Cypriot

Louvi is black eyed beans.  When they are still fresh they are called louvi fresko (or ambelofassoula in Greece) and louvi xero (or mavrommatika) when they are dried. Louvi fresko can be eaten as a main dish but also as a salad to accompany other dishes. Louvi xero can be eaten as a stew with […]

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Continue reading about Louvi – and Black eyed Peas with Chard and Black eyed Peas Salad with Avocado

Ivy on Απριλίου 6th, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.   This year we did not go to Sparta as my daughter wanted to stay and study.  She is graduating high school and as the system in Greece sucks if you want to be admitted to University you must study day and night. Like all Greek families we […]

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Continue reading about Kolokassi (taro) and Pork in Avgolemono Sauce

Ivy on Μαρτίου 27th, 2010

Savoro, which means sour, is a sauce which my mother used to make whenever we had fried fish such as red red mullets (μπαρμπούνι), mullets (κουτσομούρα) or other fish like bogue (γόπα)etc.  The combination of vinegar and rosemary is a method they used to preserve food back when there were no refrigerators. Whenever we had fried […]

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Continue reading about Koutsomoures Savoro (Red Mullets with Savoro Sauce)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 15th, 2010

As there is not much to say about revithosoupa, which is a simple dish, before I tell you how I make it, let’s talk a little about the word «Opaaa!!».    I am taking this opportunity because the song which has been voted for the Eurovision song contest is called «OPA». It’s an ethnic song and […]

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Continue reading about Opaaaa!! Revithosoupa (Greek Chickpea soup)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 19th, 2010

Hi everyone.  I am back from Cyprus, after visiting my family for a few days.  Although the weather was not very good, mostly cloudy and cold, I had a great time.  The days passed so quickly and all the days were full, visiting most of my relatives and of course, eating and eating (and again […]

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Continue reading about Panigyri in Cyprus and some Cypriot products

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 4th, 2010

Chronia Polla – Happy 2010!!  I hope you all had a wonderful time.   Unlike Christmas day, we had a wonderful time during these holidays.  The weather here in Greece was fantastic and more like Spring (I heard on the weather forecast that it was the hottest New Year day the past hundred years) so with […]

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Continue reading about Greek Herby Shrimp Risotto

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 31st, 2009

The recipe is different from those I have made in the past and is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste! Other recipes for Vassilopita: Vassilopita

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Continue reading about Happy New Year Wishes!!

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 24th, 2009

In Cyprus it is tradition to offer these treats after the wedding, instead of bombonieres (favours), which are offered in Greece. After the church ceremony the couple and the parents of the bride and groom line up for congratulations and one of these wedding cakes are offered to the guests, neatly folded in cellophane paper. […]

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Continue reading about Loukoumia tou Gamou (Cypriot Wedding Cakes)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 23rd, 2009

Most of us have a hard time deciding what to cook for the holidays. Here are a few ideas and hope this will help a few of you. Psaronefri with prune sauce Stuffed Turkey Roulade Stuffed Turkey (Cypriot recipe) Cottage pie with your leftovers Roasted lamb or goat Beef in Dark Beer and Pumpkin Sweet […]

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Continue reading about A few ideas for the holiday table

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 15th, 2009

Kourabies (pl. kourabiedes), as most of you, who follow my blog, must know by now, are the Greek shortbread cookies  made during Christmas.    In the older times, before the use of the mixer, these cookies needed elaborate preparation and that was done by hand, so these were made for special occasions such as weddings, christenings […]

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Continue reading about Melt in your mouth Kourabiedes


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