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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Gemista are one of my favourite dishes as it is a combination of so many tastes and aromas. Vegetables (green bell peppers and eggplants), Greek extra virgin olive oil, rice, potatoes, herbs like parsley and mint (also kafkalithres – Tordylium Apulum or small hartwort and myronia – shepherd’s needles – (scandix pecten veneris) as well as spring onions) […]


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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 January 18th, 2009

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions but I know that I am back to healthy cooking again and I’ll try to keep cooking as healthy as possible. After all that butter which was consumed during December and gaining a few kilos, I haven’t yet made anything sweet this month and although I am not […]


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    Mpamies (okra), is a summer favourite dish.  Instead of cooking the classic vegan dish, you can make this hearty dish by adding chicken as well.  Feta and wine are not usually added to this dish but this is my twist to the recipe. Kotopoulo me Mpamies kai Feta (Chicken with Okra and Feta) […]


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Ivy on January 10th, 2008

In Athens, but also in most of the parts of Greece, once a week, every neighborhood has its farmers’ market, which is called “laiki agora” meaning peoples’ (popular) markets. There you can find freshly cut, ripened-to-perfection fruits, vegetables, produce, herbs, fish, flowers, plants, clothes and household items. Usually the marketplace occupies four or five roads […]


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Ivy on January 6th, 2008

I was not planning to post anything until tomorrow but I got up really early after the very strong earthquake we sensed today at 7.15 a.m. Memories came back after the 1999 earthquake with epicentre Parnitha, near Athens. After being assured by the mass media that no damages occurred anywhere in Greece and there would […]


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