Lenten Honey Cake
(Fat / Cholesterol Free)
Nistisimi Melotourta 10 servings
this delicious honey cake is traditionally served during
the Lenten season, it can be enjoyed any time of the
granulated or brown sugar
(preferably Greek honey)
also use 2 teaspoons masticha powder or a combination
of 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon
ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
Nutritional Facts per serving:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch
round cake pan (or two 8-x-4-inch loaf pans) with
nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.
- Place the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice,
sugar in a large bowl, and stir to mix well. Set
- Place the hot water in a medium-sized bowl, add
the honey, and stir to dissolve. Stir in the vanilla
and brandy (if using), and mix well.
- Add the honey mixture to the flour, and mix until
the batter is smooth. Stir in the raisins and orange
- Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick
inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Allow the cake cool to room temperature before
cutting into wedges and serving.
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Watch Your Manners In Greece
The History of Good Manners In Ancient Greece (Part
followed a certain ritual: when a guest reached
the gates, the host welcomed him in person. He offered
him a bath and a meal and allowed him to rest. Then,
if the guest wished to, he answered questions concerning
his identity, his descent, etc.
- Ancient Greeks enjoyed inviting friends, and even
their friends' friends, for dinner. This custom
spawned a special category of guests called parasites
(para+sitos=wheat, grain, food in general). This
word later on acquired a negative meaning, due to
making this privilege into a habit. Plutarch wrote
a whole chapter on how to use this privilege without
exceeding the limits of good manners.
- In Plato's Symposium, Aristodemos narrates that
he came across Socrates wearing a formal garment,
and on discovering that the latter was on his way
to Agathon's dinner party, decided to join him,
even though he had no invitation. Socrates, preoccupied
with a philosophical problem, was loitering on the
way to the house, and Aristodemos (not noticing
that the philosopher had stayed
behind) entered Agathon's house on his own. Even
in this potentially awkward situation, however,
Aristodemos was made welcome. The doors were flung
wide open and a slave immediately showed him through
to the dining room, where Agathon delightfully welcomed
him, explaining that he had wanted to invite him
personally but had been unable to track him down.
- Invitations were made by the dinner host writing
on a wax board the guests' names, the date and time
of the symposium. A slave would then visit all the
guests' houses and show them the board. Dinner usually
started at 9 o'clock.
- As soon as the guests arrived, slaves removed
the newcomers' shoes and washed their feet.
- Ancient Greeks used to eat while lying on a sedan
chair, leaning on one elbow and using their other
hand to reach the food, which was placed before
them on a small table.
Food would just suffice to take the edge off hunger,
since gluttony was considered a serious flaw. It
was also unheard of for someone to eat on his own
- only the friendless had this pitiable and sorrowful
privilege. They never used knifes and forks. Spoons
were available, but they preferred replacing them
with a piece of bread crust. They ate with their
fingers; food was chopped in small pieces to facilitate
gripping it. Tablecloths and napkins were un-known
concepts. After eating, they wiped their hand with
breadcrumbs or with a special glue which they moulded
into small balls.
- Only men attended dinners or symposiums - concubines
were an exception - since the discussion would be
about philosophy and politics, incomprehensible
and forbidden subjects for women and children.
- At family meals women sat on stools, and children
only appeared during dessert. They stood or sat
depending on their age and the family's custom.
- Wine was the Greek's favourite beverage. It was
consumed after dinner, always mixed with water.
Although they believed that drinking should be done
in moderation, after a symposium only few were fortunate
and sober enough to be able to hold their legs.
- They also favoured toasting. An example of a popular
toast is: "Health, most blessed and venerable
of all gods, may I live with you for the rest of
my life, and may you be a merciful house-mate in
- While dining they despised discussions of a sad
or depressing nature: riddles were preferred. Whoever
was unable to answer them was forced to drink a
cup of wine.
- "Ostracism" was one of the hardest trials
forced upon all those who acquired fame, glory and
political power, and who were consequently prone
to overthrowing democracy and setting up tyrannical
regimes. The procedure was as such: each male citizen
would write on an "ostrakon" (broken piece
of pottery -and thus the naming of the procedure)
the name of the person whom he thought should be
exiled. He placed it in a fenced area at the agora.There,
the archons would count them and whoever had most
votes was condemned to a ten-year exile.
- One day, during a voting, an illiterate Athenian
summoned Aristeides, and without knowing who he
was, asked him to write "Aristeides" on
the ostrakon.The astonished politician wanted to
know ifAristeides had done him any wrong. "No,
nothing," he replied, "I'm just tired
of constantly hearing people crying out that he
is the just."
- The figures of the dead were sculpted on tomb
stones and their words inscribed on epigraphs. They
all seemed young and beautiful, since no Greek wished
to represent his ancestors as old and sick. The
ascendants should always see their dead relatives
as they appeared during the best years of their
life. Men were usually portrayed next to their slaves.
- Over some graves, tall lekythoi (vials) silently
announced that beneath them lay the corpses of boys
of girls who never lived to see their wedding day.
Such lekythoi were used for carrying water from
the miraculous fountain of Kalliroe to purify the
grooms before the wedding.
- Both Ancient and contemporary Greeks have a similar
connection to their dead. It is interesting to note
that the modern Greek word for funeral, "kideia,"
literally means "to take care of"
- Contrary to our western civilisation, which calls
for a silent and introverted expression of grief
towards our beloved's loss, Ancient Greeks tolerated
and even looked forward to explicit manifestations
Literature often tells of men and women pulling
out their hair, tearing their clothes apart, beating
and bruising their chests, rolling and crying on
the ground and abstaining from food for many days
... this is exactly what Achilles does in the Iliad,
when he mourns for the death of his friend Patroklos.
to be continued...
Excerpt from "Watch Your Manners In Greece"
by Christos K. Zampounis
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Sunium headland is the southernmost point of Attica.
On the steep rock which towers over the sea all around
the Athenians established a sanctuary dedicated to
Poseidon, god of the sea. A little further to the
north, Athena was worshipped, and thus the two deities
who had once competed for the possession of Athens
were able to coexist in harmony at the city's most
distant point. This was a place of worship in the
Geometric period, while in the Archaic period the
two sanctuaries had already acquired importance, as
can be seen from the votive offerings. Among these,
many fragments of kouroi of the sixth century BC have
been found; after the destruction wrought by the Persians
in 480 BC, these were gathered together by the Athenians
in sacred receptacles (National Archaeological Museum).
In the late sixth century BC, the first poros and
peripteral temple to Poseidon was built in the Doric
style. This was destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC
and replaced in the time of Pericles (444 - 440 BC)
with a marble peripteral Doric temple (6 x 13 columns),
with two columns in antis in the pronaos and opisthodomos.
it owed its design to the same architect who built
the Temple of Nemesis at Rhamnous, while there are
many similarities with the Hephaesteion in the Agora
at Athens and the Temple of Ares at Acharnes in Attica.
On the friezes there are scenes from the battle of
the Centaurs, the battle of the Giants and the labours
of Theseus. There was a masonry enceinte around the
temple with a gateway in the north side and colonnades
in the interior. In 412 BC, Sunium was fortified and
the wall included the sanctuary of Poseidon. This
was necessary for the security of Athenian ships carrying
corn during the Peloponnesian War. The fortress, one
of the five most important in Attica, was manned by
a permanent guard. in the third century BC, the ramparts
and docks were reinforced. In the sanctuary of Athena,
in an enceinte, a temple in the form of a simple cella
with four interior supports was built in the Archaic
period. In 460 - 450 BC, rows of Ionic columns were
added on its east and south sides. The members of
this temple were taken in the Roman period to the
Agora of Athens for the construction of the South-eastern
temple. in the peribolos there is another small temple
with two columns in its facade. This was older than
the Temple of Athena, but it is not known what its
dedication was. The north-western corner of the peribolos
was intersected by another, elliptic, peribolos, where
in all probability the hero Phrontis was worshipped.
According to Homer, Phrontis, the helmsman of King
Menelaus, was killed by Apollo and buried in the area.
Sunium, with its marvellous view and the glorious
sunsets which can be seen here, has long attracted
travellers from all over the world. One of these was
Lord Byron, who thought fit to commemorate his visit
by carving his name on the entrance to the Temple
In the middle of the 19th century, on the orders of
the Greek government, the metallurgist A. Kordellas
studied the area and proved that the ancient mines
could be exploited. Based on this study, the city of
Laurio was created in 1864 as a gigantic metal
workshop of different companies with the leading
positions taken by a Greek and a French company.
Mining took place for a century and was stopped in
1965. This enterprise became the first large
industrial complex of Greece.
Laurio is a new city. It was established in 1864 as
"Ergasteria" and was initially built around the new
mining companies. Gradually, as industry,
particularly mining and metal working, developed so
did the city. It had a new city plan which included
the residential areas in which the metal workers and
miners lived. The areas of the city have retained
the names which used to indicate the descent of the
workers (Italika, Roumanika, Spaniolika [Spanish],
Laurio has rightly been called "the backdrop of the
film world" as many films, documentaries and ads
have been shot there. In the last few years,
following a period of rapid de-industrialisation,
the city has entered a new phase of gradual, stable
growth which was achieved by important changes in
its economy. The port is developing into one of
national significance, while the city is dynamic in
the fields of commerce, services and tourism. The
visitor to Laurio can find many places for
entertainment or simply to have a meal.
Finally, there are two museums
in the city: the Archaeological Museum (10:00-
13:00) open daily except Mondays (tel. 2292022817)
and the Mining Museum (open Wednesday, Saturday,
Sunday, 10:00 - 12:00, tel. 22920-26270).
Guides, Videos, and DVDs
Sounio - Travel Guide
City Map of Athens & Piraeus Deluxe Edition
Greece On DVD - 5 dvds (NTSC)
Lesvos the Crossroads of Civilisations Travel Guide
Lesvos The crossroads of civilisation DVD (PAL)
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