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I love baklava, but I make it the same way every time - the way my family taught me with walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, and a syrup made with sugar, honey, cinnamon, and water. I want to try some different variations. Here's a list of what I might try, and please let me know if I missed anything:

- Chocolate baklava (there's a few different ways I can do this - any advice appreciate)
- Using citrus in the syrup - like lemon or orange
- Trying different nuts, like almonds or pistachios
- Putting orange flower water or rose water in the syrup

Did I miss anythingI should try?


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I would be interested in how to make chocolate baklava!


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I love your ideas, and I think you have pretty much covered everything. A mixture of different nuts together is a good one, or actually no nuts at all. maybe the addition of clove in the syrup. In the recipe in our cookbook Cooking Greek we add cognac to our syrup.


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I made a nice one from Canadian Living magazine. It was chocolate and dried cherries.


I would be interested in how to make chocolate baklava!
I make chocolate baklava by melting chocolate with the butter that I spread between the layers, and also sprinkle a few chocolate chips over each nut layer. I also tend to use a little less syrup than normal so the chocolate flavors can pull forward. If I decide to make my own phyllo, I actually add cocoa powder to the dough, as well.

Special way to make a Greek omelet?

I love omelets. I know that they serve them in Greece sometimes. What is considered to be a traditional Greek omelet exactly? I had one in Greece when I visited people, and it seemed like they had a mixture of things in it, some of which I believe was foraged.

I personally love greens, cheese (like feta), and olives in mine. Is this considered traditional?

I would love to hear how you love your omelets!

What do Greeks eat for breakfast?

Do Greeks take breakfast seriously? I heard from some friends that many Greeks do eat brunch, but that seems more like a once in a while thing. What do Greeks eat for breakfast on a regular basis? I have observed all kinds of things, from nothing to maybe a tiro pita or something bought on the street, washed down with a Greek coffee. Also, I have seen people eat fruit and nothing else for breakfast.

Greek sourdough starter?

I am sure I am not alone here, but I didn't always realize that Greeks do sometimes use sourdough starter to make bread.

I had a type of bread last time I was in Greece that was beyond phenomenal and I asked how they made it. They took me back in the kitchen t show me the starter.

Okay, so now I want to learn to bake bread like that. Does anyone have any tips?

Good grill seasoning for lamb?

I love the flavor of grilled lamb. I make grilled lamb two ways - either as a souvlaki or I will grill an actual leg. In the case of souvlaki, I marinate the cut up meat overnight in a ladolemono (oil, lemon, oregano, garlic usually).

I don't marinate the leg overnight, but I do brush it with ladolemono before grilling, and also during grilling.

Ay other ideas? I want to try something different but an option that is still Greek. Maybe just adding an herb or something? I open to suggestions.

What is in season in Greece now?

I am trying to understand Greek cooking on a different level than what I do now. Whenever looking up recipes, that is all it is to me - a recipe. I know that in Greece, there is a notion of seasonality that somehow gets lost when I read a cookbook.

So, it is approaching mid-May. The weather here is really starting to get good. In Greece, I am sure it is also lovely, but the growing seasons are different than what I experience.

What is in season now in Greece? I want to figure out how foods are prepared throughout the year in Greece, I think it will help me understand seasonality in general.
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