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This is my first post for 2013, so even belatedly I wish all of you a Happy New Year. As always I like to start my first post of the year with a sweet recipe, which symbolizes a sweet new year. This carrot cake is delicious!  The result in a very moist cake without a […]

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Continue reading about Ginger Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese & Saffron Frosting

This year, like every Christmas, I have made some of the traditional Greek desserts I make every year. These melt in your mouth kourabiedes, which are buttery, shortbread cookies, are based on the recipe contained in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!  The basic ingredients are the same but this year […]

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Continue reading about Peanut Butter Cookies and the traditional desserts I made for Christmas

  As this month is the month of Halloween, Baking Partners chose as there theme to bake Cupcakes or Muffins with pumpkin. We had three choices but I chose to make Pumpkin chocolate chips Muffins from Joy of baking  which in its turn was also  adapted from  Baking from the Heart, a collaborative cookbook with Michael J Rosen, a recipe suggested by Reshmi […]

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Continue reading about Butternut Squash Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chocolate Carob Syrup Buttercream Frosting

  What do you do when you have a huge butternut squash around 8 kilos? My neighbour in Assini gave me two huge butternut squashes from her garden the evening before leaving Nafplio.  One of it was not ripe yet, so I left it there hoping that by the time I get back it will […]

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Continue reading about Savoury Cornmeal Crumble with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta

Ivy on October 10th, 2012

Pollo alla cacciatora, translates and hunter’s chicken.  I don’t know if game, such as rabbit was originally involved and later on chicken was used to deserve its original name or if whether it is just hunter’s style chicken, the way the hunter cooked his chicken or whether when the hunter came back home from hunting, […]

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Continue reading about Pollo alla cacciatora (Hunter’s Chicken Stew)

Ivy on September 15th, 2012

Although in my last post I mentioned that it would take a long time to have an internet connection, things turned out much easier than what we were originally expecting and got the telephone line installed a couple of weeks after we arrived. It was a real odyssey to relocate and three weeks later most […]

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Continue reading about Chocolate Cream Cookies

Can you believe it has been five years since I started blogging?  I myself find it hard to believe that I made it so far.  I am an Aries and Aries tend to get bored very easily but although there are times that I do feel tired of blogging, I seem to be hooked with […]

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Continue reading about 5 years Blog Anniversary with Chocolate Peppermint Almond Cake

Ivy on August 6th, 2012

I am really excited to announce that I joined a  group of home bakers helping each other to achieve perfection. I saw the announcement at Reeni’s blog and there was no second thought.  I never joined the Daring Bakers as I was afraid I could’nt cope but I think I’ve gone a long way since then […]

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Continue reading about Baking Partners: A new Baking Group

Ivy on August 4th, 2012

 “Let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food”, Hippocrates. Garlic (Allium sativum), is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been grown for over 5000 years.   In ancient Greece we find garlic mentioned in Aristotle’s writings, who mentions that it was used as a tonic but […]

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Continue reading about How to Roast and Preserve Garlic

  Making crumbles, crisps, cobblers etc., I think is the best way to use leftover fruit.  When I go to the farmers’ market I get carried away and sometimes I buy more fruit than we eat.  So before they perish I end up making crumbles, at least that’s what I call them.   Some times […]

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Continue reading about Cobbler, Crisp, Crumble, Grunt, Slump, Clafoutis.. You Get the Picture


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