Hi and welcome to My Little Expat Kitchen.

I'm Magda, an expatriate from Athens, Greece living in the Netherlands, specifically The Hague, for the last three four five six years, with my also Greek boyfriend, S.

I love food and I have a passion for cooking. I love the creativity it entails and the effect it has on people, such as the huge smile appearing on their faces when they taste something I have cooked for them. That's why I started this blog; I wanted to share recipes and stories about (and beyond) food with the world.

The recipes featured on my blog range from traditional Greek recipes (naturally), to modern international ones. I enjoy many different types of cuisines and I'd say that variety is what characterizes my blog and recipes. So take a look around, I'm sure you'll find something you'll like, something that will definitely tempt you to get in the kitchen and create something delicious.

I chose to write in English as well as in Greek because my goal is to reach as many people as possible and to be able to share and exchange ideas with them. With you!

I take all the photographs myself with my small, point-and-shoot digital camera (Casio exilim EX-Z75), though I'm looking into buying a proper DSLR; we'll see. From November 2009 until March 2013 I shot with a point-and-shoot digital camera (Casio exilim EX-Z75). From April 2013 I mostly shoot with my new DSLR camera (finally!), Canon EOS 650D. I'm not a photographer and before I started this blog the only photos I took was the occasional holiday or birthday photo. I realized though that I enjoy photographing my food and I shoot it as soon as it's cooked or prepared and in all its freshness. Well, I have to, as it disappears shortly after. My boyfriend and I eat it, as well as some, dare I say, lucky friends and neighbors (you know who you are).

I welcome any feedback or questions you might have, so feel free to contact me at this address mylittleexpatkitchen (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment on my blog.
You can also find me on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. 12 comments: (these have been lost and I restored them)

      Hi Magda! Very cute blog, I'm glad you decided to write in English too - my Greek is terrible ;P Look forward to reading more, especially since I'm going to Greece this summer to visit a dear friend of mine there.
      June 23, 2010 6:18 PM

      Hello there! Thanks for dropping by. Hope you have a great time in Greece this summer!
      June 23, 2010 6:43 PM


      Yeia sou re Magda!
      I’d like to congratulate you on a truly superb website filled with great ideas and inspiration for food.

      Keep up the good work!!!

      John from Boston.
      July 1, 2010 4:18 AM

      Yeia sou John! Thank you :)
      July 1, 2010 12:20 PM

      Magda, your shots are very well put together, you're in my favourites. Keep enjoying and thank you for sharing your ideas. fiona in dubai,
      October 29, 2010 11:45 AM

      Thank you very much Fiona! :)
      October 29, 2010 12:07 PM

      Hola Magda, encantada de concerte.
      Me ha gustado mucho tu blog.
      November 8, 2010 5:30 PM

      Eleni Miltsakaki
      Your small digital camera is pretty darn good. My small digital camera cannot go anywhere near that close to the dishes. What brand/model do you have?
      November 9, 2010 8:42 PM

      It's a Casio exilim EX-Z75
      November 10, 2010 11:43 AM

      Anna Johnston
      Hi Magda, just found your blog after doing some blog hopping. Loving your foodie adventure & will be subscribing for sure. Hope you have a fabulous 2011 filled with lots of foodie adventures.
      Chef Anna from Australia
      January 1, 2011 6:23 AM

      Ms. Mig
      Dear Magda,
      Your new header photo is fantastic! Love it!
      With a pat of butter,
      Ms. Mig
      January 13, 2011 6:19 PM

      Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by!

      Dear Ms Mig thank you :)
      January 14, 2011 2:40 PM

    2. Hi! I stumbled across your blog via a comment you made on Lottie + Doof. I have been to Athens and the Netherlands and they are two of my favorite places in the world - I cannot wait to read more!

      Best regards from Minnesota.

    3. Hello. Thanks for stopping by!

    4. Hello Magda. I got here after reading your comment on the corn tacos back in smitten kitchen because I got curious. You see I´m mexican and I love greek food, but I´m not very familiar with it since it is not very popular here in my country. I´m glad I found your blog so I can cook up some favorites of mine :-)

    5. Hello there! I hope I can help you through my recipes to get familiarized with Greek cooking and grow to love it.

    6. Great blog, the recipes, the photos and writing style. I love it :)

    7. Love your blog!!! Added to my list of favorites :)

    8. I am going to have to start trying some of your recipes. Funnily I am a photographer and have worked with food photography and my pictures look like well...fill in the blank. You have a lovely clean design and great step by step imagery. Keep up the good work. Kim

    9. Hi Magda,

      Thanks for visiting my blog! Glad we connect through food blogging world :)

      I love Greek food and would check more your Greek recipes

    10. Hi Magda! I really enjoy reading you blog, especially the snippets, stories and history behind each dish. My boyfriend made me moussaka after having gone to Greece in the summer and it's amazing!

      Do you have any recommendations on what to do and most importantly, eat in the Hague? :D

      I'm going there in April for a mooting competition at the International Criminal Court. I'm a student in the UK haha so be budget friendly!
      My email is girlsamm@gmail.com


    11. Hi Magda

      I'm an expat in Greece, so am enjoying looking at your recipes!

    12. Magda... You must put a photo of yourself.. it just familiarizes you to the readers better:)

      1. Thanks for the suggestion, Lara. I'm working on it!

    13. I am an expat from Canada living in the Netherlands and though I am not Greek, our shared love of food in our new home makes me feel connected. Continued success!

    14. Hi Magda! Amazing work you're doing on this blog. Probably the best representation of Greek food I've seen online. Very inspiring, detailed as well as a very fun read. Oh, and the pictures....mouth-watering! Congrats to you! Nathalie/Athens, Greece

      1. Γειά σου Ναταλί. Σ' ευχαριστώ!

    15. Hi Magda!! I really LOVE your blog!! I am a Greek expat in Qatar and I recently started a facebook page about Greek food... I want people here to learn about Greek food but its very difficult though.. Any ideas are welcoming!

    16. Γειά σου Μάγδα! Διαβάζω το μπλογκ σου στα αγγλικά εδώ και πολύ καιρό αλλά αποφάσισα να σου γράψω στην κοινή, μηρτική μας γλώσσα για να σου εκφράσω τα συγχαρητήρια και το θαυμασμό μου. Τα posts σου ειναι θαυμάσια με λιτές αλλά εξαιρετικές περιγραφές, πολύ όμορφες φωτό και επιλογές συνταγών που προσωπικά με ιντριγκάρουν. Αν και δεν έχω φτιάξω καμια συνταγή σου υπόσχομαι ότι θα κάνω πολύ άμεσα το Dutch Speculaas Cake και τα Zeeuwse Speculaas! Συνέχισε τα όμορφα άρθρα σου και να έχεις πολύ γλυκά Χριστούγεννα και μια μοναδική Πρωτοχρονιά!
      Φιλικά Στέφανος

      1. Γειά σου Στέφανε. Σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια! Ελπίζω ό,τι φτιάξεις να σου αρέσει και θα χαρώ πολύ να μάθω τις εντυπώσεις σου. Μια ερώτηση μόνο. Γιατί διαβάζεις το blog στα αγγλικά αφού το γράφω και στα ελληνικά; Καλά Χριστούγεννα και σε σένα και Καλή Πρωτοχρονιά!

      2. χαχαχα! καλή ερώτηση! αν και φτάσαμε στην Καθαρή Δευτέρα ποτέ δεν είναι αργά για μια απάντηση! λοιπόν, η αγγλική δίνει στις αναρτήσεις σου τον αέρα του ξενιτεμένου και του μακρινού ενώ με βοηθά ιδιαίτερα να βελτιώσω και την γαστρονομική ορολογία μου! Keep up the good work, λοιπόν!

    17. Μάγδα, γεια χαρά! H γαστρονομία στην καλύτερη έκφανσή της, οπτικά και γευστικά! Προσπαθώ να βρω εδώ ένα μέιλ επικοινωνίας, αλλά δεν τα έχω καταφέρει ακόμη. Θα ήθελα να σε ρωτήσω κάτι, αν φυσικά έχεις χρόνο και όρεξη. Φιλικά Μιχαέλα

      1. Γειά σου Μιχαέλα. Σ' ευχαριστώ για τα καλά σου λόγια. Το email μου αναγράφεται σ'αυτή τη σελίδα πιο πάνω, στο κομμάτι Contact. Επίσης, αφού είσαι ελληνίδα, μπορείς να διαβάζεις το ελληνικό blog εδώ.

    18. Hi Magda,
      Just found your blog this morning and wanted to tell you what a joy it is to read. Your food looks heavenly, your pictures are just beautiful, and you make everything sound so incredibly simple and appetizing! I look forward to reading more and to following your new posts :)

      1. Hi Sophie. Thank you so much for your kind words! :)

    19. Yeia sou, Magda!
      I misunderstood that you are an expat in Amsterdam, not Greece! I'm doing the opposite! I'm a British expat living in Athens. I love this beautiful country and most definitely appreciate the food. So glad to have found your blog!

      1. Hi Helen. Yes, I am Greek and I'm living in The Hague. I hope you're having fun in my hometown. ;)

    20. Kali Sarakosti! Kathari Deftera simera. Alla opos kai si eime ellinida ektos ellados. Ligo pio makria omos. Se mia mikri eparxaki poli tis Amerikis. Xtes eftiaksa tis laganes sou. Afisa comment os Anonymos...giati ta alla me ksenisan. Diavazo to blog sou apo xtes, sta ellinika alla kai sta agglika. Kai ida oti exis kai face book opote tha se vro kai eki. Perito na po oti mou trexoun ta salia apo xtes kai kindinevo na patho afidatosi!!Exo tin entiposi oti eixa ksanadi to blog sou paliotera alla den eime sigouri. I've slept since then...lol!! Ta greekish pou xrisimopio ta sixenome alla den xirizome kala to elliniko pliktrologio. By the way ta agglika sou eine poli kala. Curious ...prota grafis ta ellinika i ta agglika? Makigoro.....Spania apofaziso na grapso se blog. Liga eine afta pou me entiposiazoun toso pou prepi na grapso. Oi photo eine katapliktikes opos kai ta piata sou (san skevos, kai san periexomeno). Kai pali Kali Sarakosti and keep up the fantastic job!!

      1. Καλησπέρα Μαίρη και Καλή Σαρακοστή! Σ' ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια τόσο για το blog όσο και για τα αγγλικά μου. Γράφω συνήθως πρώτα στα αγγλικά γιατί μου είναι πιο δύσκολο και χρειάζομαι περισσότερη συγκέντρωση. Στα ελληνικά βγαίνει νεράκι η ανάρτηση γιατί γράφω στη μητρική μου γλώσσα. Χαίρομαι που σε έκανα να αφήσεις σχόλιο σε blog κι ελπίζω αν δοκιμάσεις κι άλλες συνταγές πέρα απ' τη λαγάνα να περάσεις και πάλι από εδώ να αφήσεις τις εντυπώσεις σου. Να' σαι καλά!!

    21. Hi Magda
      Lovely blog! I wanted to let you know that I’ve included it in a recent post on my own blog, which is called Back To The Drawing Board (about quitting corporate life and relocating to Greece). The post is titled 10 Best Greek Food Bloggers.You can see the post here:


      Hopefully you are happy to be included but if you have any issues at all please let me know.
      Best wishes

      1. Hi Felicity. Thanks for including me in your list!
        Perhaps a link to my "recipe index" page rather than the "how-tos and tips" page? :)

    22. Γεια σου Μάγδα! Είμαι η Τζίνα Τσιλιμπή από Νew Diaspora (newdiaspora.com). Πολύ όμορφη και ενδιαφέρουσα η δουλειά σου! Δεν ξέρω πού θα μπορούσα να σου στείλω ένα email, οπότε αν θες επικοινώνησε μαζί μου! ginatsili@gmail.com Καλές εμπνεύσεις!

    23. Hello from singapore! Love your blog and photos. Thumbs up for the fabuluous and well documented recipes =]