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March Recipe:
Frozen Mastic Mousse in kataifi nests



Preparation time 4 hours, Low fat, Serves 6
 

Ingredients:
1 cup skimmed milk (0% fat content)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 oz. mastic
1 tblsp powdered gelatin
1 tblsp water
1 cup whipping cream or creme vegetate for desserts
2 egg whites
8 oz. kataifi pastry
4 tblsps melted butter

Strawberry or Rasberry Sauce (4 cups)
4 cups strawberries or rasberries
1.5 cups crater sugar
3 tblsps cornstarch
4 tblsps lemon juice
4 tblsps cognac

Preparation:
 
  1. Prepare the Sauce:

    Mix the strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a saucepan, Simmer the mixture stirring from time to time until thick and shinny. Remove from heat. Add the Cognac and stir.
     
  2. Grease the outside part of 6 metal cream caramel molds or a jumbo muffin pan. Fluff up the kataifi pastry with your hands and cover the outside part of the molds forming small nests.
     
  3. Pour the melted butter in a spraying bottle and spray the kataifi. In this way you will not use a lot of butter and the dessert will be lighter.
     
  4. Bake the kataifi nests for 15 minutes at 350°F (180°C). Remove the nests from the oven and cool on the molds. Keep in a dry place in an airtight container until the following day or until it is time to serve.
     
  5. Prepare the mousse. Melt the gelatin in the water and set aside for 5 minutes.
     
  6. Beat half the sugar with the mastic, pour into a small saucepan together with the milk and boil. Remove from heat, add the gelatin and stir until diluted.Allow the milk to half set in the refrigerator.
     
  7. Whip the cream.
     
  8. Whisk the egg whites together with the rest of the sugar into a soft textured meringue. Mix the milk mixture gently with the whipped cream and then fold in gently the meringue mixture. Freeze the mixture for 4 hours until set.
     
  9. Spoon the frozen mastic mousse into the kataifi nests using an ice-cream scoop. Decorate with a fresh strawberry dipped in strawberry sauce (prepared in the first part).

Excerpts from: "Cooking a Love Affair", by Alexia Alexiadou


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Watch Your Manners In Greece
Dress Code (Part G)

- One's external appearance is of crucial importance. It is what we are initially judged by, and it has become even more significant as we seem to have less and less time for an in-depth character assessment of the person underneath.

- What we wear is a reflection of our personality. But it is not acceptable to wear anything anywhere. For example, we cannot wear jeans at a formal reception, or an haute couture dress in the countryside.

- Holding on to the child within may be a fine quality, but childishness and dressing as the eternal teenager makes us nothing less than ridiculous.

Shorts and hot pants are for the beach. We shouldn't wear them in public areas (and especially not in church).
- In many monasteries, ladies are not allowed to wear trousers or backless tops.

- No matter how nice our underwear may be, it should not be obvious to all and sundry. It should be light-colored if our clothes are, and, similarly, dark to match dark-hued clothes.

- Swimming costumes should correspond to our body's shape and not intensify our imperfect lumps and bumps.

- When wearing dark sunglasses, we should always remove them before greeting somebody. The other person should be able to see our eyes.

- Since Greece is prone to earthquakes, it is advisable never to be totally nude - even at home - so that if an earthquake occurs we can leave the building without any delay.

- It goes without saying that cleanness should be a daily habit, second nature to us. Every morning we should automatically go to the bathroom and wash our body, face, teeth and hands. If we have long hair we should comb or brush it. We should look clean and tidy with cared-for hair and fresh clothes.

- Some people have a plain shower just with water. This is not enough. Use of soap is necessary, and for more lasting freshness we should use deodorant.

- Perfume or after shave does not substitute deodorant.

- "The best suit is our body." There is no more pleasurable sight that that of a person who keeps a straight body posture, his/her head held high (hut not the nose!), shoulders straight and stomach tucked in. If it is hard to picture this image just think of the unattractive opposite: a bent body, lolling head, hunched shoulders and protruding, swollen stomach.

- A common question concerns where and how we should place our hands. At formal occasions we should cross our hands low in our laps or we should keep them parallel to our body. At receptions we may also keep them behind us. In general it is rude to keep our hands in our pockets or on our hips when having conversation.

- When seated we should not keep our legs open. Both gentlemen and ladies should avoid sitting cross-legged at formal gatherings, in court and in church. Sitting with our legs neatly together to one side, or crossed over at the knee, is acceptable.

- We should walk with our head and shoulders held high and proud. Looking fixedly and timidly at the ground, while fashionable almost two centuries ago, is neither attractive nor commanding. Our pace shouldn't be too long nor too short. Our hands shouldn't hang next to us ungracefully, and we should never drag our feet while walking.

- We shouldn't wear perfume at the beach. The chemical reaction with the sunlight may leave spots on our skin.

to be continued...

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

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Technical Tips:

Protecting your Identity Online - Phising schemes

This is the first part of a series of articles in protecting your personal information online. The first of these articles is dedicated in explaining "Phising" a technique used online to collect valuable personal information.

Criminals have devised a number of tricks and schemes aimed at stealing your personal information via the Internet. One of the typical methods is by email impersonating a reputable organization. The technique involves creating convincing emails that appear to be sent by trusted companies such as eBay, PayPal, AOL, Earthlink, Citibank, Bank of America, and Washington Mutual to name a few. The emails contain company logos and professional graphics in order to appear as legitimate communication from the respective company. They provide some justification for why the company needs to update or confirm account information. Sometimes the email contains a form to enter that information. Other times a link is given to page that asks for everything from social security numbers to credit card information. The web address of these dummy sites is usually similar to the actual URL, sometimes only a letter or two off, other times using more advance techniques that call you to click on a link that looks and appears legitimate on your browser's address bar yet it takes you to another web site. The idea is to convince you that the message is legitimate and sometime may appear to be so. The emails almost always come from a convincing addresses like "support@billing-ebay.com."

A variation on the theme uses a worm, a type of virus, that conceals itself as an email from a familiar company. The “MiMail” virus, for example, appears in your inbox as a message from PayPal. It claims that, to avoid the suspension of account privileges, you must enter in your name and credit card information. If you fall for the deception, the virus takes your information and sends it one of four email addresses in Moscow or the Czech Republic. Since the perpetrators of the “phishing” scam are located outside of the United States, the operation is difficult to shut down and the criminals are rarely prosecuted. “Phishing” schemes can be devastating to the victim as they may relay information that can provide access to one's financial information.

Greekshops.com and most companies won’t make requests for account information over email, especially asking to disclose personal information. To avoid being a victim always verify the authenticity of such emails by calling/emailing the respective company directly through contact information not contained in the email you received but rather through trusted sources (i.e. phonebooks, google, etc). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  also suggests:

1. If you get an email that warns you, with little or no notice, that a personal account will be closed unless you reconfirm your billing information, do not reply or click the link in the email. Instead, contact the company over the phone to validate the account request.

2. Avoid emailing personal and financial information. Before submitting financial information through a web site, look for the “lock” icon on the browser’s status bar. It signals that your information is secure during transmission.

3. Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to determine whether there are any unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances.
 
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 Saints' Namedays in March

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

 
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2
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3
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Kononos
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Xristodoulou
17
Alexiou


 
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Kurillou
19
Xrysanthou
20
 
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Iakovou
22
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24

25
Euagelismos tis Theotokou
 
26
 
27
Ilarionos
28 29 30 31
Ypatiou

 
     


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