The latest video: KO’s Risoni-Rice

KO’s Risoni-Rice is a recipe I learned from my parents-in-law over 30 years ago. My parents-in-law were born and raised as Greeks in Constantinople/Istanbul. Living in a cosmopolitan, multi-cultural city and immersed in the cuisines of many, influenced their kitchen and that of others residing in that great city. This neverending fusion of many co-existing cuisines over aeons has been termed politiki kouzina – food of the πόλη/city – although I prefer to interpret that phrase as ‘cross-cultural cuisine.’

The flavour of this rice is elevated by the fried and browned risoni, which imparts a subtle spicy, sweetness to the rice, as well as a lovely texture. It serves well as a beautiful side dish to any of your grilled, stewed or baked main dishes. Make it now and enjoy this slightly sweet twist to your basic rice.



Foti’s Lamb Fricassee

Lamb Fricassée is a dish whose aroma and taste returns Foti, our special KO guest, to his childhood years – he is back sitting in the kitchen watching his mother lovingly prepare one of her special recipes for the family and trying his best to absorb the entire experience – the preparation, the cooking and the feasting at the dinner table. And in this way his love for cooking and gathering in celebration of family and friendship is ignited too.

Prepare this hearty, comforting and nourishing dish for you and your loved ones and create your own special memories in the kitchen and around a shared table.

Foti’s Lamb Fricassee

Lamb Fricassée is a dish whose aroma and taste returns Foti, our special KO guest, to his childhood years – he is back sitting in the kitchen watching his mother lovingly prepare one of her special recipes for the family and trying his best to absorb the entire experience – the preparation, the cooking and the feasting at the dinner table. And in this way his love for cooking and gathering in celebration of family and friendship is ignited too.

Prepare this hearty, comforting and nourishing dish for you and your loved ones and create your own special memories in the kitchen and around a shared table.


KO’s Prasorizo (Leeks with Rice)

KO’s Prasorizo is a simple, humble dish, that is full of flavour and nutritious goodness.

Although I don’t like it when anyone says that one type of vegetable or fruit is better than another – all plant-based foods have a huge place in our diet – leeks do have something extra special – their very potent fibre!

I am a bit of a science geek as well as a foodie – so I love it when both interests intersect. There’s a growing understanding that the quality and variety of bacteria in our gastro-intestinal system (our gut) may control many aspects of our health – our metabolism, our immune system and our mental health. Wild, huh! 

These gut bacteria are called our microbiome and depending on what you eat – you can either improve their numbers and diversity or you can reduce both and potentially end up with some serious health issues. Fibrous food, especially leafy green vegetables, are our microbiome’s favourite food and leeks are loaded with it. 

So go ahead, make Prasorizo and not only make your taste buds happy, make your gut bacteria happy too!

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…