Archive for November, 2010

New Year’s Eve Greek Supper Club – NYE London 2010

November 30, 2010

The fear of holidays looming and what to do on New Year’s Eve is a headache for many. So if you want to go out and simply have a great meal and socialise at the same time without being rushed off then you’re at the right place, because we’re having a NYE dinner and you’re invited!

I’m offering a warm atmosphere to my guests with a Greek Supper Club to see off 2010 and welcome 2011. We start on Fri 31 Dec at 7:30pm and finish a few hours later, so if you want to stay for the 12 o’clock midnight and change of the year you’re welcome, but if you want to move on and party around in Shoreditch or walk to the Thames River for the fireworks that works too.

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After the success of the Greek Supper Club, I’ve decided to host a NYE Supper Club for those who want to sit down and have a delicious meal without being asked to leave after 1,5-2 hours to give their seats to the next customers and where the food will be plenty and you’ll be able to enjoy conversations and laughs with those around the table.

The dinner will consist of at least 9 courses.

Menu is mainly Greek food with a few Swedish/Scandinavian influences (yes you get all of these dishes):

Starters with the following mezedes:

Baked haloumi with a fig sauce made of Greek dried figs; Melitzanosalata/Aubergine dip; Tzatziki; Reindeer with roasted parsnips; Lagana bread and olives

Main:

Pork fillet with prunes served with rice and Greek roasted potatoes

Salad of fresh beetroot and green leaves with dressing.

Dessert:

Baklava and more dessert surprises.

All dishes and bread are home-made.

For veg option or other dietary needs, request on booking. All of the starters and main apart from some desserts and the bread are already gluten free.

Advanced payment only, £45 per person, all food included, you only bring your own drink.

First come first served, so please book early to avoid disappointment!! I had to turn people away last time so book in time as space is limited.

Book via: greekcookeryclass(AT)gmail.com

Location: We’ll be in between  Old Street and Liverpool Street with good links 24/7 to all parts of London, exact address is disclosed upon payment only and closer to the date of the NYE supper 2010.

I also offer personalised gift vouchers if you want to give the NYE supperclub as a Christmas present to your loved ones.

For pictures and info and to get a feel of what we’re up to visit:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=183923&id=99478232600to see our previous 40 classes and Greekfoodlovers’ Supper Clubs

Press and testimonials:

Your chef Elisavet, devoted to Greek food, has received much acclaim for her traditional home-cooking style. Elisavet’s food was recently served at Riverside Studios at a Greek music and arts festival. She has been featured in Red Magazine, Foodepedia and ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish where Michelin starred chef John Burton Race said her lagana bread is “absolutely first class” and the prawn dish she cooked live on ITV was “cooked to perfection!” Also Eating East has given her food and supper club 4**** stars out of 5 in their review: http://www.eatingeast.co.uk/2010/09/22/greek-foodlovers-supper-club-2/ and Business Traveller US magazine lists both her Greek Supper Club and Greek Cookery Class among London’s top alternative dining places. Finally, Elisavet is the first cook to teach Greek Cooking lessons at Divertimenti Cookery School in London.

Teaching at Divertimenti

Teaching at Divertimenti

And once again a big thank you to Fage and Total Greek Yoghurt for sponsoring us with their yoghurt for the cooking of the dishes. http://www.totalgreekyoghurt.com/community/interview_detail.aspx?intID=11

Healthy eating – Greek Cookery Class Vegan session – and NYE Greek Supper Club

November 28, 2010

What’s healthy eating usually varies from cook to cook and person to person. Some use no fat or low fat, some use light products, some eat only from the organic shops. All in all we all have a vague idea of what we ought to cut out on and how to make healthier meals. But some of us have no clue!

There are some simple ways to try to eat healthy every day, for example by having fruit and vegetables as snacks and in our meals. Most of us who love our meat, find it hard to compose a meal without it, we think and even feel that there is no way we’re going to get full without meat on the table. It’s probably a psychological thing. I’m not trying to turn anyone into a vegetarian, or vegan, but now that Christmas and New Year’s are around the corner a lot of us will get so full and stuffed on all the delicacies on the table that even the thought of a fresh salad will be a pleasant meal to look forward to after the season’s lunches and dinners.

So I’ve decided to run a Greek Cookery Class with only vegan dishes just before the holidays kick in. It’s no substitutes nor using chemical things instead of eggs and cheese and it’s not just plain salads either. It’s Greek traditional food and some sides that will make you realize that vegan food is tasty and yummy.

Also, in Greece, there is a fasting before the holidays when religious and non-religious people follow a strict diet where they have no meat, dairy or eggs for 40 days before Christmas, as a way to cleanse their body ahead of the big feast.

Another way of healthy eating, is to cook the food ourselves so we know what’s going in the pans and pots and the dishes we’re creating! Also, while we’re cooking our food, our body prepares for digesting it a nutritionist recently told me, something that won’t happen when opening a plastic tray of ready made meals that go for seconds in the microwave.

So do join us for the last Greek Cookery Class this year and for details http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177633412248541 or email greekcookeryclass(AT)gmail.com to sign up.

If you’re still the busy or lazy type who prefers to be cooked for, then we’ve got the Greek Supper Club coming up in a week’s time on Sun 5 Dec and the details for menu and how to book are on http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173111016039309 or email the above address.

And for the last dinner of the year, there’s going to be a New Year’s Eve Greek Supper Club as well on 31 Dec with a menu full of Greek delicacies and some Swedish surprises as well! Get in touch to book your space, it’s limited to 12 people only, and for those who want to have a great dinner with lovely company and conversation and food.

Whether alone or in company everyone is welcome, because food tastes better when you eat in the company of others!

Greek Supper Club London

 

 

Three Greek food clichés

November 22, 2010

Is it true that all Greeks love olives? Add feta cheese everywhere? And finally do all Greeks smash plates?

I love these cliches, because they make me laugh!

If there are two things I don’t like eating, it’s just those two mentioned above, feta and olives… I can handle them, I can cook with them and I can cook them, but to eat them raw is not something I enjoy. There’ve been moments when my Greekness has been questioned due to this inclination of mine, not to eat olives or feta. My own father ignores the fact that I don’t eat olives, especially as his mother used to make her own olive oil and olives.

My Greek food with feta pies, meatballs and melomakarona at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith London

So each time around the dinner table he’ll ask someone to pass around the olives my way, as if he doesn’t remember that I don’t eat them and acts as surprised as anyone else at me hearing that I won’t have any olives this time either! Hahahahaha

As I’m planning the menu and ingredients for the next Greek Cookery Class on 23 November, I realise that for a second Greek Cookery Class in a row the feta cheese is excluded. It’s pure coincidence, as I’ve had classes where we’ve done everything possible with feta, melted it, baked it, cubed it, added it raw to a salad, but we’re going feta free for a couple of sessions. There’s more to Greek food than feta cheese and there’s also more cheeses to try out than feta. One of my absolute favourites is the Greek hard cheese called Kefalotyri. It’s a PDO (as EU recognises a product of designated origin) meaning that no other country can produce this cheese under the same name. Just as no one else in the world can produce Cognac or Champagne. Kefalotyri is like a Greek version of the Sardinian pecorino cheese! Tastes delicious grated over pasta dishes and the Greek giouvetsi, or yiouvetsi.

But the fact is that Greece produces as many cheeses as our fellow European country France! So when you next visit Greece, make sure to try more cheeses than the obvious feta!

My next Greek Cookery Class on 23 November will be followed by one more Greek Cookery Class this year, date to be announced soon, and that class will be totally vegan. Traditionally, most of the Greek cuisine is based around vegetables and greens, and people in the old days ate very little meat and very rarely. So I’m planning an all wonderful feast of Greek vegan tasty dishes!

Also two more supper clubs before 2010 departs. One Greek Supper Club on Sun 5 Dec and one New Year’s Eve Greek Supper Club on 31 Dec.

Details for the 5 Dec are on www.facebook.com/GreekCookery and the menu for the 31 NYE dinner party will be up later this week.

Have a lovely week and looking forward to cooking with you soon or at least having the pleasure of feeding you with Greek delicacies!

PS. If you want, bring your plates for the 31 Dec and we can smash them together…. just kidding, who smashes plates anyway?

Six DJ sets in six London locations

November 17, 2010

As a little girl… well a teenager, I was always wishing I could be a DJ. The cool thing was to be the person to choose which songs to play and make people smile or dance! Simple isn’t it? It was a dream and never did I think that London of all the places in the world would offer me a spot to DJ!

But it’s turning into a habit now

DJing in Cargo on Rivington Street, Shoreditch

DJing in Cargo on Rivington Street, Shoreditch

I have played in Darbucka’s basement several times and for the first time in Passing Clouds in Dalston as well this year. It’s a mix of world music and pop and rock songs and if you wonder how much George Michael I get in there in my set list…. well not that many of his songs. Trying to be professional! Haha!

But I do play a lot of Greek songs, everytime, not the most popular and not only contemporary styles, but more the music from the 50s and 60s some real rembetika tunes (Greek blues music) and Greek classics that my grandmother would listen to in her time. Those songs have more value and power than most modern Greek music popping out.

I think the highlight of the DJing dream has been this year when I’ve started getting longer hours to play and also being invited to play at the Playtimebar in Angel and then a couple of times at the trendy Cargo in Shoreditch and the Monarch in Camden!

The amount of people who come to ask what song was that you played, and usually it is the West African or Greek tunes that seem popular, is unbelievable!

And it’s a wonderful feeling to play both the songs you really love and like and have inside your skin, but also the ones you’re scared off, and not sure if they’re gonna work?

So what’s your scary song? If you have one? Let me know, I might be able to dig it out and include it in one of my future DJ sets and don’t forget to tell me why it’s your scary song?

I’m DJing again at the Rich Mix for the French live music night, so expect lots of French tunes and especially French world music! Details for Friday 19 November and to book tickets http://www.richmix.org.uk/music-rockfort.htm

If you’re an early arrival you might be lucky to get your hands on some Greek nibbles as well.

Greek food at Riverside studios – London Saturday 20 Nov

November 15, 2010

Everybody is aware of Ancient Greeks and its importance for the arts and culture! But what is going on in the Greek arts world today?

This you can find out at Ekon Festival which is its third year and continues to present us with Greek contemporary art and music. This year it’s hosted at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith London and because we Greeks love our food, yes you didn’t think I was going to blog about something without mentioning the magic word, your ticket will include Greek nibbles as well in the price.

The chef behind Greek Cookery Class and Greekfoodlovers’ Supper Clubhas prepared a menu of three things for you to nibble, the famous tyropittakia made with Greek feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil and Greek Yoghurt, melomakarona for those with a sweet tooth and Greek meatballs you simply cannot stop yourself from eating.

For details on the programme visit: www.ekon.org.uk

To buy tickets get in touch with Riverside Studios: www.riversidestudios.co.uk

Greekfoodlovers’ Supper Club – Sunday 5 December

November 15, 2010

I’ve been running Greek Cookery Class for 1,5 years and I never really thought this adventure of introducing and teaching how to make Greek food to non-Greeks would come this far. But it has! And I’m proud of all the students of all ages, and from all over the world who find such interest in cooking, are so excited about learning and so focussed in achieving to create all the Greek dishes I make them cook. It’s a pleasure to watch them work hard, but it’s also a wonderful experience to see and to taste the food they make, especially when it tastes as if I’ve made it myself!

Making the Pontic soup Tanomenon Sorva

Making the Pontic soup Tanomenon Sorva

Food and eating is such a big part of Greek culture, to eat together and gather around food and spend time around the table with family, friends and acquaintances is one of the most important things we ought to do every day.

Making spanakotyropitta

Making spanakotyropitta

A few months ago, I started my Greekfoodlovers’ Supper Club, where I cook and my guests come and eat, as opposed to the Greek Cookery Class where we all cook and eat together, sometimes wash the dishes together and always get a generous doggy bag to take home for lunch or dinner the day after.

Greekfoodlovers' Supper Club October

Greekfoodlovers' Supper Club October

We’re approaching the end of the year and so my last Greek Supper Club will be held on Sunday 5 December, with some of the best Greek food London has to offer. Do you want to join? If so don’t miss out to book as there are only limited spaces available and the details are below:

Menu (yes you get all of these dishes):

Starters: Lagana bread, olives, fava, tzatziki and sweet red peppers with feta cheese.

Main: Pastitsio (Greek lasagna with the hose-looking pasta) served with a cauliflower and caper salad on the side.

Desserts: Secret selection of Greek home-made desserts.

All of this at the price of £35 per person and the portions are Greek i.e. generous!

For veg option or other dietary needs, request on booking.

Advanced payment only.

First come first served, so please book early to avoid disappointment!! I had to turn down 3 people last time so book in time as space is limited.

Book via: greekcookeryclass(AT)gmail.com

I also offer personalised gift vouchers if you want to give the supperclub as a present to your loved ones.

For pictures and info and to get a feel of what we’re up to visit:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=183923&id=99478232600 to see our previous 40 classes and Greekfoodlovers’ Supper Clubs

Press and testimonials:

Your chef Elisavet, devoted to Greek food, has received much acclaim for her traditional home-cooking style. Elisavet has been featured in Red Magazine (June 2010), Foodepedia and ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish where Michelin starred chef John Burton Race said her lagana bread is “absolutely first class” and the prawn dish she cooked live on ITV was “cooked to perfection!” Also Eating East has given her food and supper club 4**** stars out of 5 in their review: http://www.eatingeast.co.uk/2010/09/22/greek-foodlovers-supper-club-2/ and Business Traveller US magazine lists both her Greek Supper Club and Greek Cookery Class among London’s top alternative dining places. Finally, Elisavet is the first cook to teach Greek Cooking lessons at Divertimenti Cookery School in London.

A big and warm thank you to everyone who’s joined either the Greek Cookery Classes and/or the Supper Club so far and also a big thank you to Total Greek Yoghurt for sponsoring me with yoghurt each time for the cooking and for gifts to my students!

Thank you and hope to see you soon!

PS The next Greek Cookery Class is scheduled for the 23 November and you can book via the same address.