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Solomos Stiffado (salmon stew with onions) and 4 years blog anniversary



While taking a break from blogging and trying to stay away from food in order to reach my goal and loose the weight I have gained over the past four years, I almost forgot that August is my four year blog anniversary.  I still can’t believe all the wonderful things I’ve learned during these past four years and all the amazing people I’ve been privileged to meet and  become friends with, during these past four years.  I am forever grateful for the continued support and encouragement from all of my wonderful friends and readers.

I now find myself with four blogs.   Kopiaste started four years ago as a biligual blog in Greek and in English and then I separated the blog into an English and a Greek blog.  After the publishing of my cookbook, I decided to create a blog where I would post anything relating to the book and only Cypriot recipes and recently after our decision to relocate, I am now also writing a chronicle of this project, hoping that one day I may start a new business there.  I have added a new post a few days ago and I would appreciate your help and your feedback on some decisions I need to take.

Some of my readers asked me to post the diet recipes which I cook now that I am on a diet. I don’t cook anything special for me but just follow the Mediterranean diet, with the supervision of my dietician, of course. The only thing I avoid is sugar, salty food and use less salt to cook, butter, fatty meat and cook everything with less oil. The portions have also been downsized and I eat lots of salad with every meal and drink lots and mean LOTS of water (about 2 – 3 litres) and walk almost every day.

Yesterday, I was feeling creative again and after over two months, I made a new recipe which I would like to share with you, as it was healthy, light and delicious and perfect for diet.   I have posted it in my Cypriot blog, as the recipe was based on the Cypriot version of stiffado.

Solomos Stiffado (salmon stew with onions) and 4 years blog anniversary

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 2 - 3

Solomos Stiffado (salmon stew with onions) and 4 years blog anniversary


  • 500 grams of salmon fillet
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
    For the marinade:
  • 1 tbsp mixed spice mixture
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • ½ cup orange juice
    For stiffado:
  • 4 onions, cut into slices
  • 1 big clove garlic, finely cut
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup red dry wine
  • 1 tbsp epsima (grape molasses) or use honey
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Wash the salmon and place it in a shallow bowl with all the marinade ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  2. Cut the fillet in smaller pieces. Heat the olive oil and sauté the salmon on both sides. Remove to a platter.
  3. Add the other tbsp olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes and then add the salt and sugar. Keep mixing until they begin to caramelize.
  4. Add the wine, epsima, vinegar, leftover marinade, bay leaf and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover the casserole and simmer until the onions are cooked. Check regularly until the liquids reduce by 2/3.
  5. Add the salmon fillets on top of the onions, gently mix with the

Limassol from the aeroplane (new port, ladies’ mile, salt lake and Akrotiri military British base)

Captain’s Cabin, at Limassol

Beach near old Port of Limassol

Avdimou beach (Limassol district)

I’ve been to Cyprus for a week and now we are enjoying the beach, here in Athens, which is almost empty.   Next week we shall be going away again for a week and I still don’t know when I’ll be back to regular blogging.  I hope to be adding a blog post every now and then.

Beach in Attika

All I can say is thank you again for a fantastic four years!

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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24 Responses

  1. Welcome back, Ivy and congratulations on your four years! You have accomplished so much and inspire me to reach for the same! Sounds like you are having a wonderful vacation, but I am glad you are back 🙂 I will now jump over to your cookbook blog!

    • Ivy

      Thank you Jamie. I am not quite back but hopefully soon enough.

  2. Congrats on the 4 years! That is a real milestone. What you have created is highly valuable.

    That dish looks fantastic and I'm glad you seem to be having a great time.



    • Ivy

      Thank you Rosa.

  3. Wowo 4 years, congragulations Ivy. And wishing you many many more happy years together with your delicious blog.
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  4. Dearest Ivy, thanks so much for everything that we're giving away, day after day with your blog. I'll give you my warmest wishes for the birthday of your blog. I am happy to be among your fans. A big kiss. See you soon.
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  5. Congratulations on the fourth anniversary! I am glad to read you are doing well. Taking a vacation on the beach sounds nice.

  6. Ivy

    @ Rosa, Finla, Anna Maria, Simona: thank you all for your wishes and kind words.
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  7. Eri

    Happy 4th Anniversary, and i wish for many more to come!
    Keep up the good work Ivy!
    Love from Toronto!
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  8. Congrats on 4 years Ivy! I am proud of you for being so responsible and determined in your weight loss/health goal. Also, I am glad to see the revival of the Med diet – more Greeks should be following in your footsteps! Your salmon stifado looks scrumptious!!!
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  9. Congrats on the 4-year blog anniversary! The salmon stew looks really tasty!

  10. Caffettiera

    congratulations! Four years are a huge achievement. Keep up with the motivation for your very healthy diet. You pictures of the Athens beach wowed me – in Italy everybody goes to the beach at this time of the year and you could never find such an empty one close to a major city!

  11. Ivy

    @ Eri, Anna, Natasha and caffettiera, thank you so much. @ caffettiera: The tourists are usually around the city centre and 95% of the locals go on vacation during August to the hundreds of islands and thousands of kilometres of seashores in Greece.
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  12. Congratulations on your 4 years Ivy and congratulations for embracing a healthy lifestyle. The slamon stifado looks beautiful!
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  13. Congrats on your 4 years of blogging! That salmon looks amazingly tasty. I'm getting inspired to try something like it at home!
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  14. Stephan Hilson

    Congratulations on your four year blog anniversary. It is nice to see that you have a very nice blog and trying to maintain other blogs at the same time. As for the salmon stew, it looked really nice and very yummy. And the recipes in Mediterranean diet link are worthy to check and try. Thanks for sharing interesting tips of Mediterranean diet.

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  15. Congratulations on your anniversary. Mine is this month too…it will be 3 years. I'm happy you are doing well and meeting your health goals.
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  16. Congratulations and your recipe looks delicious as usual!
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  17. Congratulations on your 4 years Ivy! Here's to 4 more! Hope you're having a wonderful vacation!
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  18. Happy Blogiversary to you!
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  19. Congratulations on the four years Ivy! That is quite an accomplishment and you are truly inspiring.
    I wish you many more years of blogging!
    Have a wonderful rest of your vacation and see you back here soon!
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  20. magicofspice

    Happy 4th Anniversary, wow! I will go check out your recipe and other link 🙂
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  21. Wow, I can't believe it has been FOUR YEARS!!! Good for you, Ivy. Your stamina is inspiring and what a ride it has been for you! Four blogs in four years and a cookbook to boot! You must be so proud and I hope that nothing but good things lie in your future 🙂
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  22. Wow, Ivy. Had no idea you were blogging for 4 years AND that you have other blogs! What a superwoman! Congratulations and bravo on that gorgeous looking salmon. I adore stiffado and your salmon version is a wonderful idea. Good luck with the rest of the diet. I admire your willpower!
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