Saturday 18 August 2018

Parcels of Feta

We don't often eat out but when we do I always take photos of scenery and food.  Everyone groans, 'hell no, please, not another photo'.  I do try not to take photos of faces, except for the family album but sometimes they pop into the blog.  Makes it far more interesting if you can actually see who I'm writing about.

Few photos of me though!  I'm the controller of this blog and any photo of me must make you look young, mysterious (blurry).

No people, no faces in this post.  No mouths dripping with honey, melting cheese dripping off beards. 

At both the tavernas we've been to recently we've ordered cheese in phyllo (filo) pastry.  A very simple recipe.  

Another favourite place beside the sea.
Pizza.  Every base really is handmade.  The menu is quite small.  Half a dozen different pizzas, half a dozen salads and a few appetisers.  Cheap and well cooked and very friendly.

We came to give pay back.  The taverna owner is also the islands electronic expert.  He repaired the 'plaque' (if that is the word) for our washing machine.  It could have cost us many euros or even a new washing machine.  But it cost us nothing.  A pay back for other favours.  So we came to spend a few euros at his night job, the family pizza parlour

These little filo pastry parcels are filled with squares of the hard white Cyprus cheese, haloumi.  The cheese is simply placed on a sheet of phyllo pastry, folded up nicely and fried.  Honey and sesame seeds are sprinkled on before serving.  Salty and sweet.  Delcious

More commonly you will find feta cheese in these little parcels and sometimes it will be poppy seeds sprinkled along with the honey.

The feta cheese melts more than the haloumi.  Both are worth trying

or cyprus?

-  cypress is the name of the tree that grows straight and tall and is usually found around graveyards and churches here

 -  Cyprus is the name of the island in the mediterranean, invaded  by the Turks  in 1974.  The island is now divided by the 'Green Line', one half being Greek Cypriot and the other half Turkish Cypriot


  1. OT but... Some of your pics enlarge, when I click on them. Some do not. Interesting.

    Oh mercy, those items sound/look delicious. Oh mercy!!!!!! :-) And I'm sure the pizzas are too! Real! Always better. :-)

    Your dining views, have to be (almost) as good, as the food. So beautiful, to eat by the sea. With the shore building lights, twinkling on. -happy sigh-

    And I'll bet, life is very different, on either side of the 'Green Line.' Normal freedoms on the Greek side. Women covered, head to toe, and other antiquated laws enforced, on the Turkish side. Wheeeee.... :-(

    1. Sorry about the photos. Some I lift from Google pics and those probably do not enlarge. I know my own photos do and I try to use my own...but sometimes I forget to photo or my family have eaten before I can get my camera out lol

  2. Haloumi cheese is my favorite.

  3. oh wow major yum! I've had people come into my work buying that cheese and they've said it's delicious.

    1. It is quitew salty and hard and sort of squeaky but really nice when fried. You can then cut into cubes and put it on salads

    2. Should be 'grilled' not 'fried'

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    1. We hadn't had these for ages...last year. Don't know how I came to order the first but so glad I did and then found it next time on another menu. Delcious

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    1. We sure do have baclava in many shapes, sizes and degrees of sticky sweetness. We have two cake shops on the island which make their own and any visitors make a beeline for the place. We eat it when someones brings a small box as a present or during Lent.

    2. Sorry Cro, I did it again. My big fingers accidently hit delete and I couldn't get your comment back. Apologies

  6. My tummy is rumbling, I love that combination of salty and sweet. What a treat.
    I used to make baklava, many moons ago - way too sweet for me these days.