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 This Month 
November's Article: Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet Special Feature: Parish Names (Part 1 of 3)
What's New: Greeting Cards, Calendar Refills, Music, Books, Audiobooks, Language Software, Games & Toys Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Corfu
Latest Arrivals: Ancient Greek Magnets, Statues, Sterling Silver Jewelry November's Recipe: Sáltsa Piperiás (Bell Pepper Sauce)
Saint Namedays in November Suggestions, Comments, Subscription Info

November's Recipe: Sáltsa Piperiás (Bell Pepper Sauce)

Ingredients:
  • 2lbs / 1kg red bell peppers
  • 1 scant cup / 200ml Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • Generous 4lbs / 2kg tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and finely diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaved parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 480 F (250 C). Wash and dry the peppers, then place on a shelf in the oven. Roast until the skin blisters and turns black in places. Take the peppers out of the oven and remove the skin, stem, seeds, and white membranes, then cut into thin strips. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the tomatoes until softened. Stir in the garlic and parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook the sauce until it takes on a smooth consistency. Add the strips of pepper and season with the ground red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Remove from the heat and leave to stand for a few minutes., then pour into large preserving jars. The sauce will keep for a reasonably long time if stored in a refrigerator. It goes well with pasta or can be used as a base for various braised dishes.

Culinaria Greece by Milona, MarianthiExcerpts and Photography from: Culinaria Greece
by Milona, Marianthi
 
November's Article:
Cretan Nutrition and the Mediterranean Diet


CRETAN NUTRITION AND THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET

Olive oil, fish, greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheese, even meat and wine in moderate quantities are currently considered the constituents of a healthy diet for all people. The secret for a healthy life cannot be found in a diet low in fats, but in a diet that offers the optimal balance in fatty acids. This kind of diet is the cultural product of Cretans!

The Cretan cuisine uses natural products olive oil, dried fruits, wild greens and herbs which, in moderate quantities offer just the right amount of fatty acids and other nutrients that inhibit the development of cancer cells.

There are greens, for example the purslane, which are consumed in relatively large amounts, particularly during the summer months. Owing to purslane's linoleic acid, the heart is fortified against various diseases. Other herbs or vegetables, e.g. the Taraxacum Officinalis, are excellent blood purifiers offering also other benefits relating to blood (they balance blood sugar levels, etc ). Scientists believe that the nettle, a herb that has been "decommissioned" from the Cretan cuisine, offers vitamins (B complex) which prevent the development of cancer tumors. The oil in the dried fruits contains fatty acids, e.g. a-linoleic, which promotes cellular development and function. However, the good health of Cretans, and the peoples in the broader Mediterranean area, has been attributed mainly to the large consumption of raw olive oil. This precious substance is mentioned over and over again in ancient Greek scripts, e.g. in the Linear B' tablets of Knosos and Phaestos In one of these tablets, the olive oil is found listed among other Cretan products. figs, honey, wine and sage.

This liberal use of raw olive oil, combined with the long-term consumption of food high in complex carbohydrates (nuts and legumes) and vegetable fibre (fruits and vegetables) have placed the Cretans and the Japanese at the top of the longevity list, proving also that healthy food can also be delectable.

Continued next month with: The Gastronomic Chart of Crete



Excerpts and Photography from
Cretan Cuisine for Everyone
by Myrsini Lambraki


Greekshops also recommends:
West Cretan Cooking
by Nicholas Stavroulakis


Omega Diet : The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete

 Special Feature: Parish Names
 Part 1 of 3

Every parish constitutes both an entity of communicants from that particular locale as well as the fullness of the universal (catholic) Church. One does not exist outside the other. With this understanding, every Orthodox parish receives the name of a Saint or event in the life of Christ or the Theotokos. While the procedures vary as to how the naming occurs, the name ties the local community to the Church throughout the ages. The name often gives the local community inspiration and something to emulate as members progress on their Christian walk. Below are the names of the parishes in the Metropolis of Chicago with a brief explanation about the Saint(s) or events and the date of the feast day on which they are commemorated.

Annunciation
Nine months before Christmas the Church celebrates the proclamation of the Good News of God's salvation by the Archangel Gabriel to Mary. This feast celebrates the Virgin Mary's acceptance of God's will in becoming the mother of God (Theotokos) by bearing Christ, and is celebrated March 25.

All Saints
Celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, this feast was originally appointed to honor the martyrs, both known and unknown, who gave their lives for their faith in Christ. Later it was expanded to include all the saints known to God, whether officially recognized by the Church or not.

The Ascension of our Lord
One of the movable feasts of the Church calendar, this event is commemorated forty days after Pascha on Ascension Thursday. Forty days after His resurrection Christ appeared on the earth, and then gathering His Disciples and mother on the Mount of Olives, He ascended to heaven and was enthroned at the right hand of God the Father. His promise is that He will never abandon the faithful and has sent the Holy Spirit to be a guide and comfort.

Assumption (Koimisis tis Theotokou)
More properly called the Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary, the feast is celebrated on August 15. According to tradition, the Apostles (except Thomas) were miraculously transported to Mary's death bed and witnessed Christ receiving her soul into His arms at her death. When Thomas arrived three days later to view her body, which the Apostles had buried, it was not there but had also been transported to heaven.

Holy Apostles
Although the name “Holy Apostles'” could refer to all those whom the Lord sent out to spread the Good News, Orthodox churches with this name tend to Celebrate the feast of the Twelve Holy Apostles on June 30.

Holy Cross
St. Helen discovered the true cross of Christ in the 4th century near Jerusalem where it was preserved until May 4, 614 when the Persians sacked the city. In 628 AD the Persians were defeated and the Emperor Heraclius returned the cross to its proper place in Golgotha on September 14, now celebrated as the feast day of the Elevation of the Holy cross.

Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos
The Holy Taxiarhs are the heads of the orders of angels led by the Archangels Gabriel and Michael whose feast is celebrated on November 8. Traditionally there are thought to be nine orders of angels. Haralambos was a priest in Thessaly who was martyred for his Christian faith during the reign of Alexander Severus (222- 235 AD) at the age of 103. His memory is celebrated February 10.

Holy Transfiguration
This event in the life of Jesus Christ is commemorated on August 6 and recalls when He took His three closest Disciples (Peter, James, and John) to Mount Tabor and revealed as much of His Divine glory to them as they could bear. Being one of the twelve major feasts of the Church, it is interpreted as a manifestation of Christ's Divinity and a prefigurement of His resurrection. The three Disciples also briefly beheld Moses and Elias conversing with Christ in the midst of the blinding light and heard the Father's voice exclaim: “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him.”

Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches of the Chicago Metropolis
Excerpts and Photography from
Ecclesia: Greek Orthodox Churches
of the Chicago Metropolis
by Panos Fiorentinos

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  Featured Destination: Ionian Isles - Corfu (part 2 of 7)

GEOGRAPHY Corfu, the northernmost of the Ionian isles and the second largest, is one of the loveliest islands in Greece. It is 592 sq. km. in area, has 217 km. of coastline and 96,533 inhabitants. It constitutes an independent Prefecture in which the islands of Paxoi, Antipaxoi, Ereikousa, Mathraki, Othonoi, Panaghia and the uninhabited islets of Pontikonisi and Ptychia are included. Corfu can be reached by aeroplane from Athens or by ferry boat from Igoumenitsa (18 nautical miles) and Patras (132 nautical mites). The liners from Patras continue on to the Italian ports of Ancona, Brindisi and Bari. There is a coach service from Athens and from Thessaloniki, via Igoumenitsa. Corfu is also linked to Cephallonia, Paxoi, Mourto Thesprotias and the islets of Ereikousa, Othonoi and Mathraki by a local boat twice a week from Sidari. During the summer months there is a daily connection with Brindisi and a regular service to Ancona and Bari by ferry boat from Igoumenitsa.

The island is dominated by two mountainous massifs (highest peak Pantocrator, 906 m. a.s.l.) which divide it into three parts. In the north there are olive groves, small verdant valleys and indented coastline with bays and coves. The central part, the most important, is literally drowned in vegetation, thickly wooded hillsides and small fertile plains. The southern section, also the narrowest, is flatter and has few trees. As a consequence of its clement clime and fertile soil the island is densely populated. Its capital is Corfu, from where roads lead out to the other towns and villages of the island.

Nowadays Corfu is an international tourist centre with excellent facilities catering for all tastes. Its lush green landscape, monuments and unusual architecture, as well as its marvelous beaches, attract a host of tourists throughout the year.

HISTORY Because of its geographical location and favorable natural environment Corfu was inhabited even in Palaeolithic times (Aghios Matthaios 70,000 - 40,000 B.C.). According to myth it was named after the nymph Kerkyra (Greek name for Corfu is Kerkyra), daughter of Asopos, with whom Zeus fell in love and brought to this isle. Fruit of their union was Phaiakas and so Corfu was also known as the island of the Phaiakes. It was here that Odysseus met the daughter of Alkinoos, Nausika, as described by Homer in the Odyssey. Bronze Age installations (2000 BC) have been discovered on the west coast. In historical times Corfu was colonized by Eretrians (775-750 BC) and in 734 BC Corinthian colonizers founded the city of Kerkyra which quickly developed into a wealthy and powerful centre. In 432 BC Kerkyra sought the aid of Athens in its dispute with Corinth and so the Peloponnesian War broke out. At the end of the 4th century BC it passed into Spartan hands, was subsequently captured by Agathokles, tyrant of Syracuse, and then taken by Pyrrhus king of Epirus (281 BC). It was besieged by the Illyrians in 229 BC and not long afterwards fell to the Romans. In Byzantine times, though plagued by hostile incursions, it experienced a floruit and its first fortress was built then. It was ruled by a series of overlords and beset by many difficulties until the Fall of Constantinople to the Franks (1204) when it was taken by the Venetians who held it from 1207 until 1214, when it was annexed to the disparate of Epirus. From 1267 it was ruled by the Andegaves until 1386 when it once again came under the suzereinty of Venice, which held Corfu until 1797. The Venetians ruled the island as a Venetian colony and made provision for its defense. Throughout the 15th century the Turks tried time and again to capture it, but to no avail. From the 17th century onwards there was a notable acme in art and letters which lasted well into the 19th century. Between 1797 and 1799 Corfu was a possession of the French Republic, then came the Russo-Turkish occupation, followed by a period of independence and in 1814 it was captured by the British who also took the other isles of the archipelago. In 1864 Corfu was incorporated in the Greek state. It was occupied by the Italians in World War II and by the Germans in 1943, who wrought considerable destruction in the battle fought for its capture.

SIGHTS AND MONUMENTS Corfu, the island's capital is one of the loveliest towns in Greece, built more or less in the middle of the west side on the site of the ancient city of Kerkyra. In antiquity the city extended slightly further south and its centre was at Palaiopolis. A section of the ancient fortification wall still stands close to the present day cemetery. The ancient acropolis stood on the hill of Mon Repos and Analipsis. Within the Mon Repos estate (originally the residence of the English Governors and later summer residence of the Greek royal family), significant temples have been revealed. The largest and most important is that of Hera, dated to the 7th century BC, of which there are many dispersed parts. The best preserved temple on Corfu is that at Kardaki, dedicated to Apollo and dated to the 6th century BC. Another ancient monument brought to light is that of Menekrates (circa 600 BC) near which an Archaic lion, nowadays in the Corfu Archaeological Museum, was found. In the vicinity of the monastery of Sts. Theodore one can see the ruins of the famous temple of Artemis, established at the beginning of the 6th century BC. A pseudoperipteral temple in the Doric order and richly embellished. The west pediment, the oldest surviving stone pediment in Greece, with its representation of the Gorgon is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum.

One of the most magnificent Byzantine monuments on the island is the basilica at Palaiopolis (Aghia Kerkyra), near the entrance to Mon Repos. It dates to the 5th century and was built on teh site of a 5th century BC temple. Sections of the mosaic floor form part of the Collection of Christian Art housed in the palace. Also noteworthy is the church of Saints Jason and Sosipatros, dated to the 12th century. There are a number of well-preserved Byzantine churches in Corfu, including that of St. Spyridon, perhaps the best known. It was built towards the end of the 16th century to replace an earlier church at Saroko which had been destroyed. Saint Spyridon is the islands patron saint and his relic is kept in this church. Other important churches are that of the Virgin Spiliotissa (cathedral), built in 1577 and containing valuable icons, the Virgin Antivouniotissa (15th century), St. Nicholas ton Geronton (16th century), the Pantocrator (second half of the 16th century). Also of interest are the church of the Holy Trinity (17th century), St. John the Baptist (16th century), the Virgin ton Xenon (18th century), as well as the katholikon of the Platytera monastery (18th century). All these churches have significant wall paintings and icons.


Next month:
Ionian Isles, Part Three - Paxoi


 November 2009 Greek Orthodox Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
5th Sunday of Luke


Cosmas & Damianos the Holy Unmercenaries & their mother Theodota

David the Righteous of Evia
2
Monday of the 7th Week


Akindynos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidephoros, & Anempodistos of Persia

Domnina, Domna, & Kyriaki, the Martyrs
3
Tuesday of the 7th Week


Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, & Aeithalas the Deacon, Martyrs of Persia

Dedication of the Temple of the Holy Great Martyr George in Lydia
4
Wednesday of the 7th Week

Ioannikos the Great Nikandros, Bishop of Myra
5
Thursday of the 7th Week

Galaktion & his wife Episteme, the Martyrs of Emesa

Patrobos, Gaios, Hermas, Linos, & Philologos, Apostles of the 70
6
Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople
7
Saturday of the 7th Week

Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn

33 Martyrs of Melitene
8
7th Sunday of Luke

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel
9
Monday of the 8th Week


Nektarios the Wonderworker, Bishop of Pentapolis

Onesiphoros and Porphyrios of Ephesus
10
Tuesday of the 8th Week


Erastos, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipatros, Quartus, Tertios, Apostles of the 70

Holy Father Arsenius of Cappadocia
11
Wednesday of the 8th Week

Menas of Egypt

Saint Victor and Stephanie
12
Thursday of the 8th Week


John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

Nilus the Ascetic of Sinai

13
John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

Damaskinos the New Martyr of Mount Athos

14
Philip the Apostle


Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki

Holy Great New Martyr Constantine of Hydra
15
8th Sunday of Luke

Gurias, Samonas, & Avivos, Martyrs & Confessors of Edessa

Thomas, Archbishop of Constantinople
16
Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist
17
Tuesday of the 9th Week


Gregory the Wonderworker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea

Gennadios I, Patriarch of Constantinople
18
Wednesday of the 9th Week


Plato the Great Martyr of Ancyra

Holy Martyr Romanus
19
Thursday of the 9th Week

Obadiah the Prophet Barlaam of Caesarea
20
Friday of the 9th Week


The Forefeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

Gregory the Righteous of Decapolis
21
The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
22
9th Sunday of Luke


Archippus the Apostles,Philemon the Apostle & his wife, Apphia, Onesimos the Disciple of Paul

Holy Martyr Cecilia and Those with Her
23
Monday of the 10th Week


Amphilochios, Bishop of Iconium Gregory, Bishop of Agrigentum


 
24
Tuesday of the 10th Week


Our Holy Father Clement, Pope of Rome

Peter, Archbishop of Alexandria
25
Katherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria


Apodosis of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple

Mercurios the Great Martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia
26
Thursday of the 10th Week

Alypios the Stylite of Adrianopolis St. Nicon Metanoeite
27
Friday of the 10th Week

James the Great Martyr of Persia

Nathaniel of Nitria & Pinouphrios of Egypt, the Righteous
28
Saturday of the 10th Week


Stephen the New Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste
29
13th Sunday of Luke


Paramonus, Philumenus, and their 370 Companion Martyrs in Bithynia

Our Righteous Father Nicholas, Archbishop of Thessolonica
30
Andrew the First- Called Apostle

Froumentios, Archbishop of Abyssina

 

 

 

 

 


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