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.
I went to the pro No demonstration yesterday. The people at the demonstration yesterday evening were not a frenzied crowd shouting out no. There were not just party supporters, screaming out party slogans. There were young women holding hands with their mums, couples young and old, mothers feeding their toddlers, young students and friends who found each other accidentally in the crowd. There were Spanish, Italian and Portuguese flags waving along with the Greek ones.
They are simple every day people that gathered there to say no to the new measures that would bring more austerity and put Greece in a worse predicament than it already stand s. It leaves a very bitter taste the way things have turned out. Saying no and leaving Europe, what good would that do to anyone? Well yes, Greece would get rid of a monstrous debt. Our creditors would have to absorb it and according to the press they stand a good chance. But where will this leave democracy standing in Europe?
Late yesterday evening, I read about Obama being in talks with EU leaders about Greece in order to urge the EU to reconcile. Unfortunately I cannot recite this source, it seems to have disappeared out of thin air, perhaps one of the many unfounded reports that come and go on the Internet. It’s no matter though because my point lies elsewhere.
Could there not be a better solution? Where is the diplomacy of the old continent? The minds that should reconcile instead of divide? Where are the wits of western civilisation? Hiding inside a banks’ volt? Deaf to what people are saying? Because Greece is saying no to austerity and unsustainable debt.
And on a happier note, there were many a BBQ out there in the demo. Souvlaki and hot-dogs and corn on the cob.
And seeing there is this BBQ spree, very summery and very much non-fuss, here is a classic burger recipe, Greek biftekia, grandma style.
- 1 kg of beef mince
- 100 gr breadcrumbs
- 100 ml milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tomatoes, grated
- 1 large onion, grated
- 1 tbsp oregano
- salt and pepper
What to do:
In a large bowl, place the mince meat along with the grated tomatoes and onions and mix well.
Add in the seasoning, eggs and milk and then your breadcrumbs.
If the mix looks too moist, add a few more breadcrumbs.
Let the mix sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Form round patties and preheat the oven.
They need 35-40 minutes at 180 oC in a fan assisted oven.
Wonderful with salad, baked potatoes or indeed anything BBQ. I was in a bit of a rush yesterday with the things happening around me and I got my biftekakia a tad overcooked. So keep an eye on the oven.
With love from Athens