Top of the class!

Top of the class!

In the Greek school system, pupils from every school go out on parade alongside marching bands on various national holidays. The students who are at the top of the class draw lots to carry and accompany the flag, considered a very great honour reserved for star students. Here are some photos of me in various parades.  

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Can’t be bothered to cook? Here’s the solution!

Can’t be bothered to cook? Here’s the solution!

A recipe from the old days when nothing was wasted and “home economy” was taken and implemented literally. Soak some day-old bread in water, and put it in a salad bowl. Add tomatoes, peppers (from the garden!), onions, olives, feta cheese (the real Greek version), and sprinkle with oregano, olive oil, and add a dash of vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and serve! It’s easy to prepare, delicious, and very filling!

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Harvest Bounty & Winter Treats!

Harvest Bounty & Winter Treats!

I learned many things from my paternal grandmother, “Nona Renie” (see photo), who was a constant, calm and peaceful presence throughout my childhood. One of the most practical things she taught me was how to prepare various foods for the bounty of the summer harvest to last through the winter as well, and I still use her recipes just as she taught them to me, to this day. Sun-Dried Tomatoes These are a well-known delicacy throughout the Mediterranean, but I insist that there is something very special about the tomatoes that grow in my garden and dry in the Ionian sun. To prepare them, all you need to do is cut them in half length-wise, and lay them out in a tray or shallow basket. Τhen sprinkle them with coarse sea-salt and put them out in the sun,...

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Childhood games

Childhood games

Back in the 1940s and 1950s children were deprived of material goods, which today might be considered useless items. But back then, we discovered ways to fill our time and keep our minds occupied, we used our brains to invent new games, so the satisfaction and joy was even greater.   We invented or learned many team games, the first of which was our version of cricket. Both boys and girls played it, since there weren’t enough children of either gender in the neighbourhood to make up a team.The boys made sure we had all the necessary equipment for the game. In other words, a broomstick from an old broom instead of a bat (we called it a “mourouna”), and a makeshift ball we called a “tsiliki”. The “bat” was a metre- long piece of the...

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Part of the family

Part of the family

Some members of my extended family, with the older ladies in traditional Corfiot dress as worn in the village of Korakiana (c. 1925). The lady in the front row wearing the white headdress (second from right) is my grandmother Rinie (Irene) and the little boy she is holding is my eldest brother Spyros, who sadly died in childhood. The woman in a dark coat standing at the right of the picture is my mother Antigone.

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