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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Continue reading about Brown Lentils with Carrots, Orzo and Caramelized Onions

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

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)

I don’t know if you have ever tasted carob syrup but it’s amazing.    They say that it’s a good substitute for chocolate.   I bring some from Cyprus every time I visit and use it often in many recipe.  If you can find it please try it or otherwise substitute it with «epsima» called petimezi […]

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Continue reading about Carob Syrup, Koulourouthkia me Teratsomelo and Spiced Ginger Chocolate Cake with Teratsomelo (Carob Syrup)

Ivy on Απριλίου 16th, 2010

Mpamies (okra) is a summer vegetable and can be very delicious if cooked properly.  When cooking fresh okra what I learned from my mother was to cut the stem around but without revealing the seeds. After cutting it carefully that part is dipped in salt, and when all of them are done, they should be […]

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Continue reading about Mpamies me liastes ntomates (Braised Okra with sun-dried tomatoes)

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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Continue reading about Gemista (Stuffed Tomatoes) and a Well Balanced 3 Course Meal

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 20th, 2009

Memorial. (Gr. Μνημόσυνο Mnemosyno – mnee moh see no). A special service held in the Orthodox Church for the repose of the souls of the dead. Memorial services are held on the third, ninth and fortieth day; after six months, and after one or three years after death, then annually. Boiled wheat is used as […]

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Continue reading about Kollyva – Honouring our deceased

Ivy on Ιουλίου 24th, 2008

Melitzanes giahni or as they are called in Cyprus «vazania giahni», are eggplants in tomato sauce.  My mother,  as well as all other Cypriot women, would fry the potatoes and eggplants in a lot of oil and they would then sauté the onion in the oil and add fresh ripe tomatoes and tomato paste, as […]

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Continue reading about Vazania (melitzanes) giahni (stewed eggplants)

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