Mediterranean Diet

Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2012

Summer is officially over, although yesterday there were people still swimming at Assini Beach.  Today it is dull, cloudy and it rained for a few minutes in the morning.  The temperature has dropped so we will be staying more hours at home, which means that now I have more time for some work to be […]

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Continue reading about Penne with Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Cilantro and Marinara Sauce

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 12th, 2012

  What do you do when you have a huge butternut squash around 8 kilos? My neighbour in Assini gave me two huge butternut squashes from her garden the evening before leaving Nafplio.  One of it was not ripe yet, so I left it there hoping that by the time I get back it will […]

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Continue reading about Savoury Cornmeal Crumble with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 10th, 2012

Pollo alla cacciatora, translates and hunter’s chicken.  I don’t know if game, such as rabbit was originally involved and later on chicken was used to deserve its original name or if whether it is just hunter’s style chicken, the way the hunter cooked his chicken or whether when the hunter came back home from hunting, […]

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Continue reading about Pollo alla cacciatora (Hunter’s Chicken Stew)

Ivy on Αυγούστου 23rd, 2012

The time has finally come and we shall be moving during the weekend.  The bad news is that  we will be without a land line telephone and consequently no internet for a long time.  We applied to the telephone company and although the nearest house with telephone is only 50 metres away, we are required […]

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Continue reading about We are finally relocating.. and Chicken Tarragon Risotto

Ivy on Αυγούστου 7th, 2012

In Greece we have a local variety of eggplants (aubergines) called Tsakonikes, named after the region they are produced (Tsakonia) Kynouria, a region in Arcadia, Peloponnese. These eggplants are long, thin, seedless and very sweet, so you don’t have to salt them to draw out bitterness.  It is a product of protected designation of origin (PDO) […]

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Continue reading about Melitzanes me tyria (Greek Eggplants with Cheese)

Ivy on Αυγούστου 4th, 2012

 «Let your food be your medicine, let your medicine be your food», Hippocrates. Garlic (Allium sativum), is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been grown for over 5000 years.   In ancient Greece we find garlic mentioned in Aristotle’s writings, who mentions that it was used as a tonic but […]

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Continue reading about How to Roast and Preserve Garlic

Ivy on Ιουλίου 4th, 2012

Some purists who don’t like their traditional recipes changed may cringe at this but I’m sorry, I have already posted the authentic Dakos recipe and I like to experiment in the kitchen : ) This salad has all the ingredients of the original recipe but I have gone one step further by giving it my take. […]

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Continue reading about Rocket Dakos Salad with Apricots, Feta and Apricot vinaigrette

Ivy on Μαΐου 29th, 2012

Snails, called saliggaria (σαλιγκάρια), chochlii or kohlii (Χ(κ)οχλιοί) in Crete,  karaoloi (καράολοι) in Cyprus belong to the class of gastropoda. Some people may be grossed by the idea of eating snails but snails are mollusks, which are a group of animals that have a hard shell and are similar to clams or oysters, which I am […]

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Continue reading about Saliggaria Stiffado Saganaki (Stewed Snails)

You can do this recipe from scratch if you like but I made it the following day, after having leftover spaghetti and Bolognaise sauce.  The changes I made to this classic dish turned it into something completely different, very tasty, light and healthy not to mention that with a few extra ingredients this dish was […]

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Continue reading about Anthotyro and Smoked Paprika Deconstructed Pastitsio with Eggless Bechamel

Ivy on Απριλίου 16th, 2012

  Christos Anesti and chronia polla.  This is our wish after Easter which means Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) and may you live for many years. Today, Monday after Easter it is still a public holiday here in Greece.  I wanted to cook something light with ingredients I had at home as all the shops […]

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Continue reading about Chicken with Leeks, Greek yoghurt and kafkalithres pesto


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