August 2005 Newsletter
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August's Recipe:
Roasted Lamb Shanks



Serves 6
 

Ingredients:
For the Lamb
6 small lamb shanks (about 1 1/4 pounds each) cut in half crosswise
12 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 6 large branches fresh thyme,
or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 piece (3 inches) cinnamon stick,or tiny pinch ofground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
For Garnish
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf
parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

Preparation:
 
1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Place the lamb, garlic, thyme, cinnamon, coriander, salt, pepper, and wine in a lidded roasting pan or clay pot that is large enough to hold the meat in a tightly packed layer. Turn to mix the ingredients and coat the lamb. Cover the pan and roast for 1 hour.

3.Turn the shanks over and continue roasting, uncovered, until the meat is falling off the bones, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

4. Mix together the parsley, chives, and dill.

5. Transfer the shanks to a platter. Moisten them with some of the cooking juices, sprinkle with the herb mixture, and serve right away.



About The Shank

"The bottom of a leg of lamb, the shank, has some of the toughest meat on the animal.  It is also some of the most flavorful.  The cut is full of connective tissue and therefore requires a long, slow cooking method, such as braising or moist roasting.  Then the glossy, rich meat on a well-cooked lamb shank falls from the bone.  any herb and spice thoroughly permeates the meat.  Garlic succumbs into a soft, sweet pulp.

Oven braising mimics what a Greek country cook would do - slip the seasoned shank into a pan and then into a glowing beehive oven.  Lacking an oven, the cook might give a few coins to the break baker to make some room and roast the shank for her.  By whichever method, the cook leaves the dish for hours, no attention needed, for her time is precious and her chores are many.  Sound familiar?"

 
Excerpts from: "The Olive and The Caper", by Susanna Hoffman

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Watch Your Manners In Greece
Engagement and Marriage (Part I)

Continued from July's Issue...

- Engagement is a stage before marriage. It shouldn't last forever.

- There is another pre-phase, where the couple swears an oath or makes a mutual nuptial promise before getting engaged.
Years ago, parents used to engage their children from when they were infants and the latter had to marry the bride or groom of their parents' choice without having a say in the matter.

- The tradition of getting engaged is slowly becoming extinct in Greece, just as it is in other countries. Most couples prefer to get married straightaway or just live together. However, there are still many young people who wish to keep tradition and make their relationship official in this way.

- Nowadays engagements don't last as long as they used to. Most couples choose a time period of between six months to a year, so they may have enough time properly to organise their wedding.

- We only get engaged once. If one member of the couple has formerly been engaged and separated, then he/she should marry without an engagement.

- Even in the most liberal couples, it is habitual for the man to do the asking (although sometimes things can happen in a surprisingly different way... )

- The engagement ritual is as follows: the future groom goes to his beloved's house to ask for her father's permission. He usually offers her flowers.

- In villages, the engagement is then announced in the local newspaper. In larger towns and cities, the announcement is usually made over the phone to friends and relatives.

- After the groom-to-be has offered the engagement ring, the future bride usually also gives him a present, such as a watch or a pair of cufflinks.

- The British/American tradition of hen or stag parties or bridal showers are not commonly conducted in Greece at this stage of the engagement.

- As soon as two people get engaged, they are officially considered a couple, and all invitations for events are sent to both of them.

- The ring should be worn on the left hand till the wedding ceremony and then swapped to the right hand.

- Unlike the wedding ring, which must always be simple, the engagement ring may have one or more diamonds.

- It is unusual for men to wear engagement rings unless they are gay or eccentric personalities.

- Greek people used to say: "We only marry once and for life." Now, sadly, it is more common for marriages to break up, but it still remains the prime constitution which makes the union of two people formal.

- As odd as it may seem, many pre-arranged marriages still take place nowadays. It only takes a peek into newspaper announcements or special matchmaking agencies or websites to see that the custom is live and flourishing. One of the latest fashions for mature future husbands is to select mail-order "fresh" brides from the ex-socialist countries of Eastern Europe.

- Pre-marital financial and legal agreements are not common in Greece.

- Bachelors' parties are a new trend (an American influence) and they are celebrated both by the bride and groom separately. A common place of celebration is the bouzoukia (see chapter on "nightlife.") The expenses are shared among couple's friends.

- If a couple wishes to get married in a Greek church, they should be aware that popular churches have a long waiting list, so bookings must be made long in advance.

- The word honeymoon (which in Greek is "minas ton melitos") originates from a time when the newly-weds drank a juice made out of honey - which symbolised a fertile life - everyday after their marriage until the moon was full.

- When arriving at the house where they are going to live, the bride's mother usually offers the couple honey (so that they may have a sweet life) and walnuts (for fertility).

- When Vion the wise was asked whether someone should get married, he replied: "If you marry an ugly woman you will be punished. If you marry a beautiful one, she'll become common property."

- The newspaper announcement for the wedding is arranged by the bride's parents. If they come from different areas, the announcement is published in the local press of both towns.

- Up until the end of the 20th century, wedding lists were not very popular in Greece. Today, however, many couples use such lists since they make life easier both for themselves and their guests. Although it reveals the price of the gift, it ensures that the guests will buy something the couple will appreciate.

to be continued...

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

 
 
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  Featured Destination: Metsovo

     
Among Greece's most picturesque small towns, Metsovo (60 km. east of Ioannina) rests upon the ruins of ancient Tymphi. It extends along one of the highest peaks of the Pindus, exciting the visitor with its "Alpine" architecture and its striking scenery.

The 52km from loannina to Metsovo offers great views of Lake Pamvotis and then heads east to Mazia. After 8.5km you can pick up a paved road snaking 50km north via Miliotades, Tristano, Flambourari and on to scenic Vovousa, in the heart of the eastern Zagori, where a beautiful stone bridge crosses the Aoos river. It has an excellent restaurant and two small inns catering mostly to hikers.

With no detours, the main highway takes less than an hour to reach Metsovo, where everyone traversing the Katara Pass into Thessaly congregates for an hour or two, taking the steep road down to its pretty cobble stoned plateia to check out the most astonishing tourist tack (you could also try the local honey or metsovone, Metsovo's famous smoked cheese). Metsovo's craftsmen and women keep alive the traditions of woodcarving and weaving, while the area produces some of the country's most delicious cheeses and a wonderful robust red wine.

Its ski center and the number of mountains in the vicinity make Metsovo a paradise for skiers and hikers. Aside from skiing in winter, the compelling reason to stay is the nearby source of the Aoos river (a small lake really) and the enchanting Pindus National Park, better known as Valia Calda (Vlach for 'Warm Valley'), due north of town. This is your best chance to spot some of Epirus'shy wild animals including bears, wolves and tiny wild cats. The closest asphalt approaches to the park are from the Aoos lake or Vovousa. But hiking is a much less intrusive way to see one of Epirus' last wilderness areas, or there is a riding stable, tel. 265 6041696, at Profitis Ilias near the turn-off for the springs. A 33km paved road goes from the source of the Aoos down to Tristano and on to Vovousa, handier for those approaching from the east. All the dirt roads in the area are pretty good, except in winter.

The church of Agia Paraskevi has an interesting carved iconscreen and its wall mosaics are copies of the ones at Ravenna. Also worth a visit is the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos with its 17th century frescoes and the Tossitsa Mansion, which has been converted into an excellent museum of Epiros folk art. The Gallery has been in operation since 1988 and includes about 250 works by the most important 19th and 20th-century Greek artists, such as Ghyzis, Volanakis, Iakovides, Parthenis, Maleas, Vyzantios, Moralis, Malamos, Prekas, Tetsis and others. Both the Gallery's collection and the modern three-story building in which it is housed, were donated to the Evangelos Averoff Tossizza Foundation by its creator and founder E. Averoff. The Averoff Gallery's collection is considered by specialists to be one of those which cover this particular period most completely.

 

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