Ivy on March 2nd, 2009

When I read Cynthia’s post about The Essence of Choka, I knew I would love this recipe but never had the opportunity to make it as I cannot find cilantro in Greece.  When I went to Cyprus a few weeks ago, I went to the Supermarket and bought two large bunches of cilantro and tried […]


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Ivy on January 24th, 2009

The modern Greek word is arakas αρακάς.  Mpizeli in Greek   μπιζέλι (or pizeli as it is pronounced in Cyprus), comes from the italian word pisello –  in latin pisellum  pisum a name which originally was Greek from the ancient Greek pissos – pisson  (αρχαία ελληνική πίσος ή πίσον (αντιδάνειο) and borrowed back from us.  […]


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Ivy on January 18th, 2009

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions but I know that I am back to healthy cooking again and I’ll try to keep cooking as healthy as possible. After all that butter which was consumed during December and gaining a few kilos, I haven’t yet made anything sweet this month and although I am not […]


Continue reading about Fakes Soupa (Greek Lentil Soup)

  Cooking for a family of five involves a lot of cooking and baking and it is sometimes difficult to please them all.A winner dish in my family is patates lemonates sto fourno, which is a side dish you can serve both with meat of fish and some people even love it as a main […]


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Ivy on August 28th, 2008

This Middle Eastern Dip known as hummus or hoummous, has passed to the Cypriot cuisine as hoummoi. It is made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon and olive oil and is one of the many mezedes they will serve you going to any taverna in Cyprus.   Eating mezedes in Cyprus is like a ritual and […]


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Ivy on August 27th, 2008

I do not remember ever mentioning our pet. We have a Siamese cat named Lisa and she is ten years old. She is also a Math genius. You must be wondering what Lisa has to do with revithokeftedes. In a way she does because my love for cats grew when I was about 10 years […]


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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 24th, 2008

Melitzanes giahni or as they are called in Cyprus “vazania giahni”, are eggplants in tomato sauce.  My mother,  as well as all other Cypriot women, would fry the potatoes and eggplants in a lot of oil and they would then sauté the onion in the oil and add fresh ripe tomatoes and tomato paste, as […]


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Ivy on April 9th, 2008

Yesterday I went to the farmers’ market again and among other things I bought the necessary ingredients to make Spanakopita. When I cook I always like to improvise and add my own touch to the recipe or maybe something I saw in another recipe and I kept somewhere in the back of my mind waiting […]


Continue reading about Spanakopita Nistisimi (Lenten) Cyprus

  The first Monday of Lent which is called “Kathara Deftera” and means Clean Monday,  is a Public Holiday in Greece and Cyprus and marks the beginning of Lent.  It  is celebrated all over Greece and Cyprus with a picnic at the fields and mountains (or parks or nearby hills in the big cities). Events and activities take […]


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