Cypriot Cookbook

Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 30th, 2010

Today is a special day as it is the 50th Anniversary of the Cyprus Republic.  You will find a short history on Cyprus at the end of the post. Kolokythoanthoi or Ath(th)i, as they are called in Cyprus, pronounced with a thick «th», are the blossoms of the courgettes (zucchini).   The zucchini blossom flowers […]

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Continue reading about Independence day with Athoi Gemistoi – Stuffed zucchini blossom flowers

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)

Galeos (tope shark)  are found around the coast of the Mediterranean.  The genus Galeorhinus galeus is derived from the Greek words «galeos» meaning a shark and «rhinos» which means nose. Tope is closely related to the blue shark and shares many of the features of this fish.   Tope reach 1 – 2 metres length and […]

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Continue reading about Galeos Marinatos (Marinated Tope Shark Fish) and Greek Style Horiatiki Spinach Salad

Ivy on Μαΐου 27th, 2010

Did I hear anyone saying that healthy food is bland and boring? Well, I hope to change your mind with this recipe of mine. When I went to the farmers’ market last week, I got some courgettes and was thinking of boiling them with carrots for a healthy salad.  As I usually buy lots of […]

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Continue reading about Mediterranean Vegetable Millefeuilles with Pesto

Ivy on Απριλίου 6th, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.   This year we did not go to Sparta as my daughter wanted to stay and study.  She is graduating high school and as the system in Greece sucks if you want to be admitted to University you must study day and night. Like all Greek families we […]

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Continue reading about Kolokassi (taro) and Pork in Avgolemono Sauce

Ivy on Μαρτίου 27th, 2010

Savoro, which means sour, is a sauce which my mother used to make whenever we had fried fish such as red red mullets (μπαρμπούνι), mullets (κουτσομούρα) or other fish like bogue (γόπα)etc.  The combination of vinegar and rosemary is a method they used to preserve food back when there were no refrigerators. Whenever we had fried […]

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Continue reading about Koutsomoures Savoro (Red Mullets with Savoro Sauce)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 19th, 2010

Hi everyone.  I am back from Cyprus, after visiting my family for a few days.  Although the weather was not very good, mostly cloudy and cold, I had a great time.  The days passed so quickly and all the days were full, visiting most of my relatives and of course, eating and eating (and again […]

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Continue reading about Panigyri in Cyprus and some Cypriot products

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 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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Continue reading about Loukoumia tou Gamou (Cypriot Wedding Cakes)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 18th, 2009

It’s been very hectic the past days with so many things to do that I hardly find time to post or visit my favourite blogs.  I am going to make a quick post because I want to thank all of my readers which have reached Kopiaste to over 1.000 hits a day. Melomakarona are our […]

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Continue reading about Melomakarona (Greek Honey Cookies) and a giveaway

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 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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Continue reading about Pastitsia and Amygdalota (Almond Cookies)


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