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Laconian orange pie

04.04.2019 in Gastronomy

Laconian orange pie   Ingredients: 2 cups of orange juice 1 cup of oil 1 cup of sugar 3 cups of flour 2 tbsp. cooking soda A sachet of baking powder 1/4 cup cognac Zest of two oranges (for the syrup) 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar 1 cup orange juice Orange zest Method: Beat the oil with sugar and add the juice in which you have previously dissolved the soda. Pour the cognac, the zest and finally the flour mixed with baking powder. Stir thoroughly to homogenize the ingredients. Grease a baking tray and pour the mixture….

Healthy Foods – Trahanas

23.07.2018 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Trahana – cracked wheat fermented in milk   Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. About 1800 endemic species that grow on Greek soil have certified medicinal properties. Over the years, the Greeks have come to discover the properties of these special herbs and foods… This month we bring to the plate warm and comforting Trahana! “Let food…

Pancretan Association of America

15.06.2017 in History

The Pancretan Association of America celebrates 88 years! This July, the Pancretan Association will celebrate its 45th National Convention and 88th year. One of the largest and oldest societies in North America, the PAA, since its inception has continuously supported: Education, Culture, Church and Philanthropy. This history is reprinted with permission of the Pancretan Association Archives. Since ancient times, the Greeks had always wished to emigrate to foreign countries in an effort to find a better life. Looking back on history, we see that the Greeks, through their massive emigration, had created colonies where Greek was the only language spoken,…

Welcome to Crete! Welcome Home!

01.06.2016 in Travel

Welcome to Crete! Welcome Home!   After a long day’s drive through the mountain ranges of Crete, we stopped at a small village cafe to grab a coffee before we made our way to our hotel. We could never have anticipated the experience that followed… the people we met, the bonds we made.    As we made our way to a table under a large shade tree, the cafe owner greeted us with a warm smile, a handshake and pat on the back, asking where we were from after he noticed the “rental” name on our car.  Before we could…

May Day: (Protomaya) in Greece

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

May Day: (Protomaya)  in Greece    When talking about May Day, or “Protomaya,” colorful wild flowers, children making flower wreaths, picnics in the countryside, and the smell of flourishing almonds immediately come to mind. In Greece, as in most cultures of western Europe, May 1st marks the end of the cold winter and the beginning of spring and rebirth. For many centuries, “Protomaya” has been regarded as the celebration of flowers and nature. May 1st is also International Workers Day and is now considered an official holiday in Greece.    “Protomaya,” literally translated as the first day of May, is one…

The National Historical Museum: Five Hundred Years of History

01.03.2016 in History

The National Historical Museum: Five Hundred Years of History    When speaking of Greece, the achievements and remains of antiquity are commonly more familiar to most.  But there is a place in the center of the modern Greek capital where visitors will find themselves before a more tangible history, one that reflects the trials and tribulations of Modern Greece…     When visiting the National Historical Museum in Athens, contemporary visitors will inevitably find themselves entranced with the great statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis. It is only fitting that his likeness should stand guard before this institution. Kolokotronis, a deeply loyal and moral man…

Alexandra Trampa: Writing the Lives of Saints

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

Alexandra Trampa: Writing the Lives of Saints    Alexandra Trampa was born in Arta, a city in the northwest of Greece. At the age of 12, her family relocated to Athens, a bustling and exciting city for a child who always possessed an artistic flair.  While her initial studies were in fashion designing, in time, her gift, agiography (iconography), emerged as a result of an intense inner quest…     Did you begin with the intention of being an artist or an iconographer?  What were you drawn to first?   My quest was both artistic and personal, but then again these two things are…

Στραπατσάδα -Tomato & Egg Scramble (Strapatsada)

01.03.2016 in Gastronomy

Στραπατσάδα -Tomato & Egg Scramble (Strapatsada)   A delicious traditional recipe from Mani, Greece!    Ingredients:    4 eggs  2 large tomatoes  1 tsp honey  2 TB olive oil  1 garlic clove, minced  2 tsp dried oregano  2 tsp dried basil  1/2 cup feta  Parsley, chopped  Salt & pepper to taste    Directions:   Cut off the base of the tomato, and grate the tomato using a hand grater (you can also finely chop the tomato, if you don’t have a grater).  In a large frying pan, add olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Sauté for one minute. Add tomatoes,…

Theatre…To Exist, or to Live?

06.02.2016 in Arts & Culture

Theatre…To Exist, or to Live?   Ever wondered where the key difference between existing and living lies? In today’s world, people seem to exist in survival mode, programmed to make a living – we seek that “something” that makes us feel alive. The arts, from visual to performing, are always the perfect choice to take us beyond the feeling of mere existence. Art evokes joy, sorrow, grief, and pride. With art, we can confront and accept the mortality of our journey. Perhaps one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of art is theatre. Inspired by our dreams, fears, and…

Native Greek Horses: from Man- & Fish-eaters to Gaiters

25.01.2016 in History

Native Greek Horses: from Man- & Fish-eaters, BC, to DMRT3 Gaiters in Modern Times In an ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative research project of the Aristotle and Texas A&M Universities, ‘mythical’ or prehistoric data from the 3rd or 2nd millennium BC reported by Greek writers, historians and tragedians in classical times are elucidated by a new approach reflecting taming, domestication, zoogeography and evolution of Equus caballus in Greece, from Thrace to the Peloponnese. Man-eating horses: Myth or Myth-history? It is our belief that factual events in stories written by ancient writers and painted or sculpted on vases and reliefs by artists were…