Baked “Anari” Cheesecake with Pomegranate seeds

pomegranate cheesecake.jpgI saw quite a few posts on Instagram of people picking apples this time of year. Well, in Cyprus, Autumn is the season for the sweetest, reddest pomegranates. I love them everywhere. Sprinkled over Salads, over a luscious pannacota or, in this case, over a creamy cheesecake. I used a combination of Philadelphia and “Anari” cheese which is the Cyprus version of Ricotta cheese, only lighter. Surely, this is not a guilt free cheesecake but it’s considerably lighter than the all Philadelphia version. The creaminess of course, is all there. Continue reading

Roasted Salmon with Mirin on Sesame Noodles

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What is it about Mirin that makes everything so utterly delicious. Salmon roasts beautifully in this sweet Japanese wine and served on a bed of gingery sesame noodles, is my idea of a fantastic meal. I used 4 separate salmon fillets but you could use a whole fillet of half a salmon. It actually makes a great buffet dish. The sauce is to die for. So serve it separately for your guests to help themselves or eat with a spoon if they feel like it. I know I would. Continue reading

Grapes and “Commandaria” Cake

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I am fortunate enough to live in a country that produces some of the most amazing grape varieties. When I was little, my parents had a huge vine, which produced the best ever “veriko” grapes. I remember those huge bunches of round purple grapes, so sweet and incredibly crisp. Once in your mouth it’s like a bursting, heavenly, sweet juice ball. Rumour has it that “veriko” takes it’s name from the union of two English words, “very-good”, which were abbreviated by the locals to “veriko”. But another research shows that “veriko”is named after the Italian region whence it came in the 1840s. Continue reading

Chinese Pasta with Chicken and Veggies

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This tasty pasta dish is my variation of Chinese noodles. In fact “Mitsides” spaghettini is ideal to cook with all the amazing Chinese flavours, like ginger, garlic, soy sauce etc. This terrific meal is a real crowd pleaser. You can improvise by adding prawns, beef or your favourite veggies. It’s a very easy dish, but remember that the number one rule in stir-frying is advance preparation and having all your ingredients near the stove. So make sure you have everything within reach before you turn up the heat. Continue reading