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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 7th, 2009

Each year I have been making the same Christmas Cake year after year after year and I still love it and will be making it again some time in the future. However, I still want to experiment with new things and this year I am making a Christmas Cake based on the older recipe but […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 3rd, 2009

Yiaourti pr. yee-ah-OOR-tee is yoghurt and strangisto means strained. We are very lucky to have this delicious and velvety yoghurt, the queen of all dairy products, so easily available.  It is nutritious, high in calcium, a good source of protein and does not contain cholesterol.  However, in many parts of the world they don’t have it, […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 28th, 2009

Gyristarkes, from the Greek verb γυρίζω = turn, now commonly known as glystarkes or glistarkes, is a kind of grid-like crusty, sesame rusks.   The bread sticks are dipped into sesame seeds and then they are shaped beginning with a cross (as it had a religious meaning as well) and then other bread sticks are added […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 19th, 2009

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  I have participated at this event last year as well and I shall continue to support it because every woman must be aware of this silent killer. Michelle ofBleeding Espressoand Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy are sponsoring an O Foods Contest.  Please see below for the details.  Please […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 14th, 2009

I think a Greek blog would be incomplete without introducing some of the Greek cheeses. I have written about some of these cheeses in the past but I thought that it would be a good idea to put them all in one post with some recipes.   In the future I shall be updating this post […]

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Ivy on Ιουλίου 24th, 2009

  Eating healthy or being on a diet does not necessarily mean that you should eat boring food.  I have been watching my diet and loosing weight just by eating a little bit healthier.    Maybe I have not lost many kilos but I am satisfied loosing 2 kilos a month, without being hungry. I […]

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Continue reading about Mpiftekia (Greek Feta Burgers) with Vlita and Garlicky Cucumber Salad

Ivy on Ιουλίου 22nd, 2009

Fava beans, in Greek Φούλια (foulia) is a legume similar to broad beans (ficia fava) in ancient Greek named κύαμος (κyamos) and in modern Greek κουκιά (koukia) and was one of the species of beans than existed in the ancient world.   Fava beans are mentioned by Homer (8th to 9th century B.C.).   Greeks […]

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Ivy on Ιουλίου 15th, 2009

Gemista are one of my favourite dishes as it is a combination of so many tastes and aromas. Vegetables (green bell peppers and eggplants), Greek extra virgin olive oil, rice, potatoes, herbs like parsley and mint (also kafkalithres - Tordylium Apulum or small hartwort and myronia - shepherd’s needles – (scandix pecten veneris) as well as spring onions) […]

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Ivy on Ιουλίου 7th, 2009

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built in order to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, covering a large period of time, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece but […]

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Ivy on Ιουνίου 30th, 2009

Now that it’s summer and very hot, it’s hard to stay at home, so I have been away during the weekend and we came back last evening.  I’ve had too many other things to do, so I haven’t had time to visit friends but hope to do this soon. After the Beef and Pork Galette, […]

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