Pasta

As much as I love cooking, there are a few days that I want to cook something quick and easy and what is easier than a pasta dish? This week the temperature was around 40 degrees C in Athens, so every morning my husband and I leave early in the morning and go for swimming, […]

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Continue reading about Lake Vouliagmeni and Farfalle with aubergine, peppers and purslane pesto

Ivy on Ιουνίου 29th, 2008

  I have just completed 300 posts and in a couple of months it will be a whole year of blogging. Wow, it seems like ages since then. I have been making this easy pasta salad for ages using any kind of small pasta which is called «kofto» meaning «cut» in Greek.  You can use […]

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Continue reading about Pasta Salad with Mushrooms and octopus in yoghurt sauce

Ivy on Ιουνίου 19th, 2008

The temperature is rising and it was 93 degrees today. I wanted to cook something easy and yet tasty and refreshing. I thought that a cold pasta salad would be perfect and I made it with whatever I had in the refrigerator. I had some leftover boiled chicken breasts and Mint and parsley pesto. I […]

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Continue reading about Summer Pasta Salad with Mint and Parsley Pesto

Ivy on Ιουνίου 11th, 2008

Kaloirka is a traditional Cypriot recipe, which is a pasta dish filled with minced veal or beef, similar to meat ravioli, maybe a remnant from the Venetian rule on the island!!    This was the first time I made ravioli with ground beef.   I usually make them with a cheese filling but it was something […]

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Continue reading about Kaloirka (Cypriot Beef Ravioli)

Ivy on Ιουνίου 2nd, 2008

I have called this recipe Pastitsio the Greek way as opposed to the Makaronia tou Fournou, which is the one we make in Cyprus. Pastitsio is a layered Greek pasta casserole dish, similar to Lasagne.   In many parts of Greece and Cyprus, Pastitsio is also called «Makaronia tou Fournou» which means «oven baked pasta». […]

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Continue reading about Pastitsio the Greek way

Ivy on Απριλίου 5th, 2008

This pasta dish is very versatile so you can easily improvise with the ingredients you have at hand.  You can use mushrooms, broccoli, artichokes, courgettes, eggplants etc.   During fasting time (or for vegans) of course I don’t add the chicken and I don’t use cheese in the pesto and it is fantastic. Serve with feta! […]

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Continue reading about Spaghetti with Chicken and Pesto

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 25th, 2008

Chilopites are traditional Greek egg and milk pasta which are cut either long like tagliatelle and fettuccine or in very small  pieces of about 1 cm long and are ideal as a side dish or in soups. They are cooked in many ways: as a side dish with myzithra on top, which is a local […]

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Continue reading about Homemade Makarounotes chylopites

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 20th, 2008

I’ve mentioned in my posts about Tuesdays and Wednesdays not finding time to blog as I have to go to my painting lessons in the afternoons, then I have the farmers’ market on Tuesday mornings and not much free time in between cooking and all the other house chores. Anyway yesterday I did not go […]

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Continue reading about Spaghetti with Anchovies and Olives

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 5th, 2008

When planning a romantic evening, most people think of soft music, flowers and candlelight. These are fine; it’s nice to create a nice romantic atmosphere. But we can do more than that. Have you ever heard of aphrodisiacs? I am sure you have but just in case, the term «aphrodisiac» dates back at least 5,000 […]

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Continue reading about Farfalle with rocket and anchovies

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 3rd, 2008

I have been making this recipe for over thirty years now and I can’t even remember where I got it from or who gave it to me. However I do have nice memories connected with this recipe, as when I was single I used to go out with my friends at a cafeteria in Limassol […]

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Continue reading about Limassol and Cannellonia with Crepes and ground meat sauce, the Cypriot way


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