Anna Polyviou’s Greek Cypriot Family Favourites
The larger-than-life celebrity chef Anna Polyviou is back. Only this time around, instead of her bold sweet creations, she’s teaching home-style Greek dishes.
Melbourne-born chef Anna Polyviou is known for her pink quiff and her bold, often outlandish, desserts. But in recent times, and much to Anna’s surprise, it’s the home-style Greek-Cypriot dishes that she grew up with that have been attracting attention. “During covid I started making home-cooking videos and the response was huge,” she says. “People started asking me to teach them how to make keftedes, spanakopita, pita bread and loukoumades. So I’ve created a class that includes all those dishes.”
The class falls on the weekend after Mother’s Day, so what better present to buy?
Join Anna for this three-hour, hands-on cooking course. Students will cook Anna’s family-style Greek Cypriot dishes; learn her home-cooking food secrets and enjoy lunch with a glass of wine.
Spanakopita This is one of the Greek kitchen’s most famous exports, filo pastry filled with a simple spinach, green herb and fetta filling, Anna will show students how to make filo pastry, stretching it out and flipping it on a tablecloth.
Keftedes Greek-style meatballs served with tzatziki (yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and herbs) and two-ingredient pita bread (“You’ll be blown away with how easy these are to make,” says Anna.)
Loukou-My-Annas Anna teaches the old-school method of frying loukoumades, but adds a contemporary touch with sides of candied popcorn and vanilla caramel dipping sauce.
Note: Anna has a serious case of indecision when it comes to the dessert she’ll teach, so please don’t be surprised if you find yourself cooking and eating her ethereal strawberry galaktoboureko instead.
Anna Polyviou likes to go beyond the boundaries to invent, inspire and amaze. She’s driven to create mind-blowing food experiences in her quest to take fans on a magical journey by way of Fun and Wonder. She possess a big personality, with a dash of magnetism. Anna is all about people, encouraging them to give things a go in the kitchen, nurturing their talent and giving something for them to talk about.
Photography credits Nikki To.
- Wear closed-in shoes (no stilettos please)
- Tie back long hair
- Arrive early. The class will start on time and there’s a lot to get through
- Bring a food container so that you can take home any class left overs
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