Sarakostiana

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 29th, 2012

On Monday it was Kathara Deftera or Ash Monday, which marks the beginning of the 48 days of fasting before the Easter which is on the 15th April, 2012.  We did not go anywhere to celebrate because after (almost) recovering from a flu, on Sunday afternoon, after lying down to rest for an hour, when […]

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Continue reading about Vegan Pommes Lyonnaises the Greek Way

Ivy on Απριλίου 18th, 2011

Halvas – Χαλβάς (plural Halvades) is one of our favourite desserts during Lent but I always like to make it in different flavours. This time I made the basic recipe which was divided in two parts. In the first one I made a strawberry coulis which was used both inside and to decorate the dessert […]

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Continue reading about Creative Halvades

Thank you all for your participation to the first Creative Concoctions Round-up and for the incredibly creative recipes sent in from foodies all over the world. To recap on what I have mentioned yesterday, first of all we have a new logo for the event which you can proudly display on your post for your […]

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Continue reading about Announcing Creative Concoctions #2 – Vegan or Nistisimes (Lenten Recipes)

Ivy on Απριλίου 1st, 2011

One thing I forgot to mention in my post for Nafplion was about Psorokostena, which is  a disparaging noun Greeks use to label Greece’s perceived socio-economic limitations. During the Ottoman occupancy, the Greeks were very poor but also after the Independence people lived in poverty for many years.  One day in 1826 they gathered at […]

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Continue reading about Psorokostena and Fassolada sti Gastra

Ivy on Μαρτίου 21st, 2011

Spring is officially here today as 21st March marks the beginning of this beautiful season.  We have been having good  weather the past days and the day is getting bigger.   The temperature is rising, the trees are blooming, the birds are chirping early in the morning and in the park we go walking to in […]

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Continue reading about Spring and Halvas with Chocolate, Nuts and Dried Fruit (Vegan)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 8th, 2011

Lagana is a delicious flatbread which is usually baked  on the first day of Lent of the Orthodox Easter.    This year I wanted to make something different from the classic Lagana so I made it with olives and rosemary. I prepared the dough it from the previous day so that I could bake it early […]

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Continue reading about Lagana Flatbread with Olives & Rosemary

Ivy on Μαρτίου 7th, 2011

Today is the beginning on Lent and the fasting period starts today on Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday). If you want to find more Lenten Recipes, I have made a post in the past and I shall try to update it with more recipes in a few days. One of my favourite Lenten desserts, is Halvas […]

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Continue reading about Citrus Halvas with Coconut

Ivy on Ιουλίου 28th, 2009

One week left before leaving on vacations.  I can’t wait to get out of Athens and the only thing that is bothering me is that now that I am finally loosing some weight, my nutritional balance will be distorted.  Although it’s hard to maintain a diet when you are on vacation, I am determined not […]

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Continue reading about Shrimp Risotto two ways

  Kalamaria is a very popular dish in Greece and Cyprus, especially during Lent when seafood is allowed to be eaten.  Although we can eat all sorts of delicious food during Lent I find it difficult to cook dried legumes or just vegetables on Sundays as Ι have always connected  Sunday cooking with meat dishes. […]

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Continue reading about Kalamaria or Thrapsala Tiganita or Gemista (Fried or Stuffed Kalamari)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 3rd, 2009

The period of the Great Lent started yesterday with Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) and this is called Saracosti.   During the period of Saracosti  the faithful fast for a period of 48 days and not 40, as it is usually said: the six weeks of Lent and Holy Week.  This year the Orthodox Easter is on […]

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Continue reading about Nistisimes Syntages – Food for the Soul (Lenten Recipes)


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