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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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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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Ivy on March 5th, 2015

I have not been feeling very well since last weekend.   On Saturday morning we had gone to the farmers’ market  as well as to the supermarket for our weekly shopping and the first signs of feeling a bit exhausted had appeared.  I paid no attention and returning back home  I had tons of things to […]

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The carnival season is celebrated in Greece and Cyprus for three weeks.  The celebrations start by the “opening of the Triodion”, as it is called by our church.    The first week is called Profoni or Profonisimi (because people would loudly announce the beginning of the carnival), in which people prepare their pigs to be […]

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Continue reading about Marinated Garlic Petimezi Pork chops with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Ivy on January 20th, 2015

  One of my favourite marmalades is the one with mixed citrus.  You can make the marmalade using any combination of citrus fruit and if you like you can change the ratio of each fruit depending on dominating flavour you would like to taste.  You can follow the same method to make each fruit separately. […]

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Ivy on December 29th, 2014

The turkey I cooked this year was around 4.5 kilos and of course there were roasted potatoes, the turkey stuffing, mushroom and prune sauce, yoghurt sauce and tabbouleh, which was way too much for the four of us, so he had lots of leftovers. All the family prefers eating the turkey breast but we couldn’t […]

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Ivy on December 27th, 2014

On Christmas day it is a tradition in our house to stuff and roast a turkey.  So, whether you have leftover turkey from your Christmas feast or extra leftover roasted chicken to use, this delicious turkey (or chicken) and pasta pie is a lovely way to use your leftovers without having to eat the same food for […]

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Ivy on December 5th, 2014

Milokopi (Shi Drum – Umbrina cirrosa), is a delicious Mediterranean fish recipe which I made up having Briam in mind.    This way you have your baked fish with some vegetables on the side.  I used the vegetables I had at home that day but you can also add some carrots and courgettes as well. The […]

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