Friday 25 October 2019

Beginning At The End

It's like the last supper, though usually closer to breakfast-time than supper-time.

There's always just enough time for one last souvlaki and an alpha before the Flying Dolphin arrives to take away our visitors our out-of-towners/guests/members of our extended family.

We said goodbye to my brother and sis in law a month ago and next it was time to farewell our neices and nephew.

Their last request was for souvlaki.  Souvlaki made from pork, not lamb!  These are not turkish kebabs we emphasised for our new nephew with Serbian roots.  Authentic Greek souvlaki is pork.

I learned a lot about the Balkans thanks to Wolf  and especially about Serbia.  Serbia like Greece is Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox in this case of course, and Serbia like Greece suffered under hundreds of years of Ottoman oppression.  

So we eat pork souvlaki or maybe chicken souvlaki but never lamb kebabs.


Greek Uncle, kiwi neice, souvlaki in hand



If you don't want a big stuffed pita bread you can have your souvlaki on a plate.  Pita bread cut into quarters, a pile of chips, tzatziki, raw onions, tomatoes and lashings of sliced pork gyro.


You just get stuck in and don't worry about dribbling tzatziki or greasy gyro


The best


The spag bol's not too bad either


Greek salad anyone?  Well, they ordered it but there wasn't too much room left after beer and stuffed pita bread!




Greek Alpha beer, the breakfast beer 
Real men drink Heineken



Our first visitors of the year tucking into souvlaki and alpha before their Flying Dolphin appointment.  They managed quite well even though they were probably still digesting the Easter lamb they had tucked into not long ago

When my brother Paul left the island we had to take him overland because of bad weather and were going to stop at the 'best little souvlaki shop' on the Peloponese, a tiny little 'hole in the wall' just before the Corinth Canal.  It's about half way between Poros and the airport, perfect stop for a last meal but it was closed damn it.

This little shop, hidden behind a mass of greenery on the side of the main road just before the motorway, or just as you come off it, going the other way, does a roaring trade.  Truckies, taxi drivers, local families, a priest or two, even a few tourist RVs, we've seen them all stop for a quick fill up.  The shop has 5 or 6 tables outside or you take a bag of  pita and gyro with you 'to go'.

We stop there now and again, on our way back from appointments in the city of Corinth.  It's the best souvlaki I've ever tasted and it's cheap.  A couple of  huge, filling pita stuffed with Pork gyro and tzatziki, onions, tomatoes and chips and 2 beers cost less than 10 euros!

So we said goodbye again, but this is not the last you'll be hearing of them. More posts to come
















16 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the photos because of the fun and food oozing out all over. Of course the text too.

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    1. I always manage a few oil stains so dress accordingly. Lots of colours to disguise the marks.
      Who cares.
      Lots of laughs with this lot, specially about ottoman oppressers

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  2. Yummmmm... The best...! Food eaten with the hands, and perfectly fine, to drip it all over!!!!!!!!!!

    Love the name Wolf!!! But he didn't let you show his face, did he? Awwwwww....

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    1. Got loads of photos of Wolf. Don't worry, you'll see him soon, from top to toe

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  3. I do enjoy your blog. Thank you. This posting reminds me of how wonderful the pork kebabs were for a change on Rodos when I went there for a week while traveling around in Turkey for a few months a couple of years ago. Went over on the ferry. Aloha

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    1. They are delicious but are rather hard to digest once you get a little older! They sit rather heavily on the stomach. Worth it now and again!!
      Thanks for the nice words

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  4. I've tried Souvlaki before, my cousin was married to a greek man for many years and he made it for us last time he was here many years ago - I liked it, mind you mediterranean food is one of my favourites.

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    1. Hope you'll be tasting some more authentic souvlaki v soon!!

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  5. You are so mean!!!lol, showing all that food that looks absolutely delicious. We often have souvlaki at the fast food kiosk in the mall and really like it but I bet it's not a patch on the ones you were enjoying!

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  6. It’s lovely to have visitors
    But so sad when they leave

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    1. These ones were only here for a few days but huge fun

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  7. They look similar to doner kebabs. Do you put a chilli sauce on them? I like things spicy hot.

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    1. Chilli sauce!!! You've gotta be joking. Not traditional at all!!
      Though I do remember one shop sold them with a bit of hot paprika. Not here!

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  8. The food and friends/family are always the best. I recently had to throw out a shirt with a huge grease stain on it ~ now when I eat something with a bit of oil in it I put my napkin on as a bib, haha. I've never had souvlaki, but looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Grease stains are a damn nuisance. Dear hubby usually has a few on his shirts but I've found a way of removing them. A squirt and rub with washing up liquid before they go in the machine

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