Kopiaste..to Greek Hospitality http://kopiaste.org ... for Authentic & Healthy Greek and Cypriot Recipes Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:40:23 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 Nemea and Nearby Wineries http://kopiaste.org/2015/04/nemea-and-nearby-wineries/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/04/nemea-and-nearby-wineries/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:39:39 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24627  On Saturday 18th April, 2015 it was National Museum day so we decided to visit the archaeological site of Nemea, which is about 45 km north-west to Assini. The site of ancient Nemea lies in a small upland valley.  Its name derives from the Greek word “nemos”, which means meadow, pasture.  Its location, which was in […]

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Tsoureki Flower filled with Praline http://kopiaste.org/2015/04/tsoureki-flower-filled-with-praline/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/04/tsoureki-flower-filled-with-praline/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:03 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24596 Tsoureki is a type of Greek style sweet brioche bread.   What makes it different is the kind of butter used and its flavour as mahleb and mastic resins are used, which gives it a unique taste. This year I decided to make something different, so I made some changes to my recipe.  What makes […]

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Penne Skordalia with Courgettes and Olives http://kopiaste.org/2015/04/penne-skordalia-with-courgettes-and-olives/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/04/penne-skordalia-with-courgettes-and-olives/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:18:31 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24551 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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Vegan Butternut Squash Mandarin Cake with Butternut Squash – Almond Glaze http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/vegan-butternut-squash-mandarin-cake-with-butternut-squash-almond-glaze/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/vegan-butternut-squash-mandarin-cake-with-butternut-squash-almond-glaze/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:07:34 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24536   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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Three Recipes with Thrapsala (Short-fin Squid) http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/three-recipes-with-thrapsala-short-fin-squid/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/three-recipes-with-thrapsala-short-fin-squid/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:11:02 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24518 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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Tahinopsomo (Star Tahini Bread) http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/tahinopsomo-star-tahini-bread/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/tahinopsomo-star-tahini-bread/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:46:32 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24496   Tahinopsomo is a beautiful star shaped bread filled with tahini and honey based on the Cypriot recipe for Tahinopita.  However, this is much easier to make by just following the simple technique I used. We can bake it in round baking tin in order to make it look more like bread but if it is […]

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Stewed Chickpeas with Spinach http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/stewed-chickpeas-with-spinach/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/stewed-chickpeas-with-spinach/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:04:14 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24484 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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Marshmallows Bergamot Birthday Cake http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/marshmallows-bergamot-birthday-cake/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/marshmallows-bergamot-birthday-cake/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:58:36 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24475 Today is Elia’s Birthday.  I can’t believe how time flies and she is already turning 23.   Happy Birthday sweetie!! I made this cake last Friday, as she visited us on Saturday.  Although I was still not feeling well, after the flu, I managed to make this cake for her with the ingredients I had at […]

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Why is chicken soup good when you have a cold? http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/chicken-soup-good-cold/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/03/chicken-soup-good-cold/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:30:37 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24443 I have not been feeling very well since last weekend.   On Saturday morning we had gone to the farmers’ market  as well as to the supermarket for our weekly shopping and the first signs of feeling a bit exhausted had appeared.  I paid no attention and returning back home  I had tons of things to […]

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Crispy Phyllo Wrapped Feta http://kopiaste.org/2015/02/crispy-phyllo-wrapped-feta/ http://kopiaste.org/2015/02/crispy-phyllo-wrapped-feta/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:12:05 +0000 http://kopiaste.org/?p=24406 As I said in my previous post, the second week of the carnival is called “Tyrini” (from the word cheese), where only dairy products are allowed to be eaten.  However, most people continue to eat meat and only on Sunday, the last day of Tyrini, the tradition is followed by almost everybody. So, if you want to […]

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