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Tyrini Sunday (Sikoses) with Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Savory Cookies) and other ideas


Tomorrow is Tyrini, the last day before the Easter fasting begins and also marks the end of carnival.  On this day it  is a tradition to eat anything with dairy products, especially cheese.  In Cyprus the last day before fasting for Christmas (14th November) and Tyrini, before Easter is called “sikoses”.  Sikoses, from the verb σηκώνω =  sikono, which means to lift because it is the last day of “Apokries” or carnival, which both mean, abstaining from eating meat or as in “sikoses” lifting meat from our tables.

On this day it is a tradition to make Cypriot Ravioles, as my mother did and I continue the tradition because my family love them and who wouldn’t love hand made pasta, filled with halloumi and minit?


Other things you can make on this day are  Tyropita, Halloumopita, Flaounes (actually we make little ones called Flaounoudes), Tyropita Savory Cake, Psomakia Gemista (Halloumi filled bread), Cheese souffle, Tyropitakia and desserts like galaktompoureko,  ryzogalo, mahalepi, Bourekia me Anari  etc.

All the above recipes  are included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste as well as in the e-cookbook.

Here are a few other  ideas from where you can get inspiration what to make tomorrow:



Dakos Savory Greek Cheesecake

Savory Cheese and Peppers Cake

Tyropita with Kataifi




Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Savory Cookies)

Today’s recipe is a recipe I made two years ago on Tyrini.  These savory cookies are based on other shortbread cookies I have made in the past.

They are very easy to make and  I added two of my favourite cheeses halloumi and graviera and a combination of various spices and herbs on top which made them disappear in no time.

You can find the recipe here.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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13 Responses

  1. sometmes it is good to follow this kind of traditions !!I follow you !!Pierre

  2. Those cookies look wonderful! A terrific snack. Perfect with a glass of white wine.



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  4. Fatima Hipolito

    WOw cookies was one the best for breakfast and this this cookies are really amazing. looks really taste..

  5. Love the savory biscuits! You got all the perfect herbs on there too. Wish you were my neighbor.

  6. Delicious cookies! Perfect with a cup of beer…

  7. savory cookies..yummy!! A big tray would be great for sunday brunch!

  8. What a great day–to feast on cheese-filled pastries! The tyrompiskotat look delicious with the spices and herbs on top.

  9. Thanks for the yummy savory idea, Ivy. And congrats on the ebook!!!

  10. These would be way to dangerous to have around. I cannot resist savoury biscuits, and these look scrumptious.

  11. Ivy, I can almost taste this savory cookies melting in my mouth…love the herbs and the cheese of course. Great to serve when you have guest.
    Thanks for this delicious recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week 🙂

  12. The Cheesy Savory Cookies sound scrumptious how fun to experiment with different herb/spice toppings!

  13. We were on the same wavelength: we both made savory cookies. I like the various toppings.

  14. Looks like a very intesting recipe. I always like to eat these type of savory cookies, and the cheese makes it all the more delectable.


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