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Taramosalata (Fish roe salad - meze)

  Photo taken from Athinorama Umami Taramosalata There are also the Greek classics, think something like a dip but instead of using nachos or vegetables to eat them we use bread. Taramosalata is one of those dishes.   It is roe fish blended into a creamy pink dip of pureed potatoes with parsley, lemon juice, and finely chopped onion (optional).   In meze, this is one of the first dishes that it is served.   In taverns, they always bring it along with salad, tzatziki, and tahini.   We will talk about the last two later.   Well, let’s see our recipe…   Ingredients 2 kg tarama (fish roe). 1 large potato or two small ones 450gr of Greek bread 1 tsp of shredded and dried onion 1 cup olive oil The juice of one lemon (medium size) Tarama is the hardest ingredient to find, so it is a good idea to look at groceries that import Mediterranean food. It is usually sold in larger jars, but you can store the remainder in the freezer for months. Peel the potatoes and cut t

Ashtray Birthday Cake

 Happy Birthday Marios!!!
A chocolate fudge cake with a rich chocolate filling and orange buttercream on top, covered with homemade fondant
I tried to create the marble effect on the ashtray. I used a different recipe for the buttercream this time. Instead of using icing sugar I used sugar syrup and this time I used egg-yolks as well. The buttercream texture and the taste were perfect, but it was difficult for me to apply it on the cake, since it was too soft.
Yes!  The cigar was made of fondant, and the ash was  edible silver and pearl dust. It looks real, doesn't it?


  1. I'm all against smoking and there is nt ashtray in my house.
    BUT - I'd LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE to have this ashtray anytime any day
    Wonderful cake!!

  2. Eww gross! Great job though, would be cool for a Halloween Party!

  3. I am sure that I know which Marios had his birthday on sunday.... and is the one with the cigar always in his mouth! At least now he had a sweek cigar! Efti mou looks great and the idea is really suitable for this case!

  4. Haha this is awesome my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. I am against smoking as well but I would'nt mind a piece of cake though. The ashes do look like real. Great job again.

  6. This is so how you made the ashes :)

  7. This looks really good...the ash looks real...hopefully it tasted a bit sweeter though! ;-) How did you marble your paste? :-)

    1. Hi Laura, for the marbled paste I used white and grey fondant. Actually I used a bit of a black color paste to make the grey paste, and then I mixed it together with the white.


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