Sweet & Skinny had a great pre-release introduction here in Greece, where press, foodies, and fellow chefs, were all so enthusiastic about guilt-free desserts.
Last week started with two Sweet & Skinny cooking seminars hosted by Athens popular television chef Alexandros Papandreou. The classes were held at his Studio Sidayes. We covered both the popular theme of cupcakes and desserts in under 30 minutes. Both 3 hour classes were sold out, and not one sweet & skinny cupcake crumb was left behind!
This week began with a Sweet & Skinny night for industry professionals and the Greek press at Mozele, a beautiful bar overlooking the Acropolis. I prepared some of my favorite recipes from the book: kourambiethes, lemon bars, carrot cupcakes, old fashioned chocolate fudge cake, spiced chocolate mousse with olive oil and sea salt, and the goat cheese cheesecake with lavender honey (inspired by a dessert at 1800 on the island of Santorini). The desserts were paired with cocktails made with one of my favorite spirits Skinos Mastixa. Although it is difficult to say which pairing I loved the most, I think my personal favorite was the lemon bar paired with a Mastixa and pink peppercorn martini! I promise to introduce this combination at one of the culinary festivals this summer, as it is an unforgettable, and guilt-free, combination!
Next week it is off to New York, for the official launch of Sweet & Skinny on June 7th! Until then, if you are Greek or can read Greek, you can read more about my adventures in Greece in the article below.