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The simple truth of the Mediterranean diet’s benefits
Article by Marina

Again and again we read about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. What we don't read is that the Mediterranean diet is not just about food, it's about a whole way of life. And it really is very simple.

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The souvlaki detective, the tahini lady and the banker
Article by Marina

While I was writing about the popular tahini sauce, I remembered a scene from my childhood in Larnaca. A day-to-day scene at the time, but one which gives a nice insight into life in Cyprus in the 60s!

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How food connects us with memories that never fade
Article by Marina

In Greece and Cyprus, the memories and smells of certain foods have become so ingrained in our minds that they've become part of our tradition, representing our very culture and hospitality.

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Soups from Ancient Greece to today – timeless recipes!
Article by Marina

Soups are some of the first recipes created by man. Here, we take a look at how soups became part of the Greek cuisine, from Ancient times to today.

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Quince – the fruit that can be eaten hundreds of ways!
Article by Marina

Quince is seasonal in the winter months in Cyprus and Greece, and if you know how to use it you'll start adding it to everything! Quince can be boiled, mashed, baked, fried or stewed for savoury recipes, or it can be made into delicious jams, sweets and preserves.

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Roses in Greek history, culture and mythology
Article by Marina

Small pink roses have unique associations for Greeks and Cypriots. What pleasure we associate with the flowers! They awaken our senses: we absorb their beauty with our eyes, their fragrance with our nose, their flavour when we taste something made with rose water.

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Rose water: From Grandson to Grandfather
Article by Marina

The incredible story of how a young boy of 17 started a family business for rose water production. Here's an insight into the early morning harvesting of their roses.

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What to do with lemons when they’re in season
Article by Marina

Lemon trees all over Cyprus are sagging with the weight of their fruit. Here are some great ideas for what to use lemons for, and how to preserve them for later when they're not in season.

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Fini and the forgotten pottery lady
Article by Marina

In the village of Fini there still lives a forgotten old woman who makes traditional Cyprus pottery - a craft learnt from her mother and grandmother before her.

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Marathasa mountain villages – and Cypriot nature at its best
Article by Marina

The scattered mountain villages in the Marathasa region of Cyprus offer a breathtaking combination of unbeatable views, invigorating air, refreshing rivers and streams, and rich vegetation.

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Swallows: the birds in every Greek’s heart!
Article by Marina

Swallows, with their characteristic scissor-shaped tail, are birds that hold a special place in the hearts of Greeks and Cypriots, and are considered a sign of happiness and prosperity.

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Spring in pastry parcels for a special weekend in the Greek calendar
Article by Marina

Greeks and Cypriots never miss an opportunity to celebrate, to enjoy food, or to enjoy company. This weekend past was a special treat in the calendar before Easter, allowing us to combine all three!

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Akathistos Υmnos: One of the most beautiful hymns in the Orthodox Hymnal
Article by Marina

The Ακάθιστος  Ύμνος (Akathistos Υmnos) is one of the most melodious of the Greek Orthodox hymns. This is the story of how it came about and how it is sung today.

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Wild greens: Cyprus’ culinary springtime delight
Article by Marina

In springtime in Cyprus, the fields are full of wild greens. These green leaves can be gathered by the armful and with some simple preparation can make a multitude of delicious meals.

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March: the most temperamental month in the Greek calendar
Article by Marina

As I was growing up, I remember hearing folk tales about March being a month that constantly changes its mind, unable to decide if it should be stormy or sunny.  Read more
Tsiknopemti and Green Monday – two great culinary customs!
Article by Marina

These past few weeks there have been quite a lot of food traditions going on around us. The reason for all this activity is quite simple: Easter is approaching!

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The Mediterranean diet and its health benefits
Article by Lorraine Heller

Over the past decade, the Mediterranean diet and its health benefits have become a scientifically-backed global phenomenon. So what does the diet include, and what are its health benefits?

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The treasure chest of culinary history
Article by Marina

In a corner of my bedroom I have a wooden chest. It’s my grandfather’s old travelling trunk, which has journeyed across fields and seas, safeguarding the possessions of several generations as it accompanied my family members on their travels – through holidays, wars, and immigrations.
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Bringing the traditional Mediterranean diet to life
Article by Marina

I was flicking through some old recipe books earlier this week and came across an old favourite of mine – a brilliant 400-page guide on the cuisine of Crete.  Read more
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