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August Recipe:
Greek Fish Croquettes

Ingredients:
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
2 egg yolks
1 2/3 cups extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 large lemon
For the fish patties
10
 
scallions whites and tender green parts only, finely chopped
3 cups cooked, shredded white-fleshed fish, such as cod, snapper, or perch, all bones and skin removed
1/4 cup chopped fresh wild fennel, fennel fronds, or dill
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tlbsp. ouzo
2 scant tlbsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
2 eggs
Flour for dredging
Olive or other vegetable oil for frying
Preparation:

Prepare the mayonnaise: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dry ingredients together to combine. Add the vinegar and egg yolks, and pulse until smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil, drop by drop, pulsing until the mixture begins to thicken. Then, alternate between the lemon juice and oil, pulsing on and off until the mayonnaise is emulsified and creamy. If it curdles in the process, start over with the dry ingredients, vinegar, and egg yolks, and add the curdled mixture to the new batch as it begins to thicken. Continue mixing in the lemon juice and oil, alternating between each. Store, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to use, up to 1 day.

Prepare the patties: Place the scallions in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped. Add the shredded fish and herbs, and pulse on and off to combine. Add the ouzo, cumin, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, and pulse a few more times. Add the eggs and continue processing until the mixture is smooth and dense. Transfer to a bowl and store, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, or until the mixture stiffens a bit.

Place about 1 1/2 cups flour on a plate or piece of parchment paper. Remove the fish mixture from the refrigerator. Take a heaping tablespoon at a time and shape into a small patty, about 2 inches in diameter. Dredge lightly with flour.

Heat about 1/3 inch of oil in a heavy skillet. The oil should be hot but should not reach the smoking point. Place the first 4 or 5 patties in the oil to fry. Flip them with a slotted spatula when the bottoms are golden. Fry on the other side, remove, and drain on paper towels. Skim off the burnt flour from the flour in skillet, and repeat with the remaining patties.


Excerpts from: "Meze"


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Watch Your Manners In Greece
The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part A)

In ancient times the beginning of the day coincided with the break of dawn and the end with sunset. The orator Aeschines, in a speech referring to an Athenian law, mentioned that parents were not allowed to let their children leave the house before dawn and insisted they should return home before dark.

The Greeks spent all day outdoors. Before leaving the house, they followed a morning ritual: they washed their hands and face and ate a simple breakfast, consisting of a few pieces of bread dipped in watered wine.

It was rare - and furthermore considered absurd for a free man lazily to stay at home during the day unless he was ill.

Each male citizen exited his house accompanied by one or two of his slaves, according to his financial status. His destination was the "agora," which was not only a shopping centre - as it is perceived today

Men did all the food shopping. Women never went to the agora, nor did they send their maids. An exception was the very poor and those aged over fifty, who were not obliged to remain confined at home.

Ancient Greeks, according to written testimonies, were not fond of neurotic or hasty people, and did not suffer from haughtiness. Snobbishness and an ostentatious way of walking would have been censured by the Athenians. They were also against rushing, a decent man would never adopt an inquisitive, censorious look, nor was it considered decorous for somebody to walk along with his eyes sadly fixed to the ground.

All married women had the right to leave the house if they wished to go for a walk or a visit. Unmarried women were only allowed to go out if their parents, a slave or an elderly relative accompanied them. Women freely attended weddings, funerals, and religious ceremonies.

As well as the agora, a popular place for men to gather for conversation was at the barber's shop. Barbers were well informed with all the latest news and gossiped about everything. A famous quotation exhibits this verbosity on the part of barbers: "How would you like your haircut?" asked a barber of the King of Macedonia, Archelaus. "Sparing of words" the King replied.

Hand shaking was limited to ceremonies, swearing of oaths and official departing. Salutation was usually done by waving the hand or uttering "hello" (haire) or "May you have good health" (Hygiaine).

The main garment men wore was the chiton (tunic). Over the chiton they wore the "himation" -a sort of mantle - or the "chlamys." The impression that the Ancient Greek's clothing - and temples - were white is mistaken. They were actually highly colourful, with a special preference towards brick red, light green and blue. Yellow was considered the most becoming hue for women.

to be continued...


Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece" by Christos K. Zampounis

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Featured Destination: Tinos


Photo of Tinos(Area 195 sq. km. Distance from Piraeus 86 nautical miles.Distance from Rafina 64 na tical miles).

Tinos lies very close to the southern tip of Andros. This is the holy island of Our Lady, which in August is swamped by pilgrims who have come to pray in Her church or in fulfilment of a vow.

As Our Lady's feast day on 15 August approaches, the church and the town of Tinos become crammed with people, and religious services take place next to the commercial fair being held in the surrounding streets.

A line of mountains, whose highest peak is Mt Tsiknias (in the myths, the home of the wind-god Aeolus), runs the length of the island. On its lower slopes, walls like the fortifications of old castles divide the terraced fields. The coast of the island is mostly steep, but there arc also numerous coves with sandy or pebbly beaches.

Among the special characteristics of Tinos are its dove-cotes. These structures developed from simple roosts for pigeons into works of art - and the stone-built fountains to be seen in the villages evolved in a similar manner.

Tinos, capital of the island and its port, is where most of the population lives.

A broad paved street leads from the harbour to the low hill on which stands the magnificent church of Our Lady. Built in marble from Paros and Tinos itself, the church stands overlooking the town on the site where a miraculous icon of Our Ladv was discovered.

Next to the church is the Gallery of Tiniot Artists and Modern Greek Painters, which has a very interesting collection. Close by is the Archaeological Museum of Tinos. It houses finds from the temple of Poseidon and Amphitrite (at Kionia beach) and from the Geometric burials of Exo Meria.

At Xombourgo, we can admire the ruins of the medieval castle, on the south side of which is a sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone.

The interior of the island has been little affected by tourism, and the 45 villages have retained much of their traditional character and distinctive vernacular architecture. Among the most interesting villages are the large settlements of Falatado, Steni and Pirgos, the latter of which has a museum dedicated to the sculptor Halepas, the house of the artist Lytras and numerous marble-sculptors' workshops.

Among the monasteries of the island, many of them built on superb sites, we could single out that of Our Lady of the Angels at Kehrovouni (Panagia ton Angelon) which has the appearance of a Tinos village in medieval times. There are plenty of good beaches, too, notably at Agios Fokas near the town, Kionia, Porto, Panormos bay, Kolimbithra, Agios Sostis and Pahia Amos.

The lunar landscape at the spot known as 'Volax', with its pecular boulders, is probably unique anywhere in the world.

The beauties of Tinos are gradually making a name for themselves. Although amenities for tourists outside the town are scanty, they are constantly expanding.

 

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