Ivy on March 8th, 2009

Traditional Greek Macedonian Halvas, is one of the main Lenten sweets.   It’s main ingredient is sesame, which is turned into tahini and used to be sweetened originally with threpsini, which is a natural sweetener produced from raisins.  During the  War, when the Germans had confiscated all the production of raisins in Greece, other sweeteners were […]


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Ivy on September 10th, 2008

The first time I tasted quinoa I must admit that I wasn’t really enthusiastic but there are a lot of things that I didn’t like the first time and now I love them. I gave it a second and a third chance but with the fruit and the yoghurt and honey we loved it. After […]


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Ivy on June 8th, 2008

Since I discovered a little shop near my house selling Asian products, I have bought some spices and try to experiment with them, as I loved their taste from the very first time. I tried to find a recipe at some of my Indian friends’ blogs or other friends’ blogs cooking Indian food but most […]


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Ivy on May 28th, 2008

After receiving the package  sent to me by my friend Pixie, of You say tomahto, I say tomayto, I made this quinoa salad.  I saw some ideas of other salads but did not have some of the ingredients so I decided to make my own recipe, with ingredients I had at home. I am submitting this recipe to Sangeeth […]


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Ivy on May 16th, 2008

A few days ago I wrote about the other parcel I received from sweet Nuria and as I promised I am writing about the parcel I received from Pixie before Easter. When Pixie asked me what I wanted I told her that I wanted maple syrup because it was something I saw in recipes and […]


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Ivy on April 20th, 2008

Some days ago my son went to Sparta to visit his grandmother and our relatives who live there and when he came back, as usually,they sent us some fresh eggs from their chickens, pasto (which is cured pork), as well as sausages and finally some fresh vine leaves from their garden. If you like dolmas (meaning stuffed or filled in Turkish) plural dolmades, now is the best time of the year to buy and store fresh vine leaves as they are […]


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Ivy on February 16th, 2008

What better than a nice hot soup on a cold day like today? When Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen and Holler from Tinned Tomatoes asked us to prepare a Vegetarian soup, to be frank I did not have a recipe. The only vegetarian soups I make are houmous chickpea soup and lentils soup and that I […]


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Ivy on December 6th, 2007

We call it tambouli in Cyprus and this salad has passed to Cypriot cuisine from the Lebanese.It’s easy to throw together. Great as a side dish for grilled meats.  This salad is a typical summer salad and very “refreshing” thanks to the mint.  It is made with lots of parsley, tomatoes, onion, fresh mint, bulgar […]


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Ivy on November 15th, 2007

If you ever visit Greece, you must definitely try gavros tiganitos.  There is nothing quite as good as fried fresh anchovies and some ouzo.   Although anchovies are one of the cheapest fish in Greece yet they are so tasty and so healthy.  You get Omega 3 fatty acids from the fish and Omega 9 fatty […]


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Ivy on November 3rd, 2007

There’s nothing like homemade mashed potatoes, the ultimate comfort food. Preparing mashed potatoes is so simple to make and cannot be compared with the dehydrated stuff you get in supermarkets. Mashed potatoes are made by pressing freshly boiled potatoes. Baking or starchy potatoes are recommended for mashed potatoes as they are high in starch with […]


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