Last Monday, I grabbed my bags, shut the windows,locked the doors, handed over my keys and got a ride to the airport with lovely Artemis. I didn’t look back at the house neither did I say goodbye. Not because I will be coming back to my tiny Athenian kitchen any time soon, it’s just that goodbyes feel like slamming a door behind you. This is not my casual break to London like I normally do. I’m going back to my old home.
How come back to London? Well, what can I say?I’ve missed the mossy rocks and damp weather. I have wondered to myself how could I live without fish and chips for so long? What is life without cold egg and watercress sandwiches or hurried Pret-a-manger coffees whilst getting rid off droplets from your brollie? The land of home brewed ale, food markets and gastro pubs awaits. Rain, tube and couch-surfing also awaits. And obviously I couldn’t miss Brexit, could I now?
Jokes aside, I spent four very fulfilling years in Athens. I put a lot of energy into Eat Yourself Greek, testing loved family recipes, getting to know my camera a food shot at a time. Getting to know myself better, a project at a time. Trying new and old delicious Greek products,meeting wonderful people that are as much in love with food as I am.
When I firstly started, really, I didn’t know what to make of blogging or how it could evolve. I thought I could try and map regional Greek cuisine and put a few of the lesser known Greek dishes into the map. No matter how much I tried, there is still so much ground to cover. I wish I had traveled a little more often but there are only so many projects you can take on and put your heart into them.
By far my favourite was Eat like a Greek, cooking with Artemis for Travelers that passed by Athens. Changing the menu to the seasons and hand-picking produce, cooking whilst laughing our heads off and spending some of the most fun evenings with people who came and loved not only Athens, but the many destinations they visited around Greece. Eat like a Greek is still on, even if I’m not there.
The past 3 years, I’ve been keeping myself busy with recipe testing and food photography. I still am and I have this nagging that I will keep at it even if I’m no longer in Athens. My last project before leaving Athens was the food photography seminar in collaboration with Foodathlon. A great way to share all the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years.
So is there a recipe on this one? Not this time I’m sharing a few of my favourite Athens photos and I’m actually really excited about what lies ahead. My plan – which is very much unlike me – it is no plan at all.There is going to be a bit of travelling around and I will be sharing with you as I go.
from London with love,