Kollyva, also spelled koliva or colivă, is a dish based on boiled wheat that is used liturgically in the Eastern Orthodox Church for commemorations of the dead.
Glyko Milo is a Greek fruit preserve made with a Greek variety of apples called Firiki (Pijrus Malus ή Malus Communis), which are very aromatic.
Moschari Kokkinisto is a Greek stewed recipe with veal. We don’t prefer beef in Greece so most of the Greek dishes are made with veal. Kokkinisto in Greek means “reddened” which is the final outcome of a veal dished cooked in red wine and tomato.
Vassilopita is our traditional New Year’s cake which is also made as a Sweet Brioche Bread, called “Tsoureki”.
There are many ways to make this cake, so you can learn all about the tradition behind the cake and another recipe in my last year’s post.
Samousades is the Spartan version of baklavas and is made in a similar way we make “Tsipopita” in Cyprus, the only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll and whereas Tsipopita is always made with almonds, in samousades you can also add walnuts, pistachio etc, and more spices.
Zalatina, as it is called in Cyprus, or pichti in Greece, is a traditional delicacy, served as an appetizer, originally made from the head and trotters of the pig, which create a gel when it sets.
Brining a turkey makes it moistier. You can either brine it in a water solution with salt, water, sugar and spices or dry brine it.
Spartiatika Loukanika are the famous Spartan Sausages, which are flavoured with orange and spices.
I have tried nearly all type of Greek and Cypriot sausages and not that I don’t like them all but these ones with orange flavour are my favourite.
Bombari is a Cypriot traditional recipe which resembles like sausage but it is actually a cooked meal. The pork intestine is thoroughly washed and filled with a mixture of ground meat, rice, herbs and spices and then it is cooked.
Our visit to Geneva Switzerland in 2008