Lenten Dishes

Ivy on April 2nd, 2015

This recipe is one of those recipes where it will leave you wondering “why didn’t I think of this before?”. During the fasting period of Lent, I get very creative when creating new recipes.  This recipe may be very simple but then many other simple recipes are delicious but it always needs someone to think about […]

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Continue reading about Penne Skordalia with Courgettes and Olives

  My birthday was two days ago but since we are now living alone in the village I did not plan to make a cake. However, on Sunday morning, I unexpectedly had a call that some friends of ours were visiting Nafplion and would come over to visit us. As we are fasting for Lent, […]

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Continue reading about Vegan Butternut Squash Mandarin Cake with Butternut Squash – Almond Glaze

Ivy on March 26th, 2015

Thrapsala (Illex coindetti or short-fin squid) are of the same family as calamari but much more cheaper, at least here in Greece, but equally delicious. As I do not find the time to post my recipes immediately, they have been waiting patiently for the right time to be posted, the first one being cooked three […]

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Continue reading about Three Recipes with Thrapsala (Short-fin Squid)

Ivy on March 16th, 2015

Chickpeas are one of my favourite legumes which I cook quite often in many variations. This time I combined them with spinach,  which makes a delicious and healthy vegan dish, perfect during the period Lent. If you do not have the aromatic herbs I have used you can leave them out or substitute with some parsley. Stewed […]

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Continue reading about Stewed Chickpeas with Spinach

Louvi, as we call it in Cyprus, is black eyed beans.  In Greece they are called fassolia mavrommatika (louvi xero) and louvi fresko, when it is still green, is called ambelofassoula in Greece. Louvi fresko can be eaten as a main dish but also as a salad to accompany other dishes. Louvi xero can be […]

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Continue reading about Louvi – and Black eyed Peas with Chard and Black eyed Peas Salad with Avocado

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 March 28th, 2009

Falafels are street food sold in Middle Eastern countries and are made with dried legumes like chickpeas, fava beans soaked in water for many hours and then they are combined with spices and are bound together with flour or bulgur wheat and then they are fried, shaped into small balls or patties. In Greece we […]

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The period of the Great Lent started yesterday with Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) and this is called Saracosti.   During the period of Saracosti  the faithful fast for a period of 48 days and not 40, as it is usually said: the six weeks of Lent and Holy Week.  This is not obligatory and most people […]

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Continue reading about Nistisimes Syntages – Food for the Soul (Lenten Recipes)

Ivy on January 18th, 2009

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions but I know that I am back to healthy cooking again and I’ll try to keep cooking as healthy as possible. After all that butter which was consumed during December and gaining a few kilos, I haven’t yet made anything sweet this month and although I am not […]

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Continue reading about Fakes Soupa (Greek Lentil Soup)


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