Ladera

Eggplants (aubergines) are now seasonal and combined with potatoes and cheese makes this a delicious summer meal.  The secret of this dish is the addition of potatoes which suck up all the deliciousness of the sauce, which make it irresistible. This dish was inspired by my Cypriot recipe Vazania (melitzanes) Giahni (stewed eggplants) which is a […]

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Mpamies (okra) is a summer vegetable and can be very delicious if cooked properly.  When cooking fresh okra what I learned from my mother was to cut the stem around but without revealing the seeds. After cutting it carefully that part is dipped in salt, and when all of them are done, they should be […]

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Continue reading about Mpamies me liastes ntomates (Braised Okra with sun-dried tomatoes)

Gemista are one of my favourite dishes as it is a combination of so many tastes and aromas. Vegetables (green bell peppers and eggplants), Greek extra virgin olive oil, rice, potatoes, herbs like parsley and mint (also kafkalithres – Tordylium Apulum or small hartwort and myronia – shepherd’s needles – (scandix pecten veneris) as well as spring onions) […]

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Continue reading about Gemista (Stuffed Tomatoes) and a Well Balanced 3 Course Meal

Ivy on July 24th, 2008

Melitzanes giahni or as they are called in Cyprus “vazania giahni”, are eggplants in tomato sauce.  My mother,  as well as all other Cypriot women, would fry the potatoes and eggplants in a lot of oil and they would then sauté the onion in the oil and add fresh ripe tomatoes and tomato paste, as […]

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Continue reading about Vazania (melitzanes) giahni (stewed eggplants)

  It’s difficult to cook for a family when you can’t get the whole family to eat the same thing. My children are not very fond of legumes and most of the times I have to cook two meals so that everyone will eat. I have made it a rule to cook legumes at least […]

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Continue reading about Louvi – Mavrommatika (Black eyed beans) in tomato sauce

Ivy on January 6th, 2008

I was not planning to post anything until tomorrow but I got up really early after the very strong earthquake we sensed today at 7.15 a.m. Memories came back after the 1999 earthquake with epicentre Parnitha, near Athens. After being assured by the mass media that no damages occurred anywhere in Greece and there would […]

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Continue reading about Briam (baked Vegetable Medley)

Ivy on November 1st, 2007

  Okra is a summer vegetable and in Greece they appear in the farmers’ market from June to late September. Fresh okra is often maligned for being slimy, but if they are handled properly, before cooked,  these small, green pods will become delicious when cooked if you follow one of the following two procedures: First […]

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Continue reading about How to clean Okra and Okra Stew (Mpamies Giahni)

 
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