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Sunday, March 23, 2014

American Mud Cake for Demetri's Birthday



On the 21st of March 2014, my husband Demetris, celebrated his birthday. This, was his birthday cake. 


Our daughters decorated the top of the cake with Wilton edible decorations. 

The recipe belongs to Cake Paper Party and you can find it here.
The frosting you see here, is not the one mentioned in the recipe. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Raspberry Tart


Hello everybody!  It has been a while since my last post.  Well, on the 7th of January 2014 I gave birth to a cute little boy!!!
I will not be able to post regularly for some time, but I hope I will manage to return to my kitchen soon...
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Raspberry Tart

Base Ingredients
300gr all purpose flour
200gr cold butter
100gr icing sugar
1 egg
2 tbs fresh orange juice

Filling Ingredients
500gr raspberries
6 tbs sugar
2 tbs butter

Preparation Method
1. Preheat oven to 170ºC.
2. Mix all base ingredients. Refrigerate for half an hour and then roll to a sheet. Leave 1/4 of the dough for the top.
3. Bake tart base for 20 minutes.
4. Mix all filling ingredients and cook in a saucepan until the liquid reduces to half.
5. Poor filling on top of the base. Add the rest of the dough on top (see photo), and bake for another 15 - 20 minutes.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

"More Than A Greek Salad" by Ivy Liacopoulou

Book Cover 14 Dec 13


"I have the pleasure to announce that my second cookbook has just been published on 

This is how my dearest friend Ivy Liacopoulou , from Kopiaste..to Greek Hospitality announced the arrival of her 2nd cookbook. 

Delicious recipes for everybody, especially for people who are on a diet or for people who want to maintain their current weight. 

It is an ebook written in English. More than 250 recipes!!! Great value for money!

The cookbook is divided into three sections.
 
1) The first section covers useful information about the Mediterranean Diet, which in fact is not a diet but a lifestyle approach which leads to long, healthy lives with less chance of chronic disease.

2) The second section showcases those Greek recipes which are based on the Mediterranean Diet.

3) The third section consists of a Diet Plan based on the recipes of the cookbook, from which you can choose what to eat.

I definitely recommend it!!! 


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Brownie Birthday Cake

My Brownie Birthday Cake, made from my mother!!
Thank you mother!!!!! Thank you for everything!!!!

You can find the recipe here: Brownie Variation Recipes

Friday, August 23, 2013

Light Cream with Yogurt and Peaches

A light cream with milk and yogurt. Healthy and easy to make. A perfect dessert for summer.
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Light Cream with Yogurt and Peaches

Ingredients
820gr Peach halves in syrup (6 large halves)
20gr powder gelatin
½ cup cold water
½ cup hot water
1 cup Greek type yogurt (2% fat)
2½ cups light milk (1.5% fat)
¾ cup fructose sugar
1gr mastic powder
½ cup peeled almonds, roughly chopped

Preparation Method
1. Discard syrup. Cut into thin slices the peach halves and lay half of those into a large round bowl.
2. Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Then add the hot water and allow gelatin to fully dissolve. 
3. Whisk yogurt, milk, fructose sugar and mastic powder until you get a smooth light mixture. 
4. Add dissolved gelatin into the yogurt mixture and mix well.
5. Add almonds; refrigerate over night.
6. Decorate cream with the rest of the peaches and serve.




Friday, August 9, 2013

Chocolate Nutella Cake

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

New York Cheesecake with Homemade Cherry Sauce

If you like cheesecake and cherries you have to try this recipe.  
For years I was trying to find the perfect Cheesecake recipe but none seemed to taste right. Recently I came across a recipe from BBC GoodFood that really made the difference. 
The only change I made was to discard the sour cream, and instead of that to use homemade cherry sauce.
Below you will be able to find the cherry sauce recipe.
You can find the original cheesecake recipe here.
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Homemade Cherry Sauce

Ingredients
500gr cherries, pitted
275gr caster sugar
1 tbsp glucose
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp corn flour, dissolved in a little cold water 

Preparation Method
1) In a medium sauce pan add cherries, sugar, glucose and lemon juice. Bring to a boil a reduce head to medium. Continue cooking for 7 minutes. 
2) Add butter. Stir well. 
3) Then add corn flour and cook for another 2 minutes.
4) Allow to cool completely before using it.
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You can also use this Cherry Sauce Recipe in ice creams, puddings, cakes etc.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kellogg's Smacks Chocolate Bars


Puffed wheat grains with honey and chocolate. Delicious, Nutritious and extremely easy to make!!
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Kellogg's Smacks Chocolate Bars

Ingredients
2 cups Smacks
1 cup melted chocolate
1 tsp honey
Butter for coating the pan

Preparation Method
1. Coat a square pan with butter.
2. Mix all ingredients.
3. Place mixture in the pan.
3. Refrigerate over night.
4. Cut into pieces and serve!
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cherry Upside-Down Cake (Extremely Easy to Make!)

This is an extremely easy recipe to make. You can substitute cherries with any other fruit that you like.  It is perfect with an ice tea, or a hot cup of coffee!!
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Cherry Cake Upside Down

Ingredients
For the pan
40-45 cherries, pitted
Butter and sugar for the pan

For the Cake
125gr butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
2 regular eggs, lightly bitten
½ cup light milk
2¼ all purpose flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder

Preparation Method
1. Coat a rectangular pan with butter; sprinkle with sugar and cover the bottom of the pan with cherries.
2. Preheat oven to 170ºC.
3. Melt the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan. Remove from heat.
4. Add eggs and milk; mix well.
5. Stir in flour and baking powder and mix lightly.
6. Bake for approximately 40 minutes.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Easy Flan


    Easy Flan

    Ingredients
    1 can evaporated milk
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    150gr cream cheese, at room temperature
    3 eggs
    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    Little butter for coating the pan
    3 tbsp simple syrup for coating the pan
    4 digestive biscuits, for decoration
    ¼ cup walnuts, for decoration


    Preparation Method
    1. Preheat the oven at 180ºC.
    2. Coat a rectangular pan with butter. Then coat the bottom with syrup and let aside.
    3. In a blender, combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream cheese, eggs and vanilla. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the pan.
    4. Cover with foil and bake in bain-marie for 50 minutes.
    5. Let flan cool completely and let in the refrigerator over night.
    6. Process biscuits with walnuts in a food processor, and sprinkle around flan just before serving.



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Champagne Bottle Birthday Cake

Hello everybody! It's been ages since my last post... This cake was made for a special boy called Massimiliano. He is going to celebrate his birthday today. I hope that he and his friends, will have a great time!!
Happy Birthday Massimiliano!

It is a triple fudge chocolate cake. The shredded "wood" was made with white chocolate.

The wood effect was made with edible color.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Let's get Italian... (Homemade Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese and Tomato Sauce)

Homemade Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese and Tomato Sauce!
This dish is so easy to make, not expensive at all, but it is a bit time consuming. 
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Homemade Gnocchi with Parmesan Cheese and Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
Gnocchi
950gr potatoes, unpeeled, boiled and mashed
270gr all purpose flour
2 medium eggs
A pinch of salt
Parmesan Cheese 

Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Jack Daniel’s Barbeque Sauce
250gr canned tomatoes, chopped
½ cup boiled water
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper

Gnocchi Preparation Method
1) Prepare a dough hook on a stand mixer. In the mixing bowl, add mashed potatoes, eggs, flour and salt. Turn on mixer on low, then increase speed till the dough forms. If you don't have a stand mixer, you can form the dough with your hands, it is very easy…
2) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and slightly dust it with flour.
3) Dust your work surface lightly with flour. Put dough on dusted surface. Use your hand to knead and shape the dough into a log.
4) Use a knife to divide the dough into pieces. Each piece should be about 3cm thick.
5) Dust your hands with flour and roll each piece of dough till it becomes long and cylindrical.
6) Use a knife to cut the long dough into small pieces, about 3cm wide. It's important to lightly dust each piece with flour so that it doesn't stick.
7) Dust a fork with flour. Press each small piece of dough gently enough, to create lines on each piece. Then place it on a baking sheet.
8) They are ready to be cooked. If you are not cooking them immediately, dust the gnocchi with flour again and shake them every 10 minutes so that they don't stick on the tray. Alternatively, put the entire baking sheet in the freezer. When the gnocchi are frozen remove from tray and store them in freezer bag.
9) Cooking Method.  In a large pan boil salted water. Put in gnocchi (20 each time). They are cooked when the gnocchi come to the surface of the pan. Remove them and place them immediately in the sauce. This cooking process will take approximately 2 minutes.

Tomato Sauce Preparation Method
Add all sauce ingredients in a sauce pan, and cook in a medium heat until the liquid is reduced to half.

Sprinkle Gnocchi with grated Parmesan cheese and serve hot.
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Below you can find some photos of Milan and Eros Ramazzotti!

Duomo, Sunday 17/03/2013

Live Concert at Assago Mediolanum Forum, 17/03/2013



Friday, April 12, 2013

Burger Buns, with Olive Oil and Whole Wheat Flour

This is my first attempt in baking burger buns. The original recipe was with butter, unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 large egg. 
I wanted to make them a bit healthier so part of the flour was organic whole wheat flour, and instead of using butter I used olive oil. I decreased the amount of sugar by 1 tablespoon as well. 
I am very pleased with the outcome! The buns are light and pleasant to eat.
You can find the original recipe along with step by step instructions at: King Arthur Flour.
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Here you can find my version of Burger Buns.  For the preparation instructions please visit King Arthur Flour.

Burger Buns, with Olive Oil and Whole Wheat Flour

8 big buns

 

Ingredients

1 cup organic whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour
1½ cup all purpose flour
1½ tsp dry yeast (7gr)
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp caster sugar
2 medium eggs
1½ to 2 cups lukewarm water
2 tbsp olive oil

Preparation Method


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Risotto with Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese (and a photo of Eros Ramazzotti...)


Risotto with Prosciutto and Parmesan Cheese
4 Portions

Ingredients
100gr Prosciutto, cut into small strips
1 cup Arborio rice
1/3 red dry wine
2 cups hot water
1½ hot chicken stock
1/3 cup fresh cream
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


Preparation Method
(Keep stirring the rice all the way until it is cooked)
1. In a medium pan, sauté Prosciutto for 5 minutes.
2. Add the rice and continue sauté for another minute.
3. Add the wine and continue stirring until the alcohol evaporates completely.  Continue by adding the water and then by adding the chicken stock, half a cup at a time.
4. When the rice has cooked, add the fresh cream and Parmesan cheese.
5. Serve hot.
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Mediolanum Forum (Milano) 17/03/2013
Eros, buonissimo il concerto!!! Grazie mille!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cyprus Is Under Economic Attack

My country, Cyprus, is under Economic attack.  
Please open bank accounts in Cyprus and send funds.
We NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOOGLE+, EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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