Mediterranean Diet

  Don’t confuse Greek fava with fava beans (Vicia Faba) although «vicia» and «vetches» are classified  in the same genus.  Greek fava (lathyrus clymenum), looks like yellow split peas, but is much tastier and is produced in various parts of Greece.  The most popular one is the one produced on Santorini Island, because of the volcanic soil […]

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Ivy on Μαρτίου 18th, 2012

  This year was so cold that I cannot remember any other year making so many soups.  We usually stick to the traditional ones like Chicken and Rice Avgolemono, Trahanas, Hortosoupa, Psarosoupa and Kreatosoupa.   Except for hortosoupa all the remaining are not allowed in a gallbladder diet.   After seeing the list of what […]

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Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 29th, 2012

On Monday it was Kathara Deftera or Ash Monday, which marks the beginning of the 48 days of fasting before the Easter which is on the 15th April, 2012.  We did not go anywhere to celebrate because after (almost) recovering from a flu, on Sunday afternoon, after lying down to rest for an hour, when […]

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Continue reading about Vegan Pommes Lyonnaises the Greek Way

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 9th, 2012

Gavros (anchovies) is one of the relatively cheap fish and that is why it is called «fish of the poor».   During the season it is fished in abbundance it ranges around 4 – 5 Euros a kilo and when the catch is not good, around the period when there is full moon, it reaches maximum […]

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Continue reading about Filetarismenos Gavros Plaki sto Fourno (Filleted Baked Anchovies)

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 4th, 2012

I’ve made this recipe many times each time with a few minor changes.  I’ve marinated the salmon with honey and orange, with honey and lemon, with pomegranate molasses, with petimezi (grape molasses), with Asian flavours, etc.  Salmon is one of my favourite fishes and still have a lot of recipes I have not posted. Although […]

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Continue reading about Seared Orange-Honey Crusted Salmon

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 16th, 2011

  I am very excited that yesterday I made my first video.  It was nothing planned but it was one of those rare days that I was alone at home.  I had already done the preparation of the dough and filling for Spanakopita, when the idea of making a video popped up. I know that […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 14th, 2011

I have said it many time that diet food should not be bland and monotonous.  My family were licking their fingers when they ate this dish and characterized it as “gourmet”. There will be many temptations during the holidays so why not cook something healthy but delicious that only you will know that this is […]

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Continue reading about Crusted Sesame Almond Salmon and Pumpkin Potato Purée

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 1st, 2011

Now that we are entering the month of Christmas, it is important to be reminded of the Rules of Calories. 1.   Whatever you are eating while no one is watching, does not contain any calories. 2.   When drinking a sugar free fizzy drink while eating a chocolate bar, the calories in the chocolate bar is […]

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Today is our wedding anniversary but on this day we also celebrate the Liberation of Athens from the Nazis (12 October, 1944). Now, the EU and especially the Germans are back with a second occupation, this time economic and are quickly leading the Greek people to poverty by imposing austere measures which are beyond any […]

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Continue reading about Lime, Dill and Garlic Crusted Salmon with Orange-Garlic Honey Sautéed Spinach

Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 20th, 2011

This is a recipe from last summer and I’ve been wanting to post it for a long time but I wasn’t sure of the name of these beans in English. In Greek these are called barbounofassoula or hantres (which means beads).  When these are fresh and green they are called fassolia barbounia (runner beans) Phaseolous […]

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Continue reading about Fassolia Ηantres Giahni or Barbounofassoula (Stewed Borlotti Beans)


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