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Flaounes are sweet pastries (sometimes referred to by foreigners as pies) filled with cheese. The word flaounes comes from a Greek word for sorrow. They are prepared both by members of the Greek Orthodox Church and by Turkish Muslim Cypriots. For Orthodox Greeks, they are served to break Lent on Easter Sunday; for Muslim Cypriots, […]
The ultra-simple combination of yogurt that has been sweetened with honey (called giaourti me meli) is beloved all over Greece, but Cypriots are particularly fond of it. If you have ever visited Cyprus, you have probably had this dessert. Yogurt with honey is likely to be one of the things that visitors are served at […]
Baklava is found throughout the Mediterranean region. Like every country that makes baklava, Cypriot bakers claim that it originated with them. There is not a lot of documentation on the history of baklava, but historians believe that it probably originated in Assyria. Baklava is associated mainly with Greek and Turkish cuisine; as Cypriot cuisine is […]
Stifado is a traditional Greek and Cypriot stew that is usually made with beef or rabbit but can be made with octopus, tripe or even chestnuts. The name stifado is thought to have originated from the Italian word stufa, which translates to the word oven. Historians believe the dish to have been brought to Greece […]
Keftedes are a popular dish all throughout Greece, with multiple variations from region to region. For example, the mainland Greek version is usually made with beef, milk, and bread. It is seasoned with garlic and oregano. Cypriot keftedes are usually made with pork, though some cooks may combine pork with beef. Another key difference is […]