Taverna: Recipes from a Cypriot Kitchen by Georgina Hayden

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  • Apple and olive oil breakfast cake

    • TrishaCP on August 20, 2021

      This cake is fantastic. It came out fluffy and moist and light and rose really well. No problems with getting the cake cooked through in the 60 minutes specified. (I went for 350F when I converted from Celsius.) My apples did sink to the bottom, but that is likely user error since I forgot to sprinkle any on top as specified in the recipe. (Sigh.) The author said on her Instagram account that you can decrease the sugar in this by 100g with no problems, so I did and it's still plenty sweet from the orange juice (subbed for apple juice) and the apples.

  • Mama’s tzatziki aka talattouri

    • TrishaCP on July 17, 2021

      This was a really good version of tzatziki. The dried mint was particularly nice.

  • Slow-cooked garden beans with sausage (Fasolia me loukaniko)

    • TrishaCP on May 11, 2020

      This is a great recipe if you love white beans. I used the loukaniko sausage since I can find it at my CSA, and it added a rich, garlicky punch that was nice here. (If you make a vegan version,I strongly recommend adding garlic.)

  • Fish keftedes in mustard and dill

    • Astrid5555 on December 25, 2019

      While the adults really enjoyed these keftedes, the children found the sauce too mustardy. Still very good!

  • Theia Frosa’s tava

    • Astrid5555 on December 25, 2019

      This is one of these no effort to great outcome dishes! You just throw all ingredients into a pot (no browning needed) and let it simmer for 2 1\2 hours in the oven and voilà dinner is ready. Made without the rice, used potatoes only, melt-in-the-mouth soft lamb!

  • Classic moussaka

    • FJT on June 05, 2021

      This was lovely with one big modification. I've never made moussaka before - and can't remember eating an authentic one in Greece - so I didn't really have anything to compare it to. However, putting 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon plus a cinnamon stick into a meat sauce made with just 500g of mince seemed like overkill. A quick google told me that the meat sauce is supposed to have subtle hints of cinnamon ... so I reduced the cinnamon to 1.5 teaspoons and omitted the cinnamon stick. The end product left you in no doubt that it contained cinnamon, so I might reduce it further if I made it again. Otherwise it was a good project for a very wet morning and we enjoyed eating it.

  • Classic baked beans (Gigantes)

    • Indio32 on September 12, 2021

      This was absolutely superb! Will definitely be making this again & again. Dried beans are always a bit of a lottery but have found a shop that's always sold the freshest of dried beans.

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  • ISBN 10 0224101641
  • ISBN 13 9780224101646
  • Published Apr 04 2019
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Square Peg

Publishers Text

Greek Cypriot food is a melting pot of delicious flavours: simple Mediterranean salads; classic ingredients like feta, a squeeze of lemon and fresh oregano; cinnamon-infused stews; orange-blossom scented pastries.

Taverna takes the best of traditional Cypriot cooking and makes it relevant to modern home cooks. From simple vegan fast-day dishes to feasts for the family, there is something delicious for every mood and moment.

These delicious recipes relive sun-kissed Mediterranean holidays and simple taverna-style meals.



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