Pies

Ivy on Ιουνίου 24th, 2009

Thank you to all of you who’ve written to me over the past few days, either at the blog, facebook or by private e-mail, to express your sympathy and kind thoughts. I am really grateful to have such good friends which I met through the internet. Life, however, does go and time is the best […]

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Ivy on Ιουνίου 21st, 2009

Horiatiko phyllo which is the Greek equivalent to Provençal Pastry is one of many types of phyllo used in Greek cuisine to make pastry.  Horiatiko is a thicker phyllo than the usual one which is used to make «pittes» or pies.   It is very easy to make on your own but in Greece you can […]

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Ivy on Ιουνίου 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 Νοεμβρίου 27th, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO ARE CELEBRATING TODAY It’s still morning in the western hemisphere, so you can quite easily make these if you have the ingredients at home. I am sure you have all heard of Spanakopita, so the word Spanakopitakia may ring a bell to you. Spanakopitakia is the diminutive of […]

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Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 17th, 2008

Inspired by Cypriot Bourekia, which are made with homemade phyllo, anari (whey cheese similar to ricotta), cinnamon and orange blossom water, I made these easy, cheesy, beautiful desserts with store bough phyllo. They were easy to make and tasted wonderful. I put the cream cheese and anthotyro in the mixer bowl and mixed them together […]

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Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 13th, 2008

Yesterday it was our Wedding Anniversary (28 years!!!) and we had a little family celebration, so I prepared this for dessert. Galatopita, which means milk pie, is a very plain pudding which used to be made with simple, every day ingredients they used to have at home. Milk, eggs and semolina to make the cream […]

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Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 11th, 2008

Badjina is a Greek regional pie made mainly in Thessaly. In Greek they call this pie ξεβράκωτη (ksevrakoti) meaning without its underwear, as it is a pie without its knickers, the phyllo. It is the most easy of all Greek pies and no skills are required to make it plus it tastes terrific. The most […]

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Ivy on Απριλίου 23rd, 2008

Etymology: Flaouna pl. flaounes is a traditional cheese bread we make in Cyprus during Easter, with phyllo filled with  a special Cypriot cheese made during easter and mint.  The word Flaouna, is derived from the ancient Greek word πᾰλάθη (palathi) > flado > fladoonis > flatouna > flaouna. History: It is believed that flaouna is reminiscent […]

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Ivy on Απριλίου 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 […]

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Ivy on Μαρτίου 14th, 2008

For those who are fasting for Greek lent a variety of different food is necessary. Do you know what they used to have for breakfast some generations back? Bread and olives and that kept them strong and healthy to work all day in the fields. However, how tasteful the olives may be we never eat […]

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Continue reading about Eliopita, Eliotes or Eliopitakia (Cypriot olive pies)


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