February 2007 Newsletter
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Watch Your Manners in Greece: On a Fairy Boat Special Feature : Appetizer Culture
What's New!!!! Featured Destination : Pholegandros 
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Ingredients: (Serves 6)
- 1 scant cup/200 ml Greek extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 1 lb/500gground beef
- 2-3 tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and diced 1 bay leaf
- 1 lb/500 g macaroni
1 1/2 cups/150 of grated kefalotiri cheese Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh basil

For the bechamel sauce:
- 1/4 cup/60 g butter
- 1/4 cup/60 gall purpose flour
- 3 cups/750 ml warm milk 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup/100g grated kefalotiri cheese - Grated nutmeg to taste Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper


Preparation:
Heat half the olive oil, soften the onions in it, then brown the meat. Add the tomatoes and bay leaf, together with some water. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 30 minutes. Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water until al dente, drain, and leave to cool. Combine the macaroni with the remaining oil, and spread half in a baking pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese, spread the meat sauce over the top, and cover with the remaining macaroni. Preheat the oven to 400 of (200 C). For the sauce, make a roux with the butter and flour, then gradually add the heated milk, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the eggs, grated cheese, leaving some for topping and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper, adding more warm milk if necessary. Pour the sauce over the macaroni and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20-30 minutes until browned on top. Remove from the oven, leave to cool slightly, and serve garnished with chopped basil.
 


Excerpt from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Milona
 
Watch Your Manners In Greece
On a Fairy Boat

Continued from January's issue...

- Traveling by boat is idyllic (especially during the exciting, chaotic departure and arrival). One should bear in mind, though, that if we are in a hurry to get somewhere we should use an airplane, and if we are fond of military discipline we should cram up in a bus. If, however, we wish to travel purely for the joy of it, then only a boat may offer us such rich, enjoyable experiences.

- Better safe than sorry: we should aim to arrive early at the port, rather than spending a last minute of agony in the car.

- If we are easily seasick, we should avoid traveling by boat. We shouldn't put others or ourselves on a trial.

- In time, ferryboats have become speedier, more comfortable and safer. We must carefully obey all safety rules and all indications by the captain and crew members.

- We should not sit in somebody else's seat.

- If the ferry is crowded, we shouldn't lie down taking over two spaces or more and forcing others to sit on the floor.

- The sea is vast but this does not mean that we are allowed to treat it as a huge waste bin.

- The jostling, shoving race to get onto an overcrowded ferry in mid-August should most definitely be avoided.

- We should arrange the hiring of a taxi before arrival at the port of destination.



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


 



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Special Feature: Greek Appetizer Culture

Greek Appetizers - MezeFor a Greek restaurant, its appetizers, or starters, mezedes, are a kind of visiting card. Through its mezes, the restaurant demonstrates just what its kitchen can do. After all, the whole range of foodstuffs - meat, fish, vegetables, and dairy products - is available for use in Greek appetizers. They range from the simple and refined to the brilliantly creative, and quite often reflect the main courses. They can be eaten hot or cold and may be just the introduction or the main course itself - whatever the customer chooses.

In the cities especially, around midday the great army of office workers is drawn in little groups to the countless small restaurants that have opened up in recent years, hidden among the rows of houses, and that have now become sought-after addresses. In the mezedopolio, a shop selling nothing but mezes as far as the eye can see, there will certainly be something to suit every taste. Ouzo, the Greek anise-flavored schnapps, is a constant accompaniment to all mezedes. Drunk with ice, water, or straight its task is to reinforce the appetizing sensation aroused by the mezedes. "Appetite making" is, after all, the meaning of the word mezes, which comes from Turkish. Appetizers certainly do that, but if you are not careful, they manage to do something else as well; they make you feel much too full much too quickly, just because you are longing to try a bit of everything. You can always tell experienced connoisseurs of mezedes by the restrained way their forks pick up, say, a piece of squid, then a potato, perhaps an olive next or maybe a small meatball. In between people chat, break off a piece of bread, sip their glass of ouzo, have a drink of water, and generally take their time. Where people dine in groups, all selecting uninhibitedly from the dishes, something of the original rural Greece has obviously survived, as in the past whole villages would demonstrate and renew their social solidarity through similar forms of communal eating.

The different regions of Greece reveal in the characteristics of their cuisine not least in the selection and preparation of the typical local mezedes. So, the mezes must definitely be seen as a kind of ambassador. For example, in the areas which were once strongly Ottoman, oriental influences predominate, while a western fragrance permeates those parts of the country which were formerly under Venetian sovereignty. On the Greek islands, the selection of mezedes is still determined by what is produced on each island, and on the mainland, appetizers have a stronger taste than in the south of Greece. The whole variety of Greek mezedes can be seen gathered together in the big cities, where the host's origins and the preferences of his regular customers are the deciding factors. And they are available from morning till night, because Greek appetizer culture is a round-the-clock affair. Mezedes will be available at any time of day, even if you arrive at 11 p.m.    

(to be continued in next month's newsletter...)

                                 Excerpt from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Milona


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  Featured Destination: Pholegandros

Geography. Between Sikinos (5 nautical miles) and Melos (15 nautical miles), Pholegandros has a surface area of 32 sq. km., 40 km. of coastline and is 105 nautical miles from Piraeus. Its capital is Pholegandros (Chora) with 567 inhabitants, mainly concentrated there but also in a few scattered hamlets. In the summer there is a daily link with Piraeus and regular connections with Paros, Naxos, Sikinos, los and Santorini and, less frequently, with Syros, Siphnos, Seriphos, Delos, Herakleion in Crete, the Dodecanese, Chios, Samos, Mytilene, Ikaria, Lemnos and Kavala. Local craft make trips to Sikinos and los during the summer season. A mountainous island (highest peak Aghios Eleftherios, 415 m. a.s.l.) with little provision for tourists, it is an ideal place for a restful vacation.

History. Karians are mentioned as the island's first settlers. They were succeeded by Phoenicians and then Cretans. In historical times it was colonised by Dorians, became a member of the Athenian League and under Roman rule was a place of exile. From 1207 till 1607 it was governed by the Gozzadini family, then it was captured by the Turks. It was pillaged by pirates many times.

Sight-Monuments. Chora stands in an elevated position (200 m. a.s.l.) above the harbour and consists of the quaint old quarter around Kastro, the castle built by Marco Sanudo in 1212 which is architecturally very similar to those of Siphnos and Kimolos in which the external row of houses comprises the outer wall. Two of the entrances to the castle are preserved and three little churches. The more recent sector of the village is equally picturesque esque with its dazzling white houses, narrow streets and courtyards. On the northeast side of Chora, at Palaiokastro are remnants of fortifications and ruins of the ancient city. The church of the Virgin is actually built on part of the city wall. Further south is the Chrysospilia, a cave with stalgamites and stalactites, evidently used as a cult centre in antiquity but as yet unexplored. In the region of Ano Meria, on the northeast side of the island, there are traces of a small fortress at "Kastelli". Southwest of Ano Meria is the small bay of Aghios Georgios with a lovely beach. There are numerous tiny churches all over Pholegandros, most of them for private worship. One can swim at Karavostasis, the island's harbour and in Aghios Georgios bay north of Ano Meria, which one can reach in the local bus. Accommodation is available in rented rooms.

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 Saints' Name days 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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