Savory Corn Crumble with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta from Ivy of Kopiaste

>>  11/28/2012

What do you do wirh carved fruits and vegetables after they were displayed? I use them for cooking.
Apples, oranges, kiwi, pineapple go to baking and compote (a Russian drink). Beetroot, daikon, bell pepper, carrot, pumpkin and squash go to soups and stews.

Today I am sharing a Savory Corn Crumble recipe by Ive from Kopiaste blog. Kopiaste blog is mainly dedicated to Greek and Cypriot meal. For her Savory Corn Crumble Ivy used a butternut squash which is great for crafting and delicious cooking :)

Savory Corn Crumble with Butternut Squash, 
Spinach and Feta
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Savory Corn Crumble with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Feta, recipe by Ivy Liacopoulou of Kopiaste…to Greek Hospitality

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Baking time: 1 hour

Serves: 1 baking dish (about 12 pieces)


  • 2 lbs butternut Squash, grated
  • 1 lbs spinach, squeezed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lbs feta, crumbled
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup fennel fronds, finely chopped
  • Salt (with caution) and freshly grated black pepper
  • A pinch of cumin
  • 1.5 lbs corn meal
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 200 ml Greek yogurt 2%
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp salt
Additional ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp margarine divided (to grease the baking tin and to add on top)
  1. Grate the pumpkin and mix all the filling ingredients.
  2. In a large bowl add the crumble ingredients and mix using your hand until the ingredients are well blended to form the crumble. If you still see corn meal, add more olive oil, if necessary.
  3. Grease a 35 x 25 cm baking tin with 2 tbsp margarine. Add half of the crumble on the baking tin.
  4. Add the filling on top and sprinkle the remaining crumble on top of the filling.
  5. Add the remaining margarine in small pieces scattered all over the baking tin.
  6. Preheat oven to 180o C / 350o F and bake for about 1 hour or until the crumble is golden on top.
Serve as a main dish, a side dish or a snack.


Carving Contest's Result and Winners

>>  11/12/2012

Dear friends,

The Contest is over and I am happy to announce the result. It was a hot competition. We met friend's support. Lot of efforts were applied to win. 
I thank ALL OF YOU who participated and who voted! 

At the end of this article you will find statistic data of the contest poll. 

Please meet the top winners!

1st place
Fall Flower Bouquet by Durdana, Bangladesh

Wonder Tree and a nice leaflet with WT decoration ideas is flying to Bangladesh.
I wish the Wonder Tree will bring joy and astonishment to Durdana's family. Thanks for all!

2nd place
Family Day by Rodolfo, Philippines

Watermelon plate is flying to my Philippino friend. 
I hope it will serve well for fruit carving job of Rodolfo. My congratulations!

3rd place
Tailed Beast of Fire by Jesse, Philippines

The set of 6 carving books is flying to Philippines.
Jesse, I hope you will find them advantageous. 
Looking forward to seeing your new amazing carving!

The Special Awards Winners

The Special Awards are kindly granted by a famous online shop Many times my blogging activity has been supported by TempleofThai Team. Thanks for being with me!

The Special Awards Winners have been picked on by a guest judge, a showman and a creative person, Samsam Bubbleman. You may be wonder to get known that Sam can 'sculpt' with soap bubbles!

The Most Amazing Work
The Spirit Of Freedom, by Roger, USA

Roger is given with a set of carving knives

The Beginner's Award
Rock Melon Centerpiece, by Amy, Singapore

Amy is given with the Fruit Carving How-To DVD

We couldn't stop rewarding the participants:)))

The Standing Out Work
Shoes, by Homa, Iran

The Shoes has got lot of feedback as unusual and different work. 
It was also featured by Sam as outstanding work.
Homa is given with a present from me! :) 

My congratulations to all the participants! In the end I'd like to share a message form Jesse about the Contest:
I am happy that I joined that competition  and see my effort was supported by so many people. This event inspires me alot to work hard and practice more in culinary carving. Thanks a lot Selena, my dream is to join the actual international carving competion and meet the best people there and you also.. this event given me one step forward to pursue and continue with this.. a big thanks to you and your team..

The statistic data of the Poll

The poll used anti-cheat algorithms. The system calculated based on geographic location, client info and IP address. Poll service provider is

The Contest Voting page have had 24994 views in the period from October 25, 2012 to November 10, 2012.
5031 people have voted.
5338 votes were made (multiply selectons were allowed).

Blog views by Top 20 countries (Oct 25, 2012 - Nov 10, 2012):

Poll results (a screenshot)


Contest's Poll is ending on November 10, 2012

>>  11/09/2012

Dear friends,

The Carving Contest is coming to the end. The poll will be closed on November 10, in midnight Alaska (USA) time, 24-00 GMT -9. 

I thank all the friends and visitors for giving support to the Contest's participants! Great job has been done. We are having leaders and they are yet competitive. It is very intriguing. Don't miss the fight and help our participants to win the main prizes, they are 
a Wonder Tree 
a Watermelon plate 
and a set of unique 'How-To' books on carving art.  

The other surprising things will be the Special Awards prepared by, the famous online shop of tools, knives, books and DVDs on fruit and vegetable carving art. 

Temple of Thai accepts different payment methods and sends the products worldwide. If you need a good carving knife you are welcome to them! Two of our participants will be nominated for one of the following award and will be given with the wonderful prize from Templeof Thai as

The Most Amazing Work – A set of carving knives
The Beginner’s Award – “FruitCarving How To” DVD

The Special Award Winners will be choosen by my Facebook friend, Mr.SamSam Bubbleman

Frankly speaking, a carving artist has the only judge, it is a consumer. And our best award is joy of our family, friends and clients. SamSam Bubbleman will not judge you, and no marks and points will be count. Sam's job is to amaze people and make them happy :) I am glad to have such a cheerful and kind 'judge'. 

Check up the Contest's Voting Page 
and support your favorite artist by your vote.


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