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Monday, 24 May 2021

21 May

 This is a big name day in our extended family.  Husband, daughter, grandaughter, sis in law and more all celebrate their names on  21 May the fiesta of Saints Konstantine and his mother Helena.  This year it was another quiet celebration, each in their own house.  We did have a few of K's friends popping in but nothing like the food, drink and noise of years gone by.  


The fatty roast pork was done to perfection, a thick layer of crunchy crackling with  lemon potatoes.  I'm always happy when K cooks.  He can't complain about the food because he cooked it but anyway he does it well and, mostly, cleans up after himself, and I don't have to eat any of it.  His friends keep him company in the eating drinking department.


The day before, 20 May,  was the fiesta of Saint Lydia so my grandaughter and I celebrated our name day.  A day without fatty pork.  Just salad and a glass or two of red wine.  Grandaughter and I exchanged some homemade sweets.  She made fruit tarts to take to school and share with her friends.  I made a banana cake and swirled some nutella through the mix.  


On Saturday night the close family. 10 of us, went to a cafe by the sea and had a glass or two of wine and a big meze plate with a selection of greek snacks.  The kids had juices and waffles and disappeared and we sat till midnight and enjoyed the company.  


We are allowed 6 to a table now so the 6 adults sat at one table and the four children next to us.  Football was on the big screen tv across the road.  Curfew is now 12.30.  A good time was had by all



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 we decided to spend these fiesta days by ourselves and took off into the hills of Korinth to stay in a stone 'chalet'.  




Everywhere we went those few days there were chem trails making crosses above us.  It seemed like a good sign.  We did the right thing.  Used the money on enjoying ouselves instead of buying pork and booze.

17 comments:

  1. That all sounds like a pretty wonderful way to celebrate. Happy and convivial. Life is pretty good .

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  2. It sounds like a nice few days of celebration

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    1. And an open fire inside with already cut wood

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  4. What exactly do you mean by 'Fatty Pork'? I love roast pork, and if it contains really soft tasty fat I love it even more. Pork belly is my favourite cut.

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    1. It isn't always fatty. This one had very little fat under the crackling and there wasnt much in the drippings. In days of old we've removed the next day inches of congealed fat in the bottom of the pan. I think those were the days of local pigs. This one was great cold too yet some times its greasy and unappetising the next day.

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  5. What a wonderful thing it is to celebrate the name day. It would have been so good if we had it in our tradition.

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    1. They do like their celebrations. If there wasnt a name day theyd make another reason!

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  6. You've been busy. Can't beat a good Pork roast, we love them, as long as we have crackling with it.

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate heading off to the chalet.

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  8. Oh what bliss - a hubby who cooks AND cleans up after himself! :))

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    1. Thank goodness. Hes not so good after the feast. A bit 'under the weather' but I can deal with that

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  9. Belated Xronia polla to K. You can keep you lemon potatoes (although F might like them) but I like the sound of fatty roast pork - and lots of people sitting around who might drop the odd bit from time to time. Maybe not the celebration of the past but at least it a sociable day. xxx Mr T

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    1. Always lots of tidbits which fall by accident and not

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