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Greek Revani … lemon semolina cake with honey syrup

Another Greek recipe from my collection passed on to me from my time in Cyprus. What a great opportunity this is to have the time to make them for the hotel’s dinner on Fridays. This is a lemony semolina cake and I used a honey syrup with orange flower water. You can use the flavors of your choice for the syrup. Rather than pour … Read More Greek Revani … lemon semolina cake with honey syrup

Chocolate Cherry Chubbies…. an Irish soda bread recipe

An old shop front in the City * I made these Chubbies a couple of weeks ago when I was working with Mrs Hennessy on a number of Irish recipes for a newspaper spread but did not feature them at the time. I used an Irish soda bread recipe and added chocolate and maraschino cherries. They are very! rustic in appearance, certainly not suitable … Read More Chocolate Cherry Chubbies…. an Irish soda bread recipe

Pasta from a Mediterranean Pantry… a quick lunch today

Too busy to stop today but not too busy to eat. We love our food. It is one of the pleasures of life and I spend my day mentally planning the next meal. A standard Mediterranean kitchen  cupboard is well stock with tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, capers and olives, a selection of dried herbs, olive oil and lots of pasta. A quick  cupboard lunch … Read More Pasta from a Mediterranean Pantry… a quick lunch today

Gluten free Greek honey and fig Cheesecake….. using myzithra or ricotta

I made a light cheesecake, baked custard and cake all in one, my day of trying out new recipes in the hotel. It is also gluten free as we use cornstarch instead of flour, just a fabulous recipe…. I added figs and honey this time and the tasting bit is always the best part…silky, smooth yet a cakey texture with a defined honey flavor… … Read More Gluten free Greek honey and fig Cheesecake….. using myzithra or ricotta

Melomakarona …..Greek honey and orange cookies …

I am in the mood for making more Greek sweets and I am going to carry on until i have exhausted all possibilities from my stack of recipes collected when I lived in Cyprus. These orange cookies soaked in a honey syrup are delicious and they are traditionally made by families during Christmas or special occasions. The dough freezes well so you can double … Read More Melomakarona …..Greek honey and orange cookies …

Very Chocolatey Pots ….with reduced fat reduced sugar …

Greek food at the hotel on Fridays and I make a variety of desserts, some soft and quite healthy desserts using greek yoghurt and a range of traditional Greek pastries and cakes using a stack of recipes I collected when I lived in Cyprus. Some were given to me by local friends who were great cooks and some came from chefs at restaurants. I … Read More Very Chocolatey Pots ….with reduced fat reduced sugar …

Meat reheat part 4 – Donegal Beef and Cashel Blue Cheese Burger. My challenge to America.

Conor’s blog has been awarded the best Food and Drink Blog at the Irish Blog Awards 2013. I have chosen to reblog his recipe for a special burger using Irish Beef and Mrs Hennessy’s favorite cheese, Cashel blue available by mail order from Sheridans in Dublin. It looks amazing and I will certainly be cooking it one evening with my daughter this week….

Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe

. This is Ronan Hennessy. He is 16 years old today… happy birthday Ronan ! He loves living on the island and has made a lot of friends and feels very settled here. He plays a lot of sports and especially likes football. Ronan appreciates the warm weather and the island’s mild winters. He also enjoys local food and cooking and last year he … Read More Ronan’s Mediterranean Soda Bread adapted from Darina Allen’s recipe

Karythopita ….. a really moist Greek Walnut Cake

I made Greek sweets from the recipes I was given by my neighbor Maria when we lived in Limassol. Karythopita is particularly nice and light. Syrup is added on after it is baked but I usually cut the cake into rectangular shapes and just dip the surface into the syrup and this way the cake is syrupy as its meant to be but retains its … Read More Karythopita ….. a really moist Greek Walnut Cake

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All Souls Day Traditional Almond ‘Bones’

A day after Halloween brings All Souls Day, a feast widely celebrated on the island with local food stores and confectioneries selling traditional bone shaped cookies with an almond meal stuffing. The recipe for these ‘almond bones’ has been given to me by Renato Briffa, a well known pastry chef who is an expert on traditional and local sweets. For 8 to 10 almond … Read More All Souls Day Traditional Almond ‘Bones’

Roasted Plum Crumble Pie

Life is full of imperfections. We are all full of imperfections, physical flaws that are easily visible and character flaws that most of the time go unnoticed and leaves everyone surprised when they suddenly become visible to others. But there is goodness in everyone and this applies to fruit and vegetables that appear imperfect. Today’s pie is another of my chosen recipes for the … Read More Roasted Plum Crumble Pie

Kourabiedes ! crescent cookies…. so light, so Greek….

As blue as the Mediterranean waters … I have very fond memories of living in Limassol when the kids were younger and we loved the local food. The bakeries were always brimming with traditional sweets and pastries and today I am making Kourabiedes. You can have them plain or stuffed with dates and I am making the plain version today. These butter cookies have … Read More Kourabiedes ! crescent cookies…. so light, so Greek….