The latest video: KO’s Grilled Peppers

Fresh, light and incredibly flavoursome, KO’s Grilled Peppers are a fabulous addition to any summer spread. Serve them as a side with any barbecued meats or add them to your homemade souvlakia for an amazing texture and flavour burst with the barbecued sweetness of the peppers; and the yumminess of the garlic, oregano and olive oil dressing.

…and don’t forget to make them a double delight… sop up all the left over dressing with fresh crusty bread, when the peppers have been eaten up!

Sofia’s Vasilopita

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that every child gets excited when the Vasilopita is sliced and shared at the stroke of midnight or later on New Years Day; and is hoping beyond all hope, that they are the lucky ones to find the coin in their slice of cake and then enjoy good fortune for the entire year ahead.

Sofia has made Vasilopita for her family every year. She has tried many recipes, looking for one that her family will enjoy just as much as the thrill of finding the coin. In her search she found this special recipe, one that she has enhanced with her own addition of glace cherries. It’s a gorgeous cake with hints of spice and orange; festive fruits and nuts and a lovely dense, moist crumb.

In our video, Sofia’s granddaughter, Sophia, is on hand to help her yiayia make the Vasilopita and also learn how to make it. Sofia and Sophia not only share the same name, but also a love for cooking that brings them together for this special video.

Even if your heritage isn’t Greek, I hope you’re inspired to begin a new New Year’s tradition with your family and friends; make Sofia’s Vasilopita; and then cross your fingers and toes that good fortune shines on you and you are the lucky one who finds the coin!

Sofia’s Vasilopita

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that every child gets excited when the Vasilopita is sliced and shared at the stroke of midnight or later on New Years Day; and is hoping beyond all hope, that they are the lucky ones to find the coin in their slice of cake and then enjoy good fortune for the entire year ahead.

Sofia has made Vasilopita for her family every year. She has tried many recipes, looking for one that her family will enjoy just as much as the thrill of finding the coin. In her search she found this special recipe, one that she has enhanced with her own addition of glace cherries. It’s a gorgeous cake with hints of spice and orange; festive fruits and nuts and a lovely dense, moist crumb.

In our video, Sofia’s granddaughter, Sophia, is on hand to help her yiayia make the Vasilopita and also learn how to make it. Sofia and Sophia not only share the same name, but also a love for cooking that brings them together for this special video.

Even if your heritage isn’t Greek, I hope you’re inspired to begin a new New Year’s tradition with your family and friends; make Sofia’s Vasilopita; and then cross your fingers and toes that good fortune shines on you and you are the lucky one who finds the coin!

KO’s Greek Meatballs

KO’s Greek Meatballs recipe has been refined and improved over a lifetime by one of Kali Orexi’s favourite guests, Vasiliki, and demonstrated by me, Christine, using the quick and easy-to-follow, hands-only video format. These meatballs are an absolute crowd-pleaser whether served as an appetizer; part of a feasting spread at a celebration; or as a main at a family dinner with a Greek Salad, roasted potatoes and Tzatziki. Make them now and prepare for applause!

How Kali Orexi began…


A few years ago, I offered some of my mum Antigoni’s ntomatofai (tomato-eat dish) to my friend Sara. Sara enjoyed the ntomatofai so much, she asked if my mum would teach her how to make it. As it was also one of my favourite dishes and I had yet to learn it, I organised a cooking lesson for both of us. When other friends heard about this cooking lesson, they also wanted to join. The numbers grew, so the venue changed from my mum’s kitchen to my kitchen (now the kitchen used in filming Kali Orexi). Read more…