Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Arbaroriza – Kiouli – Scented pelargonium

Arbaroriza (Pelargonium graveolens), called kiouli in Cyprus,  is one of my favourite plants and it is so common in Greece  and Cyprus that you will surely find one in most gardens or balconies,  planted in pots or directly in the garden. Scented geraniums belong to the Geraniaceae family but they should not be confused with […]

Grape Spoon Sweet with Slivered Almonds

 Glyko Stafyli me Amygthala In Greek: γλυκό σταφύλι με αμύγδαλα, pronounced ghlee-KOH stah-FEE-lee meh ah-MEEGH-thah-lah This spoon sweet is my family’s favorite. The toasted almonds add a wonderful flavor to the mix. We make it during the September grape harvest, and store it in jars to serve throughout the year. To increase the recipe, multiply […]

Quince Jam – Marmelatha Kithoni

Ingredients: 2 1/2 kilos of quince Sugar Juice of 1 lemon 3-4 leaves of sweet-scented pelargonium Method: Wash well under plenty of running water. Peel, cut in half or quarters and remove the center core with the pits. Place the cut quinces in a pot and pour enough water to cover them. Bring to boil […]

Quince Paste – Kithonopasto

Ingredients: 1 kilo of ripped quince Sugar 1/2 a cup of lemon juice 2-3 leaves of sweet-scented Pelargonium (Arbaroriza) Method: Wash, peel, cut in half and remove the center core with the pits. Place in a pot, cover with water and add the lemon juice. Cook over high heat and cook until they are soft. […]

The main herbs of Cyprus and their uses

Shinos – Σχίνος (Pistacia lentiscus) Arbaroriza – Kiouli – Scented pelargonium Marjoram Makes an excellent tea and is widely used as seasoning in cooking. Resembles oregano and combines perfectly with meat, fish and pasta dishes. It aids digestion, helps to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, soothes the throat and is diuretic. Oregano The most popular […]