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First Greek Food Bloggers’ Camp

Yesterday was the First Greek Food Bloggers’ Camp here in Athens and this gave us a chance to meet old friends and make new ones.  In the picture with two dear friends,  Marianna and Katerina, who both blog in English, so if you haven’t met them yet please visit their blogs to meet two wonderful persons.

Vicky and George, who created The Greek Food Blogs Portal, did a fabulous job of pulling together a wonderful experience for all of us who attended, it was well organized and all went smoothly.

After the welcoming, each blogger  had 3 minutes each to present themselves and their work, if they liked and other Greek bloggers who could not attend had the chance to present themselves, through Skype.

The camp started at 09:30  and ended around 18:30 and I can tell you we did not realize how the time passed as everything was so interesting.

Alexandros Sakkas, writer, wine taster and wine critic, talked to us about wine pairing with food.

Two Greek Chefs, Dina Nikolaou and Alexandros Papandreou, talked to us about food plating styling.

Panagiotis Beltzinitis, food photographer, showed us the basics on food photography and finally Eftychis Bletsas, a cook himself, blogger, author of cookbooks,  T.V. cooking show persona, talked to us about the “does” and “don’ts” infron of a T.V. camera, if and when we are invited at a T.V. show.

Finaly, lawyer Vassilis Sotiropoulos, talked to us about various matters relating to blogging such as copyrights etc.

In between we had a break and tasted all the wonderful dishes and then a break to take some photos which will be published in two food magazines, gastronomos and gourmet.

There was lots of food and drinks.  Apart from the catering, we also prepared anything we liked, so had had the chance to taste what the bloggers also cook.

The hosts spoiled us with wonderful gifts from sponsors (cooking gadgets from cookshop, cook books, wines, spices, olive oil and more) and the bloggers who took gifts, exchanged them with other bloggers, so we all left with full hands.

As I said before, the bloggers brought along whatever they liked.

I made two Cypriot recipes which will be included in my cookbook.  I have updated the post with the Cypriot Cookies with some new pictures.

The second recipe  is a twist of the Tyropita we make in Cyprus.

The idea of lining the muffin tin with phyllo was an original idea of mine several years ago, when I made a Sweet tyropita (Cheese Pie). The idea was not to use muffin cases but in the end I put them in the muffin cases for a better presentation and to avoid greasing our hands.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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36 Responses

  1. I got the chance to watch part of it through live streaming and I was sad I couldn't be there. I will be next year though, hopefully. It's great reading what a wonderful time you all had.
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    • Ivy

      Hope that you will be here next year.

  2. Ivy
    First of all let me congratulate you for the wonderful muffins; they are stunning and so original. Love the idea! This blogger event sounds very interesting and convivial.
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  3. What an awesome event! It looks like you had lots of fun there.

    Lovely muffins!



  4. I'm loving these phyllo muffin inventions you got going on! I wish I could have come to the first Greek food blogger camp too. 🙁 Thanks for taking pictures for me over here in Oregon 🙂
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  5. Hi Ivy, sounds like a fun event! Love the halloumi muffins – they sound fabulous, and I am as ever in awe of your phyllo pastry making ability. Re th cookies, I like the new photo better – the hot pink makes the cookies "pop".

  6. Ivy your pictures are great. Thanks for introducing us to your readers. Indeed more than everything I enjoyed meeting you, Marianna and other bloggers and talk to you in person rather than electronically. I can testify that those muffins were excellent, different than what we make in Greece. I know we will be talking more often. As I told you if you need any help with the book, I am here. Lots of kisses.
    My recent post Homemade Ravioli Stuffed with Mushrooms and Apple

    • Ivy

      Thank you Katerina. I am sure we will be seeing each other more often from now on.

  7. Phyllo muffins! I love them…a very special Greek treat.
    And Ivy, you look really really good on the pictures! I love the one you were in middle together with two sweet ladies.
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  8. ivy,you look so great in the pictures,i'm so happy to see you!the new hair color is best for you!
    this blogger event was so interesting and your halloumi muffins looks so tempting!

  9. Ivy

    Thank you Simona.

  10. The event sounds like it went extremely well! I have enjoyed reading everyone's take on it. I only wish I could have attended! Your contributions sound delightful. Anything with Halloumi is delicious to me!

    • Ivy

      Hope you'll make it next year Maria. Looking forward to meeting you.

  11. What a great event Ivy! Very informative and so fun to meet other bloggers. Both of these look delicious – I bet everyone loved them. I like both sets of pictures!

  12. Looks like a really fun event! And so nice you all got to meet other bloggers! Your muffins look delicious! I came to visit from Katerina's blog!

  13. I love the creativity you put into these treats. The ingredients are especially pleasing to the type of menu I usually set out.

    Ivy, thanks for your dedication and for sharing this lovely event with us ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
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  14. Λυπάμαι που δεν μας δόθηκε η ευκαιρία να τα πούμε!
    Τα μαφινάκια σου ήταν καταπληκτικά εμφάνιση και γεύση!
    Κάνεις εξαιρετική δουλειά στο Κοπιάστε!
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    • Ivy

      S' efharisto poly Popi mou.

  15. Sounds like a fun and informative day. And, your halloumi muffins look fantastic!
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  16. I would very much like to have one of your halloumi muffins: they look adorable!

  17. Marion

    Ηβη ωραιες φωτο..και τα μαφινάκια σου πεντανόστμα
    Εφαγα ενα τελευταίο (μισό για την ακρίβια)


    • Ivy

      Ευχαριστώ Μάριον και χαίρομαι που πρόλαβες και τα δοκίμασες.

  18. What a great round up of the first Greek food bloggers day Ivy. Thanks for letting us have a sneak peak! I love your idea of using the phyllo pastry as a muffin case…very inventive!
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  19. A fun event. The muffins look gorgeous. Good to see all the bloggers out there.

    • Ivy


  20. I love the food blog event! Sounds wonderful and your recipe delicious as usual!
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  21. cheffresco

    Aw looks like so much fun! The muffins look delicious!

  22. girlichef

    What a fabulous experience!! And the halloumi muffins sound delectable 🙂
    My recent post Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread

  23. hi Ivy
    I see that the food blog community is active in Greece !! bravo !!Pierre

  24. What a triumph! So happy for all of you.
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  25. Bunny

    The convention looked like a lot of fun Ivy! Someday I hope to go to one! Your muffins a spectacular!

  26. How fun! Those muffins look soo good!
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  27. Hi stranger! So good to land on your page… anything with phylo makes me smile and so tickled and about a greek food camp! i love all of your cuisine! This will be so fabulous! Best of luck with your participation and cooking!

  28. Ivy

    Thank you Bren.

  29. Thomas

    This is a great site! So glad I found it.
    I highly recommend it to everyone!

  30. John

    All the Recipes were good and tempting.Eagerly waiting to have the taste of yummy muffins.