Saturday, 4 September 2021
Grapes to Homemade Jam.
At this time of the year the grapes are ripe oh and the wasps are abundant too. On our little home vine we have some very nice seedless white grapes. These really don't make the best wine,(we tried it was awful) however they are prefect to make what is locally is known as Spoon Fruits. Or you could just indulge daily on white grapes but hey there is only so many grapes one can eat in a day. So a Google search has made us the perfect jam or spoon fruits. Yes it is time consuming but so worth it. No pectin is required if you soak your grapes in Sugar, Vanilla and lemon, So from our little seedless crop we have a few jars to enjoy on our toast come the Winter when the sky is grey and you need the comfort of homemade jam......
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Fasalakia - A Simple Warming Dish to Try.......
As we head towards the Winter here and we now retreat once again for the long nights in front of us, I personally look forward to creating tasty but simple meals in our little kitchen in the village.
This Summer, albeit it a very short one for all of us but thankfully we did have a few months here of happy visitors whom enjoyed the sun and space offered under the Greek sky in these crazy times we are all living in... (should I use the C word as in Covid) as Summer is now over here (although not Covid) and life becomes based thankfully once again around the home.
Retiring early every evening now, around 10pm for me anyway, as the nights become longer, I rise earlier in the mornings normally around 07.00 hours, which in the Summer months I then dream to sleep in longer, as it is a pleasure whilst working to catch a few more hours. Now as the nights are longer, off I go to bed, read a book and fall asleep early with the darks nights - probably even earlier next week as the clocks go back, when the nights become longer, and the days shorter, however the sunrise will be earlier - it will be a time to enjoy (hopefully) bright sunny mornings and get lots of my domestic jobs done whilst it is still cool to do so. October 20th today and a very balmy 22c - a beautiful day All in All.
This evening I am soaking small white beans overnight to make a soup tomorrow another famous dish this time soup called Fasolada, as we have fresh Rosemary in our garden along with celery which lifts the taste.
In our house we proabably only eat Meat once per week, opting for a typical Mediterrean Diet, sometimes with Fish on Fridays. But in the Winter months Beans, Pulses and Lentils make up the majority of our weekday menus - something I enjoy cooking these simple dishes, they often take a lot of time, which during the summer I just don't have - so I saviour and enjoy their simplicity - these Corfiot & Greek recipes come the Autumn and Winter......... I love the rich sauces and bread too........ oh and the Feta Cheese......!!!!
Enjoy your evening too - from A Corfu Village up in the Hills above the main resorts..........
Monday, 24 February 2020
Life in a Corfu Village by Lesley Ann Hoy @ Corfu Selections: Is Winter Over? Potato Salad for All....
Is Winter Over?
Well its been a few months since I have last posted so what have I/we been upto this once again Wonderful Winter here in Corfu.
Here is my first post from this Winter and more to follow....
After finishing work at the beginning of October the first thing we tackled was our overgrown garden with so many sun scorched & bald patches and almost full with weeds etc from the summer of no water. So we invited our friend Christos with his tractor to plough the land. We could then think about winter veggies - of course we needed a few wet days which we were blessed with to assist him and his tractor otherwise after a dry summer the land would have been similar to cement in Mid November. We had a few days or rain and he was in his glory as he ploughed and sang and was so happy we then had a fertile plain to work with.
So land overturned and then settled this was then perfect - so come December before the frost arrived is when we planted some potatoes and other Winter root veggies. Happy to say we harvested out first wonderful sweet baby potatoes this week and what a wonderful potato salad they made with some Spring Onions, local Olive Oil and mustard and mayo dressing - a meal in itself. Oh not forgetting the fresh mint also picked from the garden too......
The end result was very yummy nothing better than freshly picked potatoes from our garden........ with a lovely lettuce too which due to a mild winter had already thought about joining us too. I would add we didn't use any grow quickly chemicals or even put under glass we are fortunate to live in a place in the village here in NW Corfu with daytime sun which assists these Winter Gem seeds ( I brought over last Winter from UK so hardy - if they grown in the UK they certainly will flourish here)......and they did......
So more updates to come before returning to work again.
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Kind Wishes from Life In A Corfu Village by Lesley Ann @ Corfu Selections.