A Gourmet Journey~Greek Island Style©
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Our Greek-island~Karpathian food & lifestyle blog every Monday and
YouTube cooking series, Flippin' Greek!
We’ve got your pickle! Join us this week for Pickling~Greek Island Style as we explore the food-preparation method known as toursi, or pickling. Pickling vegetables is a common, tasty way to preserve them throughout the cold winter months. The process starts in the spring and continues into fall. Our special focus in this blog is on Kritamo Toursi, pickled wild sea fennel, which grows in abundance on Mediterranean sea cliffs and is a tourist favorite in tavernes/tavernas throughout the island (our recipe is included). It’s a Karpathos-island specialty!
Check out our new cooking series, Flippin’ Greek! ™, for how-to videos of our recipes! Recipes can be found on our blog with links to each episode. Join us here and on YouTube, and cook alongside us in our kouzina!
ABOUT KUKLA'S KOUZINA FLIPPIN' GREEK! ™
Flippin' Greek! ™, our cooking series on YouTube, is the next exciting chapter in our kouzina. Every Monday we're featuring a familiar non-Greek recipe we flipped to Greek-island style using ingredients and cooking techniques found in Karpathos. Each episode runs 2 to 15 minutes, the perfect length for us to quickly show you how to recreate foods and beverages/cocktails right alongside us.
The ingredients used in Greek-island cuisine is what sets this style of cooking apart from standard Greek fare, giving meals a fresh take that keeps them interesting. Karpathos, the home of Kukla’s Kouzina, has its own unique style, and we’ll show you how to take common dishes and reinvent them into Karpathian versions with our simple substitutions.
Many think that everyday Greek cooking is made up of dishes like spanakopita (spinach pie), moussaka, and pastitsio. These are classics for sure, but too time-consuming to make on a regular basis. During our time in Karpathos, we learned that the locals’ quick meals made from the island’s staples like fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, spices, and protein, prepared using certain methods, came out tasting Greek-island delicious. So we thought this would be a great way to bring our hometown flavor into YOUR kouzina, adding some spicy variety to your life while keeping it simple and fast. Recipe(s) for each week will be posted right here on our blog with link(s) to the episode(s). Get your apron on for this fun adventure and re-create some distinctive foods with us!
For Karpathian/Greek recipes, check out our new cookbooks Kukla’s Kouzina: A Gourmet Journey~Greek Island Style, Meze (Appetizers & Petite Plates) and Spreads & Dips, available on Amazon. Go to our BOOKS page for details about the books and us!
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Kukla's Kouzina is featured in the definitive Greek newspaper, The National Herald:
Food & Wine 2020: Recipes to Make and Enjoy From Kukla's Kouzina,
Kukla’s Kouzina Sharing the Taste of Karpathos in Cookbook Series.
Great articles by Eleni Sakellis!
SheVentures: Greeking Out on Recipes with Kukla's Kouzina's Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos and Joanne Staikopoulos-Marzella
Learning from Smart People: Greek Food, Culture & Cooking with the Staikopoulos Family
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THE COOKBOOK SERIES
Welcome to our KUKLA’S KOUZINA: A Gourmet Journey~Greek Island Style cookbook series—A collection of recipes inspired by the southern Greek island of Karpathos and perfected by a woman with culinary vision, our mom Mary, a.k.a. "Kukla" (doll)!
Let the warm Mediterranean breeze fill your sails and prepare to be taken on a delectable voyage from the roots of our mom’s and grandmother’s recipes to the family kouzina (kitchen) where history was reinvented.
One of the few unspoiled isles in the Aegean and a utopia of culinary delights, Karpathos—the second largest island of the Dodecanese chain, nestled between its more renowned neighbors Crete and Rhodes—is the ideal backdrop for KUKLA’S KOUZINA: A Gourmet Journey~Greek Island Style, a cookbook enriched by our Kukla's ingenuity, transporting conventional recipes to a level of unparalleled excellence.
Awe-inspiring as the Titans, the elder gods who made Karpathos their home, this anthology will give you a rare glimpse into the flavors that ascend as high as their mythological ancestors. It’s a slice of heaven of which the myths only hint!
To become truly familiar with a culture one must live with its natives, breathe the same air, and of course, sample its foods. Foods reveal a story of the people who create them—cultures of the sea have diets abundant in fish, those inland take from the earth, and their use of spices reflects the passion they happily share. On Karpathos, all of these elements combine to tell the tale of a civilization with a generous lifestyle that makes holidays and every day a celebration.
Extracted from the unspoiled mountain village of Olympos that remains frozen in time to the inland farming town of Volada to the age-old fishing port of Finiki, these recipes remain true to their heritage with an originality that sets them apart from standard Greek cuisine--this is an edible trip worth tasting!
The heart of our website, and cookbook series, is the passing on of our customs and culinary history to the next generation in a fun and engaging way, securing the legacy started by our mom and grandmother while encouraging our children to be as inventive as they were.
Our blog, The Naked Truth About...Greek Cooking!, is all about traditional Greek food from the island of Karpathos and serves as a companion to soon-to-be-published KUKLA’S KOUZINA: A Gourmet Journey ~Greek Island Style. In our posts you'll find Greek cooking techniques and tips that will demystify what is sometimes considered a complicated cuisine and will help you recreate the dishes of the gods in your very own kitchen! We'll also talk about specialty ingredients used in Greek cooking and tell you where you can buy them, as well as offer any acceptable substitutions. In addition to food, we'll explore Karpathian culture and music to turn your journey into a well-rounded experience.
Come meet us in our about page and find out what we're passionate about and what brings us to this uniquely delicious table.
In our videos you'll find cooking demonstrations that will pair with our recipes. In our gallery you can view a slide show of our foods, then take a trip down memory lane starting with Kukla's early years growing up, to her life at work and play, and finally a take a peak at the next generation.
Our events page will keep you updated on our future cooking demonstrations, classes and speaking engagements.
KUKLA’S KOUZINA: A Gourmet Journey~Greek Island Style cookbooks can be found on our BOOKS page.
We welcome you to contact us and look forward to your comments, questions and requests. This is where you can sign up for our e-newsletter as well. We'd love to help you take your own journey~Greek island style!
Our mom’s ultimate lesson to us, and now to you, never settle for ordinary when you can create something extraordinary!
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Mentis Estate is truly the finest olive oil we at Kukla's Kouzina have ever tasted and it's our first choice for serving with crusty bread, drizzling on salads, and finishing a dish.
Check out our blog Olive Oil~Branch to Bottle to see what makes Mentis Estate so special.
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The exquisite olive oil produced by Mentis Estate is hand picked and carefully pressed by local artisans. To preserve the integrity of this extra-virgin olive oil, only limited quantities are available.
A pure unblended olive oil, with an acidity of less than 0.5%, Mentis Estate produces an aromatic and fruity nectar. Well-balanced characteristics described as pine, floral, nutty, buttery, and pungent, with a hint of artichoke, make up this extra-virgin oil. This is truly the finest olive oil we at Kukla's Kouzina have ever tasted and it's our first choice for serving. Check out our blog Olive Oil~Branch to Bottle to see what makes Mentis Estate so special.
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