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Arbaroriza (Pelargonium graveolens), called kiouli in Cyprus, is one of my favourite plants and it is so common in Greece and Cyprus that you will surely find one in most gardens or balconies, planted in pots or directly in the garden. Scented geraniums  belong to the Geraniaceae family but they should not be confused with other […]

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Continue reading about Arbaroriza – Kiouli (Scented Geraniums – Pelargonium graveolens)

I think that by now, you all know about my love to make preserves.  Yesterday when I went to the farmers’ market, peaches and nectarines were very cheap.  Although I only bought a kilo of each to eat them, I could not resist making them into jam. Summer is the time for stone fruits and […]

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Continue reading about Jammin again… Marmelada Rodakino & Nektarinia (Spicy Peach and Nectarine Jam)

  Whenever I make the Cypriot lentils dish with rice (fakhes moudjentra) I always want to make some fried eggs, probably because it brings back memories of my childhood in Cyprus.  My children did not like lentils as well when they were kids and although now that they are grown up they do eat lentils, they also want […]

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Continue reading about Omeleta me Patates and Prozymi (How to make easy bread starter)

I was recently contacted by GreekFoodShop.com who offered to send me some Greek products to review and I gladly accepted. GreekFoodShop.com is a new venture put together by young Greek entrepreneurs, who despite the country’s economic crisis and current wave of events wish to invest on the export of quality Greek food products and help […]

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Continue reading about Selected Greek products now online, by GreekFoodShop.com

Ivy on April 13th, 2012

I’ve been making tsourekia for years and when a recipe is tried and tested and good, I do not see any reason why changing it.   However, things do happen in the kitchen. Holy Thursday is the day we dye our Easter eggs and do most of the baking, so as usual, yesterday I dyed […]

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Continue reading about Braided Savory Cheese Tsoureki

Ivy on April 11th, 2012

  Lambriatika or Paschalina Koulourakia are Greek Easter butter cookies, which are traditionally made only during Easter and have a distinct flavour as baking ammonia is used as the leavening agent.    Baking ammonia, or ammonium bicarbonate, was used before the advent of baking soda and baking powder.  It is a chemical leavening agent originally made from […]

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Continue reading about Lambriatika Koulourakia (Greek Easter Cookies)

Ivy on April 8th, 2012

Anginares à la polita is a dish originating from Constantinople, in Greek Constantinoupolis, also called “Polis” meaning the city of Constantine. Therefore this dish means “artichokes city-style”.  Asia Minor used to be Greek for millenia until the Turkish Empire captured those territories as well.  The Greeks developed several styles of cooking such as Smyrneiki Kouzina or Politiki […]

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Continue reading about Anginares à la Polita (Vegan Artichokes)

  Happy Easter to all my friends celebrating Easter tomorrow. For us Orthodox, it’s Palm Sunday tomorrow and one of the two times during Lent where fish is allowed to be eaten.   The other day was on the 25th March, the Anunciation on the Holy Mary, when I cooked this recipe, as we avoided […]

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Continue reading about Perka sti Ladokolla (Perch en Papillote) with Fresh Rosemary and Garlic

Ivy on March 25th, 2012

Today is Evangelismos tis Theotokou (Annunciation Day) and also our Independence Day.  Chronia Polla to all our co-Hellences and Chronia Polla to my daughter, Evangelia (Elia) who is celebrating her name day. Whenever someone is celebrating their name day, there is always a dessert to offer to our guests. Although today I have made eclairs as this […]

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Continue reading about Kok, Greek Sponge Sandwiches

  Last Thursday was Tsiknopempti, which literally translates as stinky Thursday.  Stinky in a good sense, referring to the smell (tsikna) of the smoke coming , from the charred meat, which fills the atmosphere from everywhere on that day, as it is a tradition to grill or fry meet.  Pempti means fifth as it is […]

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Continue reading about Easy Spetzofai (Spicy Mezes with Sausages) and other recipes with My Spicy Sauce


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