Cypriot Cookbook

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 13th, 2009

I don’t cook soup very often as the winters in Greece are quite mild and cook some , maybe three of four times during the whole winter.  On such occasions there are so many different soups to chose from, like trahanas, avgolemono, giouvarlakia,  kreatosoupa (meat soup with beef and vegetables) or psarosoupa same as kreatosoupa […]


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Ivy on December 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 December 6th, 2009

I was thinking of making a coffee liqueur with the Espresso Natalia gave me and I google searched to see how it is made.  I have made liqueurs in the past so I knew the procedure but still I wanted to see if there was something more to do.  I found this recipe and since […]


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Many people shudder at the thought of cooking or eating liver but in Greece we eat it a lot.   I love liver, especially, chicken livers, however, I don’t cook it very often as chicken giblets are high in cholesterol and only cook it two or three times a year, mostly during Easter. Before cooking it, […]


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Ivy on September 28th, 2009

Gyristarkes, from the Greek verb γυρίζω = turn, now commonly known as glystarkes or glistarkes, is a kind of grid-like crusty, sesame rusks.   The bread sticks are dipped into sesame seeds and then they are shaped beginning with a cross (as it had a religious meaning as well) and then other bread sticks are added […]


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Ivy on September 19th, 2009

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  I have participated at this event last year as well and I shall continue to support it because every woman must be aware of this silent killer. Michelle ofBleeding Espressoand Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy are sponsoring an O Foods Contest.  Please see below for the details.  Please […]


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Ivy on July 22nd, 2009

Fava beans, in Greek Φούλια (foulia) is a legume similar to broad beans (ficia fava) in ancient Greek named κύαμος (κyamos) and in modern Greek κουκιά (koukia) and was one of the species of beans than existed in the ancient world.   Fava beans are mentioned by Homer (8th to 9th century B.C.).   Greeks […]


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Now that it’s summer and very hot, it’s hard to stay at home, so I have been away during the weekend and we came back last evening.  I’ve had too many other things to do, so I haven’t had time to visit friends but hope to do this soon. After the Beef and Pork Galette, […]


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Ivy on May 28th, 2009

  Spanakopita, must be the most popular Greek street food.  The most simplest form of spanakopita is that made with store bought phyllo.  However, in Greece you will enjoy amazing spanakopitas with homemade phyllo and the filling is the most aromatic, as we use herbs unique to Greece. As with tyropita (cheese pie), there are […]


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