Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A dwarf hippopotamus in Cyprus

Far back in Cyprus there where pygmy hippopotamus and pygmy elephants, which today are extinct. At the edge of Akrotiri peninsula is a rock shelter, Aetokremnos, where skeletons of pygmy hippopotamus, as well as a few pygmy elephants, have been found. It is tickling to think about it sometimes, as we like to hang out so "close" to this excavation area.
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So when we heard about this event in Nicosia exhibiting a full skeleton of such a pygmy hippopotamos (first picture), the so called Cyprus dwarf Hippopotamus, we didn't want to miss it. A Cypriot private collector had gotten hold of this rare piece and kindly wanted the public to enjoy it freely this day, together with a full dinosaur skeleton, a T-rex head and much more. Kids could do some own "excavations" too.

more cinnamon buns on the beach

Few days later there where still cinnamon buns in the freezer which came handy for our stroll along Lady's Mile, east Akrotiri peninsula. For a change we started at the very beginning, near the new harbour, where people are swimming year around after work. Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Time for cinnamon buns!

cinnamon buns on the beach

In the beginning of October it's the Swedish cinnamon bun day. The following day we brought a bag of these buns plus piles of sandwiches to the beach, on the west Akrotiri peninsula, to keep everyone in a good mood. On our way back home we checked out the nearby tiny church of Agios Georgeos.
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If you're a knitter, or crocheter, in Limassol area in Cyprus, join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LimassolKnittingClub/

Sunday, September 21, 2014

pumpkin season

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These two stars of mine where spotted on the Pick-your-own-pumpkin event arranged by lovely Mary Angelberger, through her Mary's Dinnerclub Limassol. If you haven't been to any of her events yet, and happen to be in Limassol, check our her cool upcoming events.

Well home we had a whole crew of pumpkins eager to be turned into something eatable. We started with the smallest the same afternoon. Half the pumpkin was sliced and roasted in the oven - just like that only with some olive oil, salt and pepper - and it was all finished even before dinner. From the other half we made a classical American pumpkin pie. First time we tried it. Served warm and with whipped cream, it was also quite popular.

Now three more pumpkins to go. Thinking of a savoury version pie and more oven roasted pumpkins, this time with an accent note, perhaps sumac, thyme, or ..? If you have any favourite pumpkin recipes, please share.
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

lady's mile in september

September and pouf, quite empty at the beaches.
It's tiny bit chillier since a few days.
Not much swimming last evening.
We all went for a much longed for beach promenade.
No air-condition needed in the night.
Started enjoying red wine again.
Went to the local farmers market this morning, first time since June.
Kids will start schools again on Monday.
Welcome September.
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- Mads Berg Illustrations

Thursday, August 28, 2014

august memories from cyprus

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[day with awesome folks in Moni]
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[gin | fresh crushed Cyprus oregano | lemon peel | lots of ice] Untitled Untitled
[with friends @ at the beach]
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[Eddie's Lego mobiles : part 11]
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[Kyrenia]
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[wine tasting]
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[kids grandma]
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[scootering along Limassol promenade]

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I made mahalepi!

And was successful on the first attempt [see me happy dancing].

Made the Libanese version that is common here in Cyprus. Very special and yummy, much thanks to the key ingredient mastic [masticha in Greek], a resin from the mastic tree [see the beautiful resin tears further down this post]. The dessert is milk-fresh cream based, sprinkled with pistachios and served with a blossom syrup.

Not to be mixed with the Cypriot/Greek version mahalepi which is sans mastic and served with rose water.
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If you want to give this dessert a go, you need following ingredients: 

2 litres milk
0,325 litres cornflour
1 teaspoon mastic and 2 teaspoons sugar pounded together
0,5 litres fresh cream
0,2 litres pistachios coarsely pounded

and for the syrup
0,75 litres sugar
0,375 litres water
4 tablespoons blossom water

This is how I made the mahalepi:

Dissolve the corn flower in 0.2 litres of the milk. In a pan mix the milk-cornflour mix with the rest of the milk and bring to boil while constantly stirring until thickens. Remove from heat and add the pounded mastic-sugar powder. Remove from heat and stir the mixture for almost 10 minutes to cool slightly. Then gradually stir in the cream. Pour the mixture into a approximately 25 x 35 cm ovenproof glass dish and sprinkle immediately with pistachios. Let it cool while making the syrup. Untitled
How I made the blossom syrup:

In a saucepan mix sugar and water and bring to boil for 30 seconds. Pour in blossom water and let boil for another 20 seconds. Let the syrup cool.

Serve the almost sugar free mahalepi with as much syrup as your prefer.
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One of the earliest uses of mastic was as chewing-gum. Today it's also common in Greece and Cyprus as an ingredient in chewing gum. Husband tried chewing a tear of mastic, and reported back he enjoyed it after perhaps one minute of chewing - when it had become almost as we perceive common chewing gum.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

hot hike and new starts

Afternoon hike to flee the heat of Limassol, to find even hotter weather up in the mountains. Limassol isn't that humid yet and it still more windy as it's by the sea. Around the tops of Troodos it's probably more chilly, and this time we we only drove the "picnic area" half way to AgrosUntitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled
Besides my job at local firm, during this year me and husband slowly launched the digital agency Tioreo. We've had a few customers already under this joint venture.

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