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Sea Urchins

The 48 days of Greek Lent begin on Kathara Deftera, or “Clean Monday” which follows the three weeks of carnival, or apokries. There’s no other holiday on the Greek calendar with such a special culinary tradition as this first day of Lent, including the bread. On “Clean Monday”, Greeks eat lagana: a flat, oval-shaped unleavened […]

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Greek carnival – Apokries

My daughter Dora says that sometimes she feels like she’s in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Born in Greece but raised in the Netherlands, she is at home in both countries. What reminds her most about the movie is when I tell her that a word she’s using has a Greek root. One […]

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Tzatziki

This fresh yoghurt dip with garlic and cucumber goes well with so many Greek dishes! I love to eat tzatziki with a slice of warm pita or toasted bread. Have fun making this traditional Greek dip! Cucumber contains a lot of water, so you need to squeeze it out by pressing the grated cucumber in […]

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My garlic man and his magic garlic

You may have noticed the garlic braids in many pictures of The Odyssey. You can see these ropes hanging almost everywhere you look. Every year, during the month of May, you’ll see a Mazda pickup truck loaded with ropes of garlic driving around Poros. It’s my garlic man: he comes from Tripoli, a town on […]

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Chocolate and orange cookies

At the Odyssey we love to bake all different types of cookies. We make these chocolate and orange cookies a lot in the summer and serve them with a nice cup of coffee or tea. The smell of freshly baked cookies wafts through the air after we place the baking trays on the table to […]

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Lemon and orange potatoes

Photographer: Annette Spaan   This past November during Odyssey’s olive picking week, Elizabeth Bitros from Long Island came to help with the olive harvest. Liz visited Poros for the first time at Easter in 2013, when she did the week long cooking class. It was easy to love Liz from the beginning. This is one […]

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Greek tea

Is it not wonderful to warm up in the winter months with a hot cup of tea? In Greece we have some lovely flavors to choose from. Here are three of my favorite traditional teas: Mountain tea – Τσάι του Βουνού Mountain tea has always been and remains a popular herbal tea in my country. It […]

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Pomegranate, lemon and feta-cream dessert

Photographer: Annette Spaan   Our friends that visited Poros in late September and October will have probably noticed all the pomegranate trees along the streets of Askeli; full of this beautiful fruit. So colourful and generous. Often our guests come home to the Odyssey with a couple of pomegranates in their hands, given to them […]

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Kourabiedes: Traditional Greek Christmas cookies

Photographer: Annette Spaan A week before Christmas my aunties and my grandmother would come to our house – we had the wooden oven – to make the traditional Christmas goodies: Kourabiedes and Melomakarona (Christmas cookies) and Christopsomo (Christmas bread). What a feast for us children! Our mothers were busy with the preparations and their latest […]

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