Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Evil mud pit....

Went for a walk on the beach with the OH last week. After a bumpy ride on the 1970s Honda scooter on the holey, bumpy 'road' to a beach near Kavos, we got off and had walked all of 5 minutes when we started SINKING.

Kathara Deftera (clean monday)

Yesterday was Kathara Deftera, the first day of lent, and is marked by families getting together to eat lenten meals (seafood, veggies...) and flying kites.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

8-legged meal

Coming from a non-octopus eating country, I was a bit hesitant to try the cephalopod greek style. My first encounter with a greek octopus was seeing one being bashed against a rock my a greek fisherman, I'd never seen this before so it was quite a sight! Apparently, the octopus is smashed against a rock up to 40 times to tenderize it. Then they are hung outside to dry before being prepared to cook and eat.

Recipe: Lemon Potatoes (Patates Lemonates)

It's hard to believe that the potato has only been around in greece for 180-ish years. I imagined it to have been a part of the Greek diet for hundreds of years because I'd learnt about Sir Walter Raleigh bringing the potato and also tobacco back from South America as a gift to Queen Elizabeth I. Even though the vegetable was introduced to Europe in the latter part of the 16th century, it seems it took a while for it to catch on.

Corfu born Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of newly liberated Greece, introduced the cultivation of the potato to Greece around 1828. He arranged the first shipment of potatoes to be given out freely but failed to gain any interest. He changed tactics. He got his soldiers to guard them in full view of the public. This made the people curious and come to the conclusion that the potatoes must be important. It wasn't long beore people were stealing them. The potato was officially introduced to Greece!

Here's a delicious recipe for a popular way of cooking potatoes in Greece. Chips (french fries) are served with salt and oregano sprinkled on. I thought the oregano was a bit wierd at first as I'm used to the classic Englishy salt & vinegar combo. But now I love it. The seasoning is put in with the potatoes before going in the oven with 'patates lemonates.'

Lemon Potatoes

(Serves 4 as a side dish)
  • 2lbs/ 1 kg waxy potatoes, peeled & cut into fingers
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt
Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Arrange potatoes in bottom of oven proof dish and season with salt & oregano.

Add olive oil and lemon juice, then pour over water to just cover potatoes.

Bake until water has evaporated (around 1 hour).

You may need to add more oil to the top of the potatoes as the water evaporates to make them crispy on top.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bare Shelves

Another day, another sector on strike in Greece! I went to the supermarket earlier somehow forgetting that the ferry workers are on strike so a lot of the shelves were bare. A few more days and I will have to ask OH to get his fishing stuff out and go forage for our own supplies.

The strike was set to finish today after starting on the 2nd, has been extended another two days, PLUS bus workers have decided to strike between 11am and 5pm in solidarity of the ferry workers (not to go for a coffee).

Sad scenes in Athens today after farmers (who are also on strike) were giving vegetables away for free to those with financial difficulties, (which just about covers everyone right now) where one man was injured in the struggle over the last bag! 50 tonnes of veg were given away by 10am.

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