Ivy on March 9th, 2008

Today is a day we celebrate in Greece by cooking or baking anything with cheese and so it is called Tyrini (tyri = cheese) and as it is always on a Sunday we call it Cheesy Sunday. Just like carnival is celebrated by eating all the meat before lent (carne levare meaning remove all meat) […]


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Ivy on February 18th, 2008

    Taste and Create is a monthly event hosted by Nicole of For the Love of Food, in which we are called to participate and then are randomly paired with another blog writer. We then have to look around our pair’s blog, find a recipe we like, create it and then blog about it. […]


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Spanakopita or in this case it is also called spanakotyropita, as it has a lot more cheese than usual, is one of the best pitas we Greeks make and there are even different types of phyllo used for this pita. My family prefers a pie with more crust than spinach so I always make the […]


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Ivy on December 30th, 2007

Pischies is a Cypriot traditional pastry dessert made with dough on which it is generously brushed with olive oil, cinnamon and sugar and after shaping them they are fried in olive oil and then bathed in syrup. These pastries are very easy to make and very tasty. You can make the dough from scratch but […]


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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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Ivy on November 10th, 2007

The queen of taste, the black olive owes a lot to the Greek fertile earth which gifts it a superb light buttery taste, features in many pastry recipes. Eliopitakia. Eliopsomo (Olive Bread) Lagana Olives and Carrot Bread Sticks and rolls Whole Wheat Focaccia with Kalamata Olives


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Ivy on November 6th, 2007

This is an easy pie to make and when made with puff pastry it is even easier.  In the chicken filling I add some vegetables which are bound together with a bechamel sauce. During the years I was working I would make it with puff pastry but later on I found it much tastier when […]


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Ivy on November 3rd, 2007

According to the Greek Orthodox religion, nearly every day of the year is dedicated to a Christian saint or Martyr. Each church is devoted to a particular saint and that saint’s name day is celebrated on the saint’s birthday or day of death. These celebrations are usually celebrated with a Panigyri (fair or festival) and […]


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Bourekia is  a pastry made with a thin flaky  phyllo, and are filled with anari which is the name for anthotyro in Cyprus.   Anari is similar to anthotyro or myzithra and is a white soft whey cheese  which is produced when making halloumi or kefalotyri.  (You may find out more about these cheeses here). […]


Continue reading about Bourekia me Freskia Anari – Pastries with Fresh Anari Cheese

Ivy on November 3rd, 2007

Kattimerka (in the Greece called katimeria), is a Cypriot traditional pastry dessert made with dough and were fried in a traditional frying pan called sadji, which unlike the Arab Saj, which is dome shaped, the Cypriot sadji resembles more like a wok. Epsima (in Cypriot dialect) and Petimezi (in Greek) is a molasses-like syrup made […]


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