Lenten Recipes

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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Continue reading about Vegan Coconut Mandarin Samali (Semolina Cake) and How to Make Vegan Whipped Cream

Ivy on Απριλίου 15th, 2014

My last post about my trip to Cyprus was quite difficult and it took me about 15 days to finish it.  Now that I am done with this post, I can start blogging again, hopefully on a more regular basis and start posting recipes and visiting my favourite blogs again. After coming back, we spent […]

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Continue reading about Aromatic Blackeyed Peas with Wild Greens and Quinoa

Ivy on Μαΐου 1st, 2013

    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

Ivy on Αυγούστου 14th, 2012

  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 Απριλίου 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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Continue reading about Anginares à la Polita (Vegan Artichokes)

Ivy on Απριλίου 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 Μαρτίου 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 Μαρτίου 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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Continue reading about Kremmydia Gemista (stuffed onions)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 10th, 2008

  The first Monday of Lent (50 days before Greek Orthodox Easter) is a Public Holiday in Greece and Cyprus and marks the beginning of Lent and is celebrated all over Greece and Cyprus with a picnic at the fields and mountains (or parks or nearby hills in the big cities). Events and activities take […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 29th, 2007

  “Gemista” means stuffed vegetables.   This is one of the most popular Greek vegetarian summer dishes.  They are one of my favourite dishes, as it is a combination of so many tastes and aromas.  Vegetables, oil, rice, potatoes, parsley and mint are mingled in our palate and all the seet juice from the fresh, ripe […]

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Continue reading about Gemista – Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers

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