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25 Sep

Columbia woman pays tribute to her mother by publishing recipes, stories of her homeland

By ASHLEY ERNST
Tribune Food Editor
Published Wednesday

In 1999 Alice Padova Anderson inherited four tiny notebooks. On the front of those notebooks is a faded print — once a bright advertisement for Shell Motor Oil. Originally meant for recording mileage, gas purchases and oil changes, the four stained and worn little books surprisingly contain handwritten recipes.
The recipes are written in Greek, and Alice translates the recipe titles: Sophia’s Cake, Victoria’s Cake.
"She doesn’t write recipes for coconut cake," Alice explains. "She writes recipes for Sophia’s Cake."
"She" is Alice’s mother. She is the Corfu native who passed on to her daughter her love for cooking and her personal recipe collection. She also passed along the stories behind the recipes: At Sophia’s, when she would visit on Name Day — part of a Greek Orthodox tradition — she was always served coconut cake.
"This is how I got to know those recipes," Alice says.
The recipe collection is such a treasure that Alice decided to share it by publishing a cookbook: "Corfu Cooking," released this month.
"I grew up in Corfu, Greece, an island between the mainland and Italy," she says. "It’s an island cookbook with family recipes of different origins — Venetian, English and a few from the mainland," she says. "But this is not a mainland cookbook."
Alice has also preserved pieces of Corfu history, including her mother’s directions for firing up a coal stove.
"In the ’40s and ’50s we didn’t have electrical ovens," Alice says. "Her oven went on top of coals."
Not only did Alice translate the recipes from Greek into English, she also had to convert her mother’s notations into American measurements.
For instance, one of the handwritten cake recipes instructs: Weigh 8 eggs. Add the same weight in sugar, half the weight of flour and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Alice made cakes both ways — one following her mother’s directions, the other using American measurements.
"She didn’t want to change the way she was doing her cakes and to translate them to American measures. She was right," Alice says of the cake made with weighed ingredients. "It was a better cake than the others I made."
"Not only did I want to write a cookbook," Alice says. "I wanted to write my mother’s recipes to preserve them." Read More

24 Sep

Following its success in the United Kingdom and an August 2016 release in Australia, a new kind of adventure goes to American television in October.
The Durrells in Corfu is a 6-episode extended mini-series based on Gerald Durrell’s autobiographical book My Family and Other Animals, and tells the story of an unconventional British family’s attempt at a new life in the natural paradise of Corfu, Greece.
Keeley Hawes (Upstairs, Downstairs) stars as the family matriarch, a widow struggling to keep her family afloat as she navigates her own love life, her children’s coming of age stories, and the expectations of her traditional English family.
The series will air on British ITV and will star Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell, a widowed mother of three unruly children trying to pick up the pieces of her life and save those of her children by leaving England and heading to a remote Greek Island.
But it’s 1935 and there is no electricity. There is outright refusal and the children revolt. But Corfu is cheap, and an untamed paradise— and the Durrells stay.
The series filmed on location in Greece and also includes a host of Greek talent, including beloved actors Yorgos Karamichos and Alexis Georgoulis. The series is based on the popular series of books by beloved British writer Gerald Durrell. From pappaspost

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02 Sep

Filming will commence on a second season of ITV’s The Durrells in Corfu a few days.
Based upon Gerald Durrell’s classic trilogy of Corfu memoirs, the hit family drama launched in April and achieved a peak audience of 8.2 million viewers.
The series tells the story of Louisa Durrell, who makes a radical change and uproots her four unruly ‘children’ Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry, from Bournemouth to start a new life in Corfu in the 1930s.

ine of Duty star Keeley Hawes will reprise her role as Louisa Durrell, alongside Leslie Caron as Countess Mavrodaki, Ulric Von Der Esch as Sven, Anna Savva as housekeeper Lugaretzia, Lucy Black as Florence Petrides and Alexis Conran as Dr Petride.
ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea commented: “We loved The Durrells from the moment the idea was pitched to us and it become even more magical when it was brought to screen. It was a very easy decision to commission a second series of this warm and enchanting drama.”
Sally Woodward-Gentle, CEO at Sid Gentle Films Ltd., added: “We absolutely loved making the first series of The Durrells and were overjoyed with the response from viewers when it was broadcast on ITV. We can’t wait to reunite the fantastic cast and crew for Simon Nye’s wonderful scripts and get on a plane to Corfu!”

27 Jul

The cultural association Kassiopi organizes two-days festival on Friday, the 29th and Sunday, the 31st of July with the following program:

Friday, July 29th
4th meeting of dance groups in elementary school Kassiopi with the participation of Kavvalouri, Sinies, Vitali and Kassiopi dance associations.

Sunday, July 31st
3rd meeting of choral groups in Kassiopi port, with the participation of Chlomos, Kontokali, Karousades and Kassiopi chorus.

Sponsors:  www.altercorfu.com www.corfuland.gr

10 Jul

I'd like to say, out of family loyalty, that I keep returning to Corfu to catch up with my cousins. But that's only partly true. The cousins are four sisters who live on a hill in neighboring pink and peach houses. On my first visit, when I was 18, the youngest told me about turning down her American boyfriend's marriage proposal when he mentioned she'd have to move to Maine. "My sisters asked him, 'Wouldn't you rather come back to Corfu and live with us?'" she explained, shrugging.

She is 10 years older than I am, and perhaps wiser. But I knew, already, after a week of narrow, winding streets that open suddenly onto ocean views, long lunches of well-spiced shellfish beside a warm, cobalt sea, and frothy iced coffees under colonnaded walkways, that I would choose Corfu over the vast majority of men. Now, more than a decade later, I have yet to meet the man for whom I would trade the island.

Corfu is so alluring that centuries of visitors and rulers felt compelled to make it their own, to leave something of themselves behind.The Venetians carved the lion of Saint Mark on the city walls and erected not one but two fortresses thrusting into the sea. The French modeled the archways and swinging gas lamps of the Liston, Corfu town's main drag, on their Rue de Rivoli. And the British left the island a cricket ground, an affection for ginger beer (known as tzin tzin birra), and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, now the Museum of Asiatic Art. All these donations are the obligation of a ruling power, I reasoned, as I sat under an archway on the Liston, drinking my tzin tzin birra, watching cricket, and selecting black-market CD's of Greek music from a Senegalese vendor. I didn't owe the island anything more than the price of my drink. I could let it seduce me. I did.

One bright afternoon, I visited the British Cemetery. The supervisor, George Psailas, was born on the grounds in 1927; his father, one of many Maltese settlers, had been the cemetery's caretaker before him. Mr. Psailas led me past rare wild orchids to a marker honoring 44 British soldiers lost at sea when a mine exploded as they were returning from World War II. Equally moving was the loyalty of dozens of expatriate Brits who wanted their remains laid to rest here. One man engraved his wife's headstone with GOOD NIGHT, MY LOVE, I'LL BE ALONG LATER.

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09 Jul

The Swedes have a special preference to Greek islands and especially as seen to the article-tribute from the Swedish major daily newspaper Göteborgs-Posten, they vote Corfu!

Corfu Town is characterized by intense Venetian elements, but also by many English and French influences. It is a cosmopolitan city that exudes a sense of nobility, with main attractions the great Esplanade Square, which is the largest square in the Balkans, the Old and the New Fort, City Hall (Theatre San Giacomo), Cannon, Mon Repos and Museums Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Istorias. Corfu’s coasts have a total length of 217 km and form several bays and capes.

The tribute to Corfu made extensive reference to the picturesque mountain villages, the lush hinterland, endless beaches and bays. Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean and one of the greenest islands in Greece. Green slopes of olives and cypress trees, vineyards, fig trees and houses in between green landscape. The turquoise waters invite you to dive, and you can choose between various activities, either on the beach or in the city.

08 Jul

pasta-corfu-600With ravishing Corfu firmly in the spotlight right now (thanks to the popular televised series based on Gerard Durrell’s Corfu trilogy), Insider has teamed up with Greek Gastronomy Guide to bring you this definitive guide to the island’s outstanding cuisine.

How History shaped Corfu’s Tastebuds

Corfu spent seven centuries under Western domination, a fact that had a decisive effect on Corfu’s gastronomic culture and cuisine.
Under the Byzantines, the local cuisine took a typically Mediterranean form, based on olive oil, wheat, wine, wild greens, and fish. The poorer classes ate very little meat and then only on feast days.

Of the island’s foreign rulers, the British Protectorate 1815-1864 left a modest legacy of ginger beer and English puddings. The Venetians, on the other hand, overlords for some 400 years, brought immense changes with them. During the Renaissance, Venice was at the centre of the spice and sugar trade, supplying Europe with luxury and wealth.

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06 Jul

The DurrellsThe ITV drama The Durrells, set in the 1930s on the Greek island of Corfu, has been licensed by BBC Worldwide into a host of European markets.

The Sid Gentle Films production based on Gerald Durrell’s Corfu trilogy is headed to SVT in Sweden, UTV in Iceland, ETV in Estonia, YLE in Finland, TV2 in Denmark, Latvian Television, Greece’s OTE and the Benelux via BBC First. Viewers in the Middle East will also be able to access the show on BBC First. Deals were also inked by BBC Worldwide with Seven in Australia and Sky in New Zealand.

“The Durrells has brought a little Greek sunshine into British living rooms so it’s only fair to return the favor by taking this wonderfully warm series to Greek audiences—and beyond,” said Paul Dempsey, the president of global markets at BBC Worldwide. “British drama has huge international appeal and the early success of this series across the world suggests we have another hit on our hands.”

Sally Woodward Gentle, Sid Gentle Films’s CEO and executive producer, noted, “I am delighted that The Durrells will air in so many countries and of course, in particular, Greece. We had a wonderful experience filming there last year and are all looking forward to returning for series two very soon. I hope that viewers in Greece will treat the series like they did Louisa and her brood—with curiosity, humor and warmth!”

Starring Keeley Hawes, the six-parter focuses on widow Louisa Durrell, who relocates from England to Corfu with her four children. It has been commissioned for a second season. From worldscreen.com

06 Jul

Back in the 80s, life for me as a young girl visiting Corfu, used to be simply heaven. Often, I’d spend as long as three whole months there with my grandparents in the idyllic village of Moraitika. Just like my heroine Sofia in my trilogy, The Lady of the Pier, I’d spend my days there swimming, sunbathing, enjoying breathtaking surroundings and… thanks to my gran, eating homemade delicacies to my heart’s content, too. Basically, I used to live the life of Riley!
Having said that, in a way, I was working as well as holidaying there, although even my working hours were mostly fun too, since they gave me the chance to meet lots of tourists, make friends and polish my English in the process.
You see, for the biggest part of the 80s, my family owned a guesthouse where tourists (mostly Brits) came to stay for 1-2 weeks at a time. My experience cleaning the rooms daily with my younger sister under the supervision of my gran Antigoni, is what brought to being the fictitious guesthouse “Pallada” in my debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena. What’s more, Mrs Sofia, the Corfiot pensioner who runs it in the book, is a character I’ve created with a lot of affection, having modeled her after my Gran Antigoni; a woman of an equally explosive temperament, a melodic, vocal expression, and a kind, giving heart.

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03 Jul

It’s one thing to be called for a flight when you’re footloose, fancy free and capable of moving at speed, but it’s quite another with a baby in tow. But here I am at Gatwick’s North Terminal, hurtling towards Gate 26 behind our three-wheeler buggy, while Ollie, my one-year-old, is enjoying the whizzy ride, blissfully unaware that we’re close to missing our trip to Corfu.In terms of an introduction to taking a baby abroad for the first time, this is baptism by fire. Gone are the days of packing light, jumping on a train to the airport and strolling through security. Now it’s almost a military exercise, which has taken months of careful preparation.

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