We are suffering through a killer heatwave. Not since 1987 have temperatures been so high and for such a long period. Back in 1987 very few had aircondition and over 1,300 people died.
Friday 30 July 2021
Monday 26 July 2021
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.