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Pass the Pastitsio!

In Writer on December 27, 2013 at 9:28 pm

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Barbara DeLeo is visiting today! She’s talking about the fabulous Greek food she’s been eating, and I am, in the vernacular of my girl children, totes jelly! You will be too…

Thanks so much for having me on the blog today, Amanda! I hope everyone is having a holiday season filled with fun, laughter and fabulous food and drinks.

New Year in New Zealand is right in the middle of our summer holidays so it’s a fabulous time to get together with friends and family from all over the country.

This year we’re spending part of the holiday with my husband’s Greek family so we’re gorging ourselves on lots of amazing food and drink.

When we were in our early twenties, hubs and I lived in Greece and Cyprus and I absolutely fell in love with the culture. We were lucky enough to travel back there last year with our four kids and spent three wonderful months introducing them to their heritage.

It’s been over a year since our trip so I was hanging out for some good Greek food this year and these are some of the things I’ve feasted on this week.

Have you had Greek food? Do you like it? What are your favorite dishes? Fill out the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the post for the chance to win your choice of my books, Dishing up Desire, Contract for Marriage or Last Chance Proposal. And if you’d like more Greek food and a recipe for delicious Greek pastries, please visit my blog as part of the Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop. Happy New Year!

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For Ellie, Cy’s sudden reappearance awakens a flood of memories—and resentments for the way he’d abandoned her all those years ago. But she has a life now, a career. She can’t simply drop everything and get hitched, even if the sight of him still makes her heart race.

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And here’s a little something about Barbara…

barbaradeleoBarbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

After completing degrees in Psychology and English then traveling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.

She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll also check out our Dip, App, and Drink recipes on the Hungry Hearts Holiday Hop and enter to win one of three $25 gift cards!

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  1. Umm I do not know if I have are greek food I like feta cheese and greek yogurts

  2. Loved Last Chance Proposal. Looking forward to reading more from Barbara.

  3. I would love to try some Greek food. I’ve never eaten any. I would really love to be in Greece while trying it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Your book sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see how long it takes for Ellie to fall back in love with Cy.

  4. I love dolmades. Haven’t had them in years.

  5. Can’t wait to put these on the 2014 TBR pile!

  6. I’ve never tried Greek food before, but I would love to one day.

  7. I love, love, love Greek sweets. I could eat them all day. My sisters friend is Greek and every Easter she sends home a huge plate of sweets which I quickly claim as mine.

  8. I’ve never tried it, but would love to.

  9. I have been in Greece several times and we have a lot of Greek restaurants in Germany and we visit them quite often. I love dolmades – they only stuff them with rice here – and I often go to the market downtown, because hey have a Greek stand that sells dolmades, gigantes, grilled eggplants, grilled octopus and tzatziki with lots of garlic.
    My favorite dish is Moussaka, that’s a dish with eggplants, potatoes and tomatoes, and it tastes just yummy. I don’t care too much for ouzo, because I dön’t like anything with anise flavor, I also hate the French pastis.

  10. Looks interesting

  11. I love Greek food. I’ve never been to Greece but we have a very large Greek community here. There are all sorts of things I enjoy (but can’t possibly spell) but my favorite is moussaka.

    • Hi bh313, lol on not being able to spell them – I can’t either. I love it when communities have their own neighbourhoods so you can get a food and culture hit all in one go.

  12. I love Greek food. I’ve made pastitsio, spanakopita and dolmades before to rave reviews from my family. We all love feta and baklava, though I’ve not attempted to make it. LOL

  13. I have never had greek food. So I have no idea on this question.

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