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
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Our supermarket is one of a chain of greek markets. Our island shop is much, much smaller than those found in the big city but much bigger than the grocery shops in our neighbourhoods where we often shop.
It is convenient to buy everything, meat included from one shop but traditional people, and that's most of the population here, will still go to one shop for the best cheese, to another where they have heard there is a fresh supply of greek potatoes and another for their wine or raki which often comes out of a barrel, decantered into a plastic water bottle and sold by the kilo.
Frozen octopus and fish fillets. K would never buy his octopus from the supermarket but I may buy frozen fish now and again to make soup. I just make sure it is greek and doesn't come from Argentina or India
Loukoumia. Known to you , but never to us, as 'Turkish' delight.
That's a box of rose flavoured loukoumia. These can be served to guests with a cup of greek coffee
And the exotic, not only peanut butter but also butter made from cashews and other nuts
Tis the season. Tsoureki, sweet bread. And underneath are boxes of those greek sweets that my husband made the other day, melomakarouna and kouraiethes
The norm. All sorts of cheese pies and spinach pies
This is a new one, frozen chicken gyros. I don't think we will
be buying it any time soon but it's interesting to see someone has had the bright idea and it probably sells well in the city. Our fast food souvlaki shops are still open and that's where we would go to buy a chicken souvlaki with pita bread and gyro