Desserts

“Härzlech willkomme in Lozärn” and welcome to the World Culinary ABC event.  We have enjoyed seeing bloggers hosting  and participating in this event where food bloggers virtually travel around the globe in search of recipes to cook for the country or town they are hosting. Today, the town I am featuring and hosting is Lucerne, in Switzerland. […]

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Continue reading about Birewegge – Pear and Dried Fruit Tart and Welcome to Lucerne

Τhis vegan Ryzogalo (Greek rice pudding) is creamy, aromatic and  so delicious that it competes with the original classic “ryzogalo”, which is  amazing! We all love the rich “ryzogalo” our mum used to make but there are many people who are lactose or gluten intolerant and of course there are many people who follow a vegan diet, or during […]

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Continue reading about Vegan, Lactose Free and Gluten Free Ryzogalo (rice pudding)

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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Continue reading about Kolokytholoukoumades (Battered Courgette Flowers filled with Cheese)

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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Continue reading about Birthday Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese and Chocolate Glaze

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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Continue reading about Tsoureki Flower filled with Praline

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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Continue reading about Penne Skordalia with Courgettes and Olives

  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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Continue reading about Vegan Butternut Squash Mandarin Cake with Butternut Squash – Almond Glaze

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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Continue reading about Three Recipes with Thrapsala (Short-fin Squid)

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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Continue reading about Tahinopsomo (Star Tahini Bread)

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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Continue reading about Stewed Chickpeas with Spinach


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