Okra – another politics inspired post

okra stew

Does okra spring something to mind? Perhaps lady’s fingers?   I remember hunting for these darlings in the UK and it was not always an easy case. Most well-known for their wonderful Indian bhindi curry, I could get them during the summer in certain markets especially those in proximity with Asian neighbourhoods. In Greece, it is bamia as we call it and thanks to our proximity to Africa this wonderful vegetable got incorporated in traditional cuisine as a side, mainly paired with chicken. It is equally tasty when cold as a mezze with a bit of raki. Continue reading

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This is a coup

Life is a #beach…

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

So here we are Monday morning and I feel pretty wasted by doing nothing, my whole morning spent watching the news. I was sensible enough to get an early night yesterday and not wait for the Eurosummit to finish. They had been going for 17 hours (!). A deal has been finally reached but we are hardly any closer to something that resembles a solution to the much disturbing problems of Greece. Meanwhile, #Thisisacoup has been trending on twitter with 100 million tweets. Krugman is not alone to think they are killing the European project. Continue reading

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61% No, things are cooking

On the #beach #varkiza

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

Greece in crisis – with the referendum hardly two days behind us, I have to admit I needed to take a step back and digest a few things. Hence the beach photo, one long day on the beach, straight after casting my vote. Reality here is pressing and whilst this very loud No is still reverberating, things are cooking and not in my kitchen. Continue reading

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Peach & mastic pavlova for Anastasia

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I am sure you have seen the news, IMF admitted to the damage austerity has caused. A little too late I might add, but then again better late than never. What is more worrying is that Europe tried to block this report from coming out. Regardless, the referendum is still going ahead. We are all very fidgety and a little numb in wait of Sunday. So many opinions have been expressed, over yes and over no. Hopefully something good will come out of it. Continue reading

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Another solution for Greece please

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I am sure you cannot escape the news covering the Greek crisis. With a referendum looming over our heads and Greece being bossed by the European Central Bank, as the BBC put it, there is a lot of worry and rightly so. I will not repeat news you already know, instead I decided to have a guest do some speaking, Anastasia originally from Australia, now living in Thessaloniki. I believe her voice, like mine, represents public opinion much more than any of the news have presented so far. Please read on:

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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.

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The No demonstration and Burgers

No more debt pls. This is what Greece is saying No to, no to austerity. #grexit #grisis #athens #greece #greecestagram

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

There is this Greek habit of siesta, much more common when I was growing up than now. Should the kids refuse to have an afternoon nap, the grandma would threaten to call the boogie man, mesimeras. He would come and steal you from you bed lest you kept quiet. As a friend put it, following JC Junker declaration urging Greeks to vote Yes or else…’I haven’t been blackmailed so blatantly ever since I was 4 and yiayia was trying to put me to bed!’. But guess what, we are not four years old and we are wide awake.

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Grisis and scrambled eggs, the Greek way

scrambled eggs

So I was out having a drink on Friday night. A grilled kalamari, aubergine dip and houmous to share with a friend whilst sipping over cold raki at Psirri. It started to drizzle, summer has been unusually cool this year. Gentle and refreshing drops turned into thundering rain. We rushed to the metro, greeting each other semi-soaked and laughing on opposite platforms. We had no clue as to what had been announced. Continue reading

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