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Instead of being paid for a small job my husband was paid with “katiki” we got the better deal!

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If you look hard you will see the asparagus heads sticking out from the prickly bushes and the overies wrap themselves around anything near to them. You have to hunt for them though and do it soon because there are many others who like them too!

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Radikia

We have not collected wild greens many times this year but every time we looked for them it was a success. After so many years of collecting we kind of know where we can find them. You have to consider the weather etc. has it rained much, was there snow? It all needs to be taken in consideration for our search.

Today we were looking for the wild greens radikia. They can be found on poor soil. We know that and we went to a beach with hills behind it and on those hills we found them. When you look for them you will see that on that poor soil the radiki stays low and spreads itself out (on the photo on the left) and there where the soil is more fertile the leaves of the radiki grow longer and higher (on the photo on the right) That is also because they might be surrounded by other plants and they need to find the sun and therefor grow harder.

Radikia taste very bitter but they say it is very good for the blood. Unfortunately most wild greens can only be found on Skopelos during winter and in the spring. My mother-in-law taught me to find greens. I hope she is proud of me. Our hunts together is something I treasure.

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Winter in Elios

Today’s rain and wind made it almost impossible to go out but after 2 o’clock the rain stopped and we decided to risk it and go for a drive. Over to Elios where a strong wind calls for a good coat, a shawl and a hat but otherwise it is beautiful. A couple of people eating in Spiros his taverna, Andreas, the taxi guy, doing his afternoon walk. Me looking for greens

Radiki and maratho

As you can see I found some greens. Radiki and maratho, a good combination! It will be a good side dish for tonight.

In Skopelos Dimitraki and Jialos are opening. Already open are Kymata, Kyratso, Karidia, La Tana and Gousto.
In Elios captain Spiros and Vangelis. Glossa I have no idea yet. It seems we have a good amount of restaurants open early in the year!

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The best sister in law

I am not qualified to recognise which mushrooms growing on Skopelos you can eat and which not so when the season for mushrooms is here I have to rely on family or friends to give me some. This plate arrived today after I “complained” that it was a long time since I ate mushrooms. My sister in law A gave them to me. Her husband G found them. She fried them in some olive oil and on top is lemon juice. Delicious! Thank you A.

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Lemons

Have you ever seen lemons like this. We found them behind the graveyard in Skopelos!

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Trahana night

Yesterday night was Trahana night, a part of the Skopelos week where local products are shown to the public. Trahana is a mixture of goat milk with wheat. It needs to cook long and stirred with a wooden spoon before it thickens and is ready. When it is cooled off a little bit it can be eaten. Mmmmmm delicious! Local farmers provided the milk and made the Trahana. Thank you Nikos and Diamantis!

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I think Skopelos needs new businesses that add something to existing businesses. Agnondas has three restaurants near the sea but a good coffee place for coffee and other drinks and sweets was missing there. From this summer 4 M is present and I can tell you that a morning coffee is heaven there. The amazing harbor, the ducks, the jetty it’s all worth a drive. Take your swimming gear and take a dive in the tranquil sea and have a coffee of course.

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Katiki

I am in heaven. Local made katiki. I might not stop eating untill the bowl is empty…..

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New places

Yesterday I went looking for some extra oregano. The road where I knew I could find oregano destroyed the plants because, further along the road, two villas are being build. The oregano on that dirt road is full of sand. So I went and looked for my oregano further inland. Driving through Pevkias I saw a lot and because of the heat these last few weeks the oregano is in excellent conditioning. Scissors out, big shopping bag ready and here we go! I bind them together in small bouquets, I hang them in the shade and somewhere dry. Within a couple of days I can harvest.

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