Tonia Buxton

Feta cheese parcels • Feta tiliki me meli kai sesami

Feta cheese parcels • Feta tiliki me meli kai sesami These delicious individual cheese pies are served as part of a meze or as a starter. They can also be made with unsalted anari cheese which is similar to ricotta cheese and then becomes a dessert which I like to…

Village Salad • Horyatiki salata

Village Salad • Horyatiki salata Known to our visiting tourists, not surprisingly as a Greek salad, we consume bowlfuls of village salad at just about every meal. I had to include a recipe, of course, but really you need to look in your fridge, using your favourite salad ingredients. I…

Pan-fried hallumi • Tiganito hallumi

Pan-fried hallumi • Tiganito hallumi Hallumi is all-consuming. Just one cheese is never enough in the Buxton household. I keep plenty in the freezer as a handy stand-by; it’s quick and simple to cook, very user-friendly, versatile. Greeks eat hallumi at breakfast with olives and bread or with watermelon…the saltiness…

Stuffed peppers • Yemista piperia

Stuffed peppers • Yemista piperia ‘Yemista’ literally means filled…in this instance peppers. They make a colourful sight, like traffic lights in a row,wearing little hats at a jaunty angle. Often over the Lenten fast we substitute the pork for finely sliced mushrooms. If I am having friends round knowing I will be…

Sautéed pork with coriander seeds and red wine • Afelia

Sautéed pork with coriander seeds and red wine • Afelia This is a true Cypriot recipe making the most of our excellent home produced pork. If you haven’t tried pourgouri yet now is your chance as this is the traditional accompaniment to Afelia. I like to marinate the pork in…

Spinach rice with dill and lemon • Spanakorizo

Spinach rice with dill and lemon • Spanakorizo This simple dish, I promise you, will become a firm favourite when racking your brain for something easy and different to go with this or that…delicious on its own too, hot or cold. I like it with garlicky beef Sofrido, but the…

Anari dessert • Anarocrema

Anari dessert • Anarocrema I remember, when I was a little girl, my grandmother would make anarocrema whilst the anari cheese was so so fresh it was still warm, literally straight from one of her beloved sheep. Rosewater captures the very essence of Greece,and of course, I only use rosewater…

Grilled lemon chicken • Lemoni kotopoulo sti skatha

Grilled lemon chicken • Lemoni kotopoulo sti skatha You can use your favourite chicken joint for this but I think the thighs are succulent, juicier. Forget my pride, I often cook this just outside my back door using one of those disposable barbecue trays you can buy from the supermarket,…

Fish Plaki • Psari Plaki

Fish Plaki • Psari Plaki By now surely you will have found a good fishmonger! The systematic speed at our fish counters is amazing…the fish is always shopped for as caught, smelling of the sea, never prepared…but I still like to go to my independent fishmonger in Larnaca both for…

Slow cooked lamb with orzo pasta • Youvesti

Slow cooked lamb with orzo pasta • Youvesti This is a wonderful one pot dish perfect for large gatherings or the whole family, real comfort food…great for fussy eaters. My family daren’t even try fussing as they will have the wrath of their nurturing grandmother.I like to serve Youvesti with…

Cypriot meatballs • Kefthedes

Cypriot meatballs • Kefthedes Traditionally these meatballs are Greek. I can still sense my mother’s frustration as she stood frying a colossal batch of kefthedes for dinner, only for them to be gorged as soon as they came out of the frying pan, rightly so burning our fingers and tongues…

Thieves’ Lamb • Kleftiko

Tonia Buxton’s Thieves’ Lamb • Kleftiko Recipe This dish gets its name from the ‘Klephtes’, notorious bandits lurking in the countryside. Not having their own flocks,they would steal lamb or goats, cooking the meat in a sealed pit to avoid the smoke being seen.I cook kleftiko sealed tight in the traditional…

Tonia Buxton’s Hallumi bread rolls • Halloumoti

Hallumi bread rolls • Halloumoti Very similar to the olive bread but you also add some mechlebi,our sour cherry pips and mastiki powder. These ingredients are very Greek…you may have to come to Cyprus to buy them as there really is no substitute! Makes around 10 rolls 5 glasses (1…

Tonia Buxton’s Seabream with capers • Tsipoura me kapari

Tonia Buxton’s Seabream with capers • Tsipoura me kapari Easy ideas worthy of whole fresh fish are sometimes hard to muster up. This is a fantastically simple way to cook the abundance of seabream we have in our sea…or any other catch of the day. Special enough for dining with…

Tonia Buxton’s Fig and walnut dessert • Siko kai karithi

Tonia Buxton’s Fig and walnut dessert • Siko kai karithi If you need a healthy kick-start to the day followed by slow releasing high energy fuel this makes an ideal breakfast topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Handy too as a grazing snack especially…

Tonia Buxton • Cumin Potatoes

Tonia Buxton • Cumin Potatoes • Patades me Kimino My style of cooking just throwing everything into the pot and leaving it to get on with the job!  Good with grilled fish, kebabs or lamb.   Serves 4 as an accompaninent: 4 medium Cypriot potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 large…

Tonia Buxton Chicken with lemon and olives

Chicken with lemon and olives • Kotopoullo me elise kai lemoni Simply cooked, using the best ingredients…I like to make up a huge tray and leave it in the oven whilst I spend time with family, friends…and if the talking goes on for too long this dish will happily wait….

Tonia Buxton • Vanilla custard dessert • Charlotta

Vanilla custard dessert • Charlotta Many of my childhood memories are of the simplest pleasures in life…like this custard dessert made for us by my mum’s elder sister thia Frosa whenever we arrived back in Cyprus for the summer holidays. Peace and quiet reigned as I would spend an age…