Ivy on March 5th, 2010

I feel embarrassed that I have never posted this dish before.  Although this is a staple dish in all Greek households and I cook it very often, I have somehow forgotten to post about it. Fassolia (phaseolus lunatus) gigantes, meaning “giant” are similar to elephant beans, lima beans or butter beans, but if you can […]


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Ivy on October 28th, 2008

28th October is ‘Ochi’ day, pronounced ohee, meaning NO. No, is what Greece’s prime minister, Ioannis Metaxas, replied on 28 October, 1940 to Mussolini’s ultimatum to allow Axis forces to enter Greece and occupy key locations in the country, 1940 – 1941). Thereafter, a relentless resistance followed by the Greeks putting up against the invading […]


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Ivy on October 21st, 2008

Fresh anthotyros is often called the Greek cream cheese because of its texture and taste, although it is more granular in texture than regular cream cheese. It is traditionally used as a table or dessert cheese and as an ingredient in stuffed pies (pitas). It goes well with fruits such as figs, pears, and apples. […]


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Ivy on October 13th, 2008

Yesterday it was our Wedding Anniversary (28 years!!!) and we had a little family celebration, so I prepared this for dessert. Galatopita, which means milk pie, is a very simple, rustic, Greek traditional pudding cake which dates back to antiquity and was made with simple ingredients such as milk, eggs, flour, honey and cinnamon. The milk […]


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Ivy on October 9th, 2008

I am making a very short and easy post just to tell you that I had a nasty cold all this week that’s why I haven’t been around posting or visiting your blogs. I attempted a couple of times to read your posts and leave a message but after reading a couple of posts my […]


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Ivy on October 3rd, 2008

Sofrito is a veal steak slowly cooked in a white wine, garlic and herb sauce and is usually served with rice. It is a dish native to, and almost exclusively to be found on, the island of Corfu. So fritto in Italian means slow frying (sautéing) and this dish has its roots probably from the […]


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Olive oil is a base for many Greek traditional cookies. There are many kinds of these cookies starting with the famous melomakarona (honey cookies), moustokouloura (must cookies), Sousamokouloura (sesame cookies), krasokouloura (wine cookies) and Ladokouloura (meaning olive oil cookies) , each one having a unique taste according to the ingredients added. Every Friday morning we […]


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Ivy on September 11th, 2008

Badjina is a Greek regional pie made mainly in Thessaly. In Greek they call this pie ξεβράκωτη (ksevrakoti) meaning without its underwear, as it is a pie without its knickers, the phyllo. It is the most easy of all Greek pies and no skills are required to make it plus it tastes terrific. The most […]


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  Αncient Greeks colonized Southern Italy and Sicily between 800 to 500 b.C. and then in 146 b.C. the Romans conquered Greece. During these years the Romans were influenced by the Greek civilization, culture and among other things food. Until today in some parts of Southern Italy they still speak a Greek ancient dialect and […]


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Ivy on August 25th, 2008

Koulouri Thessalonikis, is a street food, round shaped bread product with a hole in the middle, covered with sesame seeds, crunchy outside and soft inside.  The street vendors also sell some of those triangle cheese with the smiling cow to accompany it. It is one of our healthiest snacks as it is low in fat […]


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