Favourite Recipes

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Favourite Recipes


Flavors of Cyprus

CYPRIOT SALAD

Lettuce, coriander, rocket leaves, cabbage
3-4 tomatoes
1 red onion
1 aubergine (optional)
1 cucumber
3 hard boiled eggs (optional)
black olives
olive oil
wine vinegar
lemon juice
salt

Finely chop the lettuce, coriander, rocket leaves and cabbage
Cut the tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and aubergine and slice the eggs
Reserve some of the tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and egg slices and mix the rest of the bowl
Add salt, olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice to taste and toss salad
Garnish with reserved items



TAHINI DIP


4 tablespoons tahini paste
2 cloves garlic, crushed with salt
juice of 2 lemons
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
cold water to thin
chopped parsley for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Add enough cold water to give a pouring consistency.
Serve tahini dip with fresh bread, warm pita or as a dressing for salads





STUFFED VINE LEAVES (Koupepia)


Fresh vine leaves (or packet of frozen vine leaves or jar of vine leaves in brine)
1 onion
kg minced pork
1/3 cup oil
1 cup ripe tomatoes, blended
cup rice
fresh mint
parsley, finely chopped
lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
cinnamon
salt, pepper


Wash the vine leaves and boil for 2 minutes. Remove and drain.
Fry onion and add the minced meat until slightly browned
Add tomato and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally
Remove pan from heat and add the remaining ingredients (salt, rice, pepper, cinnamon, mint, half the lemon juice and parsley) and mix.
Lay out the vine leaves, veins upwards. Put 1 tsp of minced meat mixture on the stalk of each leaf. Fold over the sides and roll up tightly.
Line the bottom of a saucepan with vine leaves and place the koupepia closely in layers.
Add a little olive oil, lemon juice and some water.
Place a plate on top of the koupepia and cook over low heat for approximately 30 minutes.


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