Monday, 21 April 2014

Pasca Sunday - (Not for vegetarians) ...

Sunday is devoted to the serious business of the barbecue ...

Invited by friends down to Maniatis Garden Taverna at Achladies, for lunch on a beautiful warm Sunday morning. Even warmer still once you were nearer the fire, which had been prepared earlier that morning and was like a furnace as we tapped in the steel rods ...

Charcoal mark 4 ...

On the menu was goat, two of them from Alonissos island. Their goats, I am assured are the best that there are, due to the quality of the grass, and herbs on the land that they roam.

Stuffed with herbs and lots of pepper, basted in a dip made from olive oil, lemon, flavoured with marjoram and thyme. Applied with a brush made from fresh rosemary, and sage branches.

Charcoal Mark 5 ...
The party games commenced, with tsougrisma (τσούγκρισμα), meaning to clink together. Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ—the cracking of which symbolizes his resurrection from the dead ...


To put you in the mood, there was music, tsipouro, and wine which went down a treat in the heat. Today officially being declared 'Shorts on Sunday' as the jeans were too warm for me on the beach.

Yammas !

Whilst the boys, got on with the serious business of roasting goats, and the Kokoretsi ...


The girls prepared some lovely salads. The island produce the main feature and including home made sun dried tomatoes, rocket and pungent freshly picked dill. All drizzled in lovely Olive oil ...



Skiathos - Organic - sun dried tomatoes ...
Then we had a lovely Octopus appetizer, baked in tinfoil, directly on the open fire. It was delicious and moist, having steamed in its own juices for around half an hour ...



Our host Vasilis, raises a glass to us all, and to you - Kalo Pasca apo Skiatho! ...


Meanwhile the BBQ was doing its job, and after a glass of wine, we were getting hungry again. The aroma was fantastic from the BBQ to say the very least ...

Charcoal mark 6 ...
After a few hours, our guests from Alonissos, were deemed to be well and truly done. 



It was time to eat drink and be merry.  ...




Kokoretsi, may not be to everyone's taste, but this was delicious, probably the best one, that we have had over the years. This had been slowly barbecued too ...





Readers may remember that I was baptised with candle wax one Pasca. Now I was further 'confirmed' by our Greek friends. I was put to the test performing a 'Skiathos Bush tucker trial' (BTT) my additional menu was as follows ...







BTT1 - One Goats eye (Medium/Well done) I suggest it goes better with the Chardonnay ...

BTT2 - One serving of Goats brain,(Medium/Rare) It goes better with a hearty red ...

Its a delicacy said my torturer ...

That was not all ...

I had managed to spear my hand, taking a broken bamboo stick off one of the children. Better my hand than a little ones eye. The wound was a bad one, and I knew it straight away. The afternoon was in danger of coming to a swift end for me.

One of the guests, was a plastic surgeon, he took a look. He said, its two stitches, or I will fix it for you now. I was not convinced, but he seemed to know what he was doing ...

BTT3 - The plastic surgeon, and the 800 degree fire ash to cauterize and sterilise the wound ...



Strange as it may seem, and I do not recommend you try this at home - It worked ...

So just leaves me to say thanks to our hosts, Vasilis and his family, and Milton and Zoe for their hospitality. A great day spent with friends, at their truly special time of the year ...

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2 comments:

  1. That's quite an Easter celebration, especially rounding it off with a bit of al fresco surgery.

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    1. Hi Mark. All good fun. The Plastc surgeon wants it stitched. Local medical centre say no. It's been a lot of fun this morning. Hand looks like a boxer who has just taken his gloves off ...

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