Becoming a Greek: names, dates and places revisited

Becoming a Greek: names, dates and places revisited
I’m afraid Greek bureaucracy has been a less than pleasant experience in my life. My first encounter with the Greek public services had me walking home in tears. Subsequently I have been ignored, spoken rudely to, and even shouted at in Greece, when trying to get any bureaucratic task done. Not so at the Greek ...

Make – up relearned: part 2

Make - up relearned: part 2
  So in the last blog post I wrote about wanting to relearn how to do my make – up. I found that my it was not looking right, after the Boots Natural Collection powder I had used for, like, a thousand years, was discontinued. I also found I maybe needed a less full coverage, ...

Primer, highlighter and contouring: make up relearned

Primer, highlighter and contouring: make up relearned
In the last couple of months, I have been thinking about, trying on, and purchasing new make – up, more than I usually would. I have found myself asking everyone I know about their make – up routines, what products/ brands they use, and getting their recommendations.  I learned to apply and do my make- ...

Trusted Greek Vegan Recipes: Part 2

Trusted Greek Vegan Recipes: Part 2
Today, I thought I would tell you about another ‘go to’ recipes for plant based eating. It is called Briam. Like the lentils, it is easy, simple and tasty – my favourite kind of dish! The only slight difference is that I find this takes quite a while to cook, and you need to be ...

Every item has a story

Every item has a story
Today I spent the day sorting through items in my house, getting ready to move. It’s really not my favourite thing to do, and I find it quite difficult. So, after 10 hours of working hard, I was very proud of myself for actually getting through most of my stuff, and gathering at least six ...

Trusted Greek Vegan recipes part 1

Trusted Greek Vegan recipes part  1
Yesterday I wrote about my change of diet to mostly plant based food, and my renewed appreciation of Greek vegan dishes. So today I thought I’d share one of my favourite Greek vegan recipes with you. When I first got married, I asked my mum to buy me a Greek cook book to take with ...

Plant based kebab: it’s karma

Plant based kebab: it’s karma
It’s Friday night, my husband and I are both exhausted, the kids are away, it is past dinner time, and we hadn’t eaten. We rocked up at the local gourmet pizza bar, and took a few minutes to decide what we were eating. Only when we ordered, they said it was going to be 40 ...

Dear Giagia: letters from a ten year old me

Dear Giagia: letters from a ten year old me
When I was ten years old, my family and I moved from beautiful, sunny Glyfada on the coast near Athens to less sunny, (but also beautiful in its own way) Ascot, in Berkshire. It was the eighties, the internet didn’t exist (not in our homes anyway), so it was literally like moving to a different ...

Sleeping bunnies

Sleeping bunnies
If you’ve been at all involved with taking care of little people in the last decade in the UK, you’ll have heard of sleeping bunnies. It’s a song about bunnies who sleep till it’s noon, and get woken up with a merry tune. Boys and girls in toddler’s groups and nurseries across the land jump ...

Dear Teacher: extracts from a letter

Dear Teacher: extracts from a letter
So the Easter holidays are coming up, and we are planning a trip to Greece to celebrate Greek Easter. The thing is, Greek Easter is on a different date to Protestant Easter- one week later to be exact. So in order to celebrate on the right date, we need to take Aliyah out of school ...