Can this gâteau get any more decadent?   Well, never say no, because you never know. I was planning to make this gâteau or at least a similar one, last year but when I bought the chestnuts to make it I sprained my ankle so I never got to make it. When I bought the chestnuts […]


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Ivy on December 19th, 2008

Years ago, before refrigerators were invented or even before electricity, can you imagine how people lived? We stuff our refrigerators with lots of products and whenever we feel like cooking we just thaw something and cook it. Back then people had hens and turkeys, rabbits and other domestic animals in their yards, which they would […]


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Ivy on December 5th, 2008

Wow, how time flies and it’s time to make the Christmas Cake again.  I have been making this same Christmas Cake for ever, long before I was married.   This year I have decided to change everything. Firstly I’ve changed the decoration. They do not make Christmas Cakes in Greece so I cannot find new […]


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Ivy on December 26th, 2007

Two Saints for Christmas St. Nicholas or St. Basil? Two saints are involved in giving presents to the children, two different persons, both of Greek origin and who were both bishops. One is St. Nicholas or Santa Claus for the West and the other is St. Basil, (in Greek Aghios Vassilios) or as he is […]


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Ivy on December 23rd, 2007

At the beginning of this month I wrote about the tradition of baking Christopsomo (which translates as “Christ’s Bread”) and I baked one so that the readers of my blog could actually see the whole procedure beforehand and bake one on Christmas Eve, if they liked. Today however, is the day we are actually baking […]


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Ivy on December 19th, 2007

Today I am posting another recipe, which is suitable for a festive occasion. Wild boar with sage and honey. Wild boar isn’t something we can get everyday in Greece. We can, however, get it during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, so I plan to make it during the holidays. During these holidays, I usually […]


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In Cyprus, we always used to roast our turkey on Christmas Day and I can remember what a huge bird we used to roast as I come from a big family. I have five brothers and sisters and apart from one of my brothers who lives in Australia, the rest we used to gather, with […]


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Ivy on December 16th, 2007

I love December, the month of joy and happiness and as the final countdown has began only 8 days, 10 hours, 20 minutes, 19 seconds, 18 seconds, 17 as you will be reading my post. I always smile when I realize the approach of things that suffuse me with the warm, fuzzy holiday spirit: Buying […]


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Ivy on December 7th, 2007

Royal icing is a type of dessert icing which dries to a hard, glossy finish. It will be solid white when dry, unless it is coloured. This simple icing can be used for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and a range of other baked goods, and in addition to being spread onto desserts, it can also be […]


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Ivy on December 5th, 2007

Traditionally, these olive oil cookies, bathed in honey syrup, with walnuts and cinnamon, are made during the holiday season of  Christmas and New Year.   However, we love them so much that we make them year round. Melomakarona – Honey cookies Makes:  about 45 – 50 Ingredients: 6 – 8 cups of all purpose flour […]


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