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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

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World Cup Recipes (part 1)

World Cup fever grips the world as we draw to the finals and like a true lover of this huge sporting event, I am already  feeling sad! 😦 The range of emotions we all felt during this month long gala where nations like Japan won everyone’s hearts with their humility and cleanliness; famous players shattered dreams… Continue reading World Cup Recipes (part 1)

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Strawberry Fields are Forever

Strawberry fields are forever was possibly one of the strangest songs I had ever heard growing up and I could never understand why it was called that. I still cant honestly but thats a story for another day perhaps, my struggle to understand music and trying to break into the classics! Today I bring to… Continue reading Strawberry Fields are Forever