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Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 14th, 2009

I love making spoon sweets and every time I write about one I end up saying that it is my favourite.  Each one has a different taste and when raw even if it is bitter like the walnuts or citrus or tasteless like water melon rind, when it is done it is transformed into something […]

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Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 11th, 2009

Kokkino in Greece means red and kokkinisto is the way the food is cooked in a tomato sauce and becomes reddened.   This is a traditional dish and can be made with lamb, chicken, rooster or game.  Red or white wine may be added and spices vary depending on what you prefer but mostly cinnamon, cloves […]

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Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 2nd, 2009

Happy New Year!! Vassilopita is our traditional New Year’s cake which is also made as a Sweet Brioche Bread, called «Tsoureki».  There are many ways to make this cake, so you can learn all about the tradition behind the cake and another recipe in my last year’s post. The traditional recipe is usually an orange flavoured cake […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 31st, 2008

Samousades is the Spartan version of baklavas and is made in a similar way we make “daktyla” in Cyprus, the only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll . Samousades is traditionally made with hand made phyllo and it is filled with nuts, almonds or walnuts, sesame seeds and spices. It is […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 28th, 2008

As I wrote in a previous post, zalatina, as it is called in Cyprus, which is probably derived from the word gelatin, was usually made with pork’s head, ears and feet. My mother would make zalatina often but as we did not eat meat from the head she would add some lean meat especially for […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 27th, 2008

I suppose most of you know how to brine a turkey but for me this was the first time.   I decided to try it this year and it is a fact that it produces a great tasting turkey which is tender and juicier. I am glad I decided to brine it this year as I […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 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 […]

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Continue reading about Spartiatika Loukanika (Spartan Sausages)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 14th, 2008

Bombari is a Cypriot traditional recipe which resembles like sausage but it is actually a cooked meal. My mother used to make this and we loved it.   Although I did not have a recipe for this, however, I could remember the way she used to make it and I tried to recreate it. I […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 15th, 2008

Sunday morning was cloudy and rainy but that did not discourage us at all. Our son called us in the morning to see if we still wanted to go out in the rain. We had planned to visit Les Jardains Botaniques (Botanical Gardens) and Le Chateau des Penthes and we did not intend to stay […]

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Continue reading about Geneva – Day Two and Kokoras Krassatos

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 23rd, 2008

It’s not the kind of thing we think of every day-eating roses, that is. Yet, the noble rose has had a place in our kitchen for eons, tantalizing, seducing, intoxicating people more than any other flower. Roses, which were used as a seasoning, were sold by the roadside in fourth-century BC in Athens. In ancient […]

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