I’ve been missing Greece, lately.
Maybe it’s because this time last year I was sailing towards one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching our team triumph (or at least draw ^~) in the Euro Cup. I’ve taken to wearing the jersey my dad bought me in 2004, and flying a little flag when I’m out driving.
I love the way that sport brings people together. I love cheering with other fans in their blue jerseys, waving back at other Greek cars — even pausing to chat with the nicest street meat vendors ever — and celebrating a rich shared history. It seems especially poignant now because of the economic crisis abroad. Greece so needs a reason to celebrate!!
Or maybe breakfast has something to do with my Aegean nostalgia. I’ve been spending time in Toronto’s Greek Town, and I’ve stocked up on sweet honey to drizzle thickly over my morning Chobani. It is my favorite way to start a summer day ❤
As you know, I’m currently in the process of researching and reporting 50 interviews for my final-year feature. The other day, I was interviewing dietician Leslie Beck. We got to talking about the Mediterranean Diet, which she says is the gold standard in healthy living/eating (who am I to argue? ^~).
That, coupled with my longing for the islands, rekindled an interest in pursuing more Mediterraenan cuisine here at S☀S. When I first started blogging, I created a blog about my Mediterranean heritage. I don’t want to split my blogging between both websites, so I figured I’d bring Mediterranean Miss over here :)
A big part of Mediterranean Miss is dedicated to my yiayia (grandma), Lina.
She was born and raised in Andros , the northernmost island in the Cyclades, and when I was a little girl, I worshipped her. She was so elegant, so cultured, and so exquisitely exotic to the little American me.
She taught me my first Greek words, gave me my first sips of wine, (see how young it starts?) and introduced me to the ancient magic of the Greek islands. Although she passed away some time ago, she remains a big part of my life, and is still teaching me about her culture.
Last year, when I came home from Greece, my mother gave me a box filled with my yiayia’s recipes. It will be a very, very slow process, but I hope to translate them and share them here with you!
Questions for you!
Are there any Greek recipes you would particularly love to see?
Do you identify with your ancestry? Where does your family come from? I love learning about my readers. I think it would be such fun to link up with a series featuring recipes from your various backgrounds :D Let me know if you’d be interested!!