Christmas

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 7th, 2009

Each year I have been making the same Christmas Cake year after year after year and I still love it and will be making it again some time in the future. However, I still want to experiment with new things and this year I am making a Christmas Cake based on the older recipe but […]

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Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 6th, 2009

Theofania: The celebrations throughout the Twelve days of Christmas, called Dodekaimera, period until Epiphany, (6th January), end on Epiphany day where Greek Christmas celebrations conclude with the feast called «Ta Phota» meaning «The Lights».

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Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 2nd, 2009

Happy New Year!! Vassilopita is our traditional New Year’s cake which is also made as a Sweet Brioche Bread, called «Tsoureki».  There are many ways to make this cake, so you can learn all about the tradition behind the cake and another recipe in my last year’s post. The traditional recipe is usually an orange flavoured cake […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 31st, 2008

Samousades is the Spartan version of baklavas and is made in a similar way we make “daktyla” in Cyprus, the only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll . Samousades is traditionally made with hand made phyllo and it is filled with nuts, almonds or walnuts, sesame seeds and spices. It is […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 28th, 2008

As I wrote in a previous post, zalatina, as it is called in Cyprus, which is probably derived from the word gelatin, was usually made with pork’s head, ears and feet. My mother would make zalatina often but as we did not eat meat from the head she would add some lean meat especially for […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 27th, 2008

I suppose most of you know how to brine a turkey but for me this was the first time.   I decided to try it this year and it is a fact that it produces a great tasting turkey which is tender and juicier. I am glad I decided to brine it this year as I […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 26th, 2008

All’s well that ends well…. The food you see in the slide show was prepared on Christmas day but we were that close of not having everything.. as planned!! But wait a second… let me go back up in time a little bit. On Christmas Eve our beloved refrigerator «died». The refrigerator had been making […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 23rd, 2008

Amygdala is the name of almonds in Greek and this dessert is called Amygdalota “all almonds”. There are a few versions either baked or not. These desserts are traditionally made in the Greek islands, shaped liked small pears with a clove inserted on the top and showered with confectioners’ sugar. I did not follow the […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 23rd, 2008

Melomakarona are one of our Christmas traditional cookies which are infused in honey.  They have no butter, no eggs, nothing dairy but they are so tasty you cannot just eat one.  They can be preserved for a very long time but they get a bit dry as time passes.  That does not make them less […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 22nd, 2008

Kourabiedes are similar to shortbread cookies.  There are many recipes of kourabiedes but the main ingredient which gives this traditional Greek cookie its taste is the Greek sheep’s butter.   However, if you cannot find Greek sheep’s butter you can also make them with any other butter you usually use. I have made kourabiedes quite […]

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