Horta - edible wild greens

Horta – edible wild greens

  Horta – edible wild greens I don’t know how common a sight this is in other countries, but my childhood memories include watching my parents – alone or with friends – walking slowly through fields slightly stooped over and gaze fixed intently on the ground, casually chattering in between stopping and prying greens from […]

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Celebrating the first of May Greek style

  Celebrating the first of May Greek style May first is a celebration throughout all of Greece, with its roots in ancient times. Mother nature was impersonated in the Goddess Dimitra. Dimitra lost her daughter Persephone who remained in Hades – the underworld – so the story goes. But every spring Persephone could return to […]

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The red eggs of Greek Easter

Photographer: Annette Spaan   The red eggs of Greek Easter The egg was a symbol of rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring. Adopted by the early Christians it became a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Red eggs are perhaps the brightest symbol of Greek Easter, representing the blood of Christ and […]

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Sea kayaking fun at Odyssey

  Sea kayaking fun at Odyssey My blog would not be complete without discussing the Odyssey’s sea kayaking adventure holidays. I have therefore asked my very good friend, business associate and kayak instructor Brian Gibbons to make a contribution. I have known Brian since 2005 when we started working together, he is now part of […]

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Greek Easter at The Odyssey part 2

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at The Odyssey and is a guest blogger for Katerina’s Kouzina. Read all about her experience of Greek Easter at The Odyssey last year.   Greek Easter at The Odyssey part 2 It’s Easter Sunday! Today the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. […]

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Greek Easter at The Odyssey

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at The Odyssey and is a guest blogger for Katerina’s Kouzina. Read all about her experience of Greek Easter at The Odyssey last year.   Greek Easter at The Odyssey Coming from the Netherlands, Christmas has always been the biggest religious event for […]

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Sea Urchins

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, […]

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Greek carnival – Apokries

  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 […]

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Tzatziki

  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 […]

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