Who are we
We are Mirella and Panos. A couple in their late 30’s from Athens, Greece, that has always enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. Our friends would very often tell us "you guys are doing the wrong job!", as our professions are -unfortunately- not cooking-related.
A bit of history
Mirella’s interest in cooking was inherited from her father Apostolis who was the “chef” of the family. Even though her mother cooked more often, her dad was the one who was introducing the family to new ingredients and recipes and spending more hours doing his culinary research. He still does that to this day. So Mirella grew up learning most of the necessary techniques and a lot of recipes by watching him preparing wonderful meals.
Panos’s interest in cooking was inherited from his mother and his mother’s side grandparents. Both his grandparents where cooking traditional recipes. His grandma Katina was baking savory pies (like spanakopita, hortopita etc) all the time as he was growing up and his grandpa Nikos was making his specialties now and then (rabbit stew, Greek escargot, pork with quince, squab with caramelized onions etc). His mother Helen continued this legacy, by cooking all the traditional dishes and expanded her skills making some popular European desserts as well; So it becomes pretty clear, how this environment had a strong culinary influence on him!
How we started
When we shared our recipes with other people we noticed that they were often excited about them. So, we thought, we must be doing something right. That is why we decided to put all of our recipes in one place, making it easier to share them with everybody! Thus, we created our first tiny blog, started publishing them and became food bloggers!
Soon, we discovered that the people interested in reading the recipes were a lot more than we initially anticipated. We didn’t think there would be such interest from around the world for our recipes.
As a result, through our blog, we met people from around the globe and learned many things about different cultures and cuisines. The best part is that this is an ongoing process, with much more things to learn, people to meet and flavors to taste! We also found out that many Greek dishes and ingredients are virtually unknown outside our borders.
Our recipes are often made with organic ingredients which we prefer to buy locally from smaller shops and family-owned businesses. The reason for choosing organic is not just that they have less chemicals/pesticides etc. It's because they taste so much better than the conventional ones! We both grew up with organic fruits and vegetables from our parents' villages, so the difference when we're using conventional products is really evident. So: if you can afford them, we urge you to try them!
Our cuisine is mostly Greek and Mediterranean. We prefer the traditional, rustic way of making the dishes. So, if you're looking for Greek recipes you won't be disappointed! Since we love trying new flavors and ingredients however, we also cook some popular international dishes (even though it’s not always easy to find some of the ingredients here in Athens). Let us know what you think of our recipes and feel free to make your suggestions or requests!
We saw that our tiny blog's visitors had an appetite for something different, something fresh and new. We also wanted to provide more filters to our audience, an easier way to navigate through our recipes. That is why we decided to move on, from the our first tiny blog to this website; a fully functional website with more capabilities, which enabled our visitors to find what they were looking for, using a nicer, easier interface.
A few more things about us: we love watching comedies like Brooklyn Nine Nine, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad and crime shows such as Law & Order SVU, CSI Las Vegas, Castle, True Detective etc.
We love taking long walks in a large pine grove that is near where we live. We love our BBQs! We often listen to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and all the classics of the 50s while cooking. Some more info can be found in our Liebster award page, even though it has been a while since then.
You can follow us, and catch up on our recipes in the following sites and social media:
Twitter : https://twitter.com/LittleCookingT
Foodie Portal: http://www.foodieportal.com/author/littlecookingtips
Food Spreading: http://foodspreading.com/author/little-cooking-tips/
So... welcome to Little Cooking Tips! We hope that you'll find our website useful and you'll enjoy cooking our recipes as much as we do!
Panos & Mirella