Let’s warm ourselves a little bit with this Greek drink with origins from Turkey, named salepi.
If you stroll in the Greek city centres during winter time, look for the chestnut man, roasting chestnuts on the charcoal. It is a beautiful and nostalgic image, very familiar to Greeks that will definitely bring inspiration for some great photographic captures.
The chestnut seller has a portable brazier with a heap of roasted chestnuts ready to sell in paper cornets.
Autumn is about new flavours in our kitchen. Our favorite fruits of this season are figs. Figs are ready to be eaten when they are soft in touch. Figs perish quickly, so the sooner you est them the better. Some people do not peel the before they eat them but we choose to peel them. Figs go well with nuts, blue cheese and prosciutto. Here is the recipe we used to make a delicious fig jam.
Sarakosti (The Great Lent is a Christian Orthodox tradition. It’s a 50 day period of fasting, during which people do not eat all meat & animal products(eggs, dairy) except seafood (however fish isn’t allowed). This is actually a traditional Greek version of a vegetarian diet, that’s also followed before Christmas, before the Dormition of the Mother of God in August and every Wednesday & Friday. Taramasalata (taramosalata) is one of the most popular dips that Greeks eat during that period.