Mediterranean Diet

Ivy on Αυγούστου 5th, 2014

  As August is the vacation month in Greece, no one wants to stay at home, although we are not going on vacation.  However, living near the seaside, we do enjoy going to the beach almost everyday.  We go early in the morning and by the time we get back to have breakfast, shower, wash […]

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Continue reading about Minty, Avocado and Purslane Tzatziki

Ivy on Ιουλίου 23rd, 2014

When it comes to creating a new recipe, I just follow my instict, which fortunate enough for me, it always works. I’ve made many chickpea salads over the years and today I wanted to make something totally new.   I knew the recipe would work just as well with pasta, rice or quinoa as I have used […]

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Continue reading about Chickpea Salad with Bulgur Wheat, Feta and Pesto

Ivy on Ιουνίου 21st, 2014

People tend to avoid eating dried legumes during summer but combining them with pasta we have a  delicious, vegan, summer dish not only full of flavor and taste but also rich in protein, fiber, carbohydrates and vitamins. The only fat in the dish is the olive oil, which makes it a very healthy dish.  Leftovers […]

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Continue reading about Penne with Chickpeas and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Did you know that in the Middle Ages the British used to call the cauliflower «Cyprus Colewort»?   It is believed that the cauliflower originated in Cyprus, where the oldest record dates from the 6th century b.C.    Cauliflower,  arrived in Europe from Cyprus by the Venetians. It was then introduced to mainland Europe through Italy in […]

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Continue reading about Kounoupidi me Patates Kapamas (Stewed Cauliflower with Potatoes)

Ivy on Απριλίου 24th, 2014

Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) to all my Christian readers. Hope you had a joyful Easter! This recipe is one of those I cooked at the restaurant, at the beginning on Lent, when I was in Cyprus, for the staff. I love dried legumes, especially lentils and if I were to chose between a meat dish or […]

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Continue reading about Brown Lentils with Carrots, Orzo and Caramelized Onions

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 27th, 2013

We Greeks like making «pites» ( Greek savoury pies) using whatever ingredients we have at hand.   In my cookbook «More Than A greek Salad», I have 15 recipes for «pites» using different types of phyllo with various fillings such as spinach, chicken, artichokes, leeks, cheese, meat,etc. I had some frozen polluck fillets which I […]

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Continue reading about Psaropita (fish pie) with Christmas leftovers

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 16th, 2013

Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert made with heavy cream. «Panna» means cream and  and «cotta» means cooked.  In panna cotta heavy cream is sweetened with sugar and thickened with gelatine. A dessert such as Panna Cotta with heavy cream is surely delicious and very easy to make.  However, it is loaded with calories, as any […]

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Continue reading about Healthier Greek-style Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Cherry Compote

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 11th, 2013

I have the pleasure to announce that my second cookbook has just been published on The Amazon Kindle. Rocket, Pear and Pomegranate Salad As I have a love for food and a sweet tooth, ever since I can remember myself, I used to carry a few extra kilos. Nistisimo (Vegan) Cherry Cake I went on […]

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Continue reading about More Than A Greek Salad – Promotional Offer for my new Cookbook

Amazon.com has announced a new promotion tool this past week called the Kindle Countdown Deals. It gives the authors the opportunity to promote their books but also a big bargain for people to buy books at very low prices. I have enrolled in this program which starts as from today in the United States and […]

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Continue reading about Amazon’s New Kindle Countdown Deals Promotion and «More Than A Greek Salad»

Today’s recipe has a weird name and many of you may be wondering what stiftaria or casarecce, spirulina and kritamo may be.  When I added the picture on Facebook, even Greeks did not know what this was about.   Casarecce is a short, slightly tubular pasta, about one inch long, with a wonderful trench for […]

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Continue reading about Choriatika Striftaria me Spiroulina kai Kritamo (Peasant style Casarecce with Spirulina and Sea Fennel)


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