Vegan

The white giant  beans called «gigantes or elephantes» have been cultivated in Northern Greece (Kastoria, Florina, and Drama etc.,) for centuries and are recognized by the European Union as products of Protected Geographic Indication (PGI).  These black giant beans are a new Greek variety and are not widely known in Greek cooking yet. They are […]

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Continue reading about Gigantes me spanaki kai Makaronaki (Black giant beans with spinach and pasta)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 7th, 2010

In Orthodox religion during the 48 days of Lent, which is the fasting period, no animal products are allowed to be eaten.    Fasting doesn’t have to be boring or a torture, so I am always trying to create something out of the usual. I was inspired to make these tahini muffins last fall, when […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 26th, 2009

Did you know that in Greece we have our own pizza which is called Ladenia (Λαδένια), meaning olive oil bread.  This is a vegan pizza and is a speciality from the island of Kimolos.  I saw this recipe a couple of years ago on Elias Mamalakis T.V. show, a famous Greek T.V. persona.  The main […]

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Continue reading about Healthy Homemade Greek Ladenia vs Italian Pizza

Ivy on Ιουλίου 15th, 2009

Gemista, means “filled” or “stuffed” vegetables such as, peppers, eggplants, courgettes, onions etc.The filling can be a meat based one, usually with minced beef and rice but I always prefer to make them vegan. Gemista fall under the category ladera or “oily” food, as we call them but my version is a much lighter one, […]

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Continue reading about Gemista (Stuffed Tomatoes) and a Well Balanced 3 Course Meal

Ivy on Μαΐου 30th, 2009

I wanted to make something sweet but as this was not planned I opened my kitchen closets and looked for ingredients to see what I could make.  I did not have eggs, I did not have enough regular sugar, I did not have vanilla, I looked into the drawers where my spices are looking for […]

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Continue reading about Orange flavoured Pecan and Almond Cookies

Ivy on Μαΐου 28th, 2009

As with tyropita (cheese pie), there are many types of  spanakopita -spinach pie – in Greece, as well as a combination of both called Spanakotyropita, or when there is less spinach (or none at all)  and more greens, it is called hortopita. These kind of foods are staples in Greek cooking so every now and […]

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Continue reading about Homemade Spanakopita from Scratch

Ivy on Απριλίου 9th, 2009

When I went to Cyprus last month I brought with me two bunches of fresh coriander (cilantro) and the bunches in Cyprus are really big. I used it in salads, I used it in other recipes but still I had too much and as the days passed I didn’t want to see it being wasted, […]

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Continue reading about Cilantro and Cashews Pesto and Farfalle with Mushrooms

Ivy on Απριλίου 7th, 2009

My first encounter with Avocado was some years ago, before creating a blog and at a time when the internet connections were slow and we paid by the hour when connected, so information was not easily accessible.  I don’t even remember what I did with it but I remember we did not like it. A […]

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Ivy on Απριλίου 3rd, 2009

Kifylla is another Cypriot street food which is not widely known.   It’s a sweet bread, filled with raisins and glazed with sugar on top and it used to be sold in the central streets,  in wheeled carts.  It’s a very healthy snack and perfect for breakfast. Being away from Cyprus for so many years, […]

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Continue reading about Kifylla: Cypriot Cinnamon and Raisin Bread Rolls

As I told you in my previous post, we visited an exhibition on Lakonian products.   The first part was all about olives and Greek olive oil. I have taken many photos but as it is impossible to show all the exhibition, I have made a few collages so that you may see and  find […]

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Continue reading about Honey, Peanut butter, Chocolate and Pastelli Cookies – Lakonia Part II

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