Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Shopping in the Ancient Plaka

Greek shoes.....
Exotic clothing of brillent color.....
And more.....
Wonderful silks.....

Horse-drawn carriages, motor scooters and tiny cars.....
In the narrow streets of the Plaka,
cars are not allowed.

Quaint shops.....

Outdoor cafes.....

This sweet Greek lady
insisted on cleaning the jewelry I bought.
Jewelry of silver.....
The Greek design of eternity.....
Bangels, earrings, necklaces.....
Greek treasures.....


A Greek Super Market

The neighborhood market.....
Little blue tables & chairs.....
Old men playing checkers.....
Dogs sleeping.....
Life in Greece.


Greek Wine, Food and Recipes

Tomatos and Green Peppers with Minced Meat Stuffing
6 medium tomatos
6 medium green peppers
1 1/2 cup olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
500 gr (17.6 oz) minced beef
1/2 cup rice
Parsley, finely chopped
Salt, pepper
Rusk crumbs
2 cups tomato juice
Wash the tomatos and peppers.
Cut a thin slice off stem ends. Hollow out interiors.
Keep tomato pulp. Puree in blender.
Heat 1/2 cup olive oil.
Saute onion and minced beef.
Add tomato pulp, rice, parsley, salt & pepper. Simmer.
Stuff tomatos & peppers. Put lids back on them.
Arrange in baking pan,
pour the rest of oil & tomato juice over them.
Sprinkle with crumbs.
Bake at moderate heat for 1 hour.
Here we are enjoying a wonderful dish of stuffed tomatos.
And here we are having fried zucchini (courgettes).....
Fresh baked bread and tzatziki...
And, of course, Greek wine.....

Yoghurt, Cucumber and Garlic Dip
2 cups full fat yoghurt
1 medium cucumber
4 cloves of garlic, mashed to a paste
2 TBS olive oil
Sea Salt
Pinch of pepper, fresh ground
A little vinegar
Fresh dillweed, finely chopped
A few ripe olives

Grate peeled cucumber on coarse grater.
Press out as much liquid as possible.
Mix cucumber with rest of ingredients.
Garnish with olives.
This is so good eaten as a dip on fresh hot bread.
One of our favorite Greek dishes....
3 large aubergines (purple eggplant)
1 kg (2.2 lb) potatos
1 onion, finely chopped
1 kg (2.2lb) minced beef
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup olive oil
2 medium ripe tomatos
Parsley, finely chopped
Sea salt, pepper
Olive oil for frying
Becahmel sauce

Wrap eggplant in foil & bake until soft.
Wash, peel, slice and slightly fry potatos.
Heat oil and saute onion with minced beef.
Add wine & tomatos (peeled and put through food mill).
Add parsley, salt, pepper and let meat mixture simmer 15 minutes.
Arrange potatos in bottom of baking pan...
Salt them and pour meat sauce over them.
Cover with sliced eggplants....salt.
Top with a layer of Bechamel sauce.
Bake in moderate oven 30 to 40 minutes.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top before serving.
4 cups hot milk
8 TBS flour
3 TBS butter
Salt, pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
Melt butter in small pot, add flour & stir well with wooden spoon.
Turn heat on low..add hot milk, little by little.
Stir constantly to keep flour from lumping.
Let sauce thicken..stirring constantly.
Add salt, pepper & nutmeg.
When sauce has thickened, remove from heat...
Gradually stir in two beaten eggs.
1/2 to 1 cup grated cheese (kasseri or kefalotiri) can be added at the end.

Papa certainly enjoyed the grilled lamb chops and pork chops


Lamb chops
Salt, pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Lemon wedges
Wash chops. Sprinkle oregano, salt & pepper over them.
Lightly brush with olive oil.
Place on hot grill.

One of my very favorite dishes was the baked spaghetti.
500 gr (17.6 oz) thick spaghetti
1 cup ham, finely chopped (optional)
2-3 cups Bechamel sauce
1 cup kefalogavriera cheese, grated

Boil pasta in salted water and drain.
Place in a deep baking dish. (Mine had been chopped in 1 inch pieces)
Add ham, bechamel sauce and most of the cheese.
Stir and mix.
Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over top.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

This is SOO delicious!!
The Greek cheese gives it a very different & unique flavor.
Unlike anything I've ever tasted.

Happy Eating!

A Night of Bouzouki and Greek Dancing

Come on, everyone.....
Get up and dance.....

An around and around and around we go.....

Wonderful Greek nights.....
Wonderful Greek memories.....


Greek Cats and Dogs

Such lazy fat cats.....
residents of our very old, quaint hotel.

The perfect Greek dog picture.....
This represents the slow-paced Greek life.

"Thrice the brinded cat hath mem'd"


The Real Greek YiaYia


Monday, September 29, 2008

Greek Windows

I am always drawn to windows.....
Closed shutters behind beautiful wrought iron.....
I wonder who lives here.....
I wonder if the inside is as beautiful as the outside.....
An open window in Athens gives you many pleasures.....
Pleasures of the senses that feed the soul.....
The smell of bread baking.....
The clopping of horse hooves and the sound of a carriage.....
Church bells ringing every half hour.....
And birdsong.....
Never ending birdsong.....
Children playing.....
Dishes clinking.....
And Greek.....
Of course it's Greek. We are in Greece.
An ancient land long before Christ.
Ancient and mystical.....
And it's all just outside my window.

I'm certain a real Greek yiayia lives here.....

I took this picture of this beautiful Greek window,
and all of a sudden,
the downstairs door opened
just as I, Yaya, and Papa passed by.
Out walked this young Greek-God looking man/boy,
in his black t-shirt and
white underwear.
He passed right in front of us
as he crossed the sidewalk
and walked over to the garbage dumpster
sitting on the crub of his street.
He dropped in a small bag of garbage.
I turned to Papa
and I said,
"did you see that"?!?!
He said, "what"?


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Last Day In Poros

It seems to me that every view takes your breath away.....
Can you imagine having this view every day?.....

Oh so Greek....
White washed houses tumbling down steep hills.....
And all have sea views.....

Here we are having a local Greek wine.....
Yaya & Papa

A Greek sunset.....