Veal – Beef

Ivy on Μαρτίου 18th, 2011

  A couple of months ago, my friend Natasha posted a Beef Stroganoff recipe.  Natasha lives in the United States but her roots are from Russia so when I saw an authentic version of this very popular dish, I knew I had to try it.    Please visit Natasha’s blog to see the original recipe and […]

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Continue reading about Veal Stroganoff with Ryzokeftedes (Fried Rice Patties)

Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 20th, 2010

First of all I want to thank each and every one of you again for the lovely comments regarding the cookbook. Today I want to share with you a delectable recipe sent to me by one of  my Greek readers.  She wrote to me at the beginning of summer and sent me her grandmother’s authentic […]

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Continue reading about Authentic Soutzoukakia Smyrneika

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 9th, 2010

I am not a person who believes in astrology nor do I listen to zodiacs on T.V. or read them in magazines and newspapers but I wonder if we had a retrogade Hermes (Mercury) this past week or maybe it was a «kako mati» or evil eye as we say in Greece and as some […]

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Continue reading about Veal Escaloppes with Chestnuts in a brandy and orange sauce

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 29th, 2009

Every month there is an event going on at Jenn’s blog, where the winner chooses three ingredients with which we have to cook.  Although I love participating at this event as we challenge ourselves to create recipes we would never dream of making, most of the times the ingredients given are not so easy to […]

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Continue reading about Beef or Veal in Dark Beer with a Sweet and Sour Pumpkin Sauce

Ivy on Μαΐου 22nd, 2009

Beef is not one of my favourite meats and I don’t cook it very often, perhaps once a month, but this is one of the recipes the whole family loves, especially my younger son.  He visited us about two weeks ago from Switzerland and during the five days he stayed I prepared all his favourite […]

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Continue reading about Pot Roast with Carrot Puree, Vegetables and Gravy

Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 28th, 2009

There are certain recipes I have heard of but since I have never tried them before, I never bothered making them myself.   I was debating whether to make Beef Stroganoff or a Borscht beef soup for Joan’s Culinary Tour Around the World, as this week’s destination is Russia. I wanted to make the Borscht soup […]

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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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Continue reading about Moschari Kokkinisto

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 9th, 2008

I am making a very short and easy post just to tell you that I had a nasty cold all this week that’s why I haven’t been around posting or visiting your blogs. I attempted a couple of times to read your posts and leave a message but after reading a couple of posts my […]

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Continue reading about Moscharaki Giouvetsi (Veal with Orzo)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 13th, 2008

Keftedes is the word for meatballs in Greece. I have posted before about meat balls. I have written about the meatballs we make in Cyprus which have potato in them instead of bread and the Soutzoukakia Smyrneika, bathed in a rich, spicy tomato sauce. Every family has its own keftedes recipe but I think the […]

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Continue reading about Keftedes me Rodi (Meatballs in pomegranate sauce)

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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