Hello, I am Christine Polyzos. I am a first generation Greek-Australian born in Melbourne, Australia. I am the creator of Kali Orexi – a vlog and YouTube channel where I share Greek recipes: my own recipes, recipes from the Greek-Australian community!
The idea to create this vlog came to me in July 2012 when I was enjoying a beautiful, slow-cooked meal at Restaurant Meteora, in Kalambaka, Greece. The food they serve in this restaurant takes time and love to prepare. As I enjoyed my meal, I reflected on the fact that changing lifestyles and priorities in Greece, and all over the world, means that this type of food is at risk of being lost.
At the same time, my Greek-Australian friends were beginning to lose their mothers and grandmothers. My friends lamented that they had not taken the time to learn their loved one’s recipes. This made me concerned that much of our culinary heritage was at risk of being lost. I wanted to document these recipes, especially unusual, regional Greek recipes and encourage people to continue making these amazing dishes and inspirepeople in general to document their family recipes, before it’s too late.
I love Greek food, this is the food that has nourished and nurtured me. It’s part of my living history. It’s honest, simple, wholesome and delicious food – made with real ingredients – and I want my children to eat this way and to cook this way when they grow up and maintain the thread of Greek cultural continuity in their lives.
The recipes on my vlog are mostly authentic, traditional Greek recipes. They can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates Greek or Mediterranean cuisine for its flavours and for its health benefits. My vlog is also for the Greek diaspora who may have not had an opportunity or missed an opportunity to learn their family recipes and would like to learn them and pass them on to their children.
The words Kali Orexi mean "good appetite," and whether you have a bit of Greek in you or not, I welcome you to make this glorious food and enjoy it with a good appetite with those you love!