Galatopita, (pr. Gha-lah-TOH-pee-tah) is a simple and easy Greek dessert, made with milk,eggs, semolina, butter and vanilla, which is baked in the oven.
My Cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste, has finally been translated into Greek and published on Smashwords. The Greek title of my cookbook is “Kopiaste stin Kouzina mou”, which means Welcome to my Kitchen. If you can read Greek or have Greek friends who would like to win it, please leave your comment on…
During the Great Lent period which is 48 days before Easter, the Orthodox abstain from eating foods containing animals with red blood (meats, poultry, game, fish), as well and products from animals with red blood (such as milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) Fish with backbones are not allowed but mollusks like squid, octopus, shrimps, mussels etc.,…
Xerotigana (pr. Ksae -roh -TEE – gha – na), is a simple recipe, made with flour, baking powder, salt and water to make a thick batter and then fried. They are served with sugar, honey or other syrups, such as leftover syrups from fruit presereves (glyka tou koutaliou) but can also be served with petimezi or haroupomelo.
I’ve already spoken about syglino or pasto which is cured pork meat which is smoked. However, after the meat is cured and smoked it has to be cooked and preserved in olive oil. This is an old method which they used when there were no refrigerators but it is still used as it adds flavour to the cured meat.
Loukoumia tou Gamou, are the Cypriot Wedding Cakes, offered in Cyprus at weddings, instead of bombonieres (favours), which are offered in Greece.
Trahanas (pronounced trah-hah-NAHS), is a traditional Greek and Cypriot product, made from cracked wheat flour and a goat milk curd that is fermented.
Glystarkes or glistarkes or gyristarkes, from the Greek verb γυρίζω = turn, is a kind of Cypriot grid-like crusty, sesame rusk.
Kokoras Bardouniotikos is a stewed rooster recipe from Lakonia. In the classic recipe there are no potatoes in it but is served with pasta, such as hilopites. The meat and onions are browned in olive oil before stewing and then it is simmered until cooked. In the end a lot of sphella cheese (a spicy, hard feta) and some kalamata olives are added and the combination of cloves and cinnamon is what gives this dish its unique Greek flavor.
Kifylla is another Cypriot street food which is not widely known. It’s a sweet bread, filled with raisins and glazed with sugar on top and it used to be sold in the central streets, in wheeled carts. It’s a very healthy snack and perfect for breakfast. Being away from Cyprus for so many years,…