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Did you know that in the Middle Ages the British used to call the cauliflower «Cyprus Colewort»?   It is believed that the cauliflower originated in Cyprus, where the oldest record dates from the 6th century b.C.    Cauliflower,  arrived in Europe from Cyprus by the Venetians. It was then introduced to mainland Europe through Italy in […]

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Continue reading about Kounoupidi me Patates Kapamas (Stewed Cauliflower with Potatoes)

Ivy on Απριλίου 24th, 2014

Christos Anesti (Christ has risen) to all my Christian readers. Hope you had a joyful Easter! This recipe is one of those I cooked at the restaurant, at the beginning on Lent, when I was in Cyprus, for the staff. I love dried legumes, especially lentils and if I were to chose between a meat dish or […]

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Continue reading about Brown Lentils with Carrots, Orzo and Caramelized Onions

Green beans are cheap this time of the year, so I practically cook them once a week.  When we came back from the farmers” market,  I  cleaned, washed and dried them and  the following day they were ready to be cooked. When buying them, I intended to cook them yiahni, as is the usual Greek […]

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Continue reading about Stove top Tourlou-Tourlou me Fassalokia (Vegetable Medley with Green Beans)

Ivy on Μαΐου 1st, 2013

I was craving something sweet today but was really busy after coming back  from the farmers” market and shopping.  I had already bought these beautiful strawberries and since I had a bar of chocolate, I prepared this delectable, but so simple, dessert in no time. It took 5 minutes to melt the chocolate and 10 […]

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Continue reading about Vegan Choco-Strawberries

Ivy on Αυγούστου 14th, 2012

  I love to make fruit preserves and at the end when we eat the fruit there’s always some leftover delicious syrup, which has absorbed the flavour of the fruit but also of the ingredients added at the time of preparation. I have been using leftover syrups in my recipes for ages but until recently, […]

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Continue reading about Krema Karpouziou me Ryzalevro (Watermelon Rice Pudding)

Ivy on Μαΐου 23rd, 2012

I love hoummous and when I boil chickpeas I always cook more and keep some in the deep freezer, to use it whenever we are craving some.  The other day when I was looking in the deep freezer for the chickpeas to prepare some mezedes, I also saw that I had some leftover roasted butternut […]

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Continue reading about Hoummous with Roasted Butternut Squash and Garlicky Olives

Ivy on Απριλίου 8th, 2012

Anginares à la polita is a dish originating from Constantinople, in Greek Constantinoupolis, also called «Polis» meaning the city of Constantine. Therefore this dish means «artichokes city-style».  Asia Minor used to be Greek for millenia until the Turkish Empire captured those territories as well.  The Greeks developed several styles of cooking such as Smyrneiki Kouzina or Politiki […]

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Continue reading about Anginares à la Polita (Vegan Artichokes)

Ivy on Απριλίου 4th, 2012

I know that I said that I will be on hiatus for a short while and I will still continue for a short while but whenever I can, I want to post a few recipes which are suitable for Easter Lent. This recipe is based on a traditional Cypriot Olive Bread.  I have made a […]

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Continue reading about Eliopsomo me Dendrolivano (Olive Bread with Rosemary)

  Don’t confuse Greek fava with fava beans (Vicia Faba) although «vicia» and «vetches» are classified  in the same genus.  Greek fava (lathyrus clymenum), looks like yellow split peas, but is much tastier and is produced in various parts of Greece.  The most popular one is the one produced on Santorini Island, because of the volcanic soil […]

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Continue reading about Greek Fava with two recipes: Greek Fava Soup with Pumpkin and Fava Dip

Ivy on Μαρτίου 21st, 2012

  Beetroots (Beta Vulgaris) in Greek Pantzaria or Kokkinogoulia, also known as zacharoteutla, are known in Greece since antiquity as a valuable and nutricious vegetable. Wild Sea Beets (Beta Maritima), being native to the shores of the  Mediterranean region,   has been used as a vegetable for over 2000 years.  There are mentions even by […]

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Continue reading about Vegan Borscht (Beet) Soup

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