Tonia Buxton

tonia-buxton-cook-chefTonia Buxton  is a celebrity cook, television presenter and food writer. Best known for her highly successful show, My Greek Kitchen and My Cypriot Kitchen. In addition to these shows she has also made a series on UK Food called Beauty and the Feast and is a regular on Market Kitchen, bringing a bit of Mediterranean spice to the English kitchen.

Tonia lives in London with her husband Paul and their four children; daughters Antigoni and Sophia and sons Zephyros and Zeno.

tonia-buxton-cupboard-cookies-thoselondonchicks

Tonia Buxton’s Cupboard Cookies!

Fancy a sweet treat but not too sweet but don’t really want to go shopping for ingredients? Well, do we have the perfect remedy for that, These cookies! Our regular contributor and culinary goddess chef Tonia Buxton shares her recipe for “cupboard cookies”. They are perfect with an afternoon cuppa…

giant-bean-stew-tonia-buxton

Tonia Buxton’s Giant Butter Bean Stew

As the days get colder and the nights come quicker, this is time of year we all appreciate some comfort food. What better than a one pot dish…and healthy too! Take a look at this fantastic step by step video tutorial of Tonia Buxton’s Giant Butter Bean Stew. Delicious and…

chicken-lemon-olive-tonia-buxton-recipe-thoselondonchicks-article

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 of this chicken and leave it in the oven whilst I spend time with family, friends…and if the talking goes on for too long this dish…

tonia-buxton-the-greek-reastaurant-thoselondonchicks

Tonia Buxton’s Hummus Recipe

  Many households buy Hummus…why buy it when you can make it! Who better to show us how, then our brilliant regular contributor Chef Tonia Buxton. This recipe is one you WILL keep going back too! Follow Tonia on Twitter Instagram Or visit her website: toniabuxton.co.uk Subscribe to her YouTube…

tonia-buxton-recipe-chef-thoselondonchicks-contributor

Tonia Buxton’s Sugar Free Banana Breakfast Muffins • Recipe

  Breakfast time tends to be the one meal of the day where we become ‘creatures of habit’. Well, have we got a treat for you, something a little different. The recipe is courtesy of our brilliant regular food contributor Tonia Buxton. Why not try this yummy sugar free…yes I…

tonia-buxton-thoselondonchicks-recipes

Tonia Buxton’s Warm Tequila Toddy

Christmas is a time of year when we tend to entertain the most. ‘Tis the season to be merry! Our regular contributor Tonia Buxton shares her delicious recipe for a warm Tequila Cocktail! This cocktail recipe is perfect for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Any excuse for a cocktail…

tonia-buxton

Tonia Buxton’s Mini Fig & Feta Tarts

Watch a fantastic tutorial for Tonia Buxton’s delicious Mini Fig and Feta Tarts! A perfect recipe for entertaining over the Christmas period. Quick and easy to make! Follow Tonia on Twitter Instagram Or visit her website: toniabuxton.co.uk Subscribe to her YouTube Channel: HERE

Tonia-buxton-stuffed-aubergine-greek-food

Aubergine stuffed with lamb • Babousakia me arni

Aubergine stuffed with lamb • Babousakia me arni A relative of both the potato and tomato family, there is something very exotic about aubergines. In this recipe, their creamy textured bitter-sweet flesh sponges up all the flavours of the Middle East…olive oil, warming spices, pine kernels, dried fruits, lamb. This…

feta-cheese-parcel-recipe-greek-food-yummy

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-tonia-buxton

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-tonia-buxton-recipe-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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-tonia-buxton-recipe-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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-tonia-buxton-recipe-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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-tonia-buxton-recipe-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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-recipe-tonia-buxton-thoselondonchicks-photo-vanessa-courtier

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-tonia-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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-recipe-tonia-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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-tonia-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier

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…

kefthedes-greek-meatballs-tonia-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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…

hallumi-ybread-rolls-tonia-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier

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…

seabreem-with-capers-tonia-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier

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…

fig-and-walnut-dessert-toni-buxton-photo-vanessa-courtier-thoselondonchicks

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…

cumin-potatoes-cypriot-dish-tonia-buxton-recipe-thoselondonchicks

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…

vanila-custard-dessert-tonia-buxton-thoselondonchicks-recipe

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…

Sweet Plates – Ice cream

Mastiki ice cream • Mastiki baggto Παγωτό με μαστίχα If ever there is a taste that is uniquely Greek then it would have to be mastic. It is used to flavour so many of our desserts from rice pudding to semolina cake, but really it is best tasted in ice…

Tonia-buxton-big-plates-prawns-feta

Tonia Buxton • Garides me feta

Prawns with feta • Garides me feta Γαρίδες με φέτα I always get caught out with this recipe! No matter how much I make there is never enough, so light and yummy you just keep coming back for more. I serve it straight from the hot casserole dish to the…

tonia-buxton-celebrity-chef-greek-cooking-sheftalia

Tonia Buxton’s Sheftalia Recipe

Σεφταλιά Caul wrapped sausages • Sheftalia These are wonderful home made patties or sausages. Everyone makes them differently but I love mine with an overdose of parsley and onions. They are wrapped in panna or caul, the fine lining of the pig’s intestine marbled with fat,available at all good Greek…