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LOUKOUMADES - HONEY PUFFS INGREDIENTS 1/2 kilo (1 lb 2 oz) flour 2 teaspoons yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon oil for frying SYRUP 2 teacups honey 1 teacup sugar stick of cinnamon 2 teacups water DIRECTIONS 1. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. 2. Put the flour... Continue »
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As second term reports are round the corner, I've been burning the midnight oil all this week in order to meet deadlines and finish my marking before April 15. "Why worry about deadlines? After all, you are your own boss!", friends and family often remark. The truth is I don't... Continue »
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Photo Credit The Greek War of Independence celebrated on March 25 all over Greece and Cyprus was, undoubtedly inspited by the Annunciation of Virgin Mary. Exactly nine months before Christmas, Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was chosen to bear Jesus Christ - the Son of God. On March... Continue »
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Last Monday was a national holiday celebrating Greece's Independence from the 368 years of Ottoman occupation. Just like on all special days, the Greeks celebrate with festive food and family reunions. According to Greek tradition, on 25 March, the special menu is cod fritters served with skordalia. Skordalia is a... Continue »
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Green Monday, also called Clean Monday, is a public holiday in Greece and Cyprus as it marks the beginning of Lent. It is celebrated with family picnics in the countryside, kite-flying and Greek Lenten foods consisting of shellfish, vegetables and various greens. For many Greeks, this day also marks a... Continue »
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Tsiknopempti (Burnt Thursday) is the Greek equivalent of Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). It is celebrated eleven days before the start of Lent. The "Burnt" part refers to the grilling of meats (barbrcue), a big part of the celebration of this day. Photo Credit The weekend following "Burnt Thursday" will also... Continue »
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Alan Bennett said in Writing Home that one of the pleasures of reading diaries is that they are like conversations - even if the conversation is with oneself. Keeping a diary for me has always been a creative necessity, a place of exploration or simply a place to express my... Continue »
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Dear Diary, Hope you haven't given me up for lost ! As you know, the end of the first term is almost as hectic as the end of the school term in June. But here I am back , a little tired , I must admit, yet happy because Christmas... Continue »
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It's amazing how this holiday season has just flown by. A Christmas holiday in London and a few days in Paphos to welcome the New Year were more than enough for me to relax, recharge the batteries and begin the new term at school tomorrow. After London where Alkis and... Continue »
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Since yesterday, Cyprus has been hit by a cold spell which is said to be coming from...Siberia and affecting Cyprus. I may be wreckless at Geography but I do know that Siberia is thousands of miles away from Cyprus. How can this polar cold affect the eastern Mediterranean? Well, I... Continue »
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I've been often told that Christmas in London is magical. But mainly because of my fear of flying, I've never felt brave enough to fly for more than 4 hours. The last time I visited London was for a very sad reason, soon after my graduation from the University of... Continue »
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With temperatures rising to 27C in mid November, who would expect snow in Cyprus a month later? Since Thursday, it's been snowing on Troodos, almost uninterruptedly. Right slap in the middle of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus towers Mt Olympus. At just under 2000m it's able to collect enough snowfall... Continue »
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A few years ago, an American friend of mine invited me to a dinner party on 9/12/2005. Although I couldn't understand why she had sent out the invitations so early, I replied that I would be unable to attend because December 9th was a Friday and I finished work at... Continue »
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So far December has been a pleasantly hectic month both at home and at the work place. Apart from marking tests and compositions, I spent last weekend decorating the school and getting it ready for our Christmas party on December 21st. It's also the time when my junior students learn... Continue »
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Christmas is round the corner and that time of year again in Greece and Cyprus to feel the divine smell of homemade Christmas sweets like kourabiedes and melomakarona. Despite my very busy schedule at work, I made time and baked some. But I used different recipes this year - easy... Continue »
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Regardless of colour, race, religion, social status, nationality or ideology, our main purpose in life is to be happy. To me, happiness is subjective and relative to what each one of us expects in life. It's variable as it changes with age. In my childhood, happiness was playing with my... Continue »
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The Crucifixion I am a christian, a Greek Orthodox, and I solemnly observe our religious events and ceremonies. I am not a very religious person, though, in the sense that I rarely go to church and I only fast during the Holy Week before Easter. Does that make me a... Continue »
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Time Out Cyprus By Time Out editors 1. Head for the hills Platres Agritourism is a growing trend on the island, but it hasn’t yet caught up to the high visitor numbers the coastal resorts attract. Consequently, a holiday in the Troodos Mountains is recommended for anyone in search of... Continue »
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Not long ago, I was invited to a social event where everything was just perfect except one thing. I didn't know anyone there and, to make things worse, no one bothered to make introductions. I felt awkward but I took things into my own hands and introduced myself. However, being... Continue »