It goes without saying that Greece is a great place to visit – hopefully my blog will eventually reveal much of what the country has to offer. I, however, am probably the luckiest girl around because a) I’m not just here for a visit and b) I have a pretty excellent family here to feed me, take care of me and generally show me the ropes.
My cousin’s birthday was on Monday, so I headed out to Kifissia to join them for a celebration. The party was pretty low key, with close friends and family, but the food certainly was not.
We had (starting at the bottom, and going clockwise) Shrimp Saganaki (divine), a kind of cold chicken salad, a zucchini and feta thing, an eggplant pie, and there was a tomato/cheese tart peeking out of the right corner of the photo.
The pièce de résistance, however, was what my cousin requested instead of a cake. This is a giant Ntako – a Cretan salad made with hard crusty bread on the bottom, and then feta, tomatoes, olive oil, olives/capers on top. The juices soak down into the bread and it is absolutely amazing.
But this really doesn’t translate into a cake, right? Wrong. Aunt is creative, and used a soft (I think goat’s) cheese to create an outer layer over the bread and tomatoes. This was delicious, and there is in fact some of it sitting in my fridge right now. (They sent me home with a pretty significant pile of food.)
So the family feeds me well – that much is obvious. Bu they also take me on adventures. This afternoon we are heading to the island of Spetses for the reenactment of an 1821 battle from the War of Independence. The Spetsiote fleet torched the Turkish fleet, and every year on the anniversary of the battle (technically the 8th, but that wasn’t a weekend..) there is a gigantic celebration with a reenactment of a ship getting blown up! Should be an exciting thing to see – and I will of course share photos when I get back!