Posts tagged ‘Christmas’

January 14, 2012

No more sweets please!

by Penny BroJacquie

I didn’t go to the office these past three days, I didn’ have to. That was my chance to get some rest since I was extremely busy during Christmas time. I was even working on Christmas day and on New Years Day! This is the disadvantage of being a journalist, I guess…

So, this week I had some days to relax and I did my best to take advantage of it. I didn’t even get online that much. I read an indie book, I finished an audiobook, I spend more hours than the usual at the gym and I ate the last of the Christmas sweets I had at home.

These are my favourites: melomakarona (on the left) and kourambiethes (on the right).

Melomakarona are semolina and flour cookies soaked in a honey and cinamon syrup, topped with walnuts.

Kourampiethes (or kourampiedes / singular: kourampies) are bisquits usually made with ground almonds, typically rose water flavoured, and rolled in icing sugar. They resemble shortbreads because of the strong taste of the butter.

And then, there were the last remaining pieces of the annual Vassilopita. It is associated with Saint Basil’s day, which in Greece is celebrated every New Year’s Day.  Saint Basil means Ayios Vassilis in Greek and Vassilopita is Vassilis’ Pita (Basil’s cake)!

Every family cuts the Vassilopita on New Year’s Day. A piece of cake is sliced for each member by order of age. Slices are also cut for Our Lord Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, St Basil and our household. Everyone wishes to find the coin that is hidden in the cake because it brings good luck to the receiver.

I forgot to tell you, in our family we cut pieces for our pets too.

This year’s lucky coin was found in the slice cut for St Basil. That’s considered to be a sign of good luck for the family.

For the moment all those sweets brought us unwanted weight!

ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΠΟΛΛΑ (Hronia Pola) – which literally means MANY YEARS but it’s used more like the… Vulcan salute “Live Long and prosper”!!!

December 27, 2011

Romantic Christmas in Vienna

by Penny BroJacquie

Christmas in Vienna are romantic and magical. Festively decorated streets, Christmas markets, aromas of gingerbread and mulled wine in the air… everywhere…

Visiting Vienna during its winter season brings out your inner child. You get relaxed, you feel happy, you admire every single Christmas decoration you see!

You can’t help but finding yourself walking in the Old Town pedestrian zones with garlands of glistening lights and the famous chandeliers in the sky above.

I walked myself in the idyllic streets without having knowledge of where I was going to, without putting down the city map and noticing the streets names.

Therefore, there was no way to lost my way.  I was circulating and I was always ending up to the same meeting point.

I passed-by the numerous stands where hot punch, handicrafts made by local artists and mouthwatering delicacies could be found.

And when I got back to my hotel room, I was charmed by this city’s romantic spirit.

December 9, 2011

Vienna is magic…

by Penny BroJacquie

… especially during the Christmas time!

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