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Orzo Casserole or else 'Giouvetsi'

As a kid, spending time with my grandma was one of my favourite things in the world. Back then, she was still a 'Household production and Household economy' teacher in high school, and she used to spend every afternoon practicing all the things she was teaching. She's been so active ever since, especially in the kitchen. I would enjoy watching her cook or bake, and I'd always be so eager to help her out in the kitchen as much as I could. Besides love and kindness, she taught me multiple techniques and alternatives to knitting, weaving or sewing, and how to make some of the most delightfully tempting desserts. I learned so much from her and still do. Her wisdom's been priceless for decades no

Gluten-free Chocolate Cake.

I was organising my kitchen food cupboard yesterday and discovered a 1kg of forgotten buckwheat flour that I'd gotten from Holland and Barrett a while ago. Buckwheat is generally not a form of wheat and does not naturally contain gluten, so I thought I'd give it a try and make some gluten-free chocolate cake. As far as I know, I'm personally OK when it comes to tolerating gluten, but I found this cake idea interesting. I also believe the buckwheat flour is a smart way to substitute normal flour, as it has not yet been proven whether gluten is indeed harmful for most people or not. Preparation time: approx. 5-10 minutes Cooking time: 50-55 minutes Serves: 5-6 people Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups bu

The good, the bad and the ugly. How we strengthen our relationship during quarantine.

Having people spending most of their time inside, if not all, our homes are constantly being bashed up. Without the option of going out, our little home transforms into a chaos within days, or even just a few hours! Living almost on site, with ongoing works in front of our house there are days we can barely open the windows, with dust being the real issue. The early sprung of spring, with temperatures already rising higher than usual is not making things any easier. Yet, I refuse to spend most of my time cleaning, I chose living instead. Living inside. With a flat no more than 45 sqm any sort of change will require some time to adjust to, and with working from home in addition to all the unc

Organising your herb cabinet in 5 simple steps.

I wanted to organise my herb and spices cabinet for too long now, so with all those free weekends at home now I thought it was about time. If you are one of those people who believe that 'The healing comes from nature and not from the physician; therefore the physician must start from nature with an open mind', then you might find this post inspiring and/or helpful. In some of my previous posts, I explained how I use some of my favourite herbs as natural remedies whether for hair and body treatments or as herbal beverages for multiple purposes. Today, I will show you how through a few very simples steps you can organise your herbs in a creative way. 1. Empty your cabinet and gather together

It's all about the 'Tsougrisma'

Greek Easter is all about eating and eating some more. Unfortunately, this year we ended up celebrating Easter alone in our little home in London. We generally kept things simple, but decided to at least dye eggs and play the cracking eggs game, or else 'Tsougrisma'. We naturally dyed eggs, using white onion skins, blueberries, turmeric and raspberries and we then brushed them using a sponge to play with their patterns and texture. Recipe__ 1. Boil the eggs and leave aside to bring to room temperature. 2. Boil 4 cups of water, 2tbs vinegar, 1 tbs Salt with the fruit or vegetable colour desired. For brown — blend up blueberries and add them to the water mixture. For orange — add onion skins

Tamanu oil magic.

Quick lunch break beauty tip for WFH times! These days I am discovering between else the therapeutic properties of Tamanu carrier oil and I just found out about this amazing nourishing hair & scalp treatment that I am dying sharing with you. Besides shiny and healthy hair, it also helps crafting a real signature spa scent in your home. 🌸 Tamanu oil helps with new skin growth/skin conditions facial & body, hair loss/dryness and generally restoring hair and scalp health -so can be used for all hair types. It also soothes pain, aching joints, working as a natural anti-inflammatory and the list goes on. For the last couples of years, I have been very satisfied using DIY natural oil treatments i

Old habits die hard! Sugar-free delicious banana bread.

It's true! I also made a banana bread like everyone else during the quarantine! But I was in love with this delicacy since before the pandemic started. My previous flatmate Sarah, used to bake them back in 2014 and I was so envious I didn't have enough time or money to bake some myself at the time. Good times! Banana bread is one of my favourite things to eat these days! Since the quarantine started my appetite has gone wild. I bake almost every other day, and it's never enough! Although I am trying to be more careful with my food choices lately and I am leaning towards a healthier diet, still I can't refuse myself a treat or two. Never inappropriate! As far as I am enjoying being at home, s

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