Greek moussaka recipe

Greek moussaka is perhaps one of the most classic – and famous – dishes of Greece, served in almost every taverna and home. It is considered the national dish and is traditionally made with lamb mince, however Vasso’s divine version uses a mix of pork and beef layered with delicious aubergine, courgette and potato, topped […]

Welcome to Vasso’s Kouzina! 

Kalimera! This time last year we had just published our first recipe book Secrets from Yiayia’s Greek Kitchen and were getting ready to launch the food side of our business. If someone had told us then just how much our lives were about to change I’m not sure we would have believed them but changed they have! Thank you so much […]

Kourambiethes (Greek Christmas butter cookies with almonds)

Kourambiethes are Greek cookies with a delicious toasted almond crunch and coated in lots of icing sugar. Vasso traditionally makes these cookies every Christmas, but in Greece you may also find them at other big celebrations. They are easy to make and crumble in your mouth so it is hard to resist another. Growing up, Eva would secretly swipe an extra cookie when Vasso wasn’t looking, but Vasso always found […]

Fava

Fava is a traditional Greek dish of yellow split peas, pureed with onion and olive oil. It is standard fare in tavernas all over Greece and makes a simple alternative to houmous on any family table. Heartier than a dip, Vasso serves her fava topped with a spring onion garnish as a meze, starter or […]

Full Circle

It has been a hectic few months at YK HQ. We launched our first range of Greek dips back in May at the New Malden Farmers’ Market, Dulwich Festival Fair and Dulwich Park Fair. We had no idea what to expect and hoped to sell a few dips, but mostly we wanted to sense people’s […]

Briam (Greek roasted vegetables)

In the run-up to our launch, we had weekly meetings to catch-up on where we were with various suppliers, the designs for our stickers and where on earth we intended to store 100 tubs of Greek dips! We started to meet at Vasso’s as it is slightly easier for us both to get back for our […]

Authentic Greek Dips & Delights

Last week, we launched the food side of our business with our first range of authentic Greek tzatziki, houmous and taramosalata dips – all using Vasso’s recipes and made by our own fair hands! For the last few months, we have been busy qualifying for food hygiene certificates, testing tubs and lids, designing our packaging, researching the best igloo […]

Lamb Kleftiko

Lamb kleftiko is a classic Greek recipe of slow cooked lamb with garlic, oregano, olive oil and lemon juice. Kleftiko means stolen and many years ago, sheep stealing was common practice in Greece. Great Papou, on occasion, returned to his home in the wild mountains of Crete and presented Great Yiayia with a stolen sheep […]

Gluten-free chocolate & hazelnut cheesecake

There is nothing Greek about this gluten-free chocolate & hazelnut cheesecake, but it has been requested on almost as many Greek tables as Vasso’s legendary spanakopita! I love watching people’s faces when they take their first mouthful, especially Vasso’s Greek friends, who always look surprised that something not Greek can taste so good. It now sits proudly at every […]