Easter

Ivy on Μαΐου 7th, 2013

We had a wonderful time during Easter.   Our children came to Assini from Athens and spent Easter day with our neighbours.   We roasted a lamb on the spit, kokoretsi and sheftalia.   We Greeks, love offal and cook them in many ways.  One of the best ways to try them is grilled over charcoal but a gas […]

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Continue reading about Tourkakia (grilled offal)

Ivy on Απριλίου 27th, 2013

  Greek Orthodox Easter is just a week away, so if you would like to get an idea of what to prepare, I have put together some of my Easter recipes and a few ideas of what to do with the leftovers. On Easter day a lot of people celebrate their name days:  Lambros – […]

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Continue reading about Easter Recipes and what to do with your Leftovers

Ivy on Απριλίου 13th, 2012

I’ve been making tsourekia for years and when a recipe is tried and tested and good, I do not see any reason why changing it.   However, things do happen in the kitchen. Holy Thursday is the day we dye our Easter eggs and do most of the baking, so as usual, yesterday I dyed […]

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Continue reading about Braided Savory Cheese Tsoureki

Ivy on Απριλίου 11th, 2012

  Lambriatika or Paschalina Koulourakia are Greek Easter butter cookies, which are traditionally made only during Easter and have a distinct flavour as baking ammonia is used as the leavening agent.    Baking ammonia, or ammonium bicarbonate, was used before the advent of baking soda and baking powder.  It is a chemical leavening agent originally made from […]

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Continue reading about Lambriatika Koulourakia (Greek Easter Cookies)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 28th, 2011

Vassilopita Tsoureki is a brioche kind of Greek Sweet Bread made for New Year’s Day.  After midnight and the change of the Year, the head of the family cuts this bread (or cake).  Whoever finds the coin is considered to be lucky during the next year.   If you would like to learn more about […]

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I hope you all had wonderful holidays. We spent some days in Sparta where we had our traditional lamb on the spit and kokoretsi. On Monday we visited the nearby village of Agios Georgios Voutianoi, where St. George’s day is celebrated with horse races. The weather was mostly sunny and enjoyed our visit there. On […]

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Continue reading about Back to civilization and Creative Concoctions #3 extended until 7th May

Ivy on Απριλίου 19th, 2011

  Tsourekia is a brioche type of sweet bread which is braided and is part of our Easter and Christmas traditions. These are the tsourekia I made last year.  I made them with chestnut filling and glazed them with chocolate. The chestnut filling is optional but it’s an addition that surely adds to the wonderful […]

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Continue reading about Tsourekia with Chestnut filling

Ivy on Απριλίου 4th, 2010

«Christos Anesti!» This is the wish exchanged by all orthodox to spread the word that Christ has risen. «Alithos Anesti!» The reply comes from the others to confirm that it is true that Christ has risen. It’s still very early in the morning and the family is still asleep.  I Just wanted to make a […]

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Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 20th, 2009

Memorial. (Gr. Μνημόσυνο Mnemosyno – mnee moh see no). A special service held in the Orthodox Church for the repose of the souls of the dead. Memorial services are held on the third, ninth and fortieth day; after six months, and after one or three years after death, then annually. Boiled wheat is used as […]

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Continue reading about Kollyva – Honouring our deceased

Ivy on Μαΐου 2nd, 2008

Usually, as a big family, we don’t have a lot of leftovers.  On Monday I prepared lots of food as it was my eldest son’s name day but none of my sons ate much, as they were not feeling well.   On Tuesday I made a Lamb Roast, tabbouleh, tzatziki and a Birthday Cake but unfortunately […]

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Continue reading about Lamb Pie and Lamb Gyros with Leftovers


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