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Monday, 8 May 2017

Food glorious food and not a chicken foot in sight

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 More Greek FOOD


Food - 'fayito' (φαγητο)  in greek

Food is anything put in the mouth to give us essential energy, to keep us alive and help us grow.   If it is fresh and tasty and brings us happiness as we eat then life is good. 


We celebrated an anniversary down on the waterfront at the taverna Rota.   Rota has food which is more imaginative than others, well prepared, served hot and not from the microwave and lots of staff who hop but do not hover.

From here you can watch the water taxis ply their way across the narrow passage to Galatas, and observe the comings and goings of friends and foreigners.  Midweek and about half a dozen tables of people eating.  That says a lot.  Most other tavernas don't even bother opening midweek at this time of the year.




George  has an arrangment with one of the fishing tratas and always has fresh fish.  K had fish soup and our starter was mussels in a wine sauce.  I'm not wildly fond of mussels but these were nice.  I ate 5 or 6 and dunked some bread in the sauce. 


At the end of the meal we were given a large bowl of thick strained yoghurt with a good covering of local runny honey, not included in the bill




Home made pizza.  This was a 'special' made by the oldest grandson.  He even made the pizza dough.  The special was his 'inspiration', layers of cheese, bacon, sausage, ham and salami.  It is the most luscious pizza I have ever eaten and the dough was soft, thick in some places for those dough lovers and thin and crispy for the others.  

So much pizza and so rich, fine for a fifteen year old, maybe fatal for an over fifty.  Fortunately two neighbours just happened to drop in and did us a favour by eating half of it.

 Why is it that a cold beer or coke is the perfect accompaniment to pizza?  Maybe the bubbles help the digestion.



The first ouzo of this summer's season at Vagionia beach bar.
The meze is home-pickled herring, hot pickled peppers, dolmathes, olives and cucumer




And another first for the season, coffee out in the sun at 8.30am 
On the table, an iced capuccino, some homemade cake from home, a bottle of cold water and an olive tree in a small pot.

9 oclock and everyone left for work, office work or home work

The 2017 summer season has begun, for tax and tourists



23 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your food posts,(the other posts are also interesting:)

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    1. Thanks Yael. I was wondering if you were all getting bored by all the Greek food! There will be lots to say about the summer food now!

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  2. That all sounds absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed the post. We are going to sit down to a beef stew in about an hour and it will be just what we need on this bitterly cold May day in the east of England. With a glass or two of red wine.

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    1. I was a bit worried about doing yet another food post but sometimes they just seem to happen. Everyone knows now, instead of grace it is 'wait while linda takes a photo' and then we can eat. Hope you enjoyed the stew.

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  3. It's just the Greek life. Eat drink and be merry!
    It's cold today and wet. So definitely an inside day with a hearty meal to warm the cockles of the heart

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    1. Ahh you know so well. May your cockles be merry lol

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  4. Bring on the Mediterranean Greek food!.
    Today I had mince peas n mash for lunch, boring work canteen food.
    On Thursday will have mussels after a walk to Crammond Island over the causeway, pick them boil on a camp fire add lemon and crusty French bread.

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    1. You eat just as well over there!!

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  5. We did manage to eat outdoors at lunchtime, but at 8 am we would have to have worn several coats.

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    1. Mornings are cool but sunny, perfect weather for outdoor coffee. Ask me again in a month where I'm drinking my morning coffee! It will in the shade at 8am with a bead of sweat on my brow

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  6. You can always tell summer is here when you reach for a cold beer. It's unusually fabulous weather here in Ireland at the moment. Supposed to start raining on Thursday. At least we won't need to water the garden. We (wifey) made home made Spag Bol pizza last night. Great pictures!

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    1. Homemade pizzas are delicious, you put absolutley anything on them. Spag bol sounds great....with a beer?

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  7. I like your food posts! My husband would enjoy that very meaty pizza, and you are correct, a coke or a beer does seem to be the perfect accompaniment. -Jenn

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    1. Glad you like the food too. There seems to be an awful lot of food to talk about in this country!!

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  8. My cousin lets me know each time we talk, how glorious the food is in Greece.
    I'm drooling just looking at your dishes :)
    Happy times at the seafront !
    ~Jo

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    1. It's a really nice time of the year!

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    2. PS cool enough still for cooking. Might make some moussaka in the next few days. Now those photos hopefully will be lush!

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  9. Vagonia beach bar heaven!. Not sure about pickled herring, but the deep fried little fish n lemon could substitute, think sardines?. Add tomato n some feta, olives, Tarama and tzaziki.
    Would even wobble up in a sarong from my deckchair.
    After an ouzo wouldn,t need Greek dancers would put on own display of Scottish dancing😂

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  10. One time took mum to Poros stayed in kiakas nice pool .
    Lunch was my choice, well decided to be local.
    Went to fisherman/workmans cafe at the back of the fish market. I had fish eyeball stew, mum tentacle stew think octopus with lemon potatoes. Erm both still laugh about it now!. We tried though!.
    First crunch of eyeball nooooo, had no idea what it was until an old man smiled n pointed to his eye!.

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    1. Wish that place was still there. Maybe you can come and open it up!! Never seen that sort of fish soup. The fish does go whole into the soup tho

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  11. I felt hungry after reading your post - my big mistake was in reading Kirrie's comment - suddenly don't feel quite so peckish now, it was the crunch that did it.

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