Saturday, 24 July 2021
Thursday, 22 July 2021
Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Saturday, 17 July 2021
Monday, 12 July 2021
Tourlou or a summer vegetable medley.
Ratatouille, the dish not the rat. I am sure every country, at least here in the mediterranean has a version of this dish. Summer vegetables, all lightly cooked in a pan on the stove top. Quick, fresh, light (depending on the amount of olive oil you add) and delicious.
We are going to eat ours with feta cheese and just a little bit of bread, fresh for me and stale for the traditional man about the house. Stale bread is better for mopping up the juices and doesn't go soggy.
This is what I'm cooking at the moment.
onion and garlic and a leftover leek
go**amit I forgot the garlic
Sweat all the vegetables in olive oil, as much as you like. I only used a big spoonful in the beginning along with a little water but I added an extra swig of oil at the end when I turned off the stove.
Then I peeled and diced
3 fresh tomatoes blanched briefly in boiling water for a quick peel
parsley and mint from the garden.
Salt and pepper and a sprinkle of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes.
Don't stir it too much or you'll get mushy Vege.
It's best cooked in a wide shallow pot. I was across the waters at the small village of Galatas a few weeks ago to get my second jab and visited the maiden aunts. They had just cooked this, in their wide pot called a tablas, and absolutely insisted I sit down and eat with them. You don't get away with not eating in that house but every thing is so well cooked, done from scratch that it's a treat to share their meal.
After about half an hour of a slow simmer our own lunch was ready so I could go and get a hair cut.
And it's vegan too, but not plant-based-whole-food-oil-free. The latter is my latest fad. No meat, eggs, dairy, no processed foods and no olive oil. Laughing Out Loud. No olive oil? From every window of my house the view is an olive tree or a lemon tree. But it's healthy. Lots of vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes. It's basically what we eat anyway in the summer, forgetting about the pork and fish.
Friday, 9 July 2021
Doesn't matter how hot it is, we've got to eat. Salad apparently does not come under the heading of 'meal' and neither do sandwiches.
Thursday, 8 July 2021
Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Monday, 5 July 2021
borrowed directly from the french. Meaning to stroll, to saunter
lâneur “idler; dawdler; loafer” is borrowed directly from French flâneur, an agent noun of the verb flâner “to stroll, saunter aimlessly; lounge.” The ultimate origin of French flâner is obscure. In 19th-century France, the flâneur was a figure for a type of wealthy, foppish man-about-town who leisurely wandered the boulevards of Paris and lounged at its cafés. In the early 1900s, German literary critic Walter Benjamin, inspired in great part by the writing of Charles Baudelaire, helped develop the flâneur into a symbol of the modern artist and writer, at once immersed in and alienated by the hustle and bustle of urban life. English borrowed another noun from French to describe the disposition of the flâneur: flânerie “idleness, dawdling.” Flâneur entered English in the mid-1800s.
Thursday, 1 July 2021
The council got itself into tourist gear. There are big signs in greek and english all the way along the waterfront pointing to shops, tavernas and places of interest in the area.
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
The catamaran, called the Flying Cat, leaves the harbour
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Another greek classic. Most visitors know all about mousaka and my nieces make it when they return home downunder. It's a very heavy, rich dish. Made with summer vegetables, aubergines and zucchini and I add potatoes as well.
Saturday, 26 June 2021
Pastitsio. Another greek classic.
A sort of Greek lasagne, macaroni pie. The family love this, well most of them.
I made a great big dish of it at my youngest grandaughter's request.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Last Friday I bought a few kilos of cheap apricots from the farmers market. 1euro a kilo for 'jam' apricots, 2 euros for the good eating ones.
Apricots ripen quickly and we ate a lot of the jam apricots but I did manage to turn some into jam and fill up 2 and a half jars. Apricots and strawberries make jam full of flavour.
Thursday, 24 June 2021
I'm buying a seagull at the end of the month as a wee gift for me and my garden menagerie.
Non annoying and non pooping seagull
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
I've recently been given my second Astra Zeneca shot. The vaccine is a bit controversial . It's only being given to under 40s now. It started off being administered only to the under 60's, then it was safe for the over 60's too and now that's changed again.. Those waiting for a second jab can have the pfizer vaccine if they so desire though the consequences of mixing the two are not known yet. But, hey ho, we're all guinea pigs anyway, whichever we get.
No side effects, no flu, no sore arm, no headache. Will I be dead in 10 years. Possibly but probably not from the covid vaccine. Did it change my DNA ? Who cares. I could be dead in 10 years anyway.
Has the vaccine made me magnetic? I 'm not yet attracting knives and forks or sticking to the car door.
Have I been injected with a microchip along with the vaccine. It would have to have been tinier than microscopic! If someone is tracking me they're going to have a lot of fun trotting after me from the kitchen to the garden and back again.
There's more but its tiring to even think about it. Temperatures have risen. We are in the middle of a heat wave. Viruses don't like heat and neither do I. I'm wilting and suffering in many other ways.
It was all a bit of a hassle. Now if we leave the island we have to have proof that we are fully vaccinated to get back again or produce a very recent negative test. K went and arranged with those in charge so I could get back home after my second shot without papers and tests. Now I've downloaded an official looking paper saying I'm fully covered,with dates and social security numbers, and my age. K and I had these papers turned into plastic covered ID cards. So now we have more official documents to carry about.
In my bag I have my vaccine paper, my official ID with photo and fingerprints, a Navy ID and an E1 which is a paper from the tax office to say I'm a permanent resident of Poros.
They've got us all hog tied and we are expected to be happy about the whole situation. We are free we say. Yeh.
We're still wearing masks outside the home but the cases of covid in Greece are so low that it looks like we'll be free of them, at least outside in open spaces, by the end of the week.
Friday, 18 June 2021
Monday, 14 June 2021
A summer Saturday evening. Time for a perantzada, a promenade along the waterfront ending up at a cafe or taverna beside the waves. People watching. Us watching the passing parade and them watching us.
Poros seems full again . Most I would say were greeks, from the cities and countryside nearby. Not so many foreigners yet and those that are here seem to be from the yachts. The flotillas are returning. A group of small yachts that travel together for 5 days, a week, going from island to island under the eagle eye of an experienced captain. They go in groups to the tavernas recommended by the company and then on to the cafes or bars or a party on one of the yachts.
The harbourside road is closed from one end of the waterfront to the other on Saturday night, from 8pm to 1am. Curfew has been extended to 1.30am so everyone is supposed to scuttle home or at least be off the streets by then.