Cypriot

Ivy on January 6th, 2011

Xerotigana, freely translated as simple fries, is mentioned in my cookbook together with the recipe for loukoumades.  Loukoumades is more complicated to make but so long as you have yeast this is a very simple recipe which is so easy to make.  I used fresh yeast but you can also use dried instant yeast  (9 […]

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Continue reading about Xerotigana my way (deep fried yeast dough)

In Greece the only time we Roast a Turkey is either on Christmas day or during the New Year.  I always cook it on Christmas Day, so I make all the preparation on Christmas Eve and while everyone is still asleep on Christmas day I roast it in the oven for 3 – 4 hours, […]

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Continue reading about Uses for leftovers – Part II: Our Christmas Dinner Turkey Soup and what to do with leftover Turkey

I don’t know if you have ever tasted carob syrup but it’s amazing.    They say that it’s a good substitute for chocolate.   I bring some from Cyprus every time I visit and use it often in many recipe.  If you can find it please try it or otherwise substitute it with “epsima” called petimezi […]

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Continue reading about Carob Syrup, Koulourouthkia me Teratsomelo and Spiced Ginger Chocolate Cake with Teratsomelo (Carob Syrup)

Kifylla is a sweet bread, filled with raisins and glazed with sugar on top and it used to be sold in Cyprus in the central streets, in wheeled carts. Kifylla is one of the recipes included in the cookbook and in the pdf I had uploaded on Createspace for the members to take a look inside.    […]

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Continue reading about Kifylla: Voting for the winner of Cooking from Kopiaste Cookbook

Ivy on December 11th, 2010

The first dusting of snow arrived this morning and it’s windy and  cold outside.  The temperature suddenly dropped from 22 degrees C yesterday to 4 degrees C today.  I hope that this will not last for long as I  don’t like cold weather. Yesterday we went to Nafplion.    You can see a video I took […]

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Continue reading about Two Giveaways of Kopiaste Cookbook and more to follow

Ivy on November 16th, 2010

I finally made it and finished my first cookbook! I submitted the pdf last night and keep my fingers crossed that there will be no technical glitches. If everything is in order then hopefully it will be ready for sale sometime in December.  I shall keep you posted. After almost one year of hard work, […]

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Continue reading about Do you want to write a cookbook?

Ivy on October 6th, 2010

  This time of the year the grapes are very cheap so apart from making moustalevria, you can make it into fruit preserve and use it in lots of recipes like cheesecake, panna cotta, eat it plain as it is or with Greek yoghurt etc.   When the grapes fall off the bunch, here in […]

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Continue reading about Glyko Stafyli (Grape Preserve)

Today is a special day as it is the 50th Anniversary of the Cyprus Republic.  You will find a short history on Cyprus at the end of the post. Kolokythoanthoi or Ath(th)i, as they are called in Cyprus, pronounced with a thick “th”, are the blossoms of the courgettes (zucchini).   The zucchini blossom flowers […]

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Continue reading about Independence day with Athoi Gemistoi – Stuffed zucchini blossom flowers

Ι wish to thank you all for your lovely messages, either private, here or at facebook after the announcement of the death of my beloved brother. Although I still need some time to grieve, and it will take some time until I feel like blogging again, I am writing this post for my orthodox readers […]

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Continue reading about My take on Fanouropita: “with Tahini” (Vegan Cake)

Ivy on June 17th, 2010

One of my favourite summer dishes is fasolakia yahni, a traditional dish with grean beans, which is easy, tasty, cheap and healthy.   Yahni is the method of cooking and is similar to a stew or ragout. In Greece we get two types of green beans. Barbounia, which are flat and tsaoulia, which are the […]

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Continue reading about Fassolakia Yiahni (Green beans in tomato sauce)


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