Sauces

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 15th, 2007

The word soutzoukakia derives from the Turkish soujouk, which is a dry, spicy, sausage and the Greek suffix -akia, meaning «small». The fact that it derives from the Turkish word does not mean, of course, that this is Turkish, as in Wikipedia we often see various things named as Turkish, when in fact they are […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 12th, 2007

Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth mixture of chopped chocolate and heavy cream, used as a glaze, sauce or icing used as filling for pastries, to make truffles or to glaze cakes. Before making a ganache, you will need a good quality chocolate (dark or white) to melt.  Chocolates with around 70% cocoa […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 11th, 2007

Dolmades are vine leaves stuffed with ground meat and rice.  There are a few different kind of dolmades depending on the region.  The most common in Greece is that with the Avgolemono (egg-lemon) sauce.  In other regions, including Cyprus, they make add tomato and cinnamon.   During Lent we make them vegan, only with rice and […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 3rd, 2007

A Roux (pronounced rou) is a combination of flour and fat,  butter  or oil which are bound together to thicken sauces, gravies and stews. Preparation time: about 15 minutes or more if you want it dark Ingredients: 60 – 70 grams butter 80 grams flour Heat butter in a sauce pan and add flour and […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

Tzatziki is an appetizer, called «orektiko» in Greek,  made from Greek whole fat strained yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, salt and extra virgin olive oil, usually served with pitta bread and served as  a mezes.  In Cyprus, mint is added and it is called talatouri. What makes our tzatziki so delicious is the Greek yoghurt, which is […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2007

Moussakas, is the most famous Greek dish which is layered with sautéed slices of potatoes and eggplants, with the meat sauce in the middle layer and topped with béchamel sauce and myzithra cheese.   The vegetables are fried in extra virgin olive oil and left in a colander or on kitchen paper to drain any […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2007

Béchamel sauce or white sauce has been taken from the French cuisine and introduced to Greek cuisine by Nicolaos Tselementes.  It is used as a basic sauce to top Moussakas, Pastitsio and used in many other recipes. To make this sauce you need an equal amount of butter or olive oil and flour which is made into […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2007

Avgolemono, from the words avgo = egg and lemoni = lemon, is a Greek sauce made with eggs, lemons and stock from the food we are cooking.  It could be chicken, meat or fish stock. The amount of stock added depends on how thick you wish the consistency of this sauce.  If you are making […]

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