Frugal Recipes

Did you know that in the Middle Ages the British used to call the cauliflower «Cyprus Colewort»?   It is believed that the cauliflower originated in Cyprus, where the oldest record dates from the 6th century b.C.    Cauliflower,  arrived in Europe from Cyprus by the Venetians. It was then introduced to mainland Europe through Italy in […]

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Continue reading about Kounoupidi me Patates Kapamas (Stewed Cauliflower with Potatoes)

Ivy on Ιουλίου 14th, 2013

These vegetarian lentil burgers started as an experiment one day when I had leftover Fakes Moudjentra.  We loved them and ever since I make more to have leftovers.  Usually when lentils with rice are leftover, the rice absorbs all the fluid so they become one mass which are not enjoyable to be eaten the next […]

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Continue reading about Fakokeftedes, Healthful Greek Lentil Burgers, with leftovers

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 30th, 2012

Dear Readers and friends,  I am ending this year’s post with a Marathon post with Risottos.  This post is symbolic and as we through rice at weddings as a symbol of prosperity, I wish that the New Year will bring you and your families Happiness and prosperity to your lives. I make risottos very often […]

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Continue reading about How to make the perfect Risotto and A Marathon of Risotto Recipes

Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2012

Summer is officially over, although yesterday there were people still swimming at Assini Beach.  Today it is dull, cloudy and it rained for a few minutes in the morning.  The temperature has dropped so we will be staying more hours at home, which means that now I have more time for some work to be […]

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Continue reading about Penne with Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Cilantro and Marinara Sauce

Ivy on Αυγούστου 14th, 2012

  I love to make fruit preserves and at the end when we eat the fruit there’s always some leftover delicious syrup, which has absorbed the flavour of the fruit but also of the ingredients added at the time of preparation. I have been using leftover syrups in my recipes for ages but until recently, […]

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Continue reading about Krema Karpouziou me Ryzalevro (Watermelon Rice Pudding)

Ivy on Απριλίου 22nd, 2012

  Bread Pudding is an old fashioned dessert which is made in many countries which had an English influence.  Cyprus was a British colony for many years so this dessert was known in Cyprus as well. Puddings were originally made from stale leftover bread that was simply moistened in water, to which a little sugar, […]

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Continue reading about Tsoureki Pudding and Persimmon Bread Pudding

You can do this recipe from scratch if you like but I made it the following day, after having leftover spaghetti and Bolognaise sauce.  The changes I made to this classic dish turned it into something completely different, very tasty, light and healthy not to mention that with a few extra ingredients this dish was […]

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Continue reading about Anthotyro and Smoked Paprika Deconstructed Pastitsio with Eggless Bechamel

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 18th, 2012

I have made this spicy tomato sauce recently and have used it in a few recipes which will be posted soon.  I call it a winter sauce because I have used tinned tomatoes, whereas in summer I would have used fresh ripe tomatoes and may be some fresh basil or fresh oregano in it.  Making […]

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Continue reading about Homemade Easy Spicy Winter Tomato Sauce and How to preserve it

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 9th, 2012

Gavros (anchovies) is one of the relatively cheap fish and that is why it is called «fish of the poor».   During the season it is fished in abbundance it ranges around 4 – 5 Euros a kilo and when the catch is not good, around the period when there is full moon, it reaches maximum […]

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Continue reading about Filetarismenos Gavros Plaki sto Fourno (Filleted Baked Anchovies)

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 1st, 2012

We returned from Sparta last night and I wish to thank all of you for your sympathy and kind words. Apart from the economic crisis even the weather is conspiring against us this year.  A big Siberian Freeze is hitting Europe the past week with snowfall all over the country, even here in Athens.  We […]

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Continue reading about Kotopoulo Trahanas Soup and How to self publish an e-cookbook on Amazon


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