Healthy Recipes

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 24th, 2014

You may be wondering what petimezi (epsima in Cyprus) and charoupomelo (teratsomelo in Cyprus) are.   Petimezi or epsima is grape juice, cooked until a thick syrup is produced.  It’s a product produced for millenia and you may already know it as grape syrup or grape molasses.   These two Greek traditional products were used in […]

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Continue reading about Chocolate Pudding with Petimezi and Charoupomelo

Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 5th, 2014

  I mentioned this recipe in my post for the Tomato and Fruit Chutney.  You can use the chutney as a sauce to dress your pasta dishes and you will have an easy pasta dish prepared in no time, which is not only easy to make but also delicious. This time of the year I […]

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Continue reading about Whole Wheat Penne with Courgettes, Tomato Chutney & Feta

Ivy on Αυγούστου 5th, 2014

  As August is the vacation month in Greece, no one wants to stay at home, although we are not going on vacation.  However, living near the seaside, we do enjoy going to the beach almost everyday.  We go early in the morning and by the time we get back to have breakfast, shower, wash […]

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Continue reading about Minty, Avocado and Purslane Tzatziki

Ivy on Ιουλίου 23rd, 2014

When it comes to creating a new recipe, I just follow my instict, which fortunate enough for me, it always works. I’ve made many chickpea salads over the years and today I wanted to make something totally new.   I knew the recipe would work just as well with pasta, rice or quinoa as I have used […]

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Continue reading about Chickpea Salad with Bulgur Wheat, Feta and Pesto

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

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

Ivy on Ιουλίου 14th, 2013

These vegetarian lentil burgers started as an experiment one day when I had leftover Fakes Moudjentra.  We loved them and ever since I make more to have leftovers.  Usually when lentils with rice are leftover, the rice absorbs all the fluid so they become one mass which are not enjoyable to be eaten the next […]

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Continue reading about Fakokeftedes, Healthful Greek Lentil Burgers, with leftovers

  Summer Escapes part VI- A glimpse at ancient and modern Sparti, Laconia Sparti, view from Taygettus Mountain   Sparta or Sparti (Σπάρτη) as it is called in modern Greek, is the administrative capital of the prefecture of Laconia. It is 250 kilometres from Athens, located in the Southern part of Greece and has a […]

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Continue reading about Revithia giahni sti gastra (chickpea stew) and a virtual tour to Sparti

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


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