Happy spring!

May 1st, 2012 § 0

A bright and beautiful season full of colours and smiles!

Wreaths have much history and symbolism. They are usually made from flowers or evergreens to symbolize strength.

In Greece on May Day, generally people arrive from all big cities to the countryside to pick all kinds of flowers including wild flowers for the wreaths.

Then they hang the flower wreaths on their front doors until 24 June. On that day, they burn the dried wreaths in a big fire.

To symbolize a wish for a good harvest, farmers also make wreaths using wheat or the branches from fruit and nut trees.

The May Day wreath custom is said to be a Pagan rituel and seen in Turkey’s Bozcaada island.

Tulips in Istanbul

April 30th, 2012 § 1

 

Every civilization has certain objects that represent its character. It is said that Turks brought tulip from Central Asia together with them.

In Istanbul during the Ottoman era, colourful lantern processions with tulips were organized every year. Poet couplets mentioned tulip, while painters, paper marbling artist, tile makers, engravers and marble sculptors worked tulip design.

Spring transition 2012

April 9th, 2012 § 0

A Lover’s day kiss from www.aegeaneating.com

February 13th, 2012 § 0

Surprise your loved one with home made delicious chocolates, by adding a personal touch on Valentine’s day.

  • 300 gr bitter chocolate (bittersweet couverture)
  • 80 gr marzipan
  • 2 T. Cognac
  • cacao powder, caster sugar and chopped pistachio for coating

Melt the bittersweet chocolate with bain-marie method. Simply put water in a thick bottom pan. Inside this pan place another pan with the couverture chocolate.  Chocolate needs to be melted at a very low temperature. When the chocolate melts, put the Cognac and marzipan. Stir well. 

Shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands.  If desired use gloves.

Then place the balls into the dish with either pistachio or with cacao powder. Leave the traditional truffle balls in the coating, if needed place for secondary coating. 

Mould the rest of the melted chocolate into different shapes like heart or flower forms.

Alternatively, dip your favorite fruit like strawberry, apple or sour cherry in the heated chocolate. Stick a toothpick into the top of each fruit.

Be careful, chocolate hardens fast. Place the chocolate covered delight on the waxed paper.

Allow to set in a cool place at least 1 hour.

Happy New Year ~ Peace and love on earth

December 29th, 2011 § 0

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