Valentine’s Beats

Today is my goddaughter’s special day. I created, therefore, a very special juice just for her. It comes very handy also to beat the January blues and gently glide into February, which is the month of pure LOVE…

The Greek walnut cake

The 7LR Fanouropita

In memory of Saint Fanourios tradition has it that the Greeks bake a cake. Saint Fanourios has always been my favourite. Indeed, I recall with great nostalgia the sweet moments I had, whilst baking with my grandmother this delicious, fasting walnut cake. According to tradition, the cake will help you locate lost items!

It is so delicious that one can actually bake it throughout the year; albeit on the 27th August each year, this wonderful version of the walnut cake is made for Saint Fanourios.


The cake needs only 9 ingredients, according to tradition. The 7LR version includes:

-300g sunflower oil (you can use half of sunflower oil and half of olive oil, but that would make it taste stronger. You can use any type of vegetable oil too).

-300ml orange juice (plus an extra 50ml of juice that will be mixed with the baking soda. Of course fresh orange juice will give a different texture!)

-500g self-raising flour

-250g sugar & a pinch of salt

-1tsp baking soda

-125g walnuts

-1tsp cinnamon

-1/2tsp clove

-80g raisins (optional)


In a large bowl, mix the orange juice with the oil and the sugar. Stir well, until the sugar has been dissolved.

In another small bowl, mix the baking soda with the 50ml of juice and the spices. Mix well until you see the bubbles! Then combine this with the ingredients in the large bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients, i.e. the flour, walnuts, raisins and salt and mix well.

Prepare the baking pan and bake for about an hour (180 degrees). Remove from the oven and sprinkle icing sugar on top and a few raisins. Enjoy!

My 7LR cookies


-Two teacups of Greek olive oil (200ml);

-1 1/2 teacup of freshly squeezed orange juice (200ml);

-1 1/4 teacup of icing sugar;

-1/2 tsp baking soda;

-1 tsp baking powder;

-1 tsp vanilla liquid;

-4 to 5 teacups of organic plain flour;

-25g salted butter (room temperature).


It is so easy and will be so yummy in the end! Just use your artful skills and gentle approach to baking in 7 simple tests:

Step 1: Mix the sugar with the olive oil and the butter in a large bowl

Step 2: Prepare the juice from 3 oranges and add to the mixture, followed by the vanilla liquid

Step 3: Add the baking soda and the baking powder, followed by the flour

Step 4: Stir everything together until you have a dough ready to shape. If needed add more flour

Step 5: Shape your cookies (add a bit of extra flour to facilitate the process) and use your artful skills to shape

Step 6: Prepare your oven (180) and bake your cookies on your baking tray (use greaseproof paper) for approximately 15 minutes

Step 7: The easiest and the most anticipated step….. ENJOY!


Add some peach colour to your life

Easily done.. You just need a handful of blood oranges, some fresh ginger, two peaches, 1 apple, two spoonful organic yoghurt or Kefir, and some blueberries (optional, it will give it a pinkier colour)… Squeeze the juice from the oranges and add everything in the blender….Enjoy!