The word “kolokytholoukoumades” may seem long and complicated to pronounce but it is a blend of two words, from kolokythia (courgettes/zucchini) and loukoumades (Greek doughnuts). I bought some courgettes (zucchini) from the farmers’ market a few days ago, to make briam.   The courgettes were really fresh with their blossoms still on.  I usually add the blossoms, along […]

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A wonderful, refreshing, green salad with a variety of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fresh strawberries. This salad is a wonderful combination of peppery rocket, baby spinach and mild lettuce together with salty feta, which are well balanced with the sweet and sour vinaigrette, made with strawberry sauce (I used some of the strawberry sauce I made for the […]

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I made this cake for my son’s birthday a couple of days ago.  It’s a white, vanilla flavoured sponge with cream cheese filling, topped with chocolate ganache and decorated with strawberries. The cheese cream filling with strawberries combined with the vanilla sponge and chocolate, create an aromatic and refreshing dessert, rich in taste and aroma. The […]

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Ivy on April 20th, 2015

 On Saturday 18th April, 2015 it was National Museum day so we decided to visit the archaeological site of Nemea, which is about 45 km north-west to Assini. The site of ancient Nemea lies in a small upland valley.  Its name derives from the Greek word “nemos”, which means meadow, pasture.  Its location, which was in […]

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Ivy on April 9th, 2015

Tsoureki is a type of Greek style sweet brioche bread.   What makes it different is the kind of butter used and its flavour as mahleb and mastic resins are used, which gives it a unique taste. This year I decided to make something different, so I made some changes to my recipe.  What makes […]

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Ivy on April 2nd, 2015

This recipe is one of those recipes where it will leave you wondering “why didn’t I think of this before?”. During the fasting period of Lent, I get very creative when creating new recipes.  This recipe may be very simple but then many other simple recipes are delicious but it always needs someone to think about […]

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  My birthday was two days ago but since we are now living alone in the village I did not plan to make a cake. However, on Sunday morning, I unexpectedly had a call that some friends of ours were visiting Nafplion and would come over to visit us. As we are fasting for Lent, […]

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Ivy on March 26th, 2015

Thrapsala (Illex coindetti or short-fin squid) are of the same family as calamari but much more cheaper, at least here in Greece, but equally delicious. As I do not find the time to post my recipes immediately, they have been waiting patiently for the right time to be posted, the first one being cooked three […]

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Ivy on March 22nd, 2015

  Tahinopsomo is a beautiful star shaped bread filled with tahini and honey based on the Cypriot recipe for Tahinopita.  However, this is much easier to make by just following the simple technique I used. We can bake it in round baking tin in order to make it look more like bread but if it is […]

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Ivy on March 16th, 2015

Chickpeas are one of my favourite legumes which I cook quite often in many variations. This time I combined them with spinach,  which makes a delicious and healthy vegan dish, perfect during the period Lent. If you do not have the aromatic herbs I have used you can leave them out or substitute with some parsley. Stewed […]

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