Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcome Tessa!

A big WELCOME to our next chef, Tessa Kiros!

Tessa Kiros was born in London to a Finnish mother and a Greek-cypriot father.  The family moved to South Africa when she was four and, at the age of eighteen, Tessa set off to travel and learn all she could about the world's cultures and traditions, and new ways of living and eating.  She has worked in Sydney, Athens, and Mexico, and at London's famous Groucho Club.  On a trip to Italy to study the language and food, she met her husband, Giovanni.  They live in Tuscany with their two daughters.*


Due to Tessa's extensive travels, her recipes come from a broad range of cultures: Italian, Greek, Finnish, South African, and more.  Her books are not only beautiful, but heartfelt, with warm thoughtful stories and passionate prose throughout.  It's going to be a wonderful six months with Tessa!


All food is welcome food, but is there one particular dish you feel is more welcoming than others?  What says welcome to you?  A platter of cheeses and antipasto?  A piping hot bowl of soup? A freshly baked loaf of bread?  A gorgeous plate of pasta?  Or, perhaps something to whet your sweet tooth?

Feel free to welcome Tessa with whichever dish you chose, but please make and post your Welcome Tessa dish by Sunday, October 2nd.  Don't forget to link up with Mr. Linky so that we can all see your glorious creation.  Please remember to leave a comment after linking up so that we're sure to see your post as soon as it goes up.

If you're new to IHCC, please see our WELCOME post.

And, if you happened to miss our very last week with Jamie (Cheerio, Mate!), please click HERE to be redirected to the links.

*intro to Tessa excerpted from Falling Cloudberries bookcover
I Heart Cooking Clubs *Welcome Tessa* Participants
1. Deb in Hawaii-Purslane Soup
2. Michelle ~ Patatosalata
3. Tina Marie - Greek Salad
4. Heather ~Pastitsio
5. Kim-Cinnamon and Cardamom Buns
6. Natashya - Pastine di Ricotta e Marmellata
7. Kayte - Baked Feta
8. Andrea at Nummy Kitchen -- Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Pesto
9. Mika-Carrot Cake
10. Meredith-Fig Jam
11. Couscous & Consciousness - Chickpea, Feta & Coriander Salad

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20 comments:

Deb in Hawaii said...

Such a pretty post Kim. ;-) This is so exciting!

I am welcoming Tessa nice and early and went the "piping hot bowl of soup" route with Purslane Soup from her Piri Piri Starfish book. It was unusual and delicious.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Beautiful! I am so looking forward to cooking through her wonderful books!

girlichef said...

Definitely looking forward to cooking with Tessa...beautiful post! :D

Meredith said...

Hooray for some Tessa Kiros,looking forward to the next 6 months!

MM said...

Nice job, Kim!

We tried Patatosalata over the weekend--very good! I've marked almost every recipe in Food From Many Greek Kitchens as "to try." I need an intervention.

Pierce said...

I made her a greek salad......I was torn on making soup as Deb did but that may just be for Potluck!

girlichef said...

I'm welcoming in Tessa with a big, comforting pan of Pastitsio. So excited for the next six months...

Kim said...

Just posted my cinnamon and cardamom buns. Sure is a tasty looking roundup so far!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

My pastine di ricotta e marmellata are up! They were perfectly easy to make and perfectly delicious!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love the new special Tessa Kiros IHCC button! Thanks Heather! ♥

girlichef said...

How'd you know it was me!? ;P

...and you're welcome! =)

Kayte said...

Baked Feta...oh so good...works warm with bread and I used leftovers as a topping for lettuce salad...definitely worth repeating!

Andrea at Nummy Kitchen said...

Two IHCC weeks in a row for me, gotta be a record :)

Absolutely loved paging through Apples for Jam and the ricotta gnocchi were amazing. New favorite recipe for ricotta gnocchi.

Mika said...

I made the Carrot Cake to Welcome Tessa and to say Happy Birthday to my husband Jim. Thanks for letting me join in the fun!

Mika said...

Whoops! Could someone take off the first one? I accidentally put it on twice. Sorry....
Thanks, Mika

Kim said...

Natashya - Your pastries look gorgeous! Love the idea of ricotta in the dough. What a treat.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Wow, what great dishes for our welcome party!
Kim - thanks so much! I love how easy they were to make too.

Meredith said...

Who knew I would try the Fig Jam first?...anyone? Yeah so I was going to make the pesto with pistachios and arugula,but forgot the arugula at the grocery. I did though find some black mission figs and well we all know how the story ends. Fine jam folks.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Only just squeaked in I think, but I've welcomed Tessa with Chickpea, Feta & Coriander Salad. So excited to be cooking with Tessa.
Sue :-)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Natashya - I love your little Pastine - they look gorgeous. I have some beautiful lemon curd that I made last week that I'm thinking would be a great filling for some of these.
Sue xo