Category Archives: Cyprus A-Z

Cyprus’ Tomatoes, an anytime indulgence

The Orange season almost come to the end and the glory of strawberry is on the way. Though strawberry is available since January, the stocks are increasing and the price is getting cheaper everyday. While waiting for the peak season of strawberry, I noticed that tomatoes are abundantly available since the end of January. I know, tomatoes are all seasons fruit/vegetable, which are available throughout the year.

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“Wishing long life” in Cyprus.

Last Monday 27th Jan, was my hubby birthday.  He took a day off from the office, we went out to Evoxia, (read : Evochia) the Greek buffet restaurant for lunch (Just two of us) and after that we picked our daughter up from her school (she usually used  school bus) then brought her for lunch and unfortunately we have to cancel the frozen yogurt  treat as that day was quite chilly and  almost rain all day.  Before 4 pm, we went home and spent the rest of the afternoon by relaxing, tugged in the quilt and enjoyed online movie and master chef reality show :). Oohhh…what a birthday treat. Earlier in the morning, we did not forget to say grace, and gave him a small birthday gift with handmade card from Orry.

No party, no birthday cake, no blowing candle though I baked a Japanese cheese cake for him to share at his office.  Then suddenly came to my mind, how actually Indonesian celebrates the birthday?  Well it may differ from which region your family comes from. Please note that Indonesia have thousand islands and hundreds ethnic group. But the most common one and known as national tradition for gratitude ceremony including birthday, we called it “Tumpengan”. Tumpengan is come from word tumpeng.  It’s  a cone-shaped (mountain shaped)  yellow rice dish and surrounded by variety of  side dishes made from vegetables and meat.

Before we eat the tumpeng, we usually praying together to give thanks and ask God’s  blessing especially for the birthday person, then she/he will cut the top of the tumpeng and give it to the most important or special person, in case of birthday may be the mom, dad, wife, kids, ect,

Tumpengan is not only for birthday, be also use for other  gratitude ceremony or celebration, such as wedding anniversary, Independence day,  celebrate baby born, open new business, etc.

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Tumpeng, the cone shaped yellow rice dish surrounding by various side dished made from vegetables, meats and eggs. Made this for my friend’s party.

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The Orange of Cyprus.

Eat local grown.  That is one of my principles on food and cooking. I always try to buy local food because it always fresh and cheaper. Cyprus has a good reputation for delicious and varied fruit in Europe. The ‘fruit year’ starts with strawberries, apricots, watermelons, cherries, grapes, figs, dates, pomegranate and citrus fruits.

Fruits and vegetables shop

Fruits and vegetables shop. Some more options inside

My family and I, especially my hubby likes citrus so much. So since we came to Nicosia 18 months ago, we’re spoiled by citrus fruits. Fresh oranges juice is almost available everyday in our fridge and please note it’s not from a juice box, but 100% squeezed from fresh orange and without sugar. Though oranges are good refreshment for summer, but during winter, many Cypriot parents want their children to eat oranges during winter to protect them from colds and influenza. Continue reading

Leonidas Chocolate, the best Belgian chocolate shop in Nicosia

Calling all chocolate lover in Nicosia 🙂

After 18 months living in Cyprus, we found out this shop after my hubby was given a box of chocolate from Leonidas.

A brief history : Leonidas is Belgian chocolate company, was started in 1913 by Greek-Cyprus American confectioner Leonidas Lestekides. Leonidas has more than 1600 shops/stores all around the world. Continue reading

Local Food Canteen/Cafeteria in Nicosia, Cyprus.

On my previous post Cyprus Gastronomy, I mentioned that it is very easy to find souvla/souvlaki shop. This time, I’d like to share the local canteen or cafeteria selling a variety of local food in Nicosia that I often visit with my family especially over the weekend.

I had some fun with my family to sort of rank the canteen as our top 5 favorites based on the following criteria:

  1. Taste   : ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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  3. Cleanliness : ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
  4. Price (value for money) : ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
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Cyprus Gastronomy

Have you tasted Cyprus food? If you haven’t, any ideas what it may look like?

Cyprus food is a mixture flavor of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. It is generally healthy and not spicy. At first we felt the taste was a bit too plain as we used to hot and spicy Asian food.  Most Cyprus foods also are grilled (roasted or barbecued) and oven-baked, and usually it is served with olive oil, fresh lemon, and fresh (green) vegetables as delightful salads. If in Indonesia or Asia in general, chilly are available in household tables to accompany every meal, in Cyprus, it is the olive – pickles or the olives oil – is particularly of abundance in all Cyprus food.

Bread, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber are often eaten for breakfast. The Souvlaki (grilled chicken/other meats) with salad and bread or potatoes are typical Cypriot lunch.  They usually having lunch around 1.30 – 2.30 PM and dinner starts around 9.00 PM. We had lost of experiences when we came to the restaurant for dinner around 6.00 – 7.00 PM, usually there is only few customers (or even only us). Even some Cypriot Restaurants only opens starting at 7.30 pm and usually most customers come after 9 or 10 pm.  Dinner is the main meal for Cypriot and it is also a part of social and cultural/family life.

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Tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and other fruits for breakfast

Here, we’d like to share some traditional Cypriot dishes that we’ve tasted.  Due to big variety of Cypriot food, we only limit our list to top 10 dishes. Also we’d like to share the 5 top Cypriot’s drinks and desserts that we see are the most popular in Cyprus (and international).  You may consider to sample these lists when you come to Cyprus.

1. Meze

Meze means “small dishes.” A style of eating that has many different dishes – up to 20 or more dishes – but only a little of each item.  It’s the perfect introduction to Cypriot food as Meze usually includes savoury dips, vegetables and a wide range of fish and meat dishes cooked in several different ways. The details of what will you get in Meze, including those explained below. Meze is served one by one until all parts are served. So make you sure you eat each slowly so that you can still enjoy the final part. For us, sometime a ‘complete’ meze is a bit too much hence it is common to order only some part of the mezes that you like most.

Meze at Cleopatra Hotel

Meze

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