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Savory Custards with Spinach and Cheese

Savory Custards with Spinach and Cheese

The Royal Foodie Joust took a short hiatus but it is back and we are all hoping with a vengeance. What’s the Royal Foodie Joust you ask? I’m pretty sure if you’re a blogger, you  already know by now that it is a friendly competition hosted by Jenn, The Leftover Queen, every month to rally some competitive gusto and get bloggers to strut  their [culinary] stuff.
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Leek and Scallion Tart  — Τάρτα με Πράσα

Leek and Scallion Tart — Τάρτα με Πράσα

I needed a quick appetizer/starter when I found out we’d be having company last minute a couple of weekends ago. So, in a frenzy I threw open the fridge and grabbed the leeks, scallions and parsley that were in the vegetable drawer, the eggs from the bottom shelf, some cheese from its appropriate drawer and the milk from the fridge’s top shelf. At this point, I was thinking a quiche or tart was the way to go.  
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Asparagus, Scallion and Goat Cheese Pizza — Πίτσα με Σπαράγγια, Kρεμμυδάκια και Κατσικίσιο Τυρί

Asparagus, Scallion and Goat Cheese Pizza — Πίτσα με Σπαράγγια, Kρεμμυδάκια και Κατσικί

The warm weather of spring and the effects of all that meat enjoyed on Easter call for much lighter eating these days. Salads, fresh fruit, fish and tons of vegetables simply tossed in olive oil are on the menu more-so now than ever before. That doesn’t mean you can’t get creative though. So, why not put together a healthy homemade pizza dotted with vegetables, cheese and, well, whatever else your heart desires? Note: we’re thinking healthy for now, so just put the sausage, bacon and pepperoni back in the fridge for a little while.
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Spicy Orange Salad — Πικάντικη Σαλάτα με Πορτοκάλια και Ελιές

Spicy Orange Salad — Πικάντικη Σαλάτα με Πορτοκάλια και Ελιές

Reading The New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, I came across a recipe for Moroccan-style Spicy Orange Salad republished from a 1980 article in The Times. I’ve added orange sections and olives to lettuce salads before, but never put together a salad of just orange and olives accented with fresh herbs and a spicy “dressing.” The writer presenting the Recipe Redux in the Sunday magazine was adamant the Spicy Orange Salad should be a more widely appreciated dish and so I had to see what all the fuss was about. All I can say is, “Ditto!”
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Κυριακή των Βαΐων — Palm Sunday (and a yummy Tyropita)

Κυριακή των Βαΐων — Palm Sunday (and a yummy Tyropita)

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, which signaled the start of Holy Week for Orthodox Christians (and most Christians as Easter this year falls on the same day).  Palm Sunday is a feast day commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in the days before His Passion. In the Greek Orthodox Church (as in many Christian churches), palm leaves tied into crosses are distributed to churchgoers at the end of the morning’s liturgy.
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Pulled Chicken Sliders

Pulled Chicken Sliders

The minute I saw this recipe on Elly’s site, Elly Says Opa!, I knew I had to try it. So, this Saturday when we had my sisters and cousins over for a much-needed get-together (including food, drinks, good conversation and great laughs), I did just that.

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