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An Armenian-Greek Wedding in Athens

A very dear friend got married last night and I had the pleasure of being there and enjoying all the rituals. Now, as this was a private affair, please excuse the lack of pictures as I obviously do not want to post pictures of my friend's special day, publicly, without informing her! 🙂 An Armenian… Continue reading An Armenian-Greek Wedding in Athens

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GAFS 2018 – First Trip to the US& Conferencing at University of North Carolina

This week I came to the US for the very first time. I flew in from Athens to attend a conference organised by the Graduate Association of Food Studies (GAFS) 2018 and presented my research on the carob or The Cultural Heritage of Carob in Crete, Greece. The conference was attended by a supremely diverse set of… Continue reading GAFS 2018 – First Trip to the US& Conferencing at University of North Carolina

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Heritage food and Bobota – Corn Bread for the Poor (Part 2)

In last week's post we were with the participants at the "Food as Cultural Heritage" workshop in Ioaninna, Epirus, where they had made Portokalopita, a team effort that was a total hit! The other two items made were Zimaropita and Bobota. The first one was an easy number two on the list of delicious food… Continue reading Heritage food and Bobota – Corn Bread for the Poor (Part 2)

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Heritage Food and Portokalopita -Orange Phyllo Pie (part 1)

I recently conducted a 2 day workshop in Ioaninna, west Greece. The idea was to familiarise people with the idea of how our food is a part of our living heritage. The venue was the Youth centre of Epirus, set up by a husband-wife team. The perfect hosts with a group of Erasmus volunteers, my… Continue reading Heritage Food and Portokalopita -Orange Phyllo Pie (part 1)

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Grape Harvest in Crete

This week I went to pick grapes. It had rained for a few days and although this was considered good for olives, excessive water at the end of August is never great for grapes. They tend to grow soft and rot easily. But the morning of Wednesday the sun shone brightly so I donned my… Continue reading Grape Harvest in Crete

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The Lakkos Project -Old Part of Heraklion

The island of Crete has 4 major cities and the one I live in, Heraklion, is its capital. So, like all capitals, it has a rather ugly, clinical part of it with modern buildings and the older, neglected part, clearly showing the stark gentrification and the two opposites.  Yet, it has its tiny alleys and… Continue reading The Lakkos Project -Old Part of Heraklion

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Carob Cup Cakes

The carob bean trade started around the 4th century BCE, making it one of the most sought after products around the Mediterranean. This pod which resembles a tamarind to us Asians, once  heavily influenced trade, farming practices, culinary cultures and its many medicinal properties were used to cure illnesses. It was mentioned in religious texts… Continue reading Carob Cup Cakes