Why All Greek Dads are Like Gus Portokalos From My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Gus PortokalosIt is Father’s Day today (here in Australia) so I thought I’d share a quick tribute to Gus Portokalos who is Toula’s Dad in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Here are 5 reasons why all Greek Dads are like Gus Portokalos: 

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Cook Spanakopita Spinach Pie – Greek Cooking Challenge Recipe 9

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Greek Cooking Challenge

September 2014


Cook Spanakopita - #GreekCookingChallenge

This weekend is Father’s Day (here in Australia). I’m planning to cook my dad a traditional Greek dish to show off all these new skills I’ve been learning on the Greek Cooking Challenge. So, I asked him for a recommendation.

Dad said that his favourite Greek dish is Pastichio but we already cooked that dish back in February. But, I do know that he loves Spanakopita so I’m going to cook this spinach pie.

What are you doing for your dad this Father’s Day?


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Spanakopita is a Greek Spinach Pie. It is the perfect vegetarian dish and it tastes amazing straight out of the oven. It is also one of those meals that you can portion and freeze or eat later. 

Some people make small triangle filled pastries, other people like to make rolls or fill pastry cups. Most of the ladies in my family make spanakopita in a large rectangular dish and then they cut it in to small diamond shape pieces. However I like to be a little bit modern and different so, I’m going to try a round pie cooked in a skillet.

Feel free to use any variety of spinach, feta and filo pastry to make your spanikopita!

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Can You Be The God Parent To Both a Boy and a Girl in the Greek Orthodox Church?

Greek Orthodox Christening - Beautiful Life

 This question can spark an interesting conversation around the family table:

Can you be the God Parent to both a Boy and a Girl?

The traditional answer is NO.

If you have Christened boys then you “should” only Christen boys and if you have Christened girls, then you “should” only Christen girls.

But what if… ?

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20 Important Calendar Dates To Remember: Celebrating Greek Traditions with Food and Feasts

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Yesterday was the first day of the year. Well, not the normal calendar first day of the year (since it is only September) but the day which marks the beginning of the Church year. It was a little confusing at first, so I did some research, compiled my notes and then published a post about Orthodox New Years Day – you can read it here.

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Happy New Year: Learn Why the Greek Orthodox Church Celebrates the New Year on the 1st of September

Happy New Year - To The Orthodox Church

It seems really strange to say HAPPY NEW YEAR today, but i’m not joking! It is actually the beginning of a New Year in the Orthodox Church.

According to this Antiochian website, the 1st of September marks the day when Jesus of Nazareth began preaching the good news of His mission. You can learn more about Orthodox religion and calendar dates on these websites: Continue reading

5 Hilarious Greek Sayings

GWS Quote - The Bride Farted

Greek sayings are known to be witty and humorous, sometimes a bit naughty but always very, very true!

They are used to traditionally describe every aspect of our lives, from birth to death and they extract valuable lessons learned by the Greeks since, oh well… forever!

Wedding-Related Greek Sayings

Here are 5 Greek sayings about weddings and married life:

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Eleni and Ross – A Greek Italian Wedding

Eleni and Ross - Greek Italian Wedding

Eleni and Ross married on 29 June 2013 at Saint Stephens Catholic Church and also at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Brisbane, Australia

Eleni (the gorgeous bride in this photo) is a primary school friend of mine. We go way back to grade three together and I vividly remember how envious I was of Eleni and her sticker book. She had the best stickers any eight year old girl could ever imagine. Detailed and perfectly organised pages and pages of stickers. The kind that no one else had. The kind that every girl wanted. Twenty-something years on, Eleni is still a lover of beautiful things and she has an amazing attention to detail.

Eleni and her handsome hubby Ross had two ceremonies on their wedding day. Eleni is Greek Orthodox and Ross is Italian Catholic. Rather than choosing one religion, the beautiful couple decided to get married in two different Churches. I was very excited to learn more about their unique wedding story, so I asked Eleni for an interview. Here is what she said:

Eleni and Ross - Greek Italian Wedding

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Gemista Stuffed Tomatoes – Greek Cooking Challenge Recipe 8

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How to Be A Good Greek Cook – Join the #GreekCookingChallenge in 2014

Greek Cooking Challenge

August 2014


Gemista Stuffed Tomatoes - Greek Cooking Challenge
This month we are making Gemista which is also known as stuffed tomatoes. You can use this recipe to make stuffed eggplant, stuffed zucchini or stuffed any kind of vegetable you like.

What I love about this dish is that it is that Gemista can be stuffed with your favourite meats or adapted to be a tasty vegetarian or vegan meal. It can also be cooked completely gluten free and is sometimes considered paleo.

The Gemista recipe I have chosen for this month is written by Panos from the blog Cook Me Greek. Panos cooks with his mother in their family taverna in Greece and writes about his family recipes and cooking tips.

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Gemista - Greek Cooking Challenge


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Evan and Raquel’s Cretan Wedding Story

Evan and Raquel's Greek wedding

Evan and Raquel married on the Greek Island of Crete.

This Aussie couple were married on the Greek Islands. They have some beautiful wedding photos and heaps of advice about planning a destination wedding. I asked Evan & Raquel if I could share their Wedding Story here on the blog. They told me how they avoided all the fuss of a BFGW (big fat Greek wedding) and enjoyed the Greek Islands…. read on to find out how they did it!

Post Sponsorship: Maria Trovas from Story of Stefania hand crafted these beautiful wedding crowns for Evan & Raquel. You can see more of Maria’s work on the Greek Wedding Shop by clicking here. The images in this post have been beautifully captured by Hanna from HannaMonika Wedding Photography.

HM Wedding Photography Crete Greece

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Avgolemono Soup and Greek Potatoes – Greek Cooking Challenge Recipe 6 and 7

How to Be A Good Greek Cook - Join the #GreekCookingChallenge in 2014

How to Be A Good Greek Cook – Join the #GreekCookingChallenge in 2014

Greek Cooking Challenge

June / July 2014

Avgolemono Soup and Patates

Today I am sharing not one, but two cooking challenges to catch us up for June and July – This month we will be cooking Avgolemeno Soup and Patates.

These meals are often made together at the same time, so technically there isn’t a lot of extra cooking to do.
In most Greek family homes, the soup is eaten as an entrée and then soon after you have eaten your second bowl of avgolemono, the roasted chicken will come out of the oven with some baked potatoes.



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