Gigantes aka Giant Beans with Tomato Sauce in the Oven

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41 Gigantes aka Giant Beans with Tomato Sauce in the Oven

Have you ever tried gigantes ? In Greece, we love to cook Giant Beans with Tomato Sauce, Olive Oil and Mediterranean Herbs and Spices. We slow cook them in the oven and then enjoy them with wine, ouzo or tsipouro. And the best thing about them is not their divine taste but the fact that you can actually store them in vase in your refrigerator and consume them any time with friends as a quick meze without even having to warm them up! Read more

Delicious tastes of “Sarakosti” from every corner of Greece

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2 lentil yolenis1 Delicious tastes of Sarakosti from every corner of Greece

Greek `Sarakosti`, the Greek Orthodox (Great) Lent got its name from the number forty (40), which equals to the fasting period that Moses on Mount Sinai or the days that Prophet Elijah spent in the desert of Horeb, before they met God. Nevertheless, number 40 was especially formulated after the example of Christ, who fasted for 40 days before begining his public action. Read more

The view from my Greek island door

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the view from my greek island door1 The view from my Greek island door

Every morning, when I wake up I go to the kitchen door, open the upper half and spend a few moments looking. It isn’t the most dramatic view, no dazzling ocean or sweeping valley. It isn’t the Lake District or the Rocky Mountains. It is a quiet rural view across the Aegean, from Syros to Sifnos. I can see patches of vineyard, pony paddocks and sheep fields. There are rows of olive trees dotted about, small lanes weave up the soft hill scape on either side of the blue waters of the Aegean beyond the vineyard. The morning sun casts different shadows, calm sounds of goats and chickens, soft movements of boats in the distance. It is a patchwork of peace and solace. It is a view that welcomes you in, invites you to examine its many facets. It is a slow burning, endlessly fascinating view that lifts your heart. Read more

Four Secluded Greek Island Beaches

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Voutoumi beach Four Secluded Greek Island Beaches

What do you dream of when imagining your perfect beach escape? Soft sand and warm waters? Cabanas and cocktails? Or is it just simply somewhere quiet, secluded and peaceful? The popularity of the beach-going experience means that most Greek Island beaches are packed from dawn ‘til dusk. However, this isn’t always the case. For all of you out there dreaming of a peaceful Greek paradise, here are our top four quiet and secluded beaches in the Greek Islands. Read more

Kalithea and the Sea

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45 Kalithea and the Sea

The pretty resort of Kalithea is one of the most peaceful places you can holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes. Life here in Kalithea revolves around the sea – from the seafood tavernas, to the diving schools that make this scenic destination their base, everything is all about the big blue. The area is perched atop a sand and shingle beach with translucent turquoise waters which provide a home to the fish that you can see darting about below. Read more