Frugal Recipes

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)

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 Vegetable and Kotopoulo Trahanas Soup and How to self publish an e-cookbook on Amazon

Ivy on November 5th, 2010

I wish to apologise for not being around lately and visiting your blogs as often as I would like to.  I try and visit back those who leave a comment at the blog or on facebook. I am working hard on the book and hopefully I will have it published by the end of  November, […]

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Continue reading about Happy Birthday George!!

  If you can get fresh anchovies, called gavros in Greek, forget those canned, salty ones and you will get hooked with these fresh beauties. Gavros is one of my favourite small fishes because it is not only cheap but it also tastes good and of course a good source of heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty […]

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Continue reading about Gavros Ladorigani (Baked anchovies with Oregano) and Potato Salad

Ivy on January 24th, 2009

The modern Greek word is arakas αρακάς.  Mpizeli in Greek   μπιζέλι (or pizeli as it is pronounced in Cyprus), comes from the italian word pisello –  in latin pisellum  pisum a name which originally was Greek from the ancient Greek pissos – pisson  (αρχαία ελληνική πίσος ή πίσον (αντιδάνειο) and borrowed back from us.  […]

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Continue reading about Pizeli – Arakas Laderos (Peas with Carrots)

Ivy on July 24th, 2008

Melitzanes giahni or as they are called in Cyprus “vazania giahni”, are eggplants in tomato sauce.  My mother,  as well as all other Cypriot women, would fry the potatoes and eggplants in a lot of oil and they would then sauté the onion in the oil and add fresh ripe tomatoes and tomato paste, as […]

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Continue reading about Vazania (melitzanes) giahni (stewed eggplants)

Ivy on December 26th, 2007

This is a dish which I made out of the ingredients I had at home. I had not planned to make it and this morning when I got up I hadn’t yet decided what to prepare with the leftovers. I was thinking of the classical curry with vegetables and rice but then two of my […]

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