Aegina Home & Living - Living in Aegina

 

 

 


LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

                                                           LIVING
 

                                                            LIVING DEC 2008           

        
 

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GREEK STYLE

It’s that time again and I can’t believe it is a year since I last wrote about Christmas in Greece!

Although George believes that Christmas should be fun for children and food for adults, that we should invest in buying good food for friends and family but forget about buying un-necessary gifts for adults, the English person inside me cannot altogether abandon buying gifts for my family, so this year I decided to concentrate on food, bearing in mind the credit crunch, the planet and simple organic produce plus the joy of receiving something that has an obvious air of effort.

I therefore bought eight baskets from a local supplier in Aegina and filled them with lovely things to eat.  I bought eight packs of locally produced pistachios from ΜΟΥΡΤΖΗ (one of my favourite shops) plus eight packets of their home –produced sweets. The pistachios are from their own land and they are home-cooked to achieve the right balance of colour, crispiness and saltiness.
 

Their latest range of sweets are the almond and honey combination which are then rolled in sesame seeds and when one bites into them, the texture is a delightful chewy, nutty one that has the edge over health bars because they are shaped like sweets.

I bought bags of home-produced oregano from  ΛΑΖΑΡΟΥ, my local greengrocer, situated next to ανδρεαδης Home Stores. Mr and Mrs ΛΑΖΑΡΟΥ advise me on all sorts of culinary combinations and I could write a book about the many uses of oregano.

Their oregano is stuffed tightly into small polythene bags and tied at the top with a green satin ribbon, then displayed among the plethora of pulses and nuts. My daughter always enjoys shopping there because they usually offer her an apple as well as a box full of out-of-date fruit and vegetables for the donkey that lives in the field next door to us.

I picked lemons and oranges from the trees in my garden and I bought sticks of cinnamon from the herb and spice shop in Piraeus. Tied up with silver ribbon into little bundles, these items added necessary colour to my baskets.

Lastly, I bought hand-crafted items from ΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙ ΚΕΡΑΜΙΚΗΣ ΤΕΧΝΗΣ, the stylish shop in Spirou Rodi selling tasteful items for the house. This is a traditional, long established family business where the whole family works towards producing the most beautiful ceramic ware. Predominantly female, the women work harmoniously together, bouncing off creative ideas

which they skillfully translate into clay; these are baked in the kiln at the ‘factory’, a beautiful stone-built property where they are painted and glazed before being transported back to the shop to be artistically displayed in the window. Just to visit the shop is a feast for the eyes and is retail therapy in the true sense of the word!

As for Christmas cards, sending  them  in Greece is not the painful tradition that exists in England but I do like to send them to English friends and famly nevertheless.

This year it snowed in Aegina and for the first time in years, we had snow on the mountains.

I took photos of the children and dogs playing chase, snowballs, even rolling in the snow. I will print out twenty of these and commission the kids to paste them onto card; it will keep them busy at the weekend and I will have a set of unique Christmas cards to send!

Meanwhile, we wish everyone a happy Christmas and a healthy new year!!!

 

Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2008

 

NOVEMBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

OCTOBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

JULY ISSUE

CLICK HERE

JUNE ISSUE

CLICK HERE

MAY ISSUE

CLICK HERE

APRIL ISSUE

CLICK HERE

MARCH ISSUE

CLICK HERE

FEBRUARY ISSUE

CLICK HERE

JANUARY ISSUE

CLICK HERE

DECEMBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

NOVEMBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

OCTOBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

SEPTEMBER ISSUE

CLICK HERE

AUGUST ISSUE

CLICK HERE

JULY ISSUE

CLICK HERE

JUNE ISSUE

CLICK HERE

APRIL/MAY ISSUE

CLICK HERE

FEBUARY/MARCH ISSUE

CLICK HERE