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Ivy on Μαΐου 17th, 2011

Greek Cuisine has a lot of simple but delicious recipes and home-cooked meals are defininitely healthier as you know what ingredients you use and there are no preservatives and, when compared to dining out, much cheaper. Now that our children will be living on their own and have minimum cooking experience, they have asked me […]

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Ivy on Μαΐου 15th, 2011

One of my favourite Greek herbs is kafkalithres.   It’s scientific name is Tordylium Apulum. I quote from «Food in the Ancient World from A to Z», by Andrew Dalby, page 173. «Hartwort (Tordylium spp.) genus of wild plants, used in Greece in drugs and medicinal wines and also as pot herbs and culinary herbs.  Tordylium […]

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Continue reading about Kagianas me Kafkalithres, myronia and pasto Lakonias

Ivy on Μαΐου 12th, 2011

  The weather is very stubborn this year and the Spring weather seems like a shy girl, who doesn’t want to come out from her shell and is hiding away and is grumpy and bad tempered. The beaches are empty, it is windy and the temperatures are below normal for this time of the year.  […]

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Continue reading about Spaghetti with Wild Agrelia (Asparagus) Pesto

Today is Mother’s Day, so I would like to wish all the moms in the world «Happy Mother’s Day»! Οlive oil is  by far the greatest exponent of monosaturated fat and base of the Mediterranean diet, which is regarded to be the exemplar of correct and healthy diet and a factor of longevity. Greece is […]

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Continue reading about Announcing Creative Concoctions #4 and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Giveaway

I hope you all had wonderful holidays. We spent some days in Sparta where we had our traditional lamb on the spit and kokoretsi. On Monday we visited the nearby village of Agios Georgios Voutianoi, where St. George’s day is celebrated with horse races. The weather was mostly sunny and enjoyed our visit there. On […]

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Ivy on Απριλίου 19th, 2011

  Tsourekia is a brioche type of sweet bread which is braided and is part of our Easter and Christmas traditions. These are the tsourekia I made last year.  I made them with chestnut filling and glazed them with chocolate. The chestnut filling is optional but it’s an addition that surely adds to the wonderful […]

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Ivy on Απριλίου 13th, 2011

During the Great Lent period which is 48 days before Easter, the Orthodox abstain from eating foods containing animals with red blood (meats, poultry, game, fish), as well and products from animals with red blood (such as milk, cheese, eggs, etc.)  Fish with backbones are not allowed but mollusks like squid, octopus, shrimps, mussels etc., […]

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Continue reading about Dolmadakia Bakaliarou (Dolmades with Cod Fillets)

  Bougatsa with Semolina Pastry Cream Bougatsa has its origins from the Byzantine period (before the fall of the city in 1453), when Constantinople was still Greek and was famous for its plakountes, which meant flat and when these were later taken by the Romans  were called placentae.  The word bougatsa is also connected with […]

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Continue reading about Bougatsa (Phyllo Pastry with sweet cream) and Nistisimi Bougatsa (vegan)

Ivy on Απριλίου 1st, 2011

One thing I forgot to mention in my post for Nafplion was about Psorokostena, which is  a disparaging noun Greeks use to label Greece’s perceived socio-economic limitations. During the Ottoman occupancy, the Greeks were very poor but also after the Independence people lived in poverty for many years.  One day in 1826 they gathered at […]

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Ivy on Μαρτίου 21st, 2011

Spring is officially here today as 21st March marks the beginning of this beautiful season.  We have been having good  weather the past days and the day is getting bigger.   The temperature is rising, the trees are blooming, the birds are chirping early in the morning and in the park we go walking to in […]

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Continue reading about Spring and Halvas with Chocolate, Nuts and Dried Fruit (Vegan)

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