Dried Legumes

Ivy on July 6th, 2015

    The Greek referendum finished last night with a loud “NO” against the bullying by the European Union.   Austerity hasn’t worked. Five years is enough! Europe’s self-styled technocrats were like medieval doctors who insisted on bleeding their patients — and instead of healing the wounds, they kept putting salt on them. We are […]

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Continue reading about A different Greek Salad with Black Eyed Peas

Ivy on July 23rd, 2014

When it comes to creating a new recipe, I just follow my instict, which fortunate enough for me, it always works. I’ve made many chickpea salads over the years and today I wanted to make something totally new.   I knew the recipe would work just as well with pasta, rice or quinoa as I have used […]

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Continue reading about Chickpea Salad with Bulgur Wheat, Feta and Pesto

  Don’t confuse Greek fava with fava beans (Vicia Faba) although “vicia” and “vetches” are classified  in the same genus.  Greek fava (lathyrus clymenum), looks like yellow split peas, but is much tastier and is produced in various parts of Greece.  The most popular one is the one produced on Santorini Island, because of the volcanic soil […]

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Continue reading about Greek Fava with two recipes: Greek Fava Soup with Pumpkin and Fava Dip

Ivy on June 13th, 2010

Most people don’t eat dried legumes during summer mainly because of the abundance of fresh vegetables but also because they have correlated legumes with soups.  However, dried legumes are a great source for protein and the combination of any dried legumes with lots of vegetables makes a healthy and perfect meal for  hot summer days. […]

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Continue reading about Healthy Mediterranean Lentil Salad

Louvi, as we call it in Cyprus, is black eyed beans.  In Greece they are called fassolia mavrommatika (louvi xero) and louvi fresko, when it is still green, is called ambelofassoula in Greece. Louvi fresko can be eaten as a main dish but also as a salad to accompany other dishes. Louvi xero can be […]

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Continue reading about Louvi – and Black eyed Peas with Chard and Black eyed Peas Salad with Avocado

In Cyprus fakes moudzentra (pronounced fakhés) is a staple lentil dish which is cooked with brown lentils and rice and then caramelized onions, called “tiganissi” are mixed in.  The only spices used are salt and pepper, yet this very simple vegan dish is very healthy and delicious.  The other way we make this dish is […]

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Continue reading about Kritharaki me Fakes kai Pasto (Orzo with Lentils and Smoked Pork)

The white giant  beans called “gigantes or elephantes” have been cultivated in Northern Greece (Kastoria, Florina, and Drama etc.,) for centuries and are recognized by the European Union as products of Protected Geographic Indication (PGI).  These black giant beans are a new Greek variety and are not widely known in Greek cooking yet. They are […]

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Continue reading about Gigantes me spanaki kai Makaronaki (Black giant beans with spinach and pasta)

  Summer Escapes part VI- A glimpse at ancient and modern Sparti, Laconia Sparti, view from Taygettus Mountain   Sparta or Sparti (Σπάρτη) as it is called in modern Greek, is the administrative capital of the prefecture of Laconia. It is 250 kilometres from Athens, located in the Southern part of Greece and has a […]

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Continue reading about Revithia giahni sti gastra (chickpea stew) and a virtual tour to Sparti

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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Continue reading about Koukia Xera (Fava)

Ivy on March 28th, 2009

Falafels are street food sold in Middle Eastern countries and are made with dried legumes like chickpeas, fava beans soaked in water for many hours and then they are combined with spices and are bound together with flour or bulgur wheat and then they are fried, shaped into small balls or patties. In Greece we […]

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