Lenten

Ivy on Μαρτίου 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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Continue reading about Halvas and Bourekia me Halva

Ivy on Μαρτίου 5th, 2009

Daktyla kyrion (meaning ladies fingers) is one of the most known Cypriot pastry desserts and a speciality offered during the pre-lenten period  called «Sikoses» in Cyprus.   Pounded almonds are mixed with cinnamon, sugar and blossom water and the filling is wrapped in thin phyllo.  It is then fried and bathed in an aromatic syrup […]

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Ivy on Μαρτίου 3rd, 2009

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 year the Orthodox Easter is on […]

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Continue reading about Nistisimes Syntages – Food for the Soul (Lenten Recipes)

  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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Continue reading about Lagana and Focaccia style Lagana with Kalamata Olives and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Ivy on Απριλίου 21st, 2008

It’s been like crazy the last few days. I’ve had too many things to do and so little time. Today I was out all morning and I’ve been cooking and baking since noon. We started fasting and they wanted something to eat. I made this cake today and it is very easy to make. You […]

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Continue reading about Vegan Carrot Cake with Chocolate

Ivy on Απριλίου 2nd, 2008

At the beginning of Greek Orthodox Lent, Kathara Deftera or Clean Monday, I prepared several dishes and told you that I was going to post them during this period of lent. However, due to all the events and other things popping up I have delayed. Shall try and post the other recipes within the next […]

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Continue reading about Htapodi Salata (Octopus Salad)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 27th, 2008

I shall try in the next few days to write some of my Lenten recipes, which were prepared on Kathara Deftera but have not managed to post them yet. I shall start with one of my favourite Lenten desserts, Halvas Katsarolas, which means Pot halva to distinguish from the one we bake in the oven. […]

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Continue reading about Halvas Nistisimos with Fruit and Almonds

Ivy on Μαρτίου 14th, 2008

For those who are fasting for Greek lent a variety of different food is necessary. Do you know what they used to have for breakfast some generations back? Bread and olives and that kept them strong and healthy to work all day in the fields. However, how tasteful the olives may be we never eat […]

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Continue reading about Eliopita, Eliotes or Eliopitakia (Cypriot olive pies)

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 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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Continue reading about Vegetable Puree Soup with Pasta

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 26th, 2008

  Whilst preparing Papoutsakia (stuffed eggplants) I kept thinking what should I do with all this eggplant flesh I was scooping out of the eggplant? Shall I make melitzanosalata (meaning eggplant salad but it is actually a dip)?   I was skeptical as I knew that to make melizanosalata, the eggplants should be pierced with a fork […]

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