Out and about. Just a little bit.
Tuesday 29 December 2020
Sunday 27 December 2020
We had one of the best Christmas days ever though it was a lot of hard work. Mountains of food and even though we had started preparation the night before we were still cooking side dishes and consulting lists till the last minute. The yorskshire puds were the last to come out of the oven. They were gulped down by everyone even though the recipe had to be severely tweaked because my scale decided to give up the ghost and 150 grams of flour turned into, I'm not sure how much, but far too much. Something has to go wrong. We forgot the garlic bread too darn it. It stayed in the oven.
Thursday 24 December 2020
It's still Christmas Eve here in Greece as I write this but Christmas Day has already dawned for my family in New Zealand and Australia. They are having scorching hot weather and I could almost say the same for us. These last few days have been wonderfully sunny and warm for the end of December.
Wednesday 23 December 2020
At this time of the year exotic goods appear and then disappear from our 'super'-market. Here are some of the 'exotics' and some of the normal, for us, goods on the shelves
Monday 21 December 2020
.Greek Christmas sweets, biscuits, cookies. These are all being baked by my most traditional greek who now considers himself the expert. I willingly handed the baking apron over to him years ago. It makes him so happy to be able to give these handmade biscuits to friends and neighbours and anyone in mourning who cannot/should not do festive baking in the first year of bereavement.
Real men don't bake so he tells most people that I made them. Pat on the back. I work so hard!
He doesn't make them the same way as his mother did. She used fragrant sheeps butter. He studies the cooks and chefs on TV who are at this time all cooking pork and baking sweets on their shows. We've spent so much money on packs of Lurpak it would have been cheaper, and easier, to buy them all from the bakery.
Sunday 20 December 2020
A house means a safe roof over your head, somewhere to shelter when there's rain or wind or snow or even too much sunshine. Maintainence is an ongoing task and is often expensive. Then there's the promise, when you need fast action, of 'tomorrow' which might mean next week or next month. Fortunately I am married to a handy man. He can't do everything but always knows someone who is a 'mastora' of the trade and this person often owes him a favour so our problems get fixed fairly quickly. The urgent ones anyway.
And naturally botherations come in threes.
Wednesday 16 December 2020
I celebrated my 68th birthday in the first week of December, the same day as my tallest grandson celebrated his 19th birthday. Only I was on the island and grandson was in Athens.
Monday 14 December 2020
Saturday 12 December 2020
Just everyday stuff around here, until further notice.
The kitchen window.
Friday 11 December 2020
Monday 7 December 2020
And here I am at home again
Saturday 5 December 2020
Thursday 3 December 2020
Our family donors..
All the older family members are regular donors even during the pandemic. The mobile blood bank comes through here about every 3 months.