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August's Article: Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet: Raki Special Feature:  Zakynthos: Food, Wine & Products
What's New: Byzantine Inspired Gold Cross Pendants, Pandora Style Bracelets & Natural Amber Beads, Greek Sterling Silver Jewelry, Greek Music, Books, Greek Food, Briki, Tapsia Baking Pans, Vintage Greek City Posters August 15th : Feast of the Dormition
Featured Destination: Islands of the Saronic & Argolic Gulf - Poros August's Recipe: Dolmades Yialantzi
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August's Recipe:
Dolmades Yialantzi
(Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Onions & Herbs)


Ingredients:
 
  • 1 16oz jar grape leaves in brine
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 large onions, peeled and finely chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dill
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Strained juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (if desired)


Preparation:

Carefully remove the grape leaves from the jar and rinse very well under cold water. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the grape leaves, in batches, for 4-5 minutes. Remove to a colander and rinse with cold water.

Heat 3-4 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy skillet and add the onions and scallions. Toss to coat with oil. Cover, lower the heat and steam the onions for 5-7 minutes, until wilted. Rinse the rice and drain it as the onions cook. Add the rice to the skillet and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for another minute or so. Remove from heat and toss in herbs. Season with salt and pepper and toss with 2 more tablespoons of olive oil.

Separate any ripped grape leaves from the rest. Rub the bottom of a large casserole or stewing pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and spread a few of the torn leaves across the bottom of the pot, just enough to cover the surface. To expedite the laborious task of rolling up the grape leaves, do it assembly-line style: Place, vein side up, as many leaves as will fit on the kitchen table or counter, snip off the tough stems, and place approximately 1 scant tablespoon (less for the smaller ones) of filling on the bottom center of each leaf. Fold in the sides and roll up from the base, tucking in the little sides as you go.

Place the grape leaves snugly next to one another, seam side down, inside the pan, in several layers if necessary. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, lemon juice and just enough water to cover. Place a plate inside the pot on top of the grape leaves as a weight to keep them from opening while cooking. Cover the pot with its lid and simmer the grape leaves over low heat for about 40 minutes, until the leaves are tender and the rice is cooked. Remove, cool slightly, and serve with a bowl of yogurt if desired. (Discard the leaves used to line the bottom of the pot.)

Yields: 6-8 servings


Excerpts and Photography from: The Greek Vegetarian
by Diane Kochilas
 
August's Article:
Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet

Raki

In the month of November the new wine crop is on its way to maturity. the new wines are translucent, charming, assertive and "fidgety". this is time for "moon shining" raki, the local drink of Crete. In spite of the fact that raki is made from the residues (or "shreds") of grapes, it is a strong, full-bodied drink, very much like the temperament of the Cretans.

PRODUCTION PROCESS
Following the "dancing on the grapes" or the mechanical crushing of the same and the collection of the must, what remains are the residues of the crushed grapes - skin, pits etc. These must residues are stored in large clay jars or barrels for 30 days, to ferment. Subsequently, this "precious" load is transferred to an open-air distillery where the residues are placed in a cauldron and heated over a strong fire fed with logs. While the must residues are boiling, fumes build up in the large cauldron and travel through attached coils where they are cooled and liquefied into a translucent liquid, the raki. This drink is twice or three times as strong as the average wine. Actually, the stronger portion of raki comes out during the first 10 to 15 minutes of distillation.

WINE
According to Cretan mythology it was Cronus, the father of Zeus that brought the vine to the island and taught Cretans the art of viticulture. This is to show that viticulture is not only an ancient tradition, but a very important activity in Crete. Numerous prehistoric finds lend incontestable support to the claim that Crete produced excellent qualities of wine in such amounts as to make this product good for exports around the Mediterranean basin.

Thanks to Michael Ventris (1922-1956), the English architect and classical scholar who deciphered the Linear B Tablets of Knossos, we now know that wine was popular in Minoan Crete. The Tablets make quantitative references to wine produced locally. An inscription on the same Tablets reads as follows "...a precious gift [the wine], patroned by the son of Zeus and Semeli, King Minos himself; the Cretan wine was made in compliance with the recipe which, according to tradition, was given to the king by Apollo..."

Ancient wine presses were found scattered around the island of Crete - a testimony to a proliferating viticulture and grape varieties. In the sites of Vathypetro and Archanes archaeologists discovered the oldest wine presses in the island, while the Fourni location can boast of the most elaborate ancient wine press. Other locations where wine presses were found are: Zakros, Knossos, Phaestos, Myrtos, Malia and Gournia. All locations with ancient wine presses also featured pottery workshops for the production of ornate clay jars (amphorae) where the Minoans stored the wine. Roman women were not allowed to drink wine from grapes, excluding the Passo (a type of Cretan wine made from the crushing of raisins). The Passo was sweet and good for quenching thirst.

Ancient physicians recommended the Cretan wine in the cure of numerous diseases as they believed that the local wine imparts strength and longevity.

VITICULTURE AND WINE PRODUCTION IN CRETE
Crete is one of the few areas in the world where one can find very old vineyards producing grape varieties that make excellent wine. Cretan vineyards benefit from the mild climate prevailing in this part of the world and from the mountainous relief of the island ie. long sunny days, cool winds from the north and high rising mountains protecting the crops from hot, south winds occasionally sweeping across the Libyan Sea.




 

Excerpts and Photography from
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone
by Myrsini Lambraki

 


 

 Feast of the Dormition:

August 15th
Feast of the Dormition

The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or "falling-asleep" of the Mother of Jesus Christ. It also commemorates the translation, or assumption, into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.
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 Special Feature: 
 Zakynthos: Food, Wine & Products


The fact that good food keeps the body and mind healthy is common knowledge. Those who eat well and enjoy life live longer and healthier lives. Wherever human beings live, they need to eat, and while some are satisfied with abundant food, others crave quality. Thanks to their long history of quality eating, Zakynthians recognize the difference between the gourmand and the gourmet.

Zakynthos is a land blessed with produce of richness and variety. Vineyards, olive groves, fruits and vegetables grow readily year round. It is believed that Odysseus was attracted by the beauty of this island, where he enjoyed hunting, barbecuing game birds, as well as drinking the delicious local wine and learning dances from inhabitants. Over the course of three millennia many immigrants have come here from Epirus, Crete, Constantinople and the Peloponnese, each bringing their own ideas of cooking.

During the Venetian occupation of the 13th-15th centuries, Zakynthos became a crossroads in the Ionian Sea where the commerce between Italy and the East had a great influence on the way of life. The Byzantine merchants from Constantinople brought oriental delights along with spices from the Far East and Egypt.

The Venetians had a major impact on Zakynthos with their architecture, art, language, music and cuisine. Their cuisine was considered the best in the world at that time.

The French came too, but didn't stay long. However, they brought potatoes, galopoulo, - French Bird (turkey), the printing process and their liberal ideas.

The British are known for the schools and roads they built, on the island. They exploited black gold (black raisins). They loved hunting the game birds but cooked them using their own recipes since they didn't share the Greek love of garlic. It is said that wherever the English were invited that they brought their own chef with them. They also brought ginger beer, which Zakynthians call gingibira. this was a drink which was popular until world war II. What the British enjoyed most was the fresh fruit and, of course, the Zakynthian hospitality.

The aristocracy was the ruling class and they lived mostly in the city. They were occupied with politics, social life and gambling. They had servants to do the rest of the work. they were provided with fresh produce either by vendors or peasants from the villages. Also merchants from other parts of the world brought goods so they had the luxury of enjoying the best and lived richly.

After each group of invaders left the island, the upper and middle classes returned to their old traditions, which through the years filtered down to the peasants.

So Zakynthians are considered a refined and cultured society. Even in the poorest house you will be treated with politeness and hospitality. You will also be served a full dinner on a beautifully decorated table concluding with a tasty home made wine.

 
The Special Feature "Zakynthos: Food, Wine & Products" will continue next month.

Excerpt from
Cooking and Traditions of Zakynthos
by Calliopi Toufidou

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Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Syntagma Square (1920)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Syntagma Square (1920)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Syntagma Square (1905)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Syntagma Square (1905)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Syntagma Square (1964)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Syntagma Square (1964)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1932)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1932)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1890)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1890)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1950)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1950)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1960)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1960)
Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1970)

Vintage Greek City Photos Attica - City of Athens, Omonia Square (1970)
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Corinthia, Advertising poster Loutraki Lemonade

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Corinthia, Advertising poster Loutraki Lemonade
Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Corinthia, Advertising poster Loutraki Baths

Vintage Greek City Photos Peloponnese - Corinthia, Advertising poster Loutraki Baths

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  Featured Destination: Islands of the Saronic & Argolic Gulf - Poros (part 3 of 5)


GEOGRAPHY
At the very edge of the Saronic gulf, clinging to the east coast of the Peloponnese, Poros is more like a peninsula than an island. 29 nautical miles from Piraeus, 23 sq. km. in area, it has 43 km. of coast and a population of 3, 929. Boats from Piraeus come here via Aegina and Methana, as do the hydrofoils. There is also a direct link with Galatas on the coast of the Peloponnese. Connections with the islands of Hydra and Spetses and, during the summer months, hydrofoils to Tolo, Nauplion and Hermione and twice a week to Leonidion, Kyparissia and Monemvasia. A verdant island with some hills (highest peak Vigla, 390 m. a.s.l.), it is an ideal spot for quiet holidays and romantic excursions.
    
HISTORY Poros actually comprises two islands, linked by a very narrow isthmus. In antiquity these were known as Sphairia and Kalaureia, the latter being the birthplace of Theseus, according to mythological tradition. Here too one of the greatest orators of antiquity, the Athenian Demosthenes, met his death. Throughout the 7th century BC Poros was the centre (Kalaureia) of an amphictyony of seven cities. In the ensuing centuries its fate was much the same as that of the other islands. It played an active role in the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and the first naval dockyard was installed here in 1830.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS In antiquity Poros was the centre of the Amphictyony of Kalaureia and seat of the very important sanctuary of Poseidon, which has been revealed in the course of excavations on the southeast side of the island, 8 km. from the main town. Virtually no traces remain of the famous temple of Poseidon in which the orator Demosthenes sought refuge and committed suicide by taking poison. However, from this area, known as Palatia by the locals, there is a unique view over the open sea and the coast of Troizinia opposite. About half an hour to the south of the ancient sanctuary is the monastery of Zoodochos Pege (Life-giving source). The dominant feature in the monastery church is its gilded iconostasis which dates to the 18th century. Poros is an island small enough for one to ramble over, to enjoy its shores and sea, particularly on the south side, as well as its capital, Poros, which still remains a charming island town with its two-storey houses, waterfront cafes, patisseries and restaurants, not to mention its clock-tower. There is also an Archaeological Museum. Poros has a distinctive ambience, due in large part to its green natural environment and many trees, often growing right at the water's edge. One of the loveliest spots on the island is the west coast (Megalo Neorio). There are day trips from Poros to the archaeological sites of the Argolid (Epidaurus, Nauplion, Mycenae) and excursions to Troizinia with its remains of ancient Troezen where the tragic myth of Hyppolytos and Phaedra was enacted. Lemonodassos (lemon forest), east of Galatas is an area full of orage and lemon groves and at nearby Alyki the islanders usually bathe. Equally beautiful, however are the coves of Askeli and Monastiri. All beaches can be reached by bus and for those with a boat there are any number of unfrequented beaches and nearby islets. Accommodation is available in hotels, pensions, rented rooms and furnished flats.

Next month: The Islands of the Saronic and Argolic Gulf, Part 4 - Hydra


 August 2010 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
10th Sunday of Matthew

Procession of the Precious Cross

The Holy Seven Maccabees, Eleazar the Martyr
2
Translation of the Relics of Stephen the Protomartyr

Holy Glorious New Martyr Theodore of Dardanelles

Phocas the Martyr
3
11th Tuesday after Pentecost

Isaacius, Dalmatus, & Faustus, Ascetics of the Dalmation Monastery

Salome the Holy Myrrhbearer
4
11th Wednesday after Pentecost

Seven Holy Youths of Ephesus
5
11th Thursday after Pentecost

Forefeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Eusygnius the Martyr of Antioch
6
Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
7
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Dometios the Martyr of Persia & 2 Disciples

Our Holy Father Nicanorus the Wonderworker
8
11th Sunday of Matthew

Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos

Our Holy Father Myronus the Wonderworker, Bishop of Crete
9
12th Monday after Pentecost

Matthias, Apostle of the 70

Anthony the Martyr of Alexandria
10
12th Tuesday after Pentecost

Laurence the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Rome

Chitus of Athens, Bishop of Rome
11
12th Wednesday after Pentecost

Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania

Our Holy Father Niphonus, Patriarch of Constantinople
12
12th Thursday after Pentecost

Photios & Aniketos the Martyrs of Nicomedea

Soldier-martyrs of Crete
13
12th Friday after Pentecost

Apodosis of the Transfiguration

Maximos the Confessor
14
12th Saturday after Pentecost

Forefeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Micah the Prophet
15
The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
16
Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus

Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele
17
13th Tuesday after Pentecost

Myron the Martyr of Cyzicus

Straton, Philip, Eutychian, & Cyprian the Martyrs of Nicomedea
18
13th Wednesday after Pentecost

Floros & Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria

John & George, Patriarchs of Constantinople
19
13th Thursday after Pentecost

Andrew the General & Martyr & his 2,593 soldiers

Holy Martyrs Timothy, Agapius and Thecla
20
13th Friday after Pentecost

Samuel the Prophet

Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos
21
Thaddeus the Apostle of the 70

Bassa the Martyr of Edessa & her sons Theogonius, Agapius & Pistus

Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

22
13th Sunday of Matthew

Agathonikos the Martyr of Nicomedea & his Companion Martyrs

Holy Martyr Anthuse
23
Apodosis of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Our Holy Father Ireneaus, Bishop of Lyons

Our Holy Father Kallinikos, Patriarch of Constantinople
24
14th Tuesday after Pentecost

Eutyches the Hieromartyr & Disciple of St. John the Theologian

Kosmas the New Hieromartyr & Equal-to-the Apostles of Aetolia
25
Return of the Body of Bartholomew the Glorious Apostle

Titus the Apostle of the 70

Bishop Gortyne of Crete, Disciple of the Holy Apostle Paul
26
14th Thursday after Pentecost

Adrian & Natalia the Martyrs & their 33 Companion Martyrs in Nicomedea

Our Righteous Father Joseph
27
14th Friday after Pentecost

Poimen the Great

Phanourios the Great Martyr & Newly Appeared of Rhodes
28
14th Saturday after Pentecost

Moses the Black of Scete

Diomedes & Laurence the Martyrs
29
Beheading of the Venerable Head of the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

Theodora of Thessaloniki

Anastasios the New Martyr of Bulgaria
30
15th Monday after Pentecost

Apodosis of the Feast of the Forerunner

Alexander, John & Paul, New Patriarchs of Constantinople
31
The Placing of the Honorable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos

Cyprian the Hieromartyr & Bishop of Carthage

Gennadius Scholarus, Patriarch of Constantinople
       


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