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Watch Your Manners in Greece: Continuations of the Aghion Oros (Mount Athos) and "The End" Special Feature : Kleftiko
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June's Recipe:
"Kleftiko" Roast Lamb


 

Kleftiko is regarded as a delicacy of Cyprus and it is typically server with bread and potatoes.
 
Ingredients:
- 4 lamb fillets, each weighing 8oz/250g Juice of 1 lemon

- 1 tbsp marjoram, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp thyme, finely chopped
- 2 lb/ 1 kg small potatoes
- 1 scant cup/200 ml olive oil
- 3 large tomatoes, sliced
- 3 bay leaves
- Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
 
 
Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C). Sprinkle the lamb fillets with lemon juice. Mix the marjoram, thyme, salt and pepper together and sprinkle over the meat. Brush oil over four large pieces of aluminum foil, lay a fillet in the center of each and wrap the foil around it. Place the wrapped fillets in a clay pot that has a lid, cover, and place in the oven. Leave to bake for about 3 hours. Meanwhile, peel and wash the potatoes and carefully make a few cuts in each one. Place in a roasting pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, pour the olive oil over them and dot with butter. Place the sliced tomato on top of the potatoes, then season once more with a little salt and pepper and add the bay leaves. About an hour before the lamb is ready, put the potatoes in the oven and roast until they are golden brown. Serve the lamb fillets in the center of a plate with potatoes and tomatoes arranged around the and garnish with a few fresh herbs.

A fresh country salad is a good accompaniment to this dish
 

 
Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Milona

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Watch Your Manners In Greece
At the Aghion Oros (Mount Athos) Part 2 & "The End"

Continued from April's Issue...
 

- The reception of all guests takes place at the "archontariki." There one is traditionally offered tsipouro (similar to raki) and loukoumi (similar to Turkish delight). The person in charge is the "archontaris," to whom one must show one's permit of residence. The visitor's book must then be signed.

- It is not explicitly stated, but all visitors should follow, as closely as possible, the monastery's programme (prayers, divine service, and mass).

- Whoever wishes to confess or receive Holy Communion must address the "archontaris" of the convent.

- The convent's doors close at dusk and open at dawn. Be aware that the "aghion Oros" does not use midnight (24 or 12hs) as a means to defining the hours; time is estimated according to sunset. Their calendar is also different - it accords to the Gregorian and not the Julian calender (a difference of approximately 14 days).

- If we are of different religion or atheists, we should not make any negative comments about the Christian religion, nor should we have an impertinent, opposing attitude.

- We should avoid disturbing the monk. All queries should be addressed to the "archontaris".

- Video cameras are strictly forbidden on the "Aghion Oros." During the customs check on departure, all videotapes are confiscated.

- Hunting is not allowed on the premises of Mt. Athos, and therefore hunting dogs and weapons are strictly forbidden.

"THE END"

- Years ago, people wore mourning for long periods after a family death - in some cases for the rest of their lives. Today, however, this tradition is limited, depending on our relationship to the deceased. We usually mourn for between 6 months and a yeaar for a first degree relative.

- We may go to somebody's funeral whether we have personally or professionally met him/her. But we should not overdo it - as some politicians do by attending all the funerals in the electorate area, calling themselves "the deceased's friend'.

- The only people who mourn in white are European Queens.

- We notify the family and close friends either by phone or telegram.

- We avoid forcing young children to attend a funeral, unless they wish to do so.

- The funeral office arranges most details.

- The funeral's announcement in the newspaper must contain the following details:

- The deceased's name, his/her age and the date, location and time of the funeral (only for family members etc). The relatives, in the following order: spouse then children. If the children are married, the name of their respective spouses must also be mentioned, starting with the eldest. Grandchildren follow the deceased's siblings and their children.

- It must also be stated if the family wish to have money donated to charity foundations instead of floral wreaths being purchased.

- No matter how much of a hurry we may be in, we wait in line to console the deceased's family.

-Blabbing on and over-reacting about our pain and suffering is not appropriate. When we attend a funeral we should refrain from talking too much. Only words of consolation should be used. We should avoid heavy, clich-ed statements such as, "He was the last great man on earth." I'm sorry. Your husband was fine person" is enough.

- It is pointless to say at a funeral: "There's nothing once can do. Such is life, such is our fate."

- We should avoid offering condolences over the phone.

-It is most inappropriate to ask for the death's details after we have the read the funeral's announcement.

- Cremation is not allowed in Greece. It goes against the Orthodox Church's rules.

- According to an old tradition, the widow must go to the cemetery every day for forty days after her husband's death.

- According to a tradition of the Mani area (in Southern Greece), mourning is completed after three years (i.e. after the unburying).

 

- THE END



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


 

Special Feature:
Kleftiko -- the Delicacy of Cyprus

Before the Greek struggle for independence began in 1821 in protest against centuries of Ottoman rule, the mountains of Cyprus and Greece were full of wild bands of robbers. These men were universally feared, and not just on account of their cattle-stealing activities. These kleftes (robbers), with their growing sense of national consciousness, eventually became militant and successful freedom fighters, who later played an important role as guerrilla fighters in the Greek civil war. From then on, kleftouria has represented a way of life supporting the belief that a hunger for freedom and selfdetermination is justifiable reason for breaking laws. Since the robbers and rebels were obviously not able to satisfy their appetities for long on meat they had produced themselves, the kleftiko has gone down in history as the dish most famously associated with them. There is no way of proving for certain whether they really did prepare their meat in a well-hidden and buried clay oven, but one thing is for sure: the clay oven had to be made airtight and sealed for many hours, if not days, before the kleftiko meat was ready.

It is still prepared in the same way today. Kleftiko is made from lamb, kid, or beef from older animals since the meat is supposed to be hard and tough. It is cut into portions and rubbed with lots of lemon juice, then seasoned with salt and oregano. Then off it goes into the pot. For the dish to succeed, it is important to preheat the clay oven with charcoal to a low temperature. To prevent it being exposed straight away to high temperatures, broken bits of clay are placed over the hot coals. Only then is it safe to put the pot containing the meat into the oven. Bay leaves are used to improve the flavor of the meat. It tastes even better if is doused occasionally with beer or wine before the clay oven is finally sealed with yet more clay. The meat is ready to serve after three hours, but tastes even better, if you can leave it in the oven for 48 hours. By then, it will be crisp on the outside and very tender inside. thickly sliced sauted potatoes and fresh bread make perfect accompaniments to kleftiko.



     

Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Minola
 

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GEOGRAPHY.
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