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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 24th, 2014

The best time to make these olives here in Greece but also all over the Mediterranean is from the beginning of October till late November when the olives begin to ripen and are still green. I bought these olives from the farmers” market in Nafplion early in October and what made me buy them was […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 16th, 2014

A sudden trip popped up, unexpectedly and since I had some fruit in the fridge (the peaches were from last week), the bananas started to have spots, so since I already had dessert in the fridge, what better way to use them and make some jam. Our neighbour who has the citrus grove next door has two […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 3rd, 2014

  In my previous recipe for Spicy Cornmeal Breadsticks with Graviera and Tomato Chutney, I had used some of this Tomato Chutney I had recently made. I” ve been hearing about Tomato Chutneys for many years now, so it was about time to make some and see if it was as amazing as I had […]

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Ivy on Αυγούστου 13th, 2014

  I’ve written about purslane (portulaca oleracea) in many other posts. Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. The stems, the leaves and the flowers are all edible.   Ms. Simopoulos states that Purslane has .01 mg/g of EPA. This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for land based vegetable sources. EPA is an Omega-3 […]

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Ivy on Ιουλίου 8th, 2014

I have already posted the recipe for making Apricot Jam but this one deserves a separate post just to show you how quickly you can turn some ripe fruit into jam in no time.  It took 15 minutes from start to finish. I bought these fruit six days ago and after eating as many as […]

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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 Αυγούστου 25th, 2013

Masticha (pistacia lentiscus var. chia ), is produced in the island of Chios and comes in resins or tears as they are called. It is very aromatic and used to flavour food.  Masticha has a wonderful but acquired taste, so a small quantity to start with is advisable.  A few mastic resins, 5 – 6 (depending on […]

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Ivy on Ιουνίου 11th, 2010

Make your own Greek spice mixture. You can use it to add a little extra flavor to your Greek dishes.   It goes well with poultry but also in many more recipes.  It is very easy to make your own spice mixture.  You can season chicken, fish or other meat or add it in marinades.  If […]

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Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 10th, 2008

  Elies Kalamon (mostly known as Kalamata olives abroad), is a supreme variety of edible olives which are cultivated mainly in the Messinia (Kalamata) and Lakonia (Sparta) districts and in the wide area of Agrinion as well. The olive fruit is collected when it ripens from mid November till mid January. After the processing procedure (carving, salt solution, vinegar) we get […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 18th, 2007

Although I have already given a few recipes for spoon sweets (fruit preserves), I forgot to mention how we know if the syrup is ready. It is very important for spoon sweets and jams that the syrup has the proper density. If we have doubts and don’t know if the syrup is ready this is […]

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