Nistisima (Lenten)

Did you know that in the Middle Ages the British used to call the cauliflower «Cyprus Colewort»?   It is believed that the cauliflower originated in Cyprus, where the oldest record dates from the 6th century b.C.    Cauliflower,  arrived in Europe from Cyprus by the Venetians. It was then introduced to mainland Europe through Italy in […]

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Continue reading about Kounoupidi me Patates Kapamas (Stewed Cauliflower with Potatoes)

Ivy on Απριλίου 24th, 2014

Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) to all my Christian readers. Hope you had a joyful Easter! This recipe is one of those I cooked at the restaurant, at the beginning on Lent, when I was in Cyprus, for the staff. I love dried legumes, especially lentils and if I were to chose between a meat dish or […]

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Vegan Coconut Mandarin Samali (Semolina Cake) and How to Make Vegan Whipped Cream

Ivy on Απριλίου 16th, 2014

This Lenten or vegan dessert is a twist to a recipe I used to make in the restaurant called Samali or Kalon Prama in Cyprus, which we offered to our clients after their meal free of charge.  The traditional recipe is a semolina cake flavoured with mastic and drenched in syrup.  Some blanched almonds are […]

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Ivy on Απριλίου 15th, 2014

My last post about my trip to Cyprus was quite difficult and it took me about 15 days to finish it.  Now that I am done with this post, I can start blogging again, hopefully on a more regular basis and start posting recipes and visiting my favourite blogs again. After coming back, we spent […]

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Continue reading about Aromatic Blackeyed Peas with Wild Greens and Quinoa

Green beans are cheap this time of the year, so I practically cook them once a week.  When we came back from the farmers” market,  I  cleaned, washed and dried them and  the following day they were ready to be cooked. When buying them, I intended to cook them yiahni, as is the usual Greek […]

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Continue reading about Stove top Tourlou-Tourlou me Fassalokia (Vegetable Medley with Green Beans)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 6th, 2008

I was not planning to post anything until tomorrow but I got up really early after the very strong earthquake we sensed today at 7.15 a.m. Memories came back after the 1999 earthquake with epicentre Parnitha, near Athens. After being assured by the mass media that no damages occurred anywhere in Greece and there would […]

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Continue reading about Briam (baked Vegetable Medley)


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