In Cyprus ravioli is very much a Lenten dish made in kitchens around Carnival week. It is delicious scattered with crumbled dried Greek mint, enjoyed as part of a meze or supper.

Halloumi, the traditional white cheese of Cyprus, has been produced on the island for centuries. A semi-hard cheese prepared from sheep milk with the addition of mint, halloumi cheese has a pleasant flavour and is delicious when grilled or fried.

As a starter, grilled halloumi is superb!