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LIVING                                                                        MAY/JUNE 2013

EASTER AGAIN!

The procession of the epitaphia was not as well attended in Piraeus as in Aegina, perhaps because most of the people WERE in Aegina but I was happy that my friends who had flown in from London had managed to see at least the tail end of the symbolic mourning.

Not familiar with good eating holes of Piraeus, I spotted a large, proud elderly man sitting in a kafaneio who seemed to be king of the area. I asked him where I might find a reputable local eatery, clean and honest. The spotlight on him, he puffed up with self importance and directed me to his favourite place, to the right of the Dimotiko Theatro. I approached the venue cautiously and then I spotted Kyrios Yiorgos, the chief engineer of the Agios Nektarios, eating out with his wife. A true fellow foodie whose DNA is embedded in the sea and the concrete of Piraeus, his presence was enough to reassure me that we had been well advised.

The taverna was aesthetically pleasing, a wash of wood and the colour cream. The menu, beautifully hand written in black ink, was only in Greek and there were a limited number of dishes available. We ordered a carafe of chilled white wine and when our food was brought to the table, we knew we had hit the jack-pot. The kalamaria were golden and crisp, succulent, melt-in-the-mouth, cooked to perfection. My friends were spellbound. The dolmodakia, exquisite packages of mint and rice, wrapped in fragrant vine leaves were well appreciated. Even the traditional Greek salad seemed more vibrant in colour but perhaps we were just hungry!

Easter day started late for us as we had spent the best part of Easter evening in a bar, listening to eclectic music and we even danced!

Our guests arrived at 2.30 pm and we served lunch at 3. The leg of lamb that had been sweating away in the oven fell off the bone and the roast potatoes were dare I Say it, perfect!! Whilst I was in Piraeus with our friends on Friday, Mr. L had cooked chicken breasts in mushrooms and ouzo with fresh basil picked from the garden and all of this was left to marinate in the fridge. (This recipe will be available soon…so watch this space!) When this boozy dish was resurrected on Easter day, the herby ouzo had really penetrated the chicken and the taste was one of heaven tainted with aniseed. We also had fresh steak fillets for barbecuing which Mr. L brushed with a mixture of olive oil, oregano and lemon juice.

As it was Easter day and our friends had made a particular effort to fly over for the weekend from London, we decided to pop open a bottle of champagne.  The conversations flowed in French, Greek and English and were all happy when we smashed our red eggs…lies! My friends (who are too clever) knew exactly how to hold the egg so that it didn’t crack and my competitive streak reared its head. There’s nothing like a little competition to get the adrenaline going! B won and we all cheered. Then M decided that it would be good idea to sing! …..oh why had I serenaded Dolly Parton’s Jolene the night before? Because I had alcohol induced confidence, that is why!!! but try finding that confidence the following day when you have guests, some of   know you well but not THAT well AND your children are cringing at the thought of mum singing publicly…but M is an amazing woman who fears nothing and believes that everything is possible!, even my ability to sing…so we sang along to the downloaded lyrics and I forgot about my children, their sniggering embarrassment and I forgot about the financial crisis in Greece and I actually enjoyed myself. F, a French guest, sang independently, without lyrics and even improvised the backing music with clicking fingers and tapping feet. BRAVO!!! His performance was excellent. M being Irish, sang Danny BOY, solo with pathos. Others, including our children hunched into their shoulders, avoiding eye contact, should they be selected for the next performance.

M and B, our friends from England were to fly back on Easter Monday and after a whizzing spate of shopping, decided to swim during their final morning. Our local beach is Kamares. After which there are several interesting beaches, some rocky, some sandy on the way down to Aegina town. They wanted to swim where they had been two days previously with child number 1 but they couldn’t remember which pile of rubbish it was near…so we coasted along looking for child number 1 who was jumping off rocks into cool, deep water. He WAS in a spot close to a pile of rubbish but it was the third pile that we counted and this was to be my reference point when the time came to collect them for lunch.

The magic over, our friends were to leave later that day, along with child number 1. Time beckoned and lazy local councils were still uncaring about their island though happy to take our money for rubbish collection …Ha!!..What a load of rubbish that is!!!! Back to reality but we did have a great Easter!!!!!

                                 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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