Thursday, 10 October 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup: Well I always know when the Autumn and Winter are upon us as I can once again eat healthily and (in my opinion) properly. No more take outs ...

Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup

Well I always know when the Autumn and Winter are upon us as I can once again eat healthily and (in my opinion) properly. No more take outs or quick fixes here's to spending many hours in the kitchen which I actually look forward to !!........

Today 10th October started here in North West Corfu with brilliant sunshine and temperatures around 26c however overhead there seemed to be looming in from the left and heading this way coming from Italy a few very dark grey clouds but then Whoosh a wild wind and the heavens opened.  So it was fortunate that I had soaked my white beans overnight and had parboiled them this morning for tonight's hearty supper. 

Now - many may say Greeks eat too much meat but do they really?  My Greek husband (Aris) and myself,  dine and diet in the off season's months are beans, pulses, vegetables with a celebration meat dish on Sundays only.  I don't believe we are unique with this, as my Greek mother-in-law, still lives off her land, with again a celebration dish on Sunday only........ She's 96 so must be something in this Mediterranean diet thing then!!!!!

So how do I make Fasolada - Greek Bean Soup .......

Soak white middle or small beans overnight (not butter beans these are for a different dish called Gigantes which you bake in the oven).......
Rinse beans and boil and replace water once boiled with clear water and softly on a rolling boil again. Around 30 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  My own Tip as advised from the Mother in Law is Do NOT use salt as this point.

So beans are set aside so now in a frying pan or skillet use:

1 onion
1 slice garlic
fry in Olive Oil
then add 2-3 carrots sliced
1 potato diced
Celery (we picked our freshly from the garden) I used leaves but you can also use stalks if preferred.
Add tomato paste and half a tin of tomatoes (as we had fresh Italian tomatoes still in garden I used these)
Salt and Pepper and if you also want it a bit hotter add some paprika.
Saute all and then once all Al Dente add
to the beans in a saucepan.
Top up with water and softly boil for around an hour to all ingredients are soft and the sauce is thicker.
You can if you wish add a stock cube. I also add some more extra virgin Olive Oil to give it that yummy feel and taste........

Serve with Feta, Olives and chunky fresh bread. (My mother in law used to make her own Feta but now we just buy from the village shop - you know the feta in a big tin so you ask for as much as you need) In UK there are many supermarkets now that stock Feta - go for a good one though such as Dodoni.......

Well that's it for now as we are busy painting the house indoors so will be back in touch soon.

Enjoy your meal we will be tucking in shortly once all the juices are soaked into the Olive Oil.......

I always find this dish tastes better the next day once all the juices are absorbed - but Hey that's just me!!!!

Oh yes sorry - don't forget a glass of wine too......

Kali Orexi kai Yammas

Nite Nite from the Village.......






Monday, 7 October 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Summer is Over - Winter Life Begins Again.....

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Summer is Over - Winter Life Begins Again.....: A huge thank you for everyone whom has emailed me to ask if I will be Blogging again this Winter.  With the Summer, well for me at least, n...

Summer is Over - Winter Life Begins Again.....

A huge thank you for everyone whom has emailed me to ask if I will be Blogging again this Winter.  With the Summer, well for me at least, now over, my life will go 'almost back to normal'  - so I will be back in touch and sharing my Life Again this Winter In A Corfu Village - thank you for reading and Supporting me.......

Friday, 8 March 2019

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: What Do You Do in the Winter?

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: What Do You Do in the Winter?: What Do You Do In the Winter then? Probably the mostly frequently asked question from visitors is " What Do You Do in the Winter&... This weeks blog for your enjoyment......

What Do You Do in the Winter?

What Do You Do In the Winter then?


Probably the mostly frequently asked question from visitors is " What Do You Do in the Winter"?

One of my hobbies. which consumes these days, most of my free time especially over the Winter is the promotion of our local area and businesses.

Our house is in the village above the resort.  The village sits proudly on the hillside and offers the local community and visitors the best of both as a place to live and to explore.  Here we find our local Butchers, Bakery, Chemist, Post Office, Hairdressers, various Mini Markets, Kafeneions, Churches, the Doctor, Patisserie and some wonderful tavernas too.  All of which are open throughout the year, not just during the Summer months.  Up here you will always find somewhere to eat, drink and enjoy people

watching too - a popular Taverna being Ilias Taverna - Under the Vines with amazing views across the valley below - see www.iliastaverna.com





Just below the main village is the resort area, Agios Stefanos, Avlioton (often referred to as San Stefanos) and just a 30 minutes walk downhill or an 8 minutes drive or you can if you prefer - take the local Green bus, known as the Ktel route (One can check times to/from the resort on www.greenbuses.gr ) to the long sandy beach with amazing clear blue, shallow water and now also famous for the stunning sunsets in this area on the North West coast of Corfu when at dusk the sun changes its vibrant colour as it slowly dips down below the neighbouring islands and into the sea.

The resort area is where you will find the majority of the Summer's holiday accommodation lets, ranging from budget studios, apartments, villas, family run hotels, up to boutique hotels and suites with Private Pools. apart from the major Tour Operators, many owners have rooms for you to book directly. After many years deep friendships have been formed with our visitors whom return each Summer, some several times a year and out of the main season too.  Naturally booking directly supports the local economy - the ethos of my hobby and can be found on my websites www.corfuselections.com , www.sanstefanosapartments.com & www.sanstefanosvillas.com

There is an extensive assortment of Local Greek
Tavernas and restaurants always serving amazing Corfiot cuisine, as well as Fish restaurants offering the local catch of the day and a Bistro for fine dining too - see www.beachcombersbistro.com


A variety of bars offers the choice from chilling out and watching the world go by with a refreshing drink through to enjoying a Tribute act or band.  The resort has no Clubbing Venues hence making it a popular choice for those seeking a more relaxing style for a holiday vacation.

There is a good variety of shops too with tempting unique Greek designs in Jewellery, both Gold and Silver.  A boutique for lovely linen clothing.  Shops offering a wonderful selection of bags, shoes, Bars, Supermarkets, Bakery, souvenir shops or why not make your own Pottery souvenir at Hippopots overlooking the beach and close to the beautiful church of Agios Stefanos proudly looking over the far end of the bay.  Really, something to suit all tastes and ages.

During the Summer months, those whom enjoy the daily news, can find a good choice of Foreign newspapers and magazines at the Emporium known as Peli & Maria's centrally located towards the road down to the beach.

Although there are no Banks in resort, there are 3 ATM's as well as several Travel offices offering money exchange facilities.

The local bus will take you to/from Corfu Town or any of the villages along this route.  During the months from Mid June to Mid September there is an additional service (Check Summer Special on the bus website) over to Arillas & Agios Georgios (Pagi) making Agios Stefanos a great base for your holiday destination and stay.


Those wishing to be more Independent can hire cars, quads, bicycles or mopeds from a wide selection of outlets in the resort too.

And if you prefer to let someone else take the strain you can discover Corfu Town and other villages by coach or cruise over to the Diapontian Islands, a group of islands visible across the water from Agios Stefanos, by booking an excursion.  Many delightful treats are on offer at the local travel agencies. I would suggest Kassiopi with its lovely harbour and the wonderful  bay looking out toward the Albanian shore and twinkling lights of Agia Saranda  (well that's another worthwhile day out you could book from the local agencies in Agios Stefanos and a visit to the Heritage site of Butrint, made famous by our lovely Joanna Lumney for more information ) I have personally visited Albania on numerous occasions , yes it is slowly developing tourism -  but do go if you can to visit Albania) and maybe too a coach trip via perhaps Perthia Old Village as an option.....

For the more energetic, there are some amazing walks either within the resort area where you will venture into the Olive Groves or perhaps over the hill at the far end of the resort past resort is our church and down into the harbour to sit and watch the local fishermen bring in their fresh catch.  There is a small refreshment stop here, known as the Kantina.  Further afield up and over the ridge this walk will take in breathtaking views over both Agios Stefanos and Arillas below. maybe stop off for a refreshment or a spot of lunch too. For the very fit and keen walkers why not venture on to the neighbouring beach of Arillas or even up to the sleepy village of Afionas overlooking the long beach of Agios Georgios where Scuba Diving is available too.

Probably one of the main attraction on offer is the long sandy beach of Agios Stefanos.  As you arrive in the resort either from Arillas or from Avliotes, the beach will capture your heart as you see the glistening sea below you with its clear blue and shallow waters. This stunning scene attracts visitors every summer.  Miles of sand providing you with plenty of space for a totally relaxing day or evening too.  Here you will find sunbeds and sun parasols for rent, tavernas literally on the beaches edge, water sports, such as Para kiting, Ringo's, Water Ski-ing and Boat Hire too.  Further along the sand towards the area close to the cliffs, close to Cape Drastis you may prefer to bring you own umbrella and towels and sunbathe and swim.  This area is also known for Nude bathing - for those wanting an all over tan.  Or perhaps if Yoga is your Passion this area is for you.

Anyone whom is not a beach lover can still chill out and enjoy many of the swimming pools within the resort, most are open to non -residents - just ask at the Pool Bars for more information. Most pool bars and receptions provide Book Swaps too as many people prefer a real book from a Kindle whilst on holiday (maybe the glaring hot sun)  so when you have exhausted all your own books just pop in and swap. 

So, anyone thinking of Agios Stefanos, Avlioton for a holiday I hope my post has provided some further information for you and we look forward to seeing you soon.  You can contact me for any questions via my website www.corfuselections.com
And for our returning guests, thank you again for choosing again an also promoting and inviting your friends and family to our little piece of Paradise in North West Corfu.  Looking forward to seeing everyone very soon. For Summer 2019 we are open from May - October



More information on my Facebook page - Corfu Selections and via my websites above.

So now you know One of the things I do over the Winter Months!!!

Thank you for reading my Blog this week.