Greetings from Greece!
The last week of November I was swimming in Greece.
No, I’m not crazy, it was sunny and I did not find the water cold … OK, I will accept that I come from Peru where the sea water is cold, even in summer!
Vilma and I went to Neo Itilo with Saimir and had an incredible time with his family. We could not have been more spoiled: ate octopus freshly hunted and cooked by Martin, we had a go at olive picking and saw the whole process to make olive oil, we learned how to make the deliciously light spanakopita with Marci (Greek spinach pie with filo pastry), drunk lots of Greek coffee (thank you Ola!), were amazed by the fairy-like Vychlada caves, did some compulsory honey and olive shopping at Areopoli’s Saturday market, visited the ruins of a castle located between the towns of Neo Itilo and Kelefa … and I converted a couple of ladies into Zumba addicts!
From the field to the market, olives and olive oil in Greece. Clockwise from bottom left: olive picking in Itilo with battery activated rake, market in Areopoli, olive picking with rake in Itilo, green Olives and olives market stall in Athens, machinery to make olive oil near Itilo.
I spent a few more days in Athens where Vilma would have gone crazy at the variety of olives on sale and I walked around the city following the itinerary tailored by my friends Panorea and Stavros.
Recipes and more comments on yummie food should follow soon, in the meantime if you are interested in olives and olive oil and happen to be in London this week you might want to go to Vilma’s free talk on this subject at the Natural History Museum. Vilma, please remind us the specific time and place.