Saturday, 13 October 2018

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Sweets, Treats, Cakes.........

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Sweets, Treats, Cakes.........: Living in our hillside village we can "Treat " ourselves daily as right on our door stop, Christie's Cake Shop   run by ...

Sweets, Treats, Cakes.........


Living in our hillside village we can "Treat "ourselves daily as right on our door stop,
Christie's Cake Shop run by Kostas and Christina his wife, and named after her, just overflows - a Cornucopia - with a wonderful variety of mouthwatering and indulgent delights. Known in Greek as a Zacharoplastiro.


The heady smells of baking drift across the village tempting and inviting you to call in and just treat yourself to their freshly baked biscuits, cakes and sponges.

If your delight is chocolate, strawberry, walnuts, raisins, or just a simple sponge or all singing and dancing with whipped and/or fresh cream yummy too - they can do this for you......

Whether you are looking for a dessert to go with your meal, cheesecake being just one of my favourites, or a present for a Name Day celebration, you will find it here.

Cakes made to order for weddings, christenings and birthdays are their forte and can be prepared for you to your own design by Kosta and Christina whom also deliver to your preferred location.

Christmas time is especially busy with the baking of Melomakarona (Christmas Sweets) and the New Year's cake called Vasilopita - including the hidden lucky coin.

I have often purchased a gift basket for family and friends which includes along with the delicious treats, wine or if you prefer Presecco.

To find this great shop you should look out for their sign (picture above) or contact Kostas directly via email or a Facebook p.m..  Apart from very late in the evening I have never known their shop closed - it seems to be hive of baking almost 365 days of the year.

Their passion for baking and creating knows no ends....enjoy.

Well I better dash off to get some more cheesecakes for the weekend........!!!!!!!

Pictures of a few delights to tempt you when in the area.........














Thursday, 4 October 2018

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Summer Ends....

Today was my first day in my house as such OK everyday I am at home but home is not home but just a house when  you are working. So after another busy summer season on reception just finished...more to follow on that in a later blog.....so no alarm call today (lovely) but I as I was prudent to soak the giant beans overnight in soda of course as I am so much missing 'Real Greek' food.  So Beans soaked, drained and boiled for an hour then left to cool...I was off then to our local supermarket- quite exciting believe it or not when you work all summer a few hours in a BIG supermarket was quite a lovely experience...... so now shopping the food is in fridge, freezer, cupboards etc and back to the beans, now cooled and ready for the oven, toms grown over the summer blitzed for the fresh sauce along with bay leaves and herbs collected by the hubster -- wow 2 hours later its ready and served with feta cheese, crusty bread and of course don't forget the white wine _ Kalo Orexi & Yiammas from the village........ 


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Vintage Corfu......


Vintage Corfu in the villages.....

Another fine sunny day here on the island so we were out and about in Yellow Peril visiting a few local villages - I just love the signs around resort. So today not a lot of text its more about the photos that just took my interest.  I call it Vintage Corfu as I just embrace (it just gives me a tingle of old Corfu) the mostly hand made signs and the originality of it encapsulating the village life as you sup your Ouzo (well as did ole man Aris) and me as is normal with a little white wine or a retsina....meze and chill out....

If you do and I would recommend you do venture up into Avliotes then try the local Kafeneion here, many moons ago it was our original Post Office. The post was literally left there and we all went to reclaim our letters in the big brown cardboard box.



So today we sat on the roadside and really and literally watched the world and the cars pass us by..... order a drink they bring you olives, cheese and salami........


Venturing over to Arillas stop by another Kafenion Nikolletas with views over towards Arillas in a lovely garden area and stock up on fresh bread and other supplies.......






And just at the junction going into the village of Avliotes are the signs taking you up-to the church of Taxichon ( we were married there a few years back)








Venturing up from this junction another lovely stop would be at Havianias for mezes and wine - do pop inside as this traditional little ouzeria will amaze you as you will find some original examples of Vintage Corfu, hanging there and displayed on their walls including old olive oil utensils, coffee grinding machines etc.......open lunchtimes and evening.......order a jug of wine they bring you a tempting meze too which is a fine example of their menu.......



The signs for me just say it all ....Life in a Corfu Village....... Put it on your to do list this summer........


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Flowers, Photos and ........

Wednesday - it has been mild here over the past few days so I have really not done an awful lot other than enjoy the heady days of April before starting my full time work in May. I am on holiday too..... well at least for another week.....

We have cleared out the fireplace at home as really there is no point thinking about lighting a fire when its 27c outside during the daytime......and even in the cool of the evenings at around 17c - if we just zap the air con on warm temps for half an hour it does surfice.......

However with the mild temperatures we do have to consider that those nasty blighters the Mozzies which are out and about so much earlier than normal so this did mean I washed the mozzzie net and it is now above the main bedroom bed as just the other night my fingers were being bitten alive as there was as always even after all these years my fresh foreign blood to be had........I may have been here almost 35 years but they just love me still.......


The mild weather has brought out some earlier than normal flowers - oh April is just an amazing month to be here on the island.

With the direct flights supported by the independent airlines, not just from UK but from other European destinations and via Athens which also has many internal flights onto the island every day, it is wonderful to see non main line tourism wanting to know more about the island, the culture, history and to embrace it's appeal - this time of the season its not all about beaches and bars but about where to go, see, visit and just to chill and enjoy our amazing April weather..... for me it's the colours, the smells and just the quirkiness which makes this island appealing off main season. The locals have time to sit and welcome you and to also enjoy with you  - just so you can also have a laid back holiday...... Great friends are made during this time of the year...........

Easter for us is almost here....... I will be updating with the Easter preparations from our village house next week........








Sunday, 17 April 2016

Meze, Meetings, Meals and More........

Meze, Meals, Meetings and More....

Today, Sunday, my post or blog will be a summary of the past 6 days as with summer just around the corner, time seems to be running away from me........ In November when the winter stretched before me it seemed eternal however in 2 weeks time just after our Easter (Othodox)  - we will all be up and running and have little time to think...


So after the heavy rains of the previous weekend - which were very much needed, Tuesday broke into a bright haze and has been so warm, temperatures most days from lows of 21c and today Sunday reaching 27c. Bright blue sky's mostly cloudless and very little breeze - it just feels so warm here at the moment.



The wonderful romantic Fireflies can be seen now most evenings, we had one in the bedroom the other night which actually woke me at 04.00 hrs it was flickering away, I opened the windows and shutters and I do hope it escaped and manged to join its playmates outside as I then just crashed and went back to sleep....... I love to sleep.........

Friends of ours have arrived to their home here
in the village, with the direct flights which have now started from UK destinations, so we had a little get together with amazing, as always Mezes from Ilias Taverna  www.iliastaverna.com and of course lots of wine, beer and retsina. Think we rolled home around 01.00 hours well feed and watered of course....... This was a girlie night - boys stayed at home and watched TV!!!!!


Lots of home cooking this week and trying to be good with it still being Lent. Saturday the white van arrived in the village at 11.30 am, he parks up and plays a melody of wonderful Greek tunes, welcoming all to his van.


I love the winter when I can wander up from our little village house and buy the fresh fruit and vegetables, it makes me think about planning the weekly menu which today included the large green ripe peppers and tasty tomatoes I purchased from him on Saturday.....So yes today, Sunday, its was stuffed peppers and tomatoes with Lemon potatoes and very nice too......Yes I cheated again and added Feta Cheese for a topping.  I just love Feta Cheese....... See tomorrows (Monday's) menu ......



As we approach summer I am involved with local businesses around the resort and all over Corfu. I was invited, a few days ago to see a wonderful stone built cottage recently completed in Agios Stefanos in the area known as Stousa. Having seen this cottage I now want to live there however it is a holiday let and can be found on the website I have just made for them on www.villapetracorfu.com- I now have some inspirational ideas on how to improve my own little house........ took the old man with me so he knows what I am looking for too.....


and then up-to Nikolettas for a frappe/coffee stop, lovely setting and if you need any supplies a mini-market just next door almost next to Arillas Brewery for those wanting to try out the local beers here.......




At the weekend, mid afternoon and with temperatures again being so mild I met up with some dear friends at Akrotiri Cafe, if you haven't as yet been there you must put it on your to do list if staying in resort or visiting....... A wonderful location overlooking the bays or both Arillas and Agios Stefanos, set within stylish gardens and loos to die for!!!!!! Coffee served with a chocolate cake so yummy and great service from the lovely Nikos, who work here and is the son of Landos, whom owns our local coffee shop in the village..........



From our garden again with pleasant temperatures things are just springing up around us....chives starting to flower, for the salads, bottle brush with its vibrant colours and the bunny rabbit flowers too.....

Sunday evening now so its Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes consumed and tomorrow we will start to prepare the garden and patio area ready for summer, outdoor furniture for Al Fresco dining, clean the log fire and stack the left over wood for next November.



Enjoy your Sunday All and if you want to know how I make stuffed tomatoes and peppers just log on again tomorrow.  This receipt was handed down to me from some lovely Greek ladies I met whilst staying/ living on the mainland in Ioanina in the Epirus Area and on the island of Spetses in the Argo Saronic chain.  I am sure everyone has their own way of preparing but this is how I have interpreted theirs.....and the ole man must like it he is now fast asleep on the sofa having eaten more than enough.......