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We were a couple of days late eating our МАЗНИК (pronounced maznik); traditionally it is eaten on the first day of the Orthadox new year, 14 January.  We did however adhere to the custom of placing a gold coin underneath, ok it was a fifty pence piece.  According to them old wives, the lucky bleeder whose slice removal reveals the coin is rewarded with a year of good luck.  We dusted off our lazy susan, and spun our pie round between each turn at picking a pizza-sized slice of cheesy goodness.  It is a miracle that nobody was injured with all the enthusiam and force that went into spinning that bloody thing, the pan was stupidly heavy to boot.  I do wonder how many МАЗНИК related injuries there are in Macedonia every year.

Cosmin got the luck this year, but after five minutes of 'in your face' and 'I win at МАЗНИК' I made him do the washing up.  Who's lucky now.

Makes Dulcie's List   Makes Cosmin's List


  •  10 - 15 sheets filo pastry
  •  2 tbsp sesame seeds
  •  500g finely grated feta
  •  200g spinach
  •  4 tbsp olive oil


  • Calories | 241
  • Fat | 21.5g

Serves | 8

Prep Time | 30 minutes (plus 30 minutes resting time)

Cooking Time | 30 minutes


  1. Place the spinach in a large saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water, cover and cook on medium for a couple of minutes until the spinach has wilted.  Drain, squeeze out extra liquid and chop finely.
  2. Stir in the finely grated feta and leave to cool for ten minutes in the fridge.
  3. Take one sheet of filo and lightly paint with olive oil using a pastry brush.  Add filling on top of the pastry along one of the lengths and then roll into a long sausage.  Repeat until you have ten 'sausages'.
  4. Arrange your 'sausages' in one big spiral in a large circular pan tucking in the ends as you go.  Lightly paint the top with olive oil using a pastry brush and sprinkle on the sesame seeds.  Cover and leave to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  5. Cook in an oven preheated to 200°c for 30 minutes or until golden.

Based on a recipe found at

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