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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 16th, 2007

Glyka tou koutaliou, which are traditional, homemade, spoons sweets are slowly disappearing.   Working housewives have so little time to spare that they can’t devote to such time consuming work and prefer to buy them from supermarkets. As a result, traditional recipes are gradually being forgotten and whatever spoon sweets are made and consumed are all […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 11th, 2007

Vine leaves or grape leaves are the leaves from the grapes used for making wine or the grapes we eat. The best period to get the vine leaves is when they first appear, during April – May, when they are fresh and tender and before they are sprayed with pesticide. Leaves are quite light in […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 5th, 2007

Ravioles is a Cypriot pasta dish, similar to ravioli, having its roots probably from the Venetian times.  In Cyprus this pasta dish is filled with aged halloumi and the pasta is cooked in chicken broth. A few days ago my son came back from Crete and some friends from Crete, Sophia and her family, from […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 5th, 2007

If we buy a whole chicken from the butcher we have to wash and clean it. We remove any visible feather roots and any remaining which cannot be removed we burn them off. Take a piece of cotton and wet it with a one tablespoon of spirit. Light it in the sink and pass chicken […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 3rd, 2007

There’s nothing like homemade mashed potatoes, the ultimate comfort food. Preparing mashed potatoes is so simple to make and cannot be compared with the dehydrated stuff you get in supermarkets. Mashed potatoes are made by pressing freshly boiled potatoes. Baking or starchy potatoes are recommended for mashed potatoes as they are high in starch with […]

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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

When preserving fruit or vegetables it is best to store them in glass jars.  We get lots of products sold in jars, so if you like preserving fruit or vegetables you can recycle them by using them over and over. Before doing so, you must make sure to sterilize the jars, so as to destroy any […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

If you are using fresh vine leaves wash and then put them in a sauce pan with plenty of water and boil for 5 minutes.   If you are using frozen ones, follow the same procedure without defrosting them and then remove cling film. Cool them in cold water and strain them. Place one of […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

  If you get fresh kalamari, which we usually do in Greece, you will have to clean it first.  Frozen kalamari are usually cleaned. To clean the kalamari, remove the part where the head and the tentacles are and cut head off and keep just the tentacles making sure not to break the ink sac […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

Sponge Cake is one of my favourite kind of cakes.   Sometimes I make it plain and sometimes I add dark cocoa in it and I love that it is so versatile that you can make so many different things with it.  I make Birthday Cakes with different fillings and decorations and with the same recipe […]

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