Tomate- en courgetteballen.

Tijdens de excursie van vandaag hebben we tomate- en courgetteballen gemaakt.

Ze zijn heerlijk en gemakkelijk te bereiden.

Voor beide heb je eigenlijk dezelfde ingrediënten nodig. Alleen de tomaat is het hoofdingrediënt in de ene en de courgette in de andere.

Ingredients. :

4 tomaten / courgetten

De andere bestanddelen zijn:

2 uien, 1 ei, munt, oregano, zout, peper, 1 kop bloem en 1 kop paneermeel.

voorbereiding:

Het hoofdbestanddeel en de ui raspen en alle andere ingrediënten aan dit mengsel toegevoegd.

Vervolgens balletjes maken met het mengsel en die een beetje plat duwen, daarna in de bloem rollen en in olie bakken.

Als je wilt, kan je ook geraspte kaas aan het mengsel toevoegen.

Voila, dee Griekse keuken kan zo eenvoudig zijn. Eet smakelijk!!

Kretenzische kaas beignets

Vandaag was weer een mooie dag in de bergen, en omdat de Kretenzische kaas beignets zo goed gesmaakt hebben geef ik jullie het recept hieronder.

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Ingrediënten voor het deeg:

1 glas vers sinaasappelsap

1 wijnglas olijfolie

1 rakiglas raki

1 kilo bloem en

een snuifje zout.

Ingrediënten voor de vulling

1 kilo mizithra-kaas

2 eieren

2 eetlepels suiker

een paar blaadjes munt, een beetje kaneel en

een snuifje zout.

voorbereiding:

Maak het deeg klaar, rol het uit tot een dikte van ongeveer 2 mm en druk met een glas cirkels in het deeg.

Plaats het kaasmengsel op het deeg met een koffielepel en vouw het deeg dicht.

Druk met een vork op de deegranden en nu kunnen ze in olijfolie worden gebakken.

Serveer met honing en eet smakelijk !!

Three Hierarchs

Today 30 January 2019 we celebrate and honor in the Greek Orthodox Church the Three Hierarchs.

The celebration of the Three Hierarchs started in the 11th century when Constantine III Monomachus reorganized the Law School of Constantinople. At that time there were three Saints who were seen as the Saints of education namely Gregoreios the Theologian, Ioanis Chrysostom and Vasileios the Great. During the reorganization the reorganizers could not decide which one of the Saints to place on top and this resulted in a division of the Christians so the ones were called the Gregorites, the others the Ionanites and others the Vasilites.

Saint Vasileios, Saint Ioanis and Saint Grigoreios

Until John Mavropos, who was then the Metropolitan of Euchaite, had a vision in which he saw the three Saints. They told him that they are equal to eachother and that they can’t be seperated, that between them there is neither the first nor the second, but if you see one, the two others are next to him. So John Mavropos gave orders to stop the quarrels and stop dividing them for they cannot be seperated and so these three Saints became the Three Hierarchs, the three Saints of education and on the day of their celebration all schools are closed.

From the 11th century on you can also see them together on icons and they are honored every year on the 30th of January.

Fodele relax

It is 3 weeks ago that I left my beautiful home in Fodele and I miss it already.

Fodele is a typical Cretan village and my house is built outside of the village with great view over it.  The house is also surrounded by orange trees which give me every spring a great view and a lovely blossom smell every time I open my balcony door. 

What is amazing here during summer time is that twice a day swallows come to the pool to drink water or to bath here.  Even while you are swimming in the pool, they come along to have their bath.

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A holiday to relax to the full and swimm with the swallows is possible you just have to contact me. And of course I will also take you on a day trip in Crete 😉

Below are some more pictures of the holiday villa where you can stay.

 

Saint George methystis (‘methao’ means getting drunk)

Yesterday in the early evening I was talking over the phone to a friend of mine when the church bells started sounding, wondering why, he told me that on the 3 of November Saint George methystis is celebrated.  A bit a strange name for a saint as ‘o methystis means’ the drunk one.

I know, the Greeks have a lot of saints, they have more than one saint Georges and even more virgin Maries etc…  The story of this Saint George is quit simple, the 3th of November is the day that the wine barrels are opened as the wine is ready to be consumed and has to be tasted.  The 3th of November is also the celebration day of Saint George and as the Greeks celebrate this day with tasting wine this particular Saint George is called now Saint George the Methystis as a lot of people get drunk on that day So Yamas!

NO! in honor of all the fights the Greeks and Cretans fought to have a free Country

Every year again since 28 October 1944  the NO parade is walked in every city, town and village in Greece.

Several days before, practices are made,

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so that those walking the parade will show the honor that is brought to all who have lost their life in any war, during any occupation or fighting any revolt that has taken place in Greece.

In the cities children, students, the army, firemen, volunteers from the Red Cross and other humanist organizations take part in the parade.  In the small villages the children of the nuresery and primery school are the heroes of the day!

The Greek National Anthem

Archeological museum in Heraklion

The archaeological museum in Heraklion has become one of the best museums in Europe,  the finds of the Minoan civilization exhibited there are beautiful, it is unbelievable what the Minoans could make 4000 years ago, I am amazed at every display again and ag, no matter how many times I see them.

The entrance fee for the museum is only 10€, students with a student card of the EU do not pay any entrance fee and senior sitizens of the EU pay half price.

You can also pay a combination ticket for both the archeological museum and the archeological site of Knossos, that costs 16€.  But than you have to visit both place within 2 days.

In case you will visit both, take my advice and visit first the archeological museum, because then you will be able to imagine life in the palace during the Minoan sivilization much more easy.  And that is what you need on the archeological site of Knossos, a lot of imagination, YOUR imagination, so feel free to create your own story with the what you will see on both places.

On Sunday, September 30, 2018 access is free so if you are in Crete, do not miss this opportunity!

Here are pictures of some of the finds.

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