Ivy on April 1st, 2011

  Fassolada is considered to be the national dish of the Greeks because the Greeks survived those poor years eating dried legumes and vegetables.   Meat was eaten rarely and only on special occasions.  Even until early sixties,  meat was eaten only on Sundays but after a few decades of prosperity we are back to “psorokostena” […]


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The white giant  beans called “gigantes or elephantes” have been cultivated in Northern Greece (Kastoria, Florina, and Drama etc.,) for centuries and are recognized by the European Union as products of Protected Geographic Indication (PGI).  These black giant beans are a new Greek variety and are not widely known in Greek cooking yet. They are […]


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Ivy on March 5th, 2010

I feel embarrassed that I have never posted this dish before.  Although this is a staple dish in all Greek households and I cook it very often, I have somehow forgotten to post about it. Fassolia (phaseolus lunatus) gigantes, meaning “giant” are similar to elephant beans, lima beans or butter beans, but if you can […]


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Ivy on June 3rd, 2008

I really loved the last pesto I made recently with fresh cardamom and rocket and as I had some leftover, I did not want any to be wasted. As I already said in other posts, I am using the word leftover a lot lately. I try and cook dried legumes as often as I can […]


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Ivy on January 7th, 2008

  Beans are considered to be the national food of the Greeks. I do not know the story behind this, maybe it is because they used to eat them a lot, but according to food historians, fassolia and fassolada has been around since ancient Greek times. However, years back they used to call beans “the […]


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Ivy on November 23rd, 2007

  From all the dried legumes, fassolia (beans) are my favourite.  Fassolada (or fassoulada, as the peasants call it), is  a hearty navy beans stew, or soup if you like  and is considered to be the national food of the Greeks. In this stew (or soup) a few vegetables, such as carrots, potato, onion, garlic and […]


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