Ivy on March 26th, 2015

Thrapsala (Illex coindetti or short-fin squid) are of the same family as calamari but much more cheaper, at least here in Greece, but equally delicious. As I do not find the time to post my recipes immediately, they have been waiting patiently for the right time to be posted, the first one being cooked three […]


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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 […]


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

Ivy on November 27th, 2010

Μy friend Marianna Kavroulaki, archaeologist and researcher in food history organized an Ancient Greek Symposium, called Edible History and Edible Stories.  In ancient Greece, the symposium was a drinking party (from Greek «συμποτείν» (sympotein), “to drink together”). I love ancient Greek history and in a lot of my posts you will find references relating to […]


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“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses“ –Hippocrates, Greek Physician (460 BC – 370 BC) I’ve decided to focus more on healthy recipes again and especially on the Medieterranean Diet. Although I am not strictly dieting […]


Continue reading about Obesity: Why are we obese? and Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms

One of my favourite ingredients is mushrooms but making a mushroom pie was out of the question as two out of five members of my family hate mushrooms. My son George also loves mushrooms as much as I do and has been asking me for quite a long time to make a mushroom pie.  When […]


Continue reading about Manitaropita me Prassa (Homemade Greek Mushroom Pie with Leeks)

Many people shudder at the thought of cooking or eating liver but in Greece we eat it a lot.   I love liver, especially, chicken livers, however, I don’t cook it very often as chicken giblets are high in cholesterol and only cook it two or three times a year, mostly during Easter. Before cooking it, […]


Continue reading about Sykotakia me Lahanika (Braised Chicken Livers with Poached Grapes)

I have been watching my diet for some time now, so I try and cook lighter but without counting calories.  Mostly I cook some grilled meat with a salad, or legumes and ladera but keeping the oil to the minimum. On Thursday I was cooking marinated pork chops and I wanted to make a side […]


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Ivy on August 14th, 2008

We’re back from our short get away. I want to thank you for leaving your lovely comments and have read all of them but need some time to reply and to visit you all. Hope to do this during the weekend. This year we decided not to visit any island but went by car to […]


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Ivy on July 25th, 2008

As quick and easy as my dish is, I shall also make a quick post as we are leaving for a few days. We are going to Sparta to our relatives and shall be back next week. Yesterday, morning we left for the Lake without preparing anything for lunch, so on our way back we […]


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Ivy on January 16th, 2008

I have posted about koupes last month and you can see the original recipe here. The recipe for the dough is exactly the same. However, as the Orthodox have big lenten periods, fifty days before Easter, forty days before Christmas and some days before the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary as well as on some […]


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