Vegetables

Ivy on Μαρτίου 12th, 2009

Pastitsio is a staple food for all Greek families and I cannot think of anybody who does not like this dish. However during lent we abstain from eating any kind of meat or products derived from animals and although I have seen some vegan recipes, most of them have milk in the béchamel. For this […]

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Continue reading about Pastitsio Nistisimo (Vegan)

Ivy on Μαρτίου 10th, 2009

The Béchamel sauce was introduced to Greece at the beginning of the previous century by a Greek Chef, Nicolaos Tselementes. I believe all of you know what béchamel is but can you imagine a béchamel sauce without milk and eggs, to be rich and tasty and to be used by vegetarians and for Orthodox Lenten […]

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Ivy on Φεβρουαρίου 26th, 2009

I have been preserving beets in vinegar (ξύδι = pronounced ksydi = xydata (in vinegar)) for many years but I have never blogged about it.  In most of my recipes with beets, I usually roast or boil more so that I can preserve them and I have used these preserves in a lot of my […]

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Continue reading about Pantzaria xydata (Cypriot Beet Preserve) and Beetroot Salad with Oranges

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 24th, 2009

The modern Greek word is arakas αρακάς.  Mpizeli in Greek   μπιζέλι (or pizeli as it is pronounced in Cyprus), comes from the italian word pisello –  in latin pisellum  pisum a name which originally was Greek from the ancient Greek pissos – pisson  (αρχαία ελληνική πίσος ή πίσον (αντιδάνειο) and borrowed back from us.  […]

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Continue reading about Pizeli – Arakas Laderos (Peas with Carrots)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 18th, 2009

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions but I know that I am back to healthy cooking again and I’ll try to keep cooking as healthy as possible. After all that butter which was consumed during December and gaining a few kilos, I haven’t yet made anything sweet this month and although I am not […]

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Continue reading about Fakes Soupa (Greek Lentil Soup)

Ivy on Ιανουαρίου 9th, 2009

Quince is one of my favourite spoon sweets and I made it three times this year.  The first and second time I made it the same way as I had previously posted the recipe and my children loved it. My son who was coming from Switzerland for the Christmas holidays told me that he wanted […]

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Continue reading about Glyko Kydoni kai Kastano (Quince and Chestnut spoon sweet)

Ivy on Δεκεμβρίου 8th, 2008

Weekend Herb Blogging, originally created by Kalyn, of Kalyn’s Kitchen, has now passed on to Haalo, of Cook (almost) Anything at least once, is now celebrating its three years anniversary and through this event we come to learn more things about herbs, vegetables, plants, edible flowers and fruit around the world. All the entries that […]

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Continue reading about Weekend Herb Blogging #161 – Roundup

Ivy on Οκτωβρίου 30th, 2008

Elies Tsakistes (pronounced Eliės Tsakistės) are crushed olives which are harvested when green. Green olives are usually sold ready to be eaten but if you produce olives and want to make them from scratch, there is a procedure to follow in order that the olives become edible. First of all you have to crack the olives and put them […]

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Continue reading about Elies Tsakistes the way we eat them in Cyprus

Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 11th, 2008

Badjina is a Greek regional pie made mainly in Thessaly. In Greek they call this pie ξεβράκωτη (ksevrakoti) meaning without its underwear, as it is a pie without its knickers, the phyllo. It is the most easy of all Greek pies and no skills are required to make it plus it tastes terrific. The most […]

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Continue reading about Badjina, the naked pie

Ivy on Σεπτεμβρίου 8th, 2008

According to the Big Bang model, the universe expanded from an extremely dense and hot state and continues to expand today. A common and useful analogy explains that space itself is expanding, carrying galaxies with it, like raisins in a rising loaf of bread. General relativistic cosmologies, however, do not actually ascribe any “physicality” to […]

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