In an ode to the honeypuffs and baklavas made lovingly by Nonnas all over, Brisbane’s Paniyiri Greek Festival have released a special edition, 40th anniversary cookbook celebrating the Mediterranean nation’s culinary culture. Over four decades Paniyiri has grown to be a highlight on Brisbane’s festival calendar and, in marking those 40 flavour-filled years, the special edition cookbook has been created so that Paniyiri lovers can enjoy their favourite Greek recipes year round.

The collection of both traditional and modern recipes have been lovingly curated by some of Brisbane’s finest Greek institutions and personalities, with entries from The Greek Orthodox Southside Parish Ladies Auxiliary, The Coffee Club, Stokehouse Q, Pony Dining, Zeus Street Greek, The Greek Club, Cake & Bake, and acclaimed celebrity chef, Alistair McLeod.

Covering both sweet and savoury dishes, the 30-page cookbook is sure to inspire your inner, Greek-domestic goddess. The recipes detail the basics of Baklava layering through to piping your Amigthalota (those sweet, half-crescent almond biscuits with a generous dusting of icing sugar). If you’re looking for something other than a morning accompaniment to your cup of coffee, there are also recipes for Spanakopittakia (crispy, baked filo triangles filled with spinach and feta), Moussaka, Lemon Chicken Yiros, and Coal-roasted Lamb rump.

And of course, if the thought of expanding your culinary repertoire seems a little too difficult, there will be plenty of haloumi, souvlakia, honeypuffs, and dolmades on offer at this year’s festival.

The cookbook is available for download here, or you can pick one up at the festival in May.

Words by Kim Hellberg
Image by Nick Bourdo