Friday, 7 December 2018

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Home is Where the Life of Love Is.....

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Home is Where the Life of Love Is.....: A Week in Our House in the Village.... So this week we decided after a full-on busy Summer we needed to look at our own house and home. ...

Home is Where the Life of Love Is.....

A Week in Our House in the Village....

So this week we decided after a full-on busy Summer we needed to look at our own house and home.

It started with buying lots of new paint as the weather has been very favourable for the time of year to paint the outside.  Having a husband as a painter does definitely cut the cost but also you need to beat the whip as if not its always tomorrow (avrio).


So paint bought easily without a trip to Corfu Town as we are now fortunate to have within a few kilometres of the village a local chappie whom has opened a lovely shop with parking outside (very important). Nikos Louvros. He speaks English and he and his wife will advise re paints, brushes and all extras and are open everyday (except Sundays). I recently bought a lovely Neff Neff shower curtain from them - it's Cotton so is washable and doesn't stick to you either.......great price and many colours too I chose Light Grey to go with our bathroom tiles......

Anyway so the house now has gone from the normal Magnolia of the past 15 years (painted before we married) to a lovely fresh Sage Green with light Grey borders - very shabby chic and modern.  It fits in the with garden furniture but also suits the great name sign we bought from a  Ceramic shop in Agios Stefanos (San Stefanos NW) from Hippopots ....



So being at home all week and no time for supermarket shopping as we set down to full on - "Lets get this House Painted" whilst the weather is great one needs to eat.....

As the weather has been kind the lettuces we planted in October are flourishing so lots of lovely salads were consumed, drizzled with Olive Oil from a kind neighbour whom picks and presses their own olives via the local Olive Press
in our village.  Nothing better then adding to the Olive Oil than a  few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice - again picked from the garden.


Well we did have a few days of rain which is a great breeding ground for the famous Greek Wild Greens, known as Horta.  A great source of Iron, picked, washed and boiled and served with a Garlic Sauce which can be made either with stale bread soaked or a mixture of bread and potato but you do need a mortar and pestle - I bought mine years back from the Olive Wood shop in resort.  Using a blender is just not the same.  Use plenty of garlic too so to enjoy this Greek dish handed down over the years from the YaYa's and older wise ladies whom knew how to really live off the land, especially when times were hard.

So today sat outside in December with mild temperatures of 16c, although we do now need heating in the evening when the sun drops, I noticed our Hot Pepper plant is growing fruit - all down to this crazy winter weather.....

And lastly lets not forget the abundance of Oranges, vital Vitamin C also picked from the garden which as well as using as Juice I have added to a few dishes in the oven including roast potatoes sprinkled with Orange Juice not only give a wonderful colour - the taste is amazing too.....

Oh Life in a Corfu Village - just lovely so until next time I hope you enjoy too.....

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Winter Dining Dates - Kali Orexi......

Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Winter Dining Dates - Kali Orexi......: Our hillside village boasts one of my own favourite places to dine, Ilias Taverna and come the Winter months as we all retire back u...

Winter Dining Dates - Kali Orexi......



Our hillside village boasts one of my own favourite places to dine, Ilias Taverna and come the Winter months as we all retire back up the hill when, we now have time to spend with our friends and family whom are also likewise and otherwise too busy working during the Summer Season here so we now relax a little.  Now we can enjoy a meze or two at Ilias Taverna.  See www.iliastaverna.com.  A popular venue for holidaymakers too during the hot and humid summer nights 'Under the Vines' - see photo.

Nothing is better during the long, often cold winter months, than an evening spent enjoying the delights of a Meze at our local taverna, supping a few glasses of wine and delighting in the local tastes freshly prepared here.

A delight in the summer, as you sit outside and take in the village views and countryside below under the Grapevine Pergola, which shades you from the intense summer heat - come the winter months it offers a warm and welcoming venue too as George and his brother Ilias light their wood burning stove.  You can almost feel you are sat outside as they have an outdoor area, glassed in, so still plenty of views or if you prefer, dine inside and enjoy the amazing array of photos from times gone by in the village. 

Food delights are freshly prepared : including their homemade Tsatski and Taramasalata dips, Chicken and Pork kebabs, a freshly made Greek Salad or my own favourite being Felafel's Balls all served with  Hot Pitta bread and mouthwatering freshly prepared chips to name just a few delights.  Always ask as they often have a Special Dish too.....

At least once per month a few of us 'girls' meet up and enjoy a good ole chat and catch up, exchanging news, views and our own Winter menus and of course remembering some of the events and highlights of the summer just past.  We have time to relax, enjoy, laugh and also not worry about getting up the next day too early!!! - Very Important......

So if you are visiting or stay nearby out of season drop in or if holidaying during the mainstream holiday months you should certainly pay a visit to this taverna.

During the summer, Ilias Taverna is also open during lunchtimes and can be reached by local buses - during the off season Winter months it doubles up as a great meeting place during mornings and lunchtimes for locals as a Kafeneion too. 

However for me, many years back,  once I discovered this little gem it so quickly became a favourite and authentic place to dine.  I lived in the main town area years back then and would drive an hour or so on a precious Day Off to enjoy.  So now I am fortunate it is almost on my door step oh OK at least 5 minutes walk away!!!!.............
Yammas and Kali Orexi.......

Ilias Taverna can also be found on FaceBook.......






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