Ivy on November 22nd, 2009

  After our recent trip to Rome , I am still dreaming of Rome and its food.  I love a good marinara sauce!  I have been making this sauce for ages and have realized that I have never posted it before.   This sauce is very easy and very versatile and it’s not worth buying the […]


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Ivy on November 20th, 2009

It’s almost a week since we came back from our trip to Italy and was really busy to post as a lot of things had to be done after we returned. We had a great time and I wanted to share some of the shots from Rome. This was not an easy job having to […]


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Every month there is an event going on at Jenn’s blog, where the winner chooses three ingredients with which we have to cook.  Although I love participating at this event as we challenge ourselves to create recipes we would never dream of making, most of the times the ingredients given are not so easy to […]


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Ivy on October 23rd, 2009

My friend, Natasha, of 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures, is hosting an event where she has asked us to further explore the flavours and textures of Macaroni and Cheese by deconstructing it and adapting it to our own culinary style.  You still have time by the end of the month to prepare your own version […]


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Summer Escapes – Part IV –  Kladas, Laconias Kladas is a small village just a few kilometres before reaching Sparta and that is where we usually stay when we visit our relatives. This is the view of the village from the house and the last buildings near the mountain, is part of Sparta. This is […]


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  Living in Athens in an apartment is not easy to barbecue because we do not have the space to do this often.  I do have a small barbecue but we avoid using it as whenever we do, the smoke gets into the appartment, so I avoid using it.  Some times I use the oven […]


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When I went to Cyprus last month I brought with me two bunches of fresh coriander (cilantro) and the bunches in Cyprus are really big. I used it in salads, I used it in other recipes but still I had too much and as the days passed I didn’t want to see it being wasted, […]


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Ivy on March 12th, 2009

Pastitsio is a staple food for all Greek families and I cannot think of anybody who does not like this dish. However during lent we abstain from eating any kind of meat or products derived from animals and although I have seen some vegan recipes, most of them have milk in the béchamel. For this […]


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Pastitsio takes its name from the Italian pasticcio, also known as “Lasagna al Forno” in some regions of Italy.   In Cyprus we call pastitsio “Makaronia tou Fournou” which again means “Baked Pasta” which is the same as“Lasagna at Forno”.   Lasagna al Forno is made with a flat noodle or sheet pasta called “lasagna”  instead […]


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When in France I tried a Mexican dish called Pollo con Mole Negro, that is chicken with a black chocolate hot sauce.   I still remember how much I liked that dish and decided to make something that would remind me of that recipe.    When doing my research on mastic gum I also found out […]


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