Acai berries are packed with antioxidants more than any other known fruit or vegetable in the world. That’s what makes this smoothie recipe such a nutritional powerhouse. Acai berries are also rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, amino acids, protein, vitamins and dietary fiber. However, this is a tropical rainforest fruit which […]


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Ivy on December 8th, 2009

Kaltsounia or Kalitsounia, is probably the most known Cretan recipe.   Remember my post on Calzone where I mentioned the connection of the two names? Kaltsounia can be either with a sweet or savory filling and the pastry shell differs in each case.  Savory Kaltsounia use a pastry phyllo in which they add raki and for […]


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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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Ivy on March 20th, 2009

Triantafyllo (τριαντάφυλλο) or rodon (ρόδον)  is the name of roses in Greek.   The Latin name rosa, itself derived from Greek, is essentially the source of almost all names of rose in modern European tongues, mostly with at most only slight variation: The name rose is not only valid in English, but also in German, Danish […]


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Ivy on August 27th, 2008

My children don’t eat a lot of fruit except for my daughter. They boys are rather lazy and eat fruit such as bananas or grapes (only when they are washed) so I have to peel them to get them to eat some. What they like very much is milkshakes and sometimes instead of giving them […]


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Ivy on July 30th, 2008

Hi everybody. We returned last night from our short trip to Sparta. We attended the christening of my niece’s son and we had a great time. We shall probably be leaving again soon on vacation. Until then I may add some posts I prepared before leaving and hope to visit each one of you soon. […]


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I had lots of lemons at home left from last Tuesday when I visited the farmers’ market and I didn’t know what to do with them. I had two alternatives about the lemon juice. I would either put it into ice cubes to freeze it, to be used whenever I needed some (but I usually […]


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Ivy on February 7th, 2008

Although my husband comes from Arcadia, all his relatives live in Sparta, Lakonia. Sparta is situated on the foothills of Taygetus Mountain and is the center of an agricultural plain whose focus is the Eurotas valley. It is the local center for the processing of goods such as citrus and olives. Recently, it has invested […]


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Ivy on December 3rd, 2007

Greek coffee, which is known in other parts of the world as Cypriot, Turkish, Armenian, Arabic, Middle Eastern etc., has nothing to do with any of these countries as the beans are imported from other countries.  These beans are roasted and then finely ground into powder.   The taste differs in all the above countries […]


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Ivy on November 19th, 2007

Sour cherries (Prunus cerasus), is a species of Prunus in the subgenus Cerasus (cherries), native to much of Europe and southwest Asia. It is closely related to the wild cherry (P. avium), but has a fruit that is more acidic and so is useful primarily for cooking.   Wild cherries have been documented by  the Greeks as early as […]


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