My Blog 2020
Well 2020 just keeps on giving! In these strange times it is lovely to go somewhere and feel safe and happy to eat there Much like the swallows we flew south to Mainland Greece, where the sea and sun were warm. Fresh foods abundant and used by the local Tavernas to create the delicious meals that we ate whilst out there. Nothing tastes better than picking and eating a fresh fig from the tree, warmed by the late summer sun. Despite the obvious restrictions, life goes on and felt surprisingly normal as we were able to eat outside and whilst the waiters wore masks it wasnt the only topic of conversation like it has become in the \UK. Greece have handled this crisis incredibly well, they should be proud of themselves and to be honest it felt much better being in Greece than here. I hasten to add the area we stay isnt full of nighlife, groups of partygoers it is plain and simple Greece off the beaten track, where the few words of Greek go a long way you may arrive a visitor but you will leave as a friend and over years become accepted as "Our English Family" - Filoxenia is their way of life and what they have they will share with you.
Well since we returned both the UK and Mainland Greece have entered a period of lockdown, to try and contain this Covid virus. Whilst we all get used to wearing masks inside enclosed buildings other than at home of course, and in some outdoor situations too, we are thankful that we are still able to enjoy the autumn sunshine, the birds singing and everything else that nature gives to us.... Food becomes a central event despite the fact we are unable to eat out socially, we can still picnic and there is nothing nicer than a hot home made soup and some chunky bread and butter with it on a cold crisp bright day. Actually as I type this down here in Devon it has been mild, with some damp grey days but quite a few bright sunny ones too.
All the susual foodie events are either cancelled or put on hold, so no local Christmas market in Exeter, no gin festival and all the other festivities that we so enjoy at this time of year. So Hygge time, candles lit, bread baking, slow cooker primed and retreat from the news, after all it does what it says on the can and unless it is sensational it barely carries any good news! Listen to music , keep clam and cook is the mantra for this time of year. If you are looking for a little inspiration then check out my what's in season pages or the recipes section. An important thing to do is to support your local producers sand shops, without whom this lockdown would have been a very tedious and different time, remember buy local or bye bye local.