Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: The Greek Village Loaf of Bread.

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: The Greek Village Loaf of Bread.: A loaf of fresh Greek Bread - After living/staying & visiting in Greece for a few years (well almost 38 years now) you always will se...

The Greek Village Loaf of Bread.

A loaf of fresh Greek Bread -

After living/staying & visiting in Greece for a few years (well almost 38 years now) you always will see the local Bakery busy,  almost every village has their own Bakery with their own delights of cakes, biscuits and especially freshly baked bread.  So whilst we are all sleeping they are preparing the daily staple. Every house will indulge in buying bread daily  - bread is always offered when visiting a household even if you pop in on the off chance - it is normal you will be given a meze with bread, olive oil and feta cheese.. Bread is just amazing in Greece. Not prepacked just bought daily as part of the 'normal' staple. I don't know a day goes by in our small house when we don't buy bread......

Miso Kilo Psomi - 1/2 a kilo of bread - is the normal request. In our village they also offer Polisporos one of my own personal favourites several times per week, a brown bread with sesame seeds hence the name - Many seeds......Poli Spora

Well as everyone here always buys a half kilo of bread everyday, as we do too, what do you do???? Personally we can't eat half a kilo we are just 2 persons. But we need fresh bread every day as Greek Bread is so scrumptious
So this is the life of a bread loaf in our house for you to also consider when you need to do something with the leftovers.....

It a sort of recycling thing really to consider....

So stale bread cut the crusts off and leave for a neighbour with livestock  - they have chickens so you will then be given eggs to use for a later dish to use.... see below.

The soft middle part of the bread can be soaked in a little water to make a Skordalia  - a Garlic Sauce Dip.
All I do is cut off crusts (given to neighbour for eggs see later) soak the middle soft part & then add Garlic which is grown in the garden, perhaps also add some chives if you wish, also grown in garden,  Olive Oil of course widely available from everyone's  Olive Trees so blend and you have a lovely dip to soak your now newly bought bread into. Some recipes suggest potatoes which is also lovely we grow potatoes in garden so it just depends on whether you want a dip/sauce or something more thicker.  (Boil potatoes first like to be soft) all add all to bender it will come out well to dip your fresh bread into ........

Of course we can always use leftover Bread for a lovey Garlic Bread starter or accompaniment - don't think any recipe needed for this - I freeze bread regularly but then reuse by defrosting and adding butter and garlic and herbs (from garden Chives. Parsley etc) for Garlic Bread......

Leftover Bread with your now fresh eggs from Neighbour - A British Bread and Butter pudding Dish.
I use these eggs, bread, sugar, milk and of course our grapes/raisins from the vine to make this dish when its cold which it is often come winter as a real comfort food.

Naturally like most we blitz bread for breadcrumbs to add to Hamburgers and other such dishes but I am interested to know for any other options to use leftover bread for and look forward to your feedback and posts.  What do you do with leftover Bread? I am sure there are many other ideas out there and I look forward to hearing from you........

A loaf of Bread - the Greek Staple so flexible and so cheap to offer you many options.







Sunday, 27 January 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Doors & Windows Tell a Tale in a Village

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Doors & Windows Tell a Tale in a Village: With Christmas and New Year for 2018/19 behind us,the weather in Corfu has been very harsh so far this Winter.  So many visitors in the Sum...

Doors & Windows Tell a Tale in a Village

With Christmas and New Year for 2018/19 behind us,the weather in Corfu has been very harsh so far this Winter.  So many visitors in the Summer ask me about living and retiring in Corfu.  I think based on this Winter,  I may also be harsh & very honest with my feedback.....

So today it was a pleasant and a very welcome surprise after 2 weeks of rain, very heavy rain, dampness , some friends have reported flooded homes and also we had some snow it settled outside in our garden and parking area now that's a first for me in as many years, yes we get Snow on the Albanian mountains across the valley which bring the bitter winds but snow in your garden.!!!!!

So today with the sun shining although a still chilly just 7c at midday -  I ventured out as there was sun - I could at last open the windows and doors I needed fresh air and to venture out and go and look at the little village windows and doors someone asked me about.....

Here are a few windows and doors from our lovely little village, it's a shame to see so many houses now abandoned, is it the economy?  well we know life changes and people move on etc? There is so little employment in Greece many of our youngsters have moved abroad to study and find work in UK, Germany, USA etc so will these houses remain unloved and alone.

There must be many stories to tell ......... So if you know of any stories behinds these facades I would love to hear more......... The one opposite with the grey windows and shutters is from my husband Aris' mother house when she lived in the village almost 50 years ago now abandoned such a shame, although I did see it on a website selling property would certainly be a 'project' as marketing people put the spin on.....
She now lives in the valley on her small farming land at 93 years old......

A Very Happy Sunday from a Sunny Village today.......









Thursday, 13 December 2018

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Christmas is almost here - Getting the Village Hou...

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Christmas is almost here - Getting the Village Hou...: Christmas is Coming - Getting the House  Ready - With being the 12 days of Christmas, which my parents taught me, toda...

Christmas is almost here - Getting the Village House Ready.......








Christmas is Coming - Getting the House 
Ready - With being the 12 days of Christmas, which my parents taught me, today was the time to decorate the house, I started today.  Now in fairness when I first arrived in Greece almost 36 years ago Christmas came and went with not much happening, I will say the 1st Christmas I stayed in Greece and I was only 23 years old then and after a very lively and lovely Summer in Corfu was asked to join a family over on the mainland for the Winter ( I taught English and did Babysitting too). However that first Christmas I actually cried - there was no Turkey, no tree actually nothing, no Internet, No WI-fi, Skype chat, Facebook or even English Programmes on TV just 2 channels then known as ERT1 & ERT 2 run by the government, I was totally alone but the family I lived with did love me but couldn't understand my tears and in those days I spoke very little Greek to explain my pain -  it was just a Pubic Holiday I really wanted to be back in London with loved ones, family, friends and unwrap my  presents and have some fun but felt all alone even though this wonderful family looked after me.  In those days people sent Christmas cards by post so I ventured everyday day to the local Post Office in hope of some UK or friends contact which cheered me immensely......in those days I received many cards and this helped me through my first Christmas abroad....




 However over the years I mostly (due to my then management position for a Tour Operator)  had to then work away in other resorts overseas away from Corfu, here being only a 6 month destination and being employed back then 12 months of the year, had to go where I was posted to cover other Managers holidays,so again during the tour operators busiest times which meant once married I still never really got to enjoy Christmas with the hubby, so the first Christmas 11 years ago, when I hung up my Clipboard -  I was adamant I wanted a Turkey just as mum made it - well I paid a fortune and bought a fresh one - yes it was delivered live,  well the Greek husband knows all about killing,  feathering and hanging but it was RANK I have to say!!!!  So the following Christmas still determined to have a Turkey I bought a frozen one - well once again not up to standard so can I blame it on the cook or the oven - just wasn't how I remembered my London Christmas'  I suppose its a bit like drinking Ouzo or having a Greek salad once back from Greece it just never tastes the same it's the ambience's or what or where you are. So every year since I have bought a lovely leg of lamb, dressed it with fresh mint grown in the garden, lemons picked from the garden, Olive oil grown and produced here too and added Garlic - Christmas now is very low key for us but I do buy the Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips, have crackers on the table and bring from UK after the summer has ended whilst there is still direct flights mince pies and Christmas pud (I know others make these but I am not so clever)....

So tonight as we light the outside lights for Christmas I wish all my followers here on my bog spot a very Merry Christmas and also add a photo from our local village which will display in the village square over the Holiday period - Happy Christmas to All........

I would also like to add a Special Thank You for my Christmas Angel made by hand by Anne Wenz Dourou -