Sunday 27 August 2023
Wednesday 23 August 2023
It's very hot again, the meltemi winds are strong and don't bring much relief.
Greece is a raging inferno. Uncontrolled wildfires have destroyed homes, lives, villages in Northern Greece and now fires are burning out of control around Athens.
Skies are dark here and ash blows in from the east but so far the island is safe.
Wednesday 16 August 2023
Monday 14 August 2023
Recently I cooked MOUSSAKA, the traditional summer dish of Greece
It uses the most prolific of summer vegetables, tomatoes, aubergines (eggplant) and zucchini (courgettes). If you don't want the minced beef you can leave that out and make a fresh tomato sauce instead. But you'll miss out on that rich taste explosion.
It's a dish most tourists have heard of even if they haven't eaten it. There's no offal in it, no sheep's eyes, nothing unrecognisable. Moussaka along with kalamari, tzatziki, greek salad and stuffed tomatoes are on every traditional taverna menu
Concocted of layers of fried zucchini and aubergine (eggplant), topped off with stewed minced beef and tomato (a sort of bolognese sauce ), grated nutmeg and a bechamel (white sauce), then baked in the oven till golden brown.
It's best warm, rich and creamy but can be eaten straight from the fridge the next day and the day after that till it's all gone. I make moussaka a couple of times during the summer. It's quite a business preparing all those layers but worth it every time.
Wednesday 9 August 2023
My poor old quad bike
Emphasis on the 'old'. I've had it for 15 years and before that it was a rental bike.
It's up for retirement, or a funeral. But not till the end of summer.
The bike has broken down twice this month, just stopped, out of the blue, in the middle of the road. The first time I was on my way home and someone came down to help. I free wheeled it down the mountain and a friend pushed it the rest of the way to the fix-it shop.
My grandson is working there this summer so I have a 'meson', a friend in just the right place to push your problem to a fast and positive solution, instead of being simply delayed or denied.
It's a most important part of greek life. If you don't have a 'μεσον' (meson) you are doomed to stomp from place to place filling out forms, standing in line and waiting, and waiting.
Anyway......the bike was fixed and delivered by grandson the next day. It still had a flat battery but they had fixed the kick start so I got it going, got it a few hundred metres down the road and it stopped again. Great. I pushed it into the parking lot and there it stayed for a week in the searing heat of the worst heatwave. Not likely anyone would steal it. I even left the keys in the basket on the back.
Eventually it was fixed, carburators and filters cleaned and other stuff which didn't interest me. All I want is for it to start easily and get me here and there.
Monday 7 August 2023
Thursday 3 August 2023