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February's Recipe:
Warm Vegetable Taboule Seasoned with Chios Mastiha

This is a filling first course or accompaniment to meat, poultry and fish. It can also double as a hearty vegetarian main course.

Ingredients:
  • 200 gr medium grain bulgur wheat
  • 2 cups water
  • 40 gr extra-virgin Greek olive oil
  • 1 tbsp zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp carrot, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp red pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp green pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp yellow pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp white mushrooms finely diced
  • 200 ml water or stock
  • 1/2 tomato, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 drops of essential Chios Mastiha oil or 1 tbsp Chios Mastiha-infused olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Greek extra-virgin olive oil and chopped parsley for serving

Preparation:

Soak the bulgur in cold water for about 2 hours, until the water is absorbed and the bulgur is soft and fluffy. Sauté all the small cut vegetables in the olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, water or stock, and season with salt and pepper. As soon as the pot juices have cooked down add the Chios Mastiha oil and the bulgur. Stir well. Serve hot, drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with finely chopped fresh parsley.

Makes 4 servings.
 

Excerpts and Photography from: Chios Mastiha: More than 20 Great Recipes for the World's Healthiest Spice
Mastihashop Chios Mastiha Essential Oil 50g
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 February's Article
 The Properties & Uses of Mastiha


The Properties & Uses
of Mastiha


Chios Mastiha was recognized in ancient times as much for its distinctive flavor as for its therapeutic properties. Documents show that it was the first natural chewing gum of the ancient world, used to clean the teeth and freshen the breath. It was even used in cosmetology for cleansing the face and body Chios Mastiha participated as an active ingredient in a series of pharmaceutical formulas and nostrums, many of which have been recorded from time to time in international pharmaceutical companies. In all, Chios Mastiha has distinguished itself throughout the centuries for its properties beneficial to human health and its role in relieving various ailments.

Nowadays, the scientific community, albeit belatedly but with sound, scientific methodology, has come to corroborate and document the therapeutic actions of Chios Mastiha. It has now been scientifically proven that Chios Mastiha displays beneficial action and anti-inflammatory action, is a natural antioxidant, and also aids in trauma healing and skin regeneration. Today, a series of reports in international medical journals corroborate the historically recorded properties of Chios Mastiha. These bulletins are based on the results of laboratory studies as well as on clinical trials carried out by independent researchers in Greece and abroad, and have revealed that Chios Mastiha possesses unique beneficial and therapeutic properties.

The uniqueness of Chios Mastiha lies unquestionably in its therapeutic properties, in the fact that Chios is the only place in the world where it is produced, and to its distinctive flavor. This uniqueness is bolstered by the wide array of its and by the fact that it has been prized by so many peoples and incorporated into so many cultures, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Chios Mastiha has extensive applications and uses as a raw material in the food and drink field, in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, and in the production of cosmetics and perfume.

Currently, Chios Mastiha exported throughout the world for use in the production of a wide range of products, including baked goods, sweets, preserves, ice cream, chocolate, chewing gum, candy, beverages, tea, coffee, milk products, pasta, sauces, liquor, ouzo, wine, dietary supplements, oral hygiene products, surgical sutures, compresses for burns, dental floss, soap, cosmetics, scented candles, essential oils, artists' varnishes and resin-based adhesives.


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MASTIHA BEAUTY CARE RECIPE:
Chios Mastiha Oil Hand Softening Cream

1 tsp grated beeswax, 40ml sweet almond oil,
40ml rose water, 5 drops Chios Mastiha oil,
5 drops lemon essential oil

Warm the rose water. Melt the beeswax in a bowl held over (but not touching) a pan of boiling water, add the sweet almond oil and stir well until lump free. Remove from heat and gradually add the rose water, stirring the mixture constantly. When the mixture starts to thicken, add the Chios Mastiha oil and the lemon essential oil, stir well, and transfer into a tight lidded, screw top jar. Used regularly, this softening and moisturizing hand cream will also whiten your hands and help eliminate age spots. It will keep in the fridge for at least two months.

 
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 Part VI - Macedonia: Winegrowing Country
     
  Though knowledge of winegrowing and winemaking came to Greece via Minoan Crete from Egypt and the Near East, the Greeks believed wine (oinos) was the discovery and gift of the god Dionysus, in whose honor orgiastic wine festivals were held. Poets, philosophers and artists not only sang the praises of wine, they also wrote treatises on winegrowing areas, the diseases of grapes, and the building of winemaking troughs, as well as descriptions of wines of specific quality and origin - and, of course, even in those days, wine imitations. Homer tells us that winegrowing was widespread throughout Greece and specifically mentions several places as being especially rich in grapes, so we know there were estates in Attica with 75 acres (30 hectares) of land given over to grapes. In the 4th century, Theophrastus already recognized the connection between the variety of grape, the composition of the soil, and the climatic conditions of each region. Taking cuttings and layering were recommended as a way of increasing the numbers of plants. Fork-shaped vine supports were considered usual and in many places the vines were allowed to grow up trees, but that made harvesting more difficult. Prostrate or bushy varieties, which did not need any support, were common. The grapes were usually pressed close to the vineyards, as people used their feet to trample the grapes in baskets standing in quite large troughs. Spindle presses did not come in until Roman times. Fermentation took place in large barrels, so-called pithoi, after which the wine was drawn off into amphorae. The wine was not usually filtered, so a strainer was an essential piece of equipment at a symposium. Altering the taste by adding ingredients such as resin was not only the result of chance, it was often quite deliberate. Even from the economic point of view, the growing of wine, which was labor-intensive compared with grains, was important. Many of the city-states stamped their coins with wine motifs, and potteries making amphorae for transporting wine flourished. The wine amphorae found all over the Mediterranean area, whose origins can be seen from their seals, bear witness to a busy trade in Greek wine.
 
 
  Dionysus, The God of Wine  
  Even in ancient times, opinions differed over the birth of Dionysus, the god of wine and vegetation, also known to the Greeks as Bacchus. He was probably the son of Zeus and Semele, daughter of the King of Thebes. When she died as a result of jealous Hera's cunning plot, Zeus took the unborn Dionysus from her womb and sewed him onto his thigh. When it was time for him to be born, Zeus  pulled out the child. Thus Dionysus became known as the twice-born god. To protect him from Hera, he transformed him into a kid (or a fawn), and entrusted him to the care of Hermes, who had the boy brought up by nymphs on the mythical mountain of Nysa. As the Maenads, these nymphs later became part of his permanent retinue. One day, when his nursemaids had lost sight of him, Dionysus was carried off pirates, who thought he was the son of rich parents. During the crossing from Ithaca to Naxos, his bonds suddenly fell away, tendrils of ivy and vines twined around the oars and sails, and the ship could no longer sail. the sailors realized that he was a powerful god, and jumped into the sea in fear, where they were all changed into dolphins. Men thanked Dionysus for the gift of the vine by ritual acts, which offered a welcome pretext for ecstatic and orgiastic rites, and at the same time honored him as a god and the guarantor of the annual rebirth of vegetation.    
     
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Cyclades Island Region - Andros
Cyclades Island Region - Ios
Cyclades Island Region - Keaa
Cyclades Island Region - Kimolos
Cyclades Island Region - Kithnos
Cyclades Island Region - Meloss
Cyclades Island Region - Mykonos
Cyclades Island Region - Naxos
Cyclades Island Region - Paros
Cyclades Island Region - Santorini
Cyclades Island Region - Siphnos
Cyclades Island Region - Siross

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Dodecanese Region - Kos

Dodecanese Region - Patmos
Dodecanese Region - Rhodes
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Greece Mainland - Magnesia, Volos, Pelion
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Ionian Islands Region - Kefalonia - Argostoli
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 Featured Destination
 Cyclades - Pholegandros (part 16 of 22)


GEOGRAPHY Between Sikinos (5 nautical miles) and Melos (15 nautical miles), Pholegandros has a surface area of 32 sq. km., 40 km. of coastline and is 105 nautical miles from Piraeus. Its capital is Pholegandros (Chora) with 567 inhabitants, mainly concentrated there but also in a few scattered hamlets. In the summer there is a daily link with Piraeus and regular connections with Paros, Naxos, Sikinos, los and Santorini and, less frequently, with Syros, Siphnos, Seriphos, Delos, Herakleion in Crete, the Dodecanese, Chios, Samos, Mytilene, Ikaria, Lemnos and Kavala. Local craft make trips to Sikinos and los during the summer season. A mountainous island (highest peak Aghios Eleftherios, 415 m. a.s.l.) with little provision for tourists, it is an ideal place for a restful vacation.



HISTORY
Karians are mentioned as the island's first settlers. They were succeeded by Phoenicians and then Cretans. In historical times it was colonized by Dorians, became a member of the Athenian League and under Roman rule was a place of exile. From 1207 till 1607 it was governed by the Gozzadini family, then it was captured by the Turks. It was pillaged by pirates many times.

SIGHTS-MONUMENTS Chora stands in an elevated position (200 m. a.s.l.) above the harbour and consists of the quaint old quarter around Kastro, the castle built by Marco Sanudo in 1212 which is architecturally very similar to those of Siphnos and Kimolos in which the external row of houses comprises the outer wall. Two of the entrances to the castle are preserved and three little churches. The more recent sector of the village is equally picturesque esque with its dazzling white houses, narrow streets and courtyards. On the northeast side of Chora, at Palaiokastro are remnants of fortifications and ruins of the ancient city. The church of the Virgin is actually built on part of the city wall. Further south is the Chrysospilia, a cave with stalagmites and stalactites, evidently used as a cult centre in antiquity but as yet unexplored. In the region of Ano Meria, on the northeast side of the island, there are traces of a small fortress at "Kastelli". Southwest of Ano Meria is the small bay of Aghios Georgios with a lovely beach. There are numerous tiny churches all over Pholegandros, most of them for private worship. One can swim at Karavostasis, the island's harbour and in Aghios Georgios bay north of Ano Meria, which one can reach in the local bus. Accommodation is available in rented rooms. 

Next month: The Islands of the Cyclades - Sikinos, Part 17 of 22


 February 2012 Greek Orthodox Calendar
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
      1
Tryphon the Martyr

Forefeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Perpetua & her Companions
2
The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Gabriel the New Martyr of Constantinople

Jordan the New Martyr
3
Symeon the God-Receiver, Anna the Prophetess

Stamatios, John, & Nicholas, New Martyrs of Chios

Nicholas, Archbishop & Enlightener of Japan
4
Saturday of Publican and Pharisee

Isidore of Pelusium

Nicholas the Confessor
5
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

Agatha the Martyr

Polyeuktos, Partriarch Of Constantinople
6
Fast Free

Monday of Prodigal Son

Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Bucolos, Bishop of Smyrna
7
Fast Free

Tuesday of Prodigal Son

Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsakos

Luke the Righteous of Greece
8
Fast Free

Theodore the Commander & Great Martyr

Zechariah the Prophet

Nicephoros & Stephanos the Martyrs
9
Fast Free

Thursday of Prodigal Son

Leavetaking of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Nicephoros the Martyr of Antioch
10
Fast Free

Haralambos the Holy Martyr

Anastasios, Patriarch of Jerusalem

Porphyrios & Baptos the Monk-martyrs
11
Fast Free

Vlassios the Holy Martyr of Sebaste

Theodora the Empress

Finding of the relics of Zachariah the Prophet, Father of the Holy Forerunner
12
Sunday of Prodigal Son

Meletios, Archbishop of Antioch

Antonius, Archbishop of Constantinople
13
Meatfare Monday

Martinianos the Righteous

Aquilla & Priscilla the Apostles
14
Meatfare Tuesday

Holy Father Auxentius of the Mountain

Cyril, Equal-to-the-Apostles & Teacher of the Slavs
15
Meatfare Wednesday

Onesimus the Apostle of the 70

Our Righteous Father Anthimus the Elder of Chios
16
Meatfare Thursday

Pamphilios the Martyr & his Companions

Flavianos, Patriarch of Constantinople
17
Meatfare Friday

Theodore the Tyro, Great Martyr

Mariamne, sister of Apostle Philip
18
Saturday of Souls

Leo the Great, Pope of Rome

Agapetus the Confessor, Bishop of Sinai
19
Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)

Philemon & Archippos, Apostles of the 70

Philothea the Righteous Martyr of Athens
20
Cheesefare Monday

Leo, Bishop of Catania

Agathus, Pope of Rome
21
Cheesefare Tuesday

Timothy the Righteous

John III, Patriarch of Constantinople
22
Cheesefare Wednesday

Finding of the Relics of the Holy Martyrs of Eugenios

Our Righteous Fathers Thalassius and Baradatus
23
Cheesefare Thursday

Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna

Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria
24
First & Second Finding of the Venerable Head of John the Baptist

First & Second Finding of the Venerable Head of John the Baptist

Romanos, Prince of Uglich
25
Cheesefare Saturday

Tarasios, Patriarch of Constantinople

Reginos, Bishop of Skopelos
26
Forgiveness Sunday

Porphyrios, Bishop of Gaza

Photini the Samaritan Woman & her martyred sisters: Anatole, Phota, Photis, Paraskevi, & Kyriaki
27
First Monday in Lent

Prokopios the Confessor of Decapolis

Raphael of Brooklyn
28
First Tuesday in Lent

Basil the Confessor

Kyranna the New Martyr of Thessaloniki
29
First Wednesday in Lent

Righteous John Cassian the Confessor
     

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