Magic Cake, Magic Cake, Bake Me a Man



There aren’t many problems that can’t be solved in a Greek yia-yia’s kitchen. (It would be great if the Greek government could let the ladies in our village, Lia, tackle the current economic crisis. But I digress…) During the year in which I lived in Lia, my neighbor ladies made it a village project to get my life in order. This endeavour involved baking a magic cake that would guarantee me a good husband. I wrote about this cooking-for-love adventure in a guest post on my friend’s blog, (Please click there to check it out there.) And I also shared the recipe, because that Pillsbury Doughboy is right: nothing says loving like something from the oven.


  1. Per Johansen says:

    Bought your book, North of Ithaka last time i was in Austin Texas and had finaly time to read it. It is a wonderful book to read when you have seen the film Eleni. I had not read many pages before i decided that my next trip wil be to Lia. Thank you for the joy you sharet with me in your book.

    • Hi! I’m so sorry for the late reply; I just now came across this comment as I’ve been neglecting the blog lately, I’m sorry to say. I’m so glad that you enjoyed North of Ithaka! Please email when you do go to Lia; we come at least once a summer. It’s an amazing area to visit! Thanks again for your kind words!

  2. Melanie Yalanis says:

    Hi Eleni,
    Love this title and love your name (my mother and daughter are both Eleni). I couldn’t agree with you more about a Greek yiayia’ s kitchen! I just read your article about Milos, and now I want to visit.
    I’m wondering if you have ever been to Eressos on the Island of Lesvos. Although it ranks in the top three most beautiful beaches, it is still an “undiscovered” treasure.
    If you keep writing, I’ll keep reading….

    • Hi Melanie,
      Thanks for taking the time to write and for your lovely note! I have not been to Lesvos at all and I hear it’s amazing. And it’s so important to go now to show support during the refugee crisis. It’s definitely on my list but I don’t think we’ll make it this year–we’re going to Greece in August but meeting up with my sister for her 40th birthday so the itinerary is getting rather packed! But I’m definitely going to make it there someday! Thanks for the recommendation. Filia, E

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