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Halloumi

In recent years, halloumi cheese (or hellim) has become more and more popular and it’s easy to see why. Described by culinary aficionados as one...

Pita Bread

The island’s cuisine wouldn’t be complete without Pita bread - the leavened flat bread made in ovals of varying sizes that can be split...

Art of the foukou

On Easter Day, if you can get yourself onto the high ground, you will be able to look around you and see columns of...

‘Souvla’ in the oven

This delicious souvla recipe is super-easy to cook in the oven and absolutely stunning when loaded up with all of your favourite toppings! TIPS Let the ‘souvla’ in...

Spicy strudel with vegetables

Prepare the flavoured olive oil overnight by putting all ingredients in a bowl and keeping it covered in a cool place. Sauté the onion and...

Fresh potatoes stuffed with mushrooms

Slice the potatoes lengthways and scoop out the flesh with a small spoon or parisienne scoop, leaving enough to hold the shell of the...

Savoury fritters (Lenten)

Wash and dry the shoots. For the batter: Chop the potato into chunks, place in a saucepan with water and boil until soft. Drain the...

Bulgur pilaf

Heat the oil in a small pan, on a low heat and fry the onion with the vermicelli noodles, stirring continuously until the vermicelli...

Poulles with peppers and mustard seeds

Peel the poulles without washing them at all. Wash and dry the peppers and remove their ends. Put the ingredients in a bowl, add...

Shaken potatoes (antinahtes)

Either you thrash the coriander seeds in a mortar, without making them into dust, or you gradually crush them in a blender. Rinse the potatoes...

Koulouri – finger bread

Thrash (or blend in a mixer) the mastic with the sugar and the mahlepi (if you can’t find it already pounded). Sift the flour...

Gopa with aubergine dip

Preheat the oven to 200°C and pierce the aubergines with a fork or skewer in several places. Cook in the oven till they soften,...

Cyprus coffee

Cyprus coffee is a dark concoction and supplies a rapid caffeine kick to its drinker. Usually, its consumption is a social event. No one...

Stuffed vine leaves without meat

(Dolmadakia gialantzi) Rinse the leaves and boil in salted water for approximately 10 minutes until soft. Drain and place in some cold water with ice...

Snails with tomato sauce

When the snails are ready, drain them. Fry the onions in the oil and once slightly brown, add the tomatoes. Stir until cooked well...

Sea bream with capers

Clean the sea bream well, add salt and pepper to them and brush them with olive oil. Mix the capers and parsley together as...

Halloumi bread

Sift the flour with the salt into a bowl and mix in the yeast and lemon rind. Make a well in the centre of...

Tahinopita (Tahini pie)

A Tahinopita is a sweet pastry that is made of tahini paste (roasted sesame seed puree), with local carob syrup. Although enjoyed all year...

Pantzaria salata (Beetroot salad)

Rinse the beetroot, cutting the leaves off if they have any (the leaves can be boiled and served with olive oil and lemon). Put...

Olive pies with orange juice

Mix the flour with the oil until it has all been absorbed.  (you can do this in a mixer). Then, make a well in...

Village olive pie

Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water and put it aside for about 12-15 minutes to settle.  Sift the flour with the salt into...

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Traditional salads that will blow your mind away

This traditional salads will make you actually love salads! Cyprus may be famous for souvla and kleftiko but if you try the traditional salads with...

Honey Balls

As you stroll down Onasagorou street in the old city of Nicosia and suddenly feel the need for something sweet, follow the smell of...

Octopus with Oregano

Ingredients: (Serves 4) 1 kg octopus ½ tsp dry oregano Pepper 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice Preparation: Clean the octopus thoroughly under cold running water. Place the octopus...

Fish meatballs

In a bowl, mix the finely chopped onion and parsley. Boil the fish, cut into small pieces and add to the bowl. Add salt...