Ivy on August 25th, 2013

Masticha (pistacia lentiscus var. chia ), is produced in the island of Chios and comes in resins or tears as they are called. It is very aromatic and used to flavour food.  Masticha has a wonderful but acquired taste, so a small quantity to start with is advisable.  A few mastic resins, 5 – 6 (depending on […]


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  When I like something very much, I usually get obsessed and want to make it again but I don’t like making it exactly the same.  As I don’t find much time to blog, I am posting all three variations I made to this banana bread. It all started when I had lots of ripe […]


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Ivy on February 14th, 2012

I am really excited and very, very happy to have won a copy of Jill’s cookbook “Mad About Macarons”. Macarons are the new madness, frenziness, fashion, trend or whatever else you want to call it in desserts.   I tried making macarons a few months ago but the recipe I found online and tried, turned them […]


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Ivy on April 8th, 2009

I was not going to post this recipe today  but some time after Easter, as I wanted to focus on strictly Lenten recipes.   Those who read my blog regularly know that I have been fasting since Clean Monday that is since 2nd March and I have been posting only nistisima, which are vegetarian and vegan […]


Continue reading about Garides Saganaki me Masticha (shrimp saganaki)

  I have the pleasure to announce that I am going to be this month’s host of Think Spice, created by Sunita, of Sunita’s World.  When I contacted Sunita way back in May, last year,  asking if I could host one of the events, Sunita gladly replied to me that I would host in February.  […]


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Ivy on June 21st, 2008

I based this dessert, on a cream my mother used to make in Cyprus called Paris on Ice, which was flavoured with masticha (mastic resin). For those of you who are not familiar with the mastic resin, it is an evergreen shrub or small tree of the Pistacio family growing up to 4 m (13 […]


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