Fava is a dish that to me epitomizes winter. I like to eat it with fresh, warm bread that is baked in our wooden oven. Bread made of sour yeast is my favorite. It is paradise to smell it coming out of the oven and then dip the bread in the creamy and tasty fava […]

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Eliopsomo – Olive bread

5 summers ago I had a Greek family staying with us: a mother and 2 adult children; her son and daughter in their mid 20’s. They came to stay for a few days, but ended up staying for 3 weeks. Cooking by myself At the time – just like now – I loved waking up […]

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Yoga Week at the Odyssey

Author and photographer: Annette Spaan Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months at the Odyssey and wrote this blog about her experiences.   The yoga and meditation week at the Odyssey seems like a great opportunity to finally put my brain into a much needed zen-mode. When I try to relax, at least ten different […]

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Melitzanosalata with yoghurt

Meh-lee-ja-no-sa-lata My love for aubergines has been great since I was young. Every spring my father and I would plant a vegetable garden (I still do). My brother did not like the gardening very much – he has always loved fishing much more than anything else! Aubergines In our garden at the ktima (farm) my […]

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Athens by bike

Author: Annette Spaan. Photographer: Annette Spaan and Monique van Hulst Dutch Travel Journalist Annette Spaan spent months in Greece and wrote this blog about her experiences. Scroll down for the Dutch version   From Bangkok to New York to Buenos Aires, tourists are discovering world cities more and more by bike. Quite often it is the […]

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Hotel tip Athens: Athens Center Square Hotel

When in Athens you want a hotel which feels like coming home, within walking distance of the sights. The three-star hotels of Athens Hotels Group offer just that. They are located in two of the nicest districts of the historic center. Hotels Plaka and Hermes in the old neighbourhood of Plaka, built at the foot […]

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Refreshing lemon and mint drink

Photographer: Annette Spaan   The lemon is the key ingredient of the Greek kitchen, but on Poros we have an extra special bond with it. This is because of the lemon grove just across on the Peloponnese, the Lemonodasos. Although it is situated on the Peloponnese, it’s officially part of Poros. Lemonodasos The trees in […]

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Artichokes with fresh lemons

This is one of my favourite meals! There are modern recipes with artichokes, but this is a very traditional one. My mother taught me how to make it. Vegan recipe This dish is part of the many vegan recipes the Greeks have. Did you know that according to Orthodox tradition the Greek people eat vegan […]

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Greek yoghurt with honey and walnuts

Photographer: Annette Spaan Whether you eat it for breakfast, lunch or dessert, Greek yoghurt with honey and walnuts is a real treat! Take your cutest bowls out of your cupboard and fill them with Greek yoghurt. Break a handful of walnuts over it… …and drizzle as much honey as you like on top…. Enjoy!! Teaspoon […]

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