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Tsipopita and an update

It’s been a while since my last post and I just wanted to keep you updated as I will continue my break indefinitely, until I am ready to come back.  I hope that you have missed me as much as I have missed all of you.

I am really sorry I haven’t been visiting your blogs but it’s been very hot and unbearable to stay inside.

On the other hand, I’ve been making a few changes in my lifestyle.  I have visited a dietitian so I am on a proper diet now and although I cook almost every day, I am eating healthy food, which has already been posted on the blog.   Although I have lots of older recipes which I can post, however, I don’t want to be tempted by reading recipes all day.   I have been walking an hour a day and most of the mornings we go for swimming, I relax more, spend more time with my family, watch T.V., go out more often, so even if I wanted to, there isn’t much free time left.

The great news is that I have already lost 8 kilos but there is still a long way to go until I reach my goal.

We have not been on vacation this year but hope to get away for a few days in August.


It’s been ages since I last made a dessert, but since we shall be going to Nafplion tomorrow, I have prepared a new recipe called Tsipopita, which will be given away to our contractor and  I would like to share it with you.   The house is almost ready and hopefully we shall be relocating sometime between September or October.

Tsipopita is a traditional Cypriot dessert (pita) made with home made phyllo and tsipa, which is the name of the butter used.

This  pita is traditionally made with layers of homemade phyllo which are brushed with tsipa and then ground cinnamon and cloves are sprinkled between each layer of phyllo.   It is then rolled, baked  and drenched in an armatic sugar syrup.

It is something between baklavas and daktyla and hope you will enjoy it!   You can find the recipe here


Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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29 Responses

  1. Where is that lovely beach?

    • Ivy

      @ Penny: the beach is in Assini (Argolida), Peloponese.
      @ Eftychia: I know it's difficult and it took me a few months to prepare myself psychologically and decide it was about time. I think you can make it as well.
      @ Rosa: Thanks Rosa. Shall be thinking of you.
      @ Joan: Thanks Joan.
      @ Anna: thank you Anna. It's not as difficult as it looks. Buy a pasta machine and you will be amazed how easy it is.
      @ Caffettiera: Thank you caffettiera. Sorry to hear about your weather. Here it's entirely the opposite.

  2. Keep up the good work!! I hope that soon I will find the courage to follow your GOOD example!!

  3. Congratulations on the 8 kilos. I am happy to hear that you are having a good time, although I miss reading your posts and hearing from you…

    That is one wonderful looking dessert!

    Please think of me when you will be in Nafplion! I love this place… 🙂



  4. Good luck with your new lifestyle.

  5. I have certainly missed you Ivy! But I don't blame you for staying away from the cyber webs — you have your reasons and the weather is great. Congrats on your weight loss and dedication and commitment to feel better. I have never had or heard of tsipopita… it looks divine! I will have to try this sometime although making my own phyllo scares me.
    My recent post The Gr8 Cocktails of Summer Thus Far

  6. Caffettiera

    I certainly have been missing you! I have to say I do envy a bit your current lifestyle.. going to swim and walk and taking good care of yourself. Well done on the weight loss! Here in Germany it is gray and rainy and cold and I could certainly do with staying outside a bit more.

  7. Ancutza

    Hi Ivy, I missed you! you're right, I also had a break not from coooking but from posting…too much food e too little time for the real life, gamily, friends, books, nature…I hope to find the balance. I wanted to tell that today I upladed the pdf with phyllo recipes, it's only in Italian and I did the translation of your recipe. Wish you agreat summer!

    • Ivy

      Hi Ancutza and thank you very much for translating my recipe in Italian. This is fantastic and it's like a whole book with phyllo recipes. For my readers who know Italian, please check out this link with amazing recipes. Baci

  8. I'm glad to hear you're doing well Ivy! You are an inspiration. Your dessert looks lovely – so unlike the desserts I am used to. Eating one would be such a treat!

    • Ivy

      Thank you very much Reeni. I miss you all.

  9. elly

    Congrats on the 8 kilos, Ivy. Good to "see" you again and the tsipopita looks delicious.

    • Ivy

      Thank you Elly.

  10. congrats on the weight loss, your on your way to sucess!! thank you for sharing such a beautiful pic and treat!

  11. Ivy

    Thank you all for your lovely comments.
    I shall be away for a few days, so your comments will not appear until I am back.

  12. All the best Ivy and I hope u achieve ur goal soon…take care.

  13. sofie

    Tsitopita looks divine 🙂 Love Nafplio…lived there for seven years so I am very familiar with Argolida. Enjoy your break

  14. Nice to see you again Ivy! I miss you and your creations very much! Enjoy the summer and keep up with the weight loss. Oh! And I love the tsipopita!
    My recent post Orecchiette with Broccolini and being a ” Featured Foodie”

  15. Elpis

    Όλες σου οι συνταγές είναι απίθανες αλλά όταν φτιάχνεις κάτι κυπριακό είσαι αξεπέραστη, Ήβη. Καλό καλοκαίρι να χεις, ξεκούραστο και ήρεμο. Χρειάζεται καμιά φορά κάποια ανάπαυλα από τα καθημερινά που μας στρεσάρουν.

  16. Elpis

    Συγχαρητήρια για το χάσιμο βάρους, με τις γνώσεις σου για φαγητά και μαγειρική η προσπάθεια θα είναι ευκολότερη. Ίσως, όταν επανέλθεις κανονικά στην μπλογκόσφαιρα στο μέλλον, θα ήταν καλό να αναρτήσεις κάποιες διαιτητικές συνταγές ως έμπνευση για άλλους (όσο απλές κι αν είναι μερικές).

    • Ivy

      Άννα Μαρία, σ' ευχαριστώ για τα καλά σου λόγια. Διαιτητικές συνταγές θα βρεις πάνω στο header ως healthy recipes ή στο ελληνικό blog ως υγιεινή διατροφή. Δεν φτιάχνω κάτι ειδικό για εμένα αλλά τρώω λίγο φαγητό με πολλή σαλάτα και με τους συνδυασμούς που μου βάζεις ο διατροφολόγος.
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  17. Ciao cara amica.
    Mi sei mancata tantissimo, ma capisco che a volte è importante staccare la spina per un pò.
    Grazie comunque per la tua ricetta.
    MI raccomando riposati ed abbi cura di te.
    Un grande abbraccio, a presto.
    My recent post Le seppie ubriache dal mare di Kalamos

  18. Ivy, you are doing a great thing for yourself. Allow me to congratulate you! On everything, losing 8 kilos, walking 1 hour a day! Wow!
    Your tsipopita looks amazing! I have never tried it but I sure will!
    Stay well!

  19. Ivy

    Thank you to all of you for your kind comments. I am still continuing my effort to loose weight and I am really glad with the result.

  20. agirlandhercarrot

    Hi Ivy! I was so happy to see your lovely face over on my blog. I was also delighted to read that you are taking care of yourself and saw a dietitian (being a dietitian and now yoga teacher) I know how difficult changes can sometimes be, but one by one you will find peace of mind. It takes time and remember there's no race. Congrats on your hard work and accomplishments already achieved! Just remember to live in the NOW (wow I'm really a yogi) and enjoy every moment, don't reflect on what you ate yesterday, or what you might eat tomorrow. Oh and try a glass of water before you pick up a pile of baklava. (kidding, sort of). Hugs!

    • Ivy

      Ha, ha, there's no baklava is my diet any more!!

  21. mary

    I love your website, especially the greek foods. I am of Greek descent and love to cook greek food, it reminds me of my grandmothers cooking.

    • Ivy

      Thank you Mary. Nice to have you here with us and hope you will cook and enjoy some of the Greek recipes.