I don't know what the strongest component that makes this country so beautiful and extra missable is, but I know it has it all.

*throwback on some of the little things of everyday life that make me happy......................................................................history, cold coffee, palm trees, almond & chocolate, food, sandals, sand, bear feet, sanded.


My new year's eve cake.

Hey you guys! How are you all? Happy, happy 2015 everybody!!!!!!!!
I hope you had a brilliant time during the holidays..I know I had some much needed relax times and some more family getting together moments, you know..honestly who doesn't love sitting around the fireplace and play board games for example among other holiday-ish things..Lots of tasteful food was also included of course ;)

This is what I made for the first day of the year.
It is a cake called "vassilopita" and as a tradition we have in Greece, my homecountry, whoever finds the coin that is hidden somewhere inside the cake, then that's the person who gets lucky for the coming year..or so they say..this year it was Achilleas' turn! yayyyyyyyy...Good for you my love!

I used the following recipe for the first time and it came to be syrprisingly easy (you don't even need a mixer, how cool is that? I love recipes that do not require "machines") and tasty at the same time. It has an intense orange flavor overall, so if you are an orange person, you will absolutely love it! It also doesn't use butter at all, so this is also a good thing, huh?

Here is the recipe:

New year eve's cake (with spices)


for the cake
250gr flour
170gr confectioners sugar
160gr olive oil
160gr orange juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
zest of 1/2 orange
zest of 1/2 lemon
60gr ground almonds

Preheat oven at 170C.
In a large bowl mix with a spoon the olive oil, orange juice, confectioner's sugar and spices until combined. Add the ground almonds, flour and baking powder (which you have previously sifted) and mix gently. Put the batter in a 20cm pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. When it's still hot from the oven, put the glaze on.

for the glaze
150gr confectioners sugar
25gr orange juice

Simply mix the sugar and orange juice until desired consistency.

Good luck!