Ivy on June 15th, 2009

Although making pies is not considered to be an easy job, pies are considered easy to eat and this bell pepper pie is both really easy to make and to eat. Bell Peppers, also known as sweet peppers are native to Mexico and their seeds were carried to Spain during the 15th century and from […]


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Ivy on September 26th, 2008

Making phyllo from scratch may be a little bit intimidating, not that it’s difficult to make. However, here is Greece we have a big variety of phyllos, each one different in taste and texture.  Apart from the thin phyllo everyone knows which is used to make baklavas, we have “horiatiko phyllo” which is a phyllo […]


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Ivy on September 19th, 2008

Kourou is a type of phyllo which I would describe somewhat like tart dough. Kourou is an unleavened phyllo, light and flaky due to the butter and yoghurt it contains. In Greece you can get many types of tyropita (cheese pie) the best of course made with homemade “horiatiko” village phyllo but you can also get […]


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Ivy on September 15th, 2008

Μy friend Nuria, of Spanish recipes, posted this recipe which I really liked, so a couple of days later I decided to make it. I have not changed anything to this recipe and I must say it was just as Nuria described it in her post. Best of all were the croquettes and I was […]


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Ivy on September 14th, 2008

  Pâte Brisée is the French version of classic pie or tart pastry.  It can be used to make sweet or savoury pies.  Instead of buying ready made tart shells which cost twice the price, you can make your own and it is much easier than you think, if you follow the basic instructions. After […]


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Ivy on July 19th, 2008

My mom used to love baklavas and would make it with almonds and cinnamon.   This is based on her recipe, although I tweaked her recipe a lot and added nutmeg, and substituted the almonds with pecans and walnuts.   I learnt about pecans recently and have been using them often since then and they have […]


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Ivy on June 23rd, 2008

Piroshki, were introduced to the Greeks by the Greek Pontiacs* who were forced to leave Pontus and scattered in all parts of the world, the majority of which came to Greece. Piroshki are made from yeast dough usually fried.  You can find them in bakeries or fast food shops, with various fillings. Their size depends […]


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Ivy on June 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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Ivy on November 24th, 2007

Tahinopita is a Cypriot Lenten Pie and I stress the word Cypriot Tahinopita because I searched the web for information about tahinopita and could not find this recipe anywhere.The only thing I found was a cake made with tahini and 90% of the recipes found were exactly the same (copy – paste) from someone who […]


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Ivy on November 12th, 2007

In Cyprus flaounes are made during Easter and the traditional recipe is much more complex but tastier, because in the dough we put a lot of other ingredients. The cheese used is made especially for this occasion but during other periods we make them with halloumi cheese. During next year’s Easter I will give you […]


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