Lenten Recipes

Ivy on April 2nd, 2015

This recipe is one of those recipes where it will leave you wondering “why didn’t I think of this before?”. During the fasting period of Lent, I get very creative when creating new recipes.  This recipe may be very simple but then many other simple recipes are delicious but it always needs someone to think about […]

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Ivy on March 26th, 2015

Thrapsala (Illex coindetti or short-fin squid) are of the same family as calamari but much more cheaper, at least here in Greece, but equally delicious. As I do not find the time to post my recipes immediately, they have been waiting patiently for the right time to be posted, the first one being cooked three […]

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This Lenten or vegan dessert is a twist to a recipe I used to make in the restaurant called Samali or Kalon Prama in Cyprus, which we offered to our clients after their meal free of charge.  The traditional recipe is a semolina cake flavoured with mastic and drenched in syrup.  Some blanched almonds are […]

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    Although no animal products, including fish, are not allowed to be eaten during Lent, except for Palm Sunday and Auunciation day, all cephalopods are allowed, as they do not contain blood. The octopus was quite large.  I prepared the first step with the whole octopus and part of it was marinated in vinegar  and […]

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Continue reading about Htapodi (Octopus) with Mushrooms and Homemade Hilopites

  I love to make fruit preserves and at the end when we eat the fruit there’s always some leftover delicious syrup, which has absorbed the flavour of the fruit but also of the ingredients added at the time of preparation. I have been using leftover syrups in my recipes for ages but until recently, […]

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Continue reading about Krema Karpouziou me Ryzalevro (Watermelon Rice Pudding)

Ivy on April 8th, 2012

Anginares à la polita is a dish originating from Constantinople, in Greek Constantinoupolis, also called “Polis” meaning the city of Constantine. Therefore this dish means “artichokes city-style”.  Asia Minor used to be Greek for millenia until the Turkish Empire captured those territories as well.  The Greeks developed several styles of cooking such as Smyrneiki Kouzina or Politiki […]

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Ivy on April 15th, 2011

Welcome to the second edition of Creative Concoctions.    I am really very happy that again we have some very talented bloggers who responded to my call to create vegan or Lenten recipes.   It gives me great pleasure to present the  roundup for Vegan and Nistisimes recipes and  I would like to thank each and […]

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Ivy on March 8th, 2011

Lagana is a delicious flatbread which is usually baked  on the first day of Lent of the Orthodox Easter.    This year I wanted to make something different from the classic Lagana so I made it with olives and rosemary. I prepared the dough it from the previous day so that I could bake it early […]

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Ivy on March 26th, 2009

Kremmydia Gemista, which means stuffed onions is a recipe my mother would often make.   She would make the same filling  as for koupepia, with or without the minced meat, depending on the occasion. The filling I have made is not how my mother used to make but I used different other vegetables combined with rice. […]

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The period of the Great Lent started yesterday with Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) and this is called Saracosti.   During the period of Saracosti  the faithful fast for a period of 48 days and not 40, as it is usually said: the six weeks of Lent and Holy Week.  This is not obligatory and most people […]

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