Mataki | Greek Evil Eye

Mataki, or Mati (Μάτι as known in Greek) can be traced back to Ancient Greece. In most regions in Greece, there is still the strong belief that having a mati causes supernatural power to protect the person who wears one, from evil thoughts and actions of others to them. They are not found just in Greek tradition. There is a widely extended belief of their supernatural force among many Mediterranean and Asian tribes and cultures.

People in Greece also use them in lucky charms, that hang them somewhere in their houses, in order to bring luck to their homes and to decorate the lucky charms of the New Year, called gouria (γούρια). Read more...

Diples : taste the delicious Greek Christmas rolls

Diples or Thiples is a Greek dessert from the Peloponnese, made of thin sheet-like dough. They are essentially the same as angel wings, except that they are dipped in syrup rather than served dry. The dough is rolled into long, thin strips, fried and folded in hot oil and then dipped in a sugar or honey syrup.

In case you are not familiar with them, Diples get their name from the Greek word for “fold.”

They are thin sheets of dough that are folded while being fried into a crispy package that is drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon and ground walnuts.

This recipe has been adapted from the cookbook of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois.

Ingredients

  • egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 tbsp. butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. brandy
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 inches of vegetable oil (or shortening for frying)
  • For the Syrup:
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. water
  • Garnish: cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts

Steps to Make It

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • Sift the flour with the baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the egg yolks and whole egg on high speed until the eggs are thick and smooth and the color is light yellow – about 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Combine the melted butter, orange juice, and brandy. With the mixer running, add to the egg mixture until incorporated.

  • Add the flour in 1/2 cup increments until the dough comes together and doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl. If you have a dough hook for your mixer, you can attach it and knead the dough with the machine. If not, turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand.

  • Continue kneading the dough until it has a smooth and elastic texture, about 5 to 8 minutes.

  • Separate the dough into four pieces, and rest it on the counter covered with plastic wrap for about half an hour.

  • After the dough has rested, roll out each section into rectangles about the size of a sheet pan. The dough should be very thin about 1/16th of an inch thick or about the thickness of a piece of cardboard.

  • Using a knife or rolling cutter, cut the dough into sheets that are about 5 inches wide and about 10 inches long. Lay the cut pieces on a tray separated by wax paper sheets to prevent them from sticking together.

  • To fry, you will need a pan with a wide bottom and a depth of about 4 to 5 inches. The oil will need to be poured to about 3 inches in depth.

  • Heat the oil or vegetable shortening until shimmering but not smoking hot. If the oil is too hot your diples will get too dark and will cook too quickly, making it difficult to roll them.

  • Place a dough sheet in the hot oil. Using two large cooking forks, hold the end furthest away from you and roll the sheet away from you. You can pierce the sheet with the fork or simply place the edge between the tines of the fork.

  • Hold the roll in the oil until both sides are a light golden color.

  • These cook quickly so be sure to have your ingredients and tools in place. It’s best to cut all the dough sheets before you begin frying. Drain and remove the rolls to a tray layered with paper towels and stand them on their ends to prevent them from becoming mushy.

  • To make the syrup, combine the honey and the water and heat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave. Place the diples on a serving platter and drizzle with the syrup. Sprinkle with ground walnuts and ground cinnamon.

  • To keep the diples crisp, do not add the syrup until just before you are ready to serve.

  • Enjoy!

    Text source Wikipedia, thespruceeats.com

Kappa.art.gallery in Paros and Thassos Greek islands

We love visiting art galleries. We enjoy taking our time with the pieces that speak to us and we like to ensure that we have a vibrant experience overall apart from just buying the art piece we love.  We recently discovered Kappa.art.gallery in Potos in Thassos island and we are delighted to announce their new Kappa.art.gallery opening in the popular Cycladic island of Paros In Paroikia.
Kappa.art.galleries are open during the summer season (May /October) and present well known and new promising Greek artists, graduates of Fine Art Academy. In the galleries you will be able to meet all forms of art : Painting, Sculpture, Ceramic, Constructions, Photography and Jewellery.
Kappa.art.gallery always communicates art either from Athens (+306974892936) or through social media and by taking part in International Art Fairs.
Each work is unique and is always accompanied by Certificate Of Authenticity.
The shipping costs are free of charge for the customer
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Exquisite Jewellery Made in Greece

This post is a place for jewellery lovers who want to give their jewellery box a touch of Greek designers’ sparkle. I am going to share with you my favourite pieces from their collection but I am sure you will be delighted to see all their work on their official pages which I am back-linking to.

Listed in alphabetical order.

Aelia Crafts –   Conceptual jewellery brand inspired from the art of ancient Greece and its unique heritage & culture.

 

Follow Aelia Crafts on Facebook @aeliacrafts – Follow Aelia Crafts on Instagram @aelia_crafts

 

Fotini Psarouli –  A masterful jewellery maker that creates, elegant artisanal jewellery.

 

See Fotini Psarouli’s website @fotinipsarouli.com – Follow her on Instagram @fotinipsarouli

greecs – A curated collection of Greek works of art, from museum reproductions to modern creations

 

See greecs’ website @greecs.com – Follow them on Instagram @greecsworksofart

Nicofilimon Jewelry – Using the inspiration of Greece, the knowledge of the world and the shimmering, precious essence of dreams as raw materials, Nicofilimon, aka Nikos Garbis, creates art objects that caress the body.

 

See Nicofilimon’s website @nicofilimon.com – Follow him on Instagram @nicofilimonjewelry

Jamie Oliver in Greece | Video

In 2015 Jamie Oliver visited Ikaria, also spelled Icaria, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. That visit was part of his research into the important role of the food people eat in longevity. The residents of the island are known for their longevity and their nutritional habits.

During his visit he tasted local cuisine and specialities such as fried mullet, herb pie, pumpkin pie and broad beans with fennel.    

He then made trahanas, whole grain cracked wheat, cooked with milk, dried in the sun .