Traditional

Ivy on Μαρτίου 23rd, 2008

Bakaliaros (Cod) is another Greek traditional dish which has become synonymous to the 25th of March, which is the Annunciation of Virgin Mary and on that day we also celebrate the Revolution against the Turks in 1821. The Annunciation in Greek is called Evangelismos and those named Evangelos or Evangelia celebrate their name day. My […]

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Continue reading about Bakaliaros with Skordalia (Cod and garlic dip)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 9th, 2008

Today is a day we celebrate in Greece by cooking or baking anything with cheese and so it is called Tyrini (tyri = cheese) and as it is always on a Sunday we call it Cheesy Sunday. Just like carnival is celebrated by eating all the meat before lent (carne levare meaning remove all meat) […]

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Continue reading about Trahanopita

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 25th, 2008

Chilopites are traditional Greek egg and milk pasta which are cut either long like tagliatelle and fettuccine or in very small  pieces of about 1 cm long and are ideal as a side dish or in soups. They are cooked in many ways: as a side dish with myzithra on top, which is a local […]

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Continue reading about Homemade Makarounotes chylopites

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 13th, 2008

Spanakopita or in this case it is also called spanakotyropita, as it has a lot more cheese than usual, is one of the best pitas we Greeks make and there are even different types of phyllo used for this pita. My family prefers a pie with more crust than spinach so I always make the […]

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Continue reading about Spanakotyropita (Extra Cheesy Spanakopita strifti, village type phyllo)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 28th, 2008

Cypriot pitta bread are much different to the Greek pitas. They are flat breads like the other pita but are different in shape and in taste. I’ve been in Greece for 27 years and have never found any, at least where I live. (After a year, writing this post, you can find Cypriot pitas in […]

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Continue reading about Kypriaki Pitta (Cypriot pita – flatbread)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 30th, 2007

For my last posting for this year I chose a traditional Greek pastry, which is prepared and served on special occasions. I wish to extend to all of you my sweetest wishes, hoping that your New Year will be prosperous and as sweet as diples. Diples (pronounced dipless and meaning folded) Last but not least […]

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Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 26th, 2007

Two Saints for Christmas St. Nicholas or St. Basil? Two saints are involved in giving presents to the children, two different persons, both of Greek origin and who were both bishops. One is St. Nicholas or Santa Claus for the West and the other is St. Basil, (in Greek Aghios Vassilios) or as he is […]

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Continue reading about Vassilopita (New Year’s Cake)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 23rd, 2007

At the beginning of this month I wrote about the tradition of baking Christopsomo (which translates as «Christ’s Bread») and I baked one so that the readers of my blog could actually see the whole procedure beforehand and bake one on Christmas Eve, if they liked. Today however, is the day we are actually baking […]

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Continue reading about Christopsomo with a twist – Christ’s Bread

In Cyprus, we always used to roast our turkey on Christmas Day and I can remember what a huge bird we used to roast as I come from a big family. I have five brothers and sisters and apart from one of my brothers who lives in Australia, the rest we used to gather, with […]

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Continue reading about Turkey Stuffed with Chicken Giblets (Galopoula Gemisti) and gravy – Cypriot Recipe

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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Continue reading about Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Meatballs in tomato sauce)

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