May 2006 Newsletter
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Watch Your Manners in Greece: Smoking part II Special Feature : Sweet Figs
What's New!!!! Featured Destination: Kimolos 
Saint Namedays in May May 's Recipe
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May's Recipe:
Stifado

(Beef Stew with Onions)

 
 
Ingredients:
- 5 to 6 lbs. stewing beef cut into 2 0r 3 inch slices
- 7 to 8 lbs. small (golf ball-sized) onions, cleaned and scored
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1-4 oz. can plus 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar (or cider vinegar)
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 5 to 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. whole pickling spices
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
- tsp. sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup of water
 
Preparation:
To Begin, saute beef in oil until browned.  Season with salt and pepper, then remove beef from saucepan, and set aside.  Combine sugar with the drippings to caramelize the mixture.  Add onions and saute until golden.  Remove onions and return beet to pan.  Place onions on top of beef.

Next, mix tomato paste, wine, wine vinegar, and water, then add to saucepan.  Place the garlic, spices, and herbs in a spice bag and place with beef and onions.  Cover and simmer for two or three hours on top of stove or bake in a 275 degree oven, adding more water if necessary.  Immediately remove spice bag when done. 

Serves 8

Hint: If fresh onions are not available, frozen onions can be used, but do not score them.

 
 

Excerpts from: "Greektown Chicago"
by Alexa Ganakos

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Watch Your Manners In Greece
Smoking part II


Continued from April's Issue...

- The bouzoukia is the second best place to start a fight or argument (first is the football pitch). We should avoid getting upset over trivial matters and should not respond to any provocative behaviour. We remain good-willed and kind. We are ready to apologize if we become aware of disturbing or offending one of the other spectators.

- Greeks are well-known for showing off, and this phenomenon only becomes more exaggerated at the bouzoukia. A gentleman should have no need to display his financial wealth nor should he make clear that his middle name is "Big Spender." As in any other aspect of his life, he may enjoy himself but discreetly. He should not dress up to the nines, nor should the lady he is escorting dress in flashy ballgowns as if invited to a charity party at Buckingham palace. We should always opt for comfortable clothes.

- If we are being escorted, we should not search around the crowd for someone better looking.

- In recent years, whole legions of women of all ages dance on the tables. Such acts of dancing capabilities should be against a gentleman's ethics. Without making an issue out of it, he should show his displeasure by never inviting his Josephine Bakerwannabe date again. Dancing on tables spills drinks, breaks crockery and hinders those behind from seeing the action on stage. That is probably why the bouzoukia owners have created special dancing areas, also known as "the stage," where members of the audience may dance till they drop.

- A lady should never dance "zeibekiko," while a gentleman should be a connoisseur of the dance's movements. Belly dancing is exclusively done by women.

- We are aware of the table's seating capacity, and we never invite more people than the table fits; in addition we always ask the table's host should we want to invite more friends to our table.

- While seated at the table, we offer or throw flowers to all the women at our table, not just to our date.

- If one of our companions gets out of control, we privately advise him to behave. If he refuses to do so, we make our displeasure clear and we keep our distance.

- More and more people refuse to drink alcohol, either due to health issues, religious reasons or out of mere dislike. We should avoid bullying them or chiding them for being boring spoilsports.

- If one of our friends has been drinking and insists on driving, we strictly forbid him from doing so. We may save a life.

- Of course, having fun may sometimes exceed all the above "etiquette" rules.




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

 
Special Feature: Sweet Figs

                    


The Mediterranean region produces about 1.6 million U.S. tons (1.5 million tonnes) of figs each year. Greece is the second largest fig-producing country after Turkey. However, with most varieties of Ficus carica, pollination is so hazardous that the fact that they have survived this long is bordering on a miracle. Over the centuries, two cultivated varieties have developed from the wild fig. According to an intricate system these two varieties depend on each other and on a particular type of gall wasp (Blastophaga psenes). The edible fig bears only female flowers with long styles, whereas the (inedible) male fig develops female flowers with short styles (gall flowers) and male flowers (and lignified fruits). Both varieties flower three times a year at the same times. The gall wasp larvae grow in the ovaries of the gall flowers. The female wasps leave the wooden-like fruits, already fertilized and laden with pollen, at exactly the time when the next generation of flowers has already opened. In their search for a suitable ovary in which to lay their eggs, the only flowers available to them are the gall flowers with their short styles, because their egglaying pipe is too short for the long styles of the edible fig flowers. In their attempts to lay eggs here too, however, they pollinate the edible fig, without damaging it with their eggs. Figs are sensitive, yields fluctuate, and their harvesting and processing requires intensive manual labour, all of which are reasons why many farmers have already given up growing them. The fruits thrive only in southern countries.

 
Dry Kalamata figs are rinsed under running water to remove and impurities. The cleaned, dried figs are placed on a conveyor belt, where any remaining substandard ones are removed. Only perfect fruits are put into their commercial packaging by hand.



THE FIG LEAF
In the 3rd century B.C., fig leaves, thrion, were used as wrapping material. In the same way as grape leaves are used today, they were preserved in salt to reduce their bitter elements, so that tasty morsels could be wrapped up in them and eaten. The fig leaf became an important symbol of the loss of Paradise, its use betraying to God the Father how Adam and Eve had fallen from grace: "And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." (Gen. 3:7.) Artists could not avoid using the fig leaf when portraying this theme, and as a consequence Adam and Eve were never seen without hiding their modesty in this way.


                                                                                                                               Excerpts from: "Culinaria Greece" by Marianthi Minola
 

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  Featured Destination: Kimolos

GEOGRAPHY Southwest of Siphnos and very near Melos lies the island of Kimolos. 36 sq. km. in area, with 38 km. of coast line, it is 86 nautical miles from Piraeus and has 786 inhabitants. Its capital is Kimolos. The boat link with Piraeus is via Seriphos, Siphnos, Melos, with which islands there is also a local connection by caique. A predominantly mountainous island (highest point Palaiokastro, 397 m. a.s.l.) it is mainly known for its chalk (kimolia) which is used in porcelain. There has been no touristic development on Kimolos, which is an ideal place for holidays far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and close to nature.

HISTORY According to mythological tradition the island was named after its founder, Kimolos, and its history has always been intimately linked with that of neighboring Melos; on which it was always dependent, even during Frankish times when it was called Arzentiera. After the marauding incursion of Barbarossa (1537) it passed into Turkish hands and was a haven for pirates.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS 2 km. north of the harbour (Psathi) is the island's capital, Kimolos (Chora) with its typical Cycladic houses clustered around the nucleus of the castle or Kastro, exactly like the houses around the castle on Siphnos. The castle consists of two concentric baileys formed by two contiguous rows of houses: Mesa (middle) Kastro, built in the 13th and 14th century, and Exo (outer) Kastro, a mid-17th century structure. Of the numerous churches, those of Christ (1592) and the Evangelistria (1608) are the oldest, while that of St. Chrysostom is particularly important. There is a small archaeological collection in the local Museum of Chora and another, mainly of sherds and pottery, in the Afentakeion Foundation. Opposite the coast, in the locality of Ellinika, 4 km. southwest of Chora, is the islet of Aghios Andreas or DaskaIeio where foundations of houses, towers and other remnants of the ancient city of Kimolos are preserved, for this islet was originally joined to the island. It was cut off as a result of an earthquake and is now linked by a shallow channel. There was an extensive cemetery at Ellinika, while at Limni-Varvarakaina there is a cave in which there are graves (nowadays rifled), very like the catacombs on Melos. At Palaiokastro remains of the fortification wall are still visible, as well as vestiges of a small, round tower which the locals call Portara.

The sea and shores of Kimolos are truly lovely and can be reached by caique or on foot: Psathi, Prasa (with its sulphurous medicinal springs), Alyki, Bonatsa, Ellinika. The only accommodation available is in rented rooms.
 

 

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 Saints' Namedays in May

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 2
St. George
3
Timotheou
4
Pelagias
5
Eirinis
6
Serafim
7
Akakiou
8
 
9
Christoforou
10
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11
Kurillou & Methodou
 
12 13
Sergiou / Glykerias
 

14
Mother's Day

15
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16 17
Andronikou
18
Ioulias
19
Menandriou
 
20 21
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26
 
 
27
Ioannou Rosou
28
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29
Theodosias
30
Isaakiou
31
 

 
   


 
 


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