Ivy on May 7th, 2013

We had a wonderful time during Easter.   Our children came to Assini from Athens and spent Easter day with our neighbours.   We roasted a lamb on the spit, kokoretsi and sheftalia.   We Greeks, love offal and cook them in many ways.  One of the best ways to try them is grilled over charcoal but a gas […]


Continue reading about Tourkakia (grilled offal)

I’ve already spoken about syglino or pasto which is cured pork meat which is smoked.  However, after the meat is cured and smoked it has to be cooked and preserved in olive oil.  This is an old method which they used when there were no refrigerators but it is still used as it adds flavour […]


Continue reading about Syglino (Pasto) Lakonias (Smoked Pork) and an Omelette

  Summer Escapes part VI- A glimpse at ancient and modern Sparti, Laconia Sparti, view from Taygettus Mountain   Sparta or Sparti (Σπάρτη) as it is called in modern Greek, is the administrative capital of the prefecture of Laconia. It is 250 kilometres from Athens, located in the Southern part of Greece and has a […]


Continue reading about Revithia giahni sti gastra (chickpea stew) and a virtual tour to Sparti

Ivy on December 19th, 2008

Years ago, before refrigerators were invented or even before electricity, can you imagine how people lived? We stuff our refrigerators with lots of products and whenever we feel like cooking we just thaw something and cook it. Back then people had hens and turkeys, rabbits and other domestic animals in their yards, which they would […]


Continue reading about Spartiatika Loukanika (Spartan Sausages)

Taygetus Greek: Ταΰγετος, also Taigetos is a mountain range of the Peloponnesus, Southern Greece, extending about 65 miles (100 km) north from the southern end of Cape Matapan in the Mani Peninsula. It rises to about 7,900 ft (2,410 m) at Mt. Hagios Ilias (Mt. St. Elias or Prophitis Elias). The mountain is named after […]


Continue reading about Ladolemono Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive oil and Oregano from Mount Taygettus, in Lakonia

Ivy on February 7th, 2008

Although my husband comes from Arcadia, all his relatives live in Sparta, Lakonia. Sparta is situated on the foothills of Taygetus Mountain and is the center of an agricultural plain whose focus is the Eurotas valley. It is the local center for the processing of goods such as citrus and olives. Recently, it has invested […]


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