread is delicious! This recipe is also one of the recipes we are posting for our food blog awards we are participating in. If you are interested in supporting us, click here and then click like to vote for us. Thank you for your support!

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Food Photography Part 2

Food Photography Part 2

Back in June we posted the first of two posts about food photography. We wanted to interview some other food bloggers on the subject of food photography to find out what they have learned and any advice they might have for others. We are also pleased to announce our nomination for Greece’s first BHMA Gourmet Food Blog awards! We are participating in the Special Diet category so if you feel like showing us and veganism some support feel free to click here and like us to vote for us. Thank you for your support! Now, here is part two of our food photography series:

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Vegan Summer BBQ Pizza

Vegan Summer BBQ Pizza Recipe

Summer is not quite over yet so we felt we needed to squeeze one last hurrah in before fall! Boutique Vegan sent us some goodies a few months back including these soy steak strips and this delicious barbecue sauce. I wanted to make another pizza using these ingredients to compliment each other and this vegan summer BBQ pizza was born!

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