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Marathopites / Fennel Pies

marathopites / fennel frond pies

marathopites / fennel frond pies

Fresh wild greens, aromatic fresh herbs and olive oil all wrapped in a simple dough = handheld heaven! Pites (or singular, pita) are a general word to describe hand held pies of all sorts. The variety of fillings is endless, many many of which are traditionally meat/dairy free. This particular pita, marathopita, comes from the island of Crete where wild fennel runs, well, wild!

The perfect lunch, snack or even breakfast and very child friendly – marathopites (μαραθόπιτες) use only the leaves or frilly fronds that grow on thin stalks above the fennel bulb. Here in the Northeast US its often difficult to find fennel bulbs with a beautiful bushy bunch of fronds attached as they’re usually trimmed for supermarket shelves.  They can, truth be told, get a bit unruly. Then comes July at the farmers market and fennel is at every stall, displayed in all her leafy glory. This is the time to make, eat and freeze for non-fennel seasons, marathopites! Continue Reading →

Bay Leaves

Did you know that bay or laurel leaves come from the laurel tree? If that sounds familiar, laurel wreaths were used to crown winners in ancient Greece. The laurel tree originated in Asia Minor and the dried bay leaf is a go-to herb in Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean cooking.

Dried Bay Leaves

Bay leaves are used only to flavor a dish. Always remember to remove them from the food before serving because they’re difficult to digest and are very bitter to taste.  Try to use the leaves whole as when they are broken or Continue Reading →

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