4 years sabbatical?

This is massively tragic. To be not posting for that long, but I have been consumed over the past few years trying to get countries to adopt PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in their national health systems (the new kid on the block as far as preventing HIV infection). More about our work on PrEP at the World Health Organization (WHO) here: https://www.who.int/hiv/topics/prep/en/

The cookbook is on hold. Meantime, you can check out my latest paper on PrEP, focusing on women (who constitute a group that can most definitely benefit from PrEP, especially in sub-Saharan Africa).


my pumpkin soup (in a pumpkin) on this Thanksgiving

Happy turkey day, friends and foes.

My lovely pumpkin recipe for today.

Pulp from 1 big and gorgeous pumpkin that you roast in the oven for 45 minutes in oven at 200 °C (drizzle some olive oil), add it to a big pot with a big knob of butter and swirl of olive oil, pump in there 3 garlic cloves (roughly chopped), 2 white onions (roughly chopped), 2 sage leaves, and one sweet potato (roughly chopped). Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Top off with vegetable broth just to cover the vegetables. Season away with salt, pepper, and cook this beauty off for about 15 minutes over medium heat. Give it a good blitz (purée), let it simmer for another 5 minutes. 

I tend to serve it with a spoonful of Greek yogurt or mascarpone folks.

Give thanks. And smile.


Guardian features Greek food

As a Guardian reader, I have noticed a pleasant trend in the past few months. Greek food is being featured more heavily by our friends in London.

Recent post highlights a food venture called Mazi Mas. Recipes seem to be all kosher (although the tzatziki one does not call for dill when it should). I will get my hands on my mother's melomakarona recipe (that Greek traditional Christmas cookie), tweek it for non-Greeks to make it more versatile, and share with you all.

Slightly crazy that we are starting to talk about Christmas.

Photo credit: Elena Heatherwick for the Guardian


get this blogging started

Looking back at 2008, and 2009, my passion for posting here was much more evident.

Colleague at WHO has just requested a cupcake recipe. Let me think.



But the Instagram and twitter accounts, and our Facebook page are in full swing.

Greece has been in turmoil. And I have failed to provide continent here for our loving readers.

This will change.