Ivy on December 19th, 2010

These cookies were intended for a gingerbread house but one of the walls accidentally broke so I had to figure out a way to use them.  Well, there was no need to  cry over spilled milk and after all, lots of wonderful recipes were created due to an accident. The wafer cigars were intended for […]


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Ivy on December 31st, 2009

The recipe is different from those I have made in the past and is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste! Other recipes for Vassilopita: Vassilopita


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Ivy on December 28th, 2009

Hope you all had lovely Holidays.  I cannot say the same, as we had to spend a whole day in hospital on Wednesday, after my son had a stomach virus and then on Christmas day my husband caught it as well but thank God it only lasted for a few days and they are beginning […]


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Ivy on December 24th, 2009

In Cyprus it is tradition to offer these treats after the wedding, instead of bombonieres (favours), which are offered in Greece. After the church ceremony the couple and the parents of the bride and groom line up for congratulations and one of these wedding cakes are offered to the guests, neatly folded in cellophane paper. […]


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Ivy on December 23rd, 2009

Most of us have a hard time deciding what to cook for the holidays. Here are a few ideas and hope this will help a few of you. Psaronefri with prune sauce Stuffed Turkey Roulade Stuffed Turkey (Cypriot recipe) Cottage pie with your leftovers Roasted lamb or goat Beef in Dark Beer and Pumpkin Sweet […]


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Ivy on December 20th, 2009

I made these cookies last June when my son was still living in Switzerland and came to visit us for a few days.  I made them the day before he left so that he could take some with him and share them with his room mates, but by the next day the three of them […]


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This time of the year I don’t feel like posting any other recipes than cookies or cakes so I’ve opened my file and found lots of recipes I made throughout the year and I think this would be the best time to post them. I am starting with one recipe which I made last Christmas […]


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Ivy on December 16th, 2009

Pastitsia is a version of Amygalota, which means that this is a coookie with almonds.  It has almost the same same ingredients as a macaron or a macaroon and is crunchy outside, soft inside and chewy. These cookies used to be the traditional confection offered at engagements in Cyprus and weddings in many parts of […]


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Ivy on December 15th, 2009

Kourabies (pl. kourabiedes), as most of you, who follow my blog, must know by now, are the Greek shortbread cookies  made during Christmas.    In the older times, before the use of the mixer, these cookies needed elaborate preparation and that was done by hand, so these were made for special occasions such as weddings, christenings […]


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Ivy on December 10th, 2009

The other night when I was making the Almond Paste for the Christmas cake, I had two egg yolks which I wanted to use.  I decided that the best way to use them was to make a custard cream.  However, I still wanted to make a lovely Espresso Coconut Roulade I saw a few days […]


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