Aubergines

Ivy on Ιουνίου 8th, 2014

  The dish is called hünkâr beğendi in Turkish, which means «the sultan was satisfied».   The French chef serving  sultan Murad IV (who was sultan from 1623 to 1640) , combined his knowledge with French cuisine to prepare a dish which would satisfy the sultan and he fully succeeded, creating  this delicious dish. This dish was made […]

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Continue reading about Hounkiar Begendi (stewed veal) and Eggplant Purée

Ivy on Αυγούστου 22nd, 2013

Moussakas is the most known Greek dish.  Sometimes we want to go meatless, so if you also want to avoid eating meat you should try this amazing recipe, with Greek feta and Italian mozarella, adding lots of onions,  feta and a marinara sauce and topped with a bechamel sauce with feta in it.   You […]

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Continue reading about Vegetarian Greek Moussakas with Feta and Mozzarella

Ivy on Αυγούστου 7th, 2012

In Greece we have a local variety of eggplants (aubergines) called Tsakonikes, named after the region they are produced (Tsakonia) Kynouria, a region in Arcadia, Peloponnese. These eggplants are long, thin, seedless and very sweet, so you don’t have to salt them to draw out bitterness.  It is a product of protected designation of origin (PDO) […]

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Continue reading about Melitzanes me tyria (Greek Eggplants with Cheese)

Ivy on Ιουλίου 12th, 2010

My favourite eggplants until now were «tsakonikes» which I thought were the only ones which were sweet.   I avoided cooking with the big round purple ones, as I heard that they were bitter. I’ve been seeing white eggplants at the market place for a long time but had never tried them until recently.  When […]

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Continue reading about Melintzanes Santorinis (White Santorini Eggplants)

Ivy on Ιουλίου 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)

As much as I love cooking, there are a few days that I want to cook something quick and easy and what is easier than a pasta dish? This week the temperature was around 40 degrees C in Athens, so every morning my husband and I leave early in the morning and go for swimming, […]

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Continue reading about Lake Vouliagmeni and Farfalle with aubergine, peppers and purslane pesto

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 25th, 2008

Papoutsakia means little shoes and probably they are named after their shape. To me they resemble like the balarina shoes my daughter used to wear when she went to ballet when she was younger. Most of the Papoutsakia recipes I have read want the eggplants to rest in salty water for an hour so that […]

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Continue reading about Papoutsakia (Stuffed Eggplants)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 8th, 2008

These eggplant mezes are stuffed with feta and then coated with bread crumbs and deep fried.  Perfect finger food for parties or  in this case this will be my entry for Game Night Party Recipes, hosted my Mansi, at Funnfud. Melitzanes me Feta (Eggplant rolls with feta) Ingredients 2 – 3 long eggplants 2 eggs […]

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Continue reading about Rola Melitzanas me Feta (Eggplant rolls with feta)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 6th, 2008

This is a recipe I have tried from another friend from Group recipes. My friend is of Italian origin but lives in the U.S.A. and is in the catering business. I asked Crystal if she knew anything about this recipe, which used to be her grandmother’s, but unfortunately her late nonna, did not leave any […]

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Continue reading about Avignon Tomato and Eggplant casserole


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