From generation, to generation, to generation...
Our family’s ancient rice pudding recipe dates back over 150 years and was first recorded in the city of Tripoli in the southern region of the Peloponnese by our great, great grandmother, Yiayia Paraskevoula. Years later, she passed it on to her daughter, Natalia, who in 1909 immigrated to New Orleans from Athens to settle down with her husband, Michalis. In 1913, her son, Haralambos (my Papou) was born. He eventually met and fell in love with my Yiayia, Magdalene and they married. Although Yiayia Natalia was known to prepare only three dishes (one of them being rice pudding, of course!), she and her new daughter-in-law formed a close bond over hours spent together in the kitchen preparing rice pudding for guests. After some time, Yiayia Natalia shared the family’s rice pudding secrets with my Yiayia who then, many years later, passed it on to my mom, Anastasia, who has been teaching us the intricacies of our family’s rice pudding recipe since we were little girls.
We have a profound love for both our home, New Orleans, and our homeland, Greece. We want to honor the passion for cuisine in both cultures the best way we know how – by sharing our family’s rice pudding with you!
We hope you enjoy a little taste of our family’s history. And as we say in Greek, “Kali Orexi!”
Artemis & Athena
AKA “The Greek Girls”