Between Schylla and Charybdis

It puts a smile on my face, no matter what is going on over here, the #parthenon will always be standing

Μια φωτογραφία που δημοσίευσε ο χρήστης Eugenia (@eatyourselfgreek) στις

So it is going mental in the news here and abroad. I bet you are a little tired of it. Me for a thing, I am pretty fed up.

To give you a short account, the media is going mental with speculation: apparently the withdrawal limits for Greeks came down to €20.00 yesterday – not at all the case, Finance minister had to come out to deny this on Tuesday; businesses are struggling due to capital controls – I’m sorry to inform you but they were struggling with all the governments Greece has had in the past five years and without capital controls. The above were being broadcasted by major Greek TV channels in between politician debates over nothing and everything. Negotiations are constantly failing and I woke up to a Times article with this title: No new bailout unless Tsipras goes. Currently, Tsipras is backing down on bailout demands and Greek media is broadcasting the spoof from Spiegel tweets.

Yesterday was the Nai/Yes demonstration, as busy as the No demonstration. Is Greece divided? Why would anyone think so? There is a saying, you are probably familiar with and that describes the situation very well: between Scylla and Charybdis. Whatever the choice, whatever the path, it just looks bad.

And as much as I would like to close my ears and start singing, I will not. Because there are many, many people who have taken a stance to what Greece is going through and stand by us. Most remarkably, a very well crafted Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for a Greek bailout fund. Crazy? Yes, indeed, but also remarkable. When I got whiff of it yesterday afternoon, around 4:30 pm Greek time, 8500 people had gone for it. After 15 minutes this had risen to 9,632. As I write this, it has 44,163 supporters with an aching €746,058 in three days.

The target to be met is huge. But as Tomm Fenney said ” There are 500 million people in the EU and actually, it wouldn’t cost each person much to just sort it out ourselves’. Please keep this last bit, it is about solidarity.

I have no disillusion this target could be met in the next 6 days. For me, sharing it is not in an urge for you to support it even though it would be safe enough to part with that million you hide under the mattress. Even if the target is not met, money would be refunded, indiegogo style.

By sharing my own views here, I am trying to give you a tiny glimpse of what is going on in Greece. What I would really urge you share is this: The Greeks opinions on everyday life, hosted by the guardian. This is the reality. Please make it loud. There are many voices, those of everyday people, like mine, that are very little heard. Please, do not let them get lost in the madness of media that serve political and financial agendas.

Please share, there will be dessert waiting for you, a humble one nonetheless, biscuits and chocolate log, mosaic. An old recipe taken  out of a biscuits packet, amended by grandma’s wisdom for so many years that it has become a homely Greek classic: mosaiko

mosaiko

Ingredients:

  • 250 gr butter
  • 120 gr chocolate
  • 200 gr icing sugar
  • 50 ml cognac/brandy, whatever you have at hand
  • 50 gr cocoa powder
  • 250 gr petit-beurre biscuits, or anything with a crunch
  • Some grease-proof paper to wrap it in.

What to do:

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in two separate bowls.

  2. Mix the two and add in the cocoa powder, icing sugar and brandy or alcohol of choice.

  3. Cut the biscuits in small pieces and add them in the mix.

  4. Let it cool for a bit and then transfer to the grease-proof paper.

  5. Turn it into a roll and place in the freezer for 3 hrs.

mosaiko

Ready to eat! Perfect chocolate treat for summer. Please do not have any before you share this post anywhere you like.

With love from Athens.

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4 thoughts on “Between Schylla and Charybdis

  1. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser says:

    Greece will prevail Eugenia! Wonderful post. As the Parthenon had an emotional impact on me in April, built for Greek Goddess Athena finished around 447 B.C. staggers my brain! Greeks will defend and honor! Love the recipe as always, love to you from USA your Greek Friend. Cheryl. X

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