Giahni

Ivy on Ιουνίου 17th, 2010

One of my favourite summer dishes is fasolakia yahni, a traditional dish with grean beans, which is easy, tasty, cheap and healthy.   Yahni is the method of cooking and is similar to a stew or ragout. In Greece we get two types of green beans. Barbounia, which are flat and tsaoulia, which are the […]

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Summer Escapes part VI- A glimpse at ancient and modern Sparti, Laconia 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 population of 18.000 according to the census […]

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Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 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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Ivy on Ιουλίου 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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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 23rd, 2007

  From all the dried legumes, in Greece, fassolada (and NOT fassoulada, which is the way the peasants used to call it), is  a hearty navy beans stew (or soup if you like) and is considered to be the national food of the Greeks. In the stew (or soup) various vegetables such as carrots, potato […]

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