February 2006 Newsletter
 This Month 
Watch Your Manners in Greece: At the Taverna Special Feature : Natural Honey
What's New!!!! Featured Destination: Seriphos 
Saint Namedays in January. February's Recipe.
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February's Recipe:
Loukoumades

(Honey Doughnuts)


 
    
Ingredients:
- 1 3/4 cakes / 30g fresh yeast
- 9 cups / 1kg flour
- 1tsp sugar
- Oil for frying
- Honey
- Cinnamon

Preparation
In a bowl, knead a generous 2 cups / 250g flour with the yeast, sugar and a little water into a smooth dough.  If using active dry yeast, follow the manufacturer's instructions.  Cover the bowl with a cloth and allow to rest in a warm place until the dough has doubled in volume.  Work in the remaining flour, adding water as needed to form a workable dough.  Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise again, this time for about 1 1/2 hours, until no bubbles form on the surface.  Heat plenty of oil in a deep-fry pan.  Using a spoon, scoop out little balls of dough and drop gently into the boiling oil.  Fry the dough balls until they are crisp and golden brown, then remove the loukoumades from the oil with a ladle and drain on towels.  Finally, arrange the doughnuts on a serving dish, pour over plenty of honey, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
 

Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece"
by Marianthi Minola

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Watch Your Manners In Greece
At the Taverna


Continued from January's Issue...

It is mistaken to believe that one can always do as one desires at the taverna - good manners apply there the same as everywhere else. However the atmosphere at a taverna is more relaxed, allowing some exceptions to the rules: - It is acceptable to address the waiter/tress or the taverna's owner by his/her first name if he/she is a friend or an acquaintance of ours..

- We may freely converse with the owner of the taverna or the waiter/tress. Just as it goes without saying that we never clap hands or yell at the waiter at a restaurant, the same applies at a taverna. A nod is sufficient.

- We are allowed to pick at morsels of food with our fingers.

- Although good manners have taught us never to do so when dining formally at home or at a restaurant, at the taverna we may dip our bread in the food's sauce, and use a slice of bread to wipe
our plate clean. A fine way to taste a sauce without using our fingers is by cutting bread into small pieces, spearing them with a fork and dipping.

- When people go to cafes they don't just drink their coffee and leave. Sitting at a cafe is one of Greek's best hobbies. Contrary to the norm in many other countries, no waiter will stand in front of you asking you to pay the bill and implying you must leave as soon as you have sipped your last drop of coffee. You may lazily sit there all day and no one will disturb you unless of course you have fallen asleep and the cafe is closing.

- Envying our neighbor's choice of food is not a sin. Here, eating is rather communal, and we may feel free to try out other people's courses.

- In addition, if we order retsina at a tavern, it is quite acceptable to ask its origin or try out a small glass before ordering a whole carafe.


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

 
Special Feature: Natural Honey




The job of an apiarist of beekeeper is a very highly regarded profession in Greece.  A beekeeper will keep on average 300 to 500 hives and these will produce around 55,000 pounds (25,000 kilograms) of honey per year.  Chalkidiki is one of the country's main honey-producing regions.  Beekeepers come here from all over Greece, drawn by the unspoiled, hilly countryside with its wealth of flowers and abundance of pine trees, spruces, and lime trees, all guarantees of consistency in aroma and high-quality honey.  Honey production is geared to the following flowers; early June, lime blossom; mid-August, chestnut blossom (helps stop the honey from solidifying); the rest of the summer, spruce blossom (spruce resin makes the honey darker and stronger in taste).  The heather in bloom at the beginning of September provides the final aromatic ingredient and the bees close up their honeycombs ready for hibernation.  The honey is now ready for harvest.  Gently stunning the bees with smoke from burning spruce needles, the beekeeper carefully removes this precious sweet product. 


 
When the spring flowers are in bloom on the Chalkidiki peninsula, the bees are well catered for. Even the beekeeper prefers to stun the bees a little before attempting to touch the honeycombs. The beekeeper samples the honey straight from the honeycomb.

 

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Greek Macedonian Halva with Honey

Greek Macedonian Halva with Honey

 

Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Minola

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  Featured Destination: Seriphos


GEOGRAPHY
South of Kythnos, this is the third of the Western Cyclades covering an area of 73 sq. km., with 70 km. of coastline and a population of 1,133. Seriphos is 73 nautical miles from Piraeus, from where there is a daily ferry boat, and is similarly linked with Siphnos, Kimolos and Melos. Its capital is Seriphos (Chora). A mountainous island (highest point Tourlos, 585 m. a.s. I.) with small, fertile plains between the ridges, its coastline is highly indented, the largest bays being that of Livadi in the south and Koutala in the southwest. The population is involved in farming and fishing.
The island has its own specific yet basically Cycladic atmosphere which in recent years has attracted an ever growing number of tourists, even though facilities are somewhat limited.

HISTORY Mythology tells us that Perseus grew to manhood on Seriphos, arriving here in a bladder, together with his mother Danae, fleeing the wrath of his father Akrisios, king of Argos. It was from Seriphos that he set forth to slay the dreaded Medusa. The island was settled by Ionian colonists in historical times, took part in the Persian Wars and became a member of the Athenian League. During the Roman period it was a place of banishment, in Byzantine times it faded into oblivion and then passed into the hands of the Venetians who apportioned it between several noble families. The Micheli family, which gained predominance, was expelled by the Turks (1537) after Barbarossa sacked the island. Like the rest of the Cyclades, Seriphos was frequently attacked by pirates, was held by the Russians
(1770 -1774) for a brief interval and took part in the Struggle for Independence.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS Chora, the main town, is built on a hill overlooking the harbour and presents a truly charming picture when viewed from afar, with its bright white houses, serpentine path wending its way up from the harbour, narrow alleyways with the paving stones outlined in whitewash and ruined Venetian castle. Indeed, it is one of the loveliest Cycladic towns. A small archaeological collection of finds from the region is housed in the Town Hall. There are many Postbyzantine churches, most of which have been renovated (St. Eleftherios, St. Athanasios) and the church of St. Constantine stands inside the castle.


On the other side of the castle are the churches of St. John the Theologian and the Archangels. In the village of Panaghia (4 km.), north of Chora, there is a Byzantine church of the Virgin, built in the 10th or 11th century; its feast day is celebrated on August 15th. West of Panaghia is the church of St. Stephen in which traces of Byzantine wall-paintings are preserved.

Close to the village of Galani (2 km. northeast) stands the most important monument on the island, the monastery of the Taxiarchs, a fortress-like structure dated to the 17th century. Refurbished 18th century wall-paintings embellish the katholikon. The monastery possesses rare keimelia and valuable books and manuscripts. East of it lies the village of Kentarchos and beyond that the region of Psili Ammos, suitable for swimming. On the southwest side of the island are the bays of Livadi (10 km. from Chora) and Koutala (13 km. from Chora) known as Porto Catena in the Middle Ages and the virtually deserted villages of Koutalas and Mega Livadi. On an eminence above Koutalas is the site known as Kastro tis Grias, evidently inhabited at some time since there is a castle there, as well as a few ruined houses, traces of a fortification wall and remnants of a Hellenistic tower popularly known as Aspropyrgos. There is a second Hellenistic tower (Psaropyrgos) atop the hill of Kyklopas. West of Koutalas is the homonymous cave, discovered by chance while extracting metal ore, which was a cult place in antiquity; it has not been exploited.


On the southeast side of the island is the harbour, Livadi, sheltered from strong winds, a safe haven for all vessels and nowadays a marina for yachts. The island's sandy beaches and crystal clear sea can be reached by caique or on foot and even by vehicle, although the road network is rather rudimentary. Those most easily accessible are Livadi, Koutalas (by caique from Livadi), Megan Livadi, Psili Ammos (by caique), Ramos and Sykamia. Other coves and beaches can be reached by boat. There is a station for replenishing water supplies at Livadi and all the hotels, rooms and apartments are here, though there are a few rooms for rent in Chora.

 

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 Saints' Namedays in February

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    1
Tryfonos
 
2
Ypapanti tou Sotiros
3 4 5
Agathis
6
Voukolou / Fotiou
7
Partheniou
8
Zaxariou /
Theod. Stratilatou
9
Nikiforou
10
Charalampous / Zinonos
11
Vasiou

12
Meletiou

13
Akula & Priskillis

14
Ayxentiou
15
Euseviou
16 17
Theodorou Tironos / Poulcherias
18
Leontos Romis
19
Agathonos/ Vissarionos
20 21 22 23
Polykarpou
24
Nestoros
 
25
Tarasiou
26
Porfuriou
 
27 28


 


 

 
   


 
 


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