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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Ivy on August 22nd, 2013

Moussakas is the most known Greek dish.  Sometimes we want to go meatless, so if you also want to avoid eating meat you should try this amazing recipe, with Greek feta and Italian mozarella, adding lots of onions,  feta and a marinara sauce and topped with a bechamel sauce with feta in it.   You […]


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Ivy on June 20th, 2010

Dolmades or Koupepia (as we call them in Cyprus) are made from grape leaves (also known as vine leaves) and are stuffed with rice, ground pork or beef, fresh herbs and seasonings. I’ve been revisiting all the Greek traditional recipes over the past year and have been substituting pork or beef  minced meat with turkey […]


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Ivy on June 13th, 2010

Most people don’t eat dried legumes during summer mainly because of the abundance of fresh vegetables but also because they have correlated legumes with soups.  However, dried legumes are a great source for protein and the combination of any dried legumes with lots of vegetables makes a healthy and perfect meal for  hot summer days. […]


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Ivy on March 5th, 2010

I feel embarrassed that I have never posted this dish before.  Although this is a staple dish in all Greek households and I cook it very often, I have somehow forgotten to post about it. Fassolia (phaseolus lunatus) gigantes, meaning “giant” are similar to elephant beans, lima beans or butter beans, but if you can […]


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Ivy on July 22nd, 2009

Fava beans, in Greek Φούλια (foulia) is a legume similar to broad beans (ficia fava) in ancient Greek named κύαμος (κyamos) and in modern Greek κουκιά (koukia) and was one of the species of beans than existed in the ancient world.   Fava beans are mentioned by Homer (8th to 9th century B.C.).   Greeks […]


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I have been watching my diet for some time now, so I try and cook lighter but without counting calories.  Mostly I cook some grilled meat with a salad, or legumes and ladera but keeping the oil to the minimum. On Thursday I was cooking marinated pork chops and I wanted to make a side […]


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Gemista are one of my favourite dishes as it is a combination of so many tastes and aromas. Vegetables (green bell peppers and eggplants), Greek extra virgin olive oil, rice, potatoes, herbs like parsley and mint (also kafkalithres – Tordylium Apulum or small hartwort and myronia – shepherd’s needles – (scandix pecten veneris) as well as spring onions) […]


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First of all for all of you who are celebrating Easter tomorrow I wish you a Happy Easter and to be in good health.  We still have another week to celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter.   Yesterday,  when I visited Susan I saw that Chris, of Mele Cotte is hosting her third event to bring awareness […]


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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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