Ivy on October 17th, 2015

Fassolada me Loukaniko (stewed beans with sausage), is a rustic, hearty, nutritious and comforting Greek bean stew which is perfect for the cold days ahead of us. The recipe is similar to the classic dish but the addition of the sausage adds much more flavour. Although the weather is still warm here in Assini and […]


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Ivy on June 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 Sparti, view from Taygettus Mountain   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 […]


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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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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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Ivy on November 23rd, 2007

  From all the dried legumes, fassolia (beans) are my favourite.  Fassolada (or fassoulada, as the peasants 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 this stew (or soup) a few vegetables, such as carrots, potato, onion, garlic and […]


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