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Issue no. 63, Vol. 7 Dec. ‘18 - Jan ‘19

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TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS RECIPES from CRETE

Shops will be open in Chania durng both Sundays before Christmas and New Year’s Eve

The

Hellenic Retail Business Association have not yet announced the opening hours for stores over the Christmas holidays, although the shop trading hours will start on December 17. It has to be mentioned that shops will be open on Sunday, December 23 and on Sunday, December 30. The local Retail Business Associ-

ation will decide whether shops will be also open during Sunday, December 16. Shops will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, on Wednesday, December 26, on Tuesday, January 1, and on Wednesday, January 2. The Municipal Market will be also open during the announced days and hours of all shops in Chania.


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photo of the month Sunset shadows in the Venetian Harbour of Chania

by Stratos Solanakis Happy New Year

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Merry Christmas

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Living in Crete!

Why expats from all nationalities choose the largest of the Greek islands for a new life

Crete has long had a thriving ex-

pat community. Retirees love the leisurely pace of life on the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean. The scenery is a mixture of mountains, beaches and picturesque fishing villages, and Crete has not suffered from mass tourism. It’s hot in summer and so mild in winter that you can swim in the sea in December. So where is the best spot to buy into this most idyllic lifestyle? Along the coastal resorts, where the Cretans run their own holiday businesses, prices can reach around £3,600 per square metre. However, you will find the expat community a few miles inland where prices are a fraction of that. It is estimated that around 200 expats live near Vamos. They have their own internet-based support group, The Crete International Community (thecic.eu) meeting up for bazaars, coffee mornings and group walks. But in Crete, many expats are finding it perfectly possible to live through the economic downturn, with better financial times on the horizon. An affordable Mediterranean retirement in Crete The island of Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and is a little bigger than the state of Delaware. Its history dates back 4,000 years, and the healthy Mediterranean diet originates here. The beaches are

superb, the Mediterranean water is crystal clear and the sun shines for 300 days a year. Along with the sun, sea, history and food, two other things make Crete particularly interesting if you’re shopping for options for a new life of adventure in the Old World: The low cost of living and the affordable European residency program. Island life is slower and more relaxed than mainland living, but Crete also has all the usual trappings of Western society, including good internet, excellent bus service, two international airports, a cruise port and all kinds of shops. But do not expect big freeways or mega malls; they do not exist. Greece offers non-European citizens the chance to buy property and qualify for a permanent residency visa, granting access to the whole Schengen Area. The Schengen Area includes most but not all European Union countries. For example, it does not include Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom, despite those countries being part of the EU. Additionally, the Schengen Area includes some non-EU countries, such as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The minimum qualifying property value is 250,000 euros, which can be invested in one property or several. That investment provides residency for you and your spouse and dependents (children up to 21 years old). You do not have to live in Crete to maintain your residency status, and you can rent your prop-

erty out after all the paperwork has Crete living. been finalized. One of the few restrictions is that you cannot work Rethymnon in Greece. The CIC (Cretan International Community) is a group of people, International Community, mainly from all over Northern EuMaking Friends, Community rope who either live in Crete perSupport manently or spend a considerable There is a large international com- amount of on the island. Based in munity living in Crete which has Rethymno, they meet for coffee grown fairly rapidly in recent years. the first Monday of every month Since Greece opened up its laws to and organize many social events allow foreigners to purchase prop- including meals out, games and erty there has been a steady influx social evenings, bus excursions etc. of people moving to Crete perma- They also support local good causnently, for retirement or to work es. Full details can be found on and settle, as well as those pur- their web-site www.thecic.eu and chasing holiday homes and spend- Facebook page. ing some extended time in Crete. Brits make up the majority of ‘ex- The International Society of Kispats’ in Crete, but there are many samos Area (ISKA) - Kastelli Kisother nationalities including Ger- samos man, French, Dutch, Swedish, ISKA website details and memberFinnish, Italian, American and Aus- ship www.iska.gr tralian amongst others. ISKA is a group set up to help and The major towns and most popu- support expats living in the Kissalated areas of Crete are all located mos area. along the North coast, from Kissamos and Chania in the west to Agios Nikolaos Agios Nikolaos and Sitia in the east. The Cultural Organisation of the The majority live in or near the ma- Foreign Residents of Aghios Nikojor north coast towns and villages, laos - International Committee. but ex-pats can be found in every INCO was formed in 1998 to reprecorner of Crete. sent the interests of all of the forThere are a number of internation- eign residents in the town and the al organisations in Crete which surrounding villages. arrange walks, social evenings, See their website for more informaget-togethers and charity events. tion: www.inconews.com Those of all nationalities are welcome to join. with information from: These groups also offer support • Daily Mail to newcomers to Crete and can • US News help with easing the transition into • LivingInCrete.net


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Greek Parliament’s Budget Office sees higher primary surplus this year The

Greek economy remains on a positive course, the Parliament’s Budget Office said in a report on the Greek economy, but it warned of uncertainties related to pensions and to the course of the global economy. “The Greek economy remains on a positive course, unemployment is falling, employment and wages rising, while based on current data the state budget’s primary surplus

is up 1.0 billion euros compared with the same period last year,” it said. “This development offers room for a significant social dividend at the end of the year,” added the report, warning however that “there are still some uncertainties related with the course of the global economy, trade tensios and Italy and rising fiscal pressures in the light of court decisions anulling imple-

mented wage and pension measures.” This year’s primary surplus would significantly exceed targets, reaching up to 4.5 pct of GDP (from a target of 3.5 pct), the report said, offering room for a high social dividend. It underlined, however, that court decisions on retrospective payment of pension cuts could lead to other court actions by other cate-

gories of workers or pensioners with a significant fiscal risk. This uncertainty could be intensified, since the Greek economy is entering a pre-election cycle with intensified political conflict, it said. Head of the Parliament’s state budget office Frangiskos Koutentakis said that although he recognised the risks, he predicted it was unlikely to see a wave of state obligations capable of reversing fiscal goals.

DER Touristik CEO Says 2019 ‘Super Year for Greece’ The Greek island of Samos, as

well as Rhodes, Kos and Crete, will be the top destinations for DER Touristik clients in 2019, said René Herzog, company CEO for Central Europe, adding that 2019 promises to be the “year of Greece”. Frankfurt-based travel company DER Touristik is a member of REWE Group, which also represents operators Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen

and ADAC Reisen, as well as package tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen, Travelix and clevertours. In an interview to German travel magazine Touristik Aktuell, Herzog explains that Greece will be winning over the crowds due to its value-for-money summer holiday options, and added that another advantage is Greece’s “fine stable weather”. According to Herzog, DER Touris-

Russian Cosmonaut Artemyev elects Cretan resort for post-spaceflight rehabilitation C rete

has all the potential to be a great cosmonaut re habilitation centre, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev said during a meeting with Crete Regional governor Stavros Arnaoutakis. Artemyev is the seventh cosmonaut to visit Crete since 2015, when a series of rehabilitation programs commenced on the island at the initiative of Greek journalist in Moscow Thanassis Avgerinos. Artemeyev arrived on Crete with his family and a scientific rehabilitation team. According to the Crete Region

statement, Artemyev returned from his second spaceflight at the International Space Station on October 5, 2018. After concluding the first stage of rehabilitation at the medical base in Star City Moscow, he and his medical team travelled to Aegeo Spas in Heraklion, already registered with the Cosmonaut Training Centre from previous rehabilitations. Recently, Russia’s Centre for Aerospace Medicine signed with Aegeo Spas a protocol of further cooperation, the announcement continued.

tik has already begun its bookings for the summer ahead thanks to friendly rates and high quality hotels, and adds that he expects it to be “a super summer 2019”. DER Touristik is a market leader in German-speaking countries with around 2,100 own and cooperating travel agencies, online platform DER.COM, FCm Travel Solutions, hotel brands and destination agencies.

In Greece it operates 14 family hotels and 43 adult-only facilities, which account for 15 percent of the company’s total of 282. Besides Greece, other destinations in demand next summer according to Herzog, are Tunisia and Egypt, and in terms of long-haul trips: South Africa and Namibia. news.gtp.gr

Lufthansa Announces New Heraklion-Frankfurt Service for Summer 2019 Lufthansa

has announced the launch of a new direct service connecting the Greek city of Heraklion, Crete, with Frankfurt in Germany, for summer 2019. The route is once again included in the Lufthansa network after 18 years and will supplement the already existing Munich – Heraklion service, which was launched in 2015. Heraklion-Frankfurt flights will begin on April 13, 2019, operated every Saturday. The flight will depart from Heraklion at 5pm and arrive in Frankfurt at 7.15pm. The return flight Frankfurt – Heraklion will operate on the same day at 12.10pm

from Frankfurt and will arrive in Heraklion at 4.15pm. “Heraklion is the modern economic center of Crete and a city with a rich cultural tradition. It is also one of the most popular Greek destinations, as it offers rich experiences that satisfy the preferences of every visitor,” said Konstantinos Tzevelekos, General Manager Passenger Sales for Greece and Cyprus at Lufthansa Group. Tzevelekos said that the decision to relaunch the route resulted from the Lufhansa Group’s positive evaluation of further tourism development in Heraklion as a reference point for Cretan tourism.


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Two quotes for the new war “We are the first generation to know we are destroying our planet and the last one that can do anything about it.” (Tanya Steele, Chief Executive of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), responds to the organisation’s sobering report on the impact of unsustainable human activity on Nature, November 2018).

If

our great-grandparent’s generation had been as greedy and had abused the Earth, its resources and its Nature like the present generation would the present generation have been born? The quote from Tanya Steels has been incorporated into a television advert for the WWF. The first part of that quote indicates the advancement in the sciences that are concerned with Nature. We do now know so much about how ecosystems work, how communities exist (both plant and animal), animal behaviour and pollution etc. Those advancements have really taken off in the last 30 years. We have satellites that are monitoring damage to the environment in real-time: I will write about this ‘Remote Sensing’ during 2019 but, as an example, we know that the rate of damage to the Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil has accelerated since the Presidential election in the country in October. From the research on all fronts we are able to state that we do now understand how we are destroying the Earth rapidly. I think we also know the answer

to ‘why?’. The second part of the first quote, I believe, is correct. I will not dwell on Climate Change, as there have been many dire warnings over the last few weeks; although people, in general, are trying to ignore the situation and the media appear to have lost interest. Instead, I will write a little about recent information substantiating the second half of the quotation. The WWF has now stated that within two years we must commit to saving the ‘Web of Life’. During 2018 I pointed out the huge decline in flying insects. I tried to stress that because we know light pollution is having an effect we could assist by ensuring all unnecessary outdoor lights are switched off. But insects are not the only group that have declined rapidly! Mammal, bird, fish and reptile populations have fallen on average by 60% since 1970, finds a WWF report involving scientists from around the world. “If there was a 60% decline in the human population, that would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania. That is the scale of what we have done,” says Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at the WWF. “Runaway human consumption is to blame: the biggest cause of wildlife loss is the annihilation of natural habitats, much of it to create farmland to feed humans and livestock, followed by killing for food”. The WWF is calling on world lead-

by David Capon ers to strike a global deal at the Our destruction of the one major United Nations’ Convention on resource we have has accelerated Biological Diversity in 2020, simi- over this generation and is conlar to the Paris agreement on cli- tinuing to do so. mate change, to limit and reverse the destruction. As an ecologist I support the “This is far more than just being statements from the WWF. about losing the wonders of na- I do wonder whether any of us ture, desperately sad though that will have great-grandchildren is,” says Barrett. as there will be little left of this “This is actually now jeopardis- planet unless the destruction ing the future of people. Nature stops now. is not a ‘nice to have’ — it is our All animal species, except Man, life-support system.” aim to reproduce and continue I was alarmed (but I suppose not the species: they do this as the surprised) by recent, and on- main part of existence. going research that has shown It is their raison d’ être and many whales are being badly affected animals die as soon as reproducby stress from human activities. tion has taken place. The researchers have been able Humans are supposed to be intelto assess cortisol levels and have ligent but there is growing confound that during periods of ex- cern that we do not want Man to treme hunting and slaughter the survive and continue the species. levels were very high, indicating Sobering thoughts for 2019 but stress. they are real concerns that need What did surprise the scientists immediate attention by everywho were investigating levels one. over the last 150 years is the increase in stress levels from 1939 There are very few rules in ecolto 1945. ogy (because it is fundamentally High stress levels are also being the science of Nature) but two shown at the present time. are of importance: More research needs to be done 1. Extinction is forever. The chancon the situation but the main es of an identical organism being suspect for the current high lev- created by evolution are ‘zero’. els of stress is Climate Change 2. This is just as important. As and increasing sea temperatures. the population of a species gets I suspect that in our area whales small extinction becomes more have also been badly affected by likely. tourism and pollution as well as Worrying times if we (you) care increased temperatures in the about the future! Mediterranean Sea. And a final question for you as we A further thought from this is get to a New Year – is it possible how many different animals are the many tragic deaths from the being affected similarly? recent wildfires in California and The second quote indicates my the many deaths from the recent concern for the future, not only severe flooding in Italy are linked of the Earth but also Mankind. in any way?

EU: Greece rates high in quality of sea water, low in landfill management Improvements in the areas of

solid waste management, urban waste water treatment and protection of the natural environment are currently under review by the European Commission for a report to be published in 2019, concerning which Spain and Greece have registered the most infringements of Community environmental legislation. Greece has been cited for a total of 24 violations and fined over

100 million euros from 2014 to date. Brussels presented the following data for Greece in particular: – In the field of solid waste management, progress has been made in establishing a strategic framework at national and regional level, managing hazardous waste and reducing the number of illegal landfills. Landfills are the main reason why Greece is fined often, as there are still 57 landfills operating or under restoration.

– In the field of urban wastewater treatment, strategic plans have been drawn up by each region, with technical assistance from the EU. However, Greece has been fined for lack of biological treatment in Eastern Attica and Thriasio. – And in the protection of the natural environment, progress includes the adoption of Law 4519/2018 on the management of the Natura Protected Areas, the Life IP 4 Natura project on the natural environment and bio-

diversity, and the significant expansion of the network Natura 2000 in marine areas. Greece has high performance rates in swimming water quality (97.2% in outstanding quality, 2015 data) and compliance rates for microbiological and chemical parameters for drinking water (99-100%). On the other hand, air quality in Greece continues to be worrying, especially nitrogen dioxide pollution and microparticles.


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Greek Researchers From Crete Create RADAR–a Dyslexia Diagnostic Just in Time

As many as 55 million people in

America may have some form of dyslexia, according to Dyslexia International. Worldwide, the number of children and adults at risk of life-long illiteracy and social exclusion due to the disorder may be in excess of 700 million. With this tragedy of human potential in sharp focus, there is good news from Heraklion, on the island of Crete. A multidisciplinary team of doctors, engineers, and research scientists believe they’ve created a tool to screen for dyslexia earlier and with greater precision than ever before. Dyslexia is the most common of all learning disabilities, with a prevalence of more than 10 percent of any given population. Despite its prevalence, the overall impact of the learning anomaly cannot be measured because so many who are afflicted go undiagnosed. Dyslexia on the RADAR The key to helping the millions of

people affected by dyslexia lies in the early detection of the reading disorder. Now Cornell University Professor of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ioannis Aslanides and his expert team in Greece say they have invented a new testing tool that can screen dyslexic children very early, precisely, and in minutes instead of hours. The non-invasive tool they’ve created, Rapid Assessment for Dyslexia and Abnormalities in Reading (RADAR), is a platform to screen children who might otherwise be diagnosed late, or who might go undiagnosed altogether. The tool is currently being evaluated by experts at Harvard Medical School. If the testing pans out, RADAR may be a beacon of hope for the families whose kids suffer from dyslexia and other reading disorders. RADAR came into being in a completely organic way, the byproduct Aslanides’ research and determination to help his son overcome social and academic difficulties. Aslanides’ young boy Minas suffered for years with undiagnosed

dyslexia, facing the circuitous doubt game that grips almost everyone who suffers from these learning disorders. When his son was 13, Aslanides set out to end the interminable frustration and marginalization his son faced. The invention of RADAR helped Aslanides verify what conventional medicine could not. Minas is now 22 and in his third year of medical school, but he had to have special coaches and he went through very difficult times to get there. Before his dad began testing RADAR, there was no digital, objective, quantifiable method to approach to diagnosing dyslexia. Current methods for diagnosing dyslexia and other reading disorder are still almost totally subjective and based on human observation. Aslanides says RADAR is mathematically quantifiable.

in every school for early diagnosis and treatment options. The fact that 90 percent of children with dyslexia can be educated in regular inclusive classroom environments means millions of children who might otherwise be held back by the personal, academic, and social repercussions of these disorders will end up more balanced, happier, and more productive. Aslanides and his colleagues have a lot more to do before RADAR can achieve widespread applicability. Much of the technology and clinical work has been done, but more feasibility and clinical studies are needed to certify the method. After these trials, benchmarking, and standards development, and field trials, RADAR should be ready for marketing and distribution. Aslanides and his partners are now seeking strategic partners to further develop and deploy RADAR Deploying RADAR and hopefully make dyslexia testIf the Harvard and Oxford viability ing objective, repeatable, accurate, results are positive, then RADAR and affordable. testing could become common for school-age children and a staple The Epoch Times

Did you know that some Vikings came to Crete?

by Henrik Bach

Many associate and imagine Vikings with rape and plunder, but in fact many were harmless and peaceful traders and settlers. They traded ‘the gold of the north’ (amber or in Greek ‘elektron’ with weapons, vine and honey, which they used for brewing beer. They were excellent navigators. In their long. Sea-worthy skips they crossed the North Sea and conquered England, which was a Danish colony for a couple of hundred years. They sailed on to France , up the Seine River an conquered Paris I the year 823. They sailed further on and reached the Strait of Gibraltar, which they named ‘Norva Sund’. They roamed around the Mediterranean, plundered Rome and Cartago and – no doubt – came to the Agaen Sea. There are traces of them in Piraeus, where a Viking carved his name in a wall, just like ‘Killroy

was here’. They came to Istanbul, which they gave the name, ‘Miklagaard (meaning ‘the big city). Some got work as eunuchs and lifeguards for the Sultan. They also reached Istanbul by sailing down the Rissian Rivers, the Asssovian Sea to Bosporus. Some came to Crete also, I’m

sure, and chased pretty Greek girls. You can still see blonde Greeks today, which is rudimentary evidence of Viking influence (ex. Melna Mercoury). By the way, Vikings reached as far as Greenland and settled there. ‘The son of ‘Erik the Red’ a Viking king, ‘Happy Leif’ sailed on

andcame to New Foundland and thus found America some 500 years before Columbus! There are still traces of Vikings there today! Thousands of descendants of the Vikings today come to Crete. They fly the unreliable, cold and wet weather of the North to envoy the summer down here.


TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS RECIPES from CRETE


On Crete, there are traditional recipes made and served over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. You may also enjoy those recipes at other times of year as well, but in December and January, they come together to create a fabulous collection of tastes and textures. Xerotigana For the dough: 6 - 8 cups of all-purpose flour 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice 2/3 cup of olive oil 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of water ---------For the syrup: 1 cup of sugar 1 cup of honey 1 cup of water 1 stick of cinnamon ---------For the topping: 1/4 cup of toasted sesame seeds 1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon ---------olive oil for frying greekfood.about.com

Combine 6 cups of flour and all remaining dough ingredients in a large bowl or plastic tub and knead well for at least 5 minutes. Add more flour as needed to make a smooth firm dough. Let rest for 30 minutes. While the dough is resting, make the syrup. Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan and boil for 15 minutes. Turn the heat to the lowest possible setting to keep it hot without boiling. Divide the dough into equalsized pieces, about the size of

your fist. Roll out each piece of dough using the highest (thinnest) setting on a pasta machine or with a floured rolling pin, into a long strip, about 30-36 inches long and 5 inches wide, sprinkling with flour if needed to keep it dry. Cut lengthwise into strips 1 inch wide using a fluted pastry wheel. Each piece of rolled-out dough should make 5 long strips. Loop the long strip of dough loosely around two fingers, then three, then all four, continuing to make a loose spiral shape. Drop into 2 inches of hot oil.

The dough is so thin that it will puff as it fries and will tend to uncurl. Place the tines of a fork in the center of the spiral and turn to keep the spiral shape. When lightly golden on all sides, remove from the oil with a slotted spoon or spatula. Let excess oil drip off and drain on paper towels. Do not stack the spirals. Place one spiral at a time in the steaming hot syrup (increase heat if necessary) for 5-6 seconds on each side. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a serving platter.

Combine walnuts and cinnamon. Sprinkle with a little of the walnut and cinnamon mixture, followed by the sesame seeds. Layer spirals on top, sprinkling each with the toppings. Tip: How much to sprinkle? At least a good sized pinch on each spiral... of the walnut/cinnamon mixture and of the sesame seeds. Yield: About 60 large spirals Note: The long strips can be cut in half to make smaller spirals, and they can be cut in narrower strips (6 to a rolled out piece of dough) to make more as well.

Koulourakia 1/2 cup of lukewarm water 1 envelope of dry yeast (1 3/4 teaspoons) 1 cup of olive oil 3/4 cup of sugar 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice 2 tablespoons of brandy 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon of ground cloves about 6 cups of all purpose flour 1/4 pound (3/4 cup) white untoasted sesame seeds

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h e s e wreathshaped yeast sesame cookie rings are made once a year in certain areas of the Greek island of Crete: at Christmas. The cookies are made with the traditional Christmas tastes of cinnamon, cloves, and orange, and they contain no dairy products or eggs. Sprinkle yeast into the warm water and stir to dissolve. In a non-metal mixing bowl, stir together olive oil and sugar to combine well.

Stir in orange juice, brandy, cinnamon, cloves, and warm water (with yeast). Beat for several minutes on medium-high to combine. Slowly beat in 4 cups of flour. When the flour is mixed in, add more until the dough is stiff. Start kneading with hands (in the bowl). Knead for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is malleable and doesn’t split, adding more flour if needed. The dough will be oily. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Take a piece of dough the size of an unshelled walnut (about a handful) and squeeze it in

your fist to form a dense ball. Roll out into a cigar shape (fatter in the middle, tapered at the ends), about 6 inches long. Form into a ring shape with about a 1/2 inch hole in the center (see photo for guidance) and dip one side in sesame seeds. Place on cookie sheet with the sesame seed side up. Bake on nonstick or very lightly oiled cookie sheets at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes, until they turn a nice deep gold color. Cool completely before serving. Yield: about 4 dozen sesame cookie rings


Melomakarona For the cookies: 1 cup olive oil 1 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup sugar Zest of one orange 3/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup brandy 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda Pinch of salt 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup walnuts, ground coarsely Ground cinnamon for sprinkling For the syrup: 1 cup honey 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 cinnamon stick 3-4 whole cloves 1-2-inch piece lemon rind 1 tsp. lemon juice

If you were pressed to name one

Greek cookie that reminds you of Christmas, this would be it. This is an oil-based cookie recipe that produces moist cake-like cookies flavored with orange and brandy that are bathed in a sweet honey syrup and topped with chopped walnuts. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, using your fingers, combine the orange zest with the sugar – rubbing the grains as if you were playing with sand to release the orange oils into the sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat the oil with the orange sugar until well mixed. In a separate bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the orange juice and brandy to mixer and mix well. Slowly incorporate the flour cup by cup until the mixture forms a dough that is not too loose but not quite firm either. It will be dense and wet but not sticky. Once the flour is incorporated fully stop mixing. To roll cookies, pinch a portion of dough off about the size of a walnut. Shape in your palms into a smooth oblong shape, almost like a small egg. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Shape and roll cookies until the sheet is filled. Press the tines of a large fork in a crosshatch pattern in the cen-

ter of each cookie. This will flatten them slightly in the center. The cookies should resemble lightly flattened ovals when they go in the oven. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25 – 30 minutes until lightly browned. (The cookies will darken when submerged in syrup.) While the cookies are baking, prepare the syrup. In a saucepan, combine the honey, sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves, and lemon rind. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon, cloves,

and lemon rind and stir in lemon juice. Place the ground walnuts in a shallow plate or bowl next to the stove top. When the cookies come out of the oven and while they are still very warm, carefully float the cookies in the syrup and allow the cookies to absorb syrup on both sides. Using a fork or small spatula, remove the cookie from the syrup and place on a platter or plate. Press ground walnuts lightly into the tops of the cookies (syrup will help it adhere) and sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon. Do not refrigerate Melomakarona as they will harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


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Kalitsounia For the dough: 1/2 cup of olive oil 1/2 cup of sugar 1/2 cup of unflavored strained yogurt 2 eggs, beaten with a fork 1 teaspoon of baking powder 2 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour 1/4 cup of brandy ---------FOR THE FILLING 1 2/3 pounds of fresh soft myzithra cheese (or mascarpone or ricotta) 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon of grated orange peel 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour 1 egg, beaten (for glaze) ---------TOPPINGS ground cinnamon (for baked pastries) confectioner’s sugar or honey (for fried pastries)

These sweet cheese pastries use

eggs and mix with spoon until the a rolled dough instead of thin dough begins to stiffen, adding phyllo sheets. Depending on the brandy to soften the dough as how they are folded (see below), needed. -Knead the dough in the bowl for they can be baked or fried. They are holiday tradition on the approximately 10 minutes until Greek island of Crete, but eaten at smooth, and set aside to rest. other times as well because they’re so delicious! These call for the fresh Prepare the filling soft variety of myzithra (not the In a separate bowl, mix the cheese, aged salty type) cheese, and if you cinnamon, sugar, egg yolk, orange can’t find it, try Italian mascarpone peel, and flour together until well blended. or ricotta. Prepare the dough In a large bowl: -Whisk the dry ingredients together (sugar, baking powder, flour). -Add the oil, mixing with a spoon or hands. -Stir in the strained yogurt and

thickness of about 1/8th of an inch. Using a 3-4 inch cutter or saucer as a guide, cut out circles. (Alternatively, take a piece of dough the size of an unshelled walnut and roll it out to a circle about 3-4 inches across.) Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture into the center of the circle and spread out close to the edges. Raise the rim of the dough up around the cheese and, with wet fingers, pinch the edges to pull the dough in around the cheese, leaving the center open so the cheese To bake Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). shows. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Repeat using all the dough and filling. Make the pastry Place the kalitsounia on the baking On a floured surface with a rolling sheet and brush lightly with beatpin, roll a piece of dough out to a en egg to glaze.

Bake at 350°F (180°C) for approximately 20 minutes until lightly browned (see photo). Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Allow to cool on the baking sheet. Kalitsounia will keep well, covered, in the refrigerator. To fry Place a teaspoonful of cheese mix into the center of the circle, fold the circle over into a half-moon shape. With wet fingers, crimp the edges to close securely. Preheat 1 cup of olive oil over medium heat and fry until golden on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or drizzle with honey. Yield: 30-36 pieces

Cretan Roast Pork with Honey 1.2-1.3 kg pork leg (45 ounces) 1.2 kg/ 8 medium potatoes, cut into wedges (53 ounces) juice of 3 oranges juice of 2 lemons 2 tbsps mustard 1 tbsp honey 2 tbsps olive oil 1 clove of garlic some fresh rosemary some fresh thyme salt and freshly ground pepper

In many Cretan villages it was

the custom for each family to raise a pig throughout the year which would be slaughtered on Christmas Eve. The pork would be served as the main holiday dish the next day with leftovers being made on the second day of Christmas into assorted dishes for the holiday period; nothing was wasted.

To prepare this delicious roast pork, rub the pork well with salt and place on large baking. Peel and cut the potatoes into wedges and place in the pan. Into a large bowl, add the orange juice, the lemon juice, the mustard, honey and olive oil and blend with a wooden spoon, until the ingredients are combined

(for your convenience heat up the honey into a microwave, until liquid and easier to work with). Pour the mixture over the pork and the potatoes. Add one whole clove of garlic and sprinkle the pork with some fresh rosemary. Season the potatoes and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Bake uncovered for approx. 15-

20 minutes in preheated oven at 220C, until nicely coloured. Remove the pork from the oven, cover with aluminium foil and lower the heat to 180C. Bake for 1 more hour (add half a glass of hot water, if the pan appears to be getting dry). Enjoy! mygreekdish.com


Christopsomo 7g (0.25oz) beer yeast 3-4 cups hot water 2 ½ kilos (5.5lbs) flour used for bread (approx. 20 cups) 3 cups plus 1tsp sugar 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup fresh orange juice 1 tsp mastic crystals 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tbsp ground fennel seeds 4 walnuts, in their shell 1 large egg, slightly beaten with 2 tbsp water 1 ½ cup sesame seeds mixed with ¼ cup sugar

Make the starter:

In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in 1 cup hot water and add 1 cup flour. Mix well, cover the bowl, allowing the yeast to rise for an hour. Add 1 cup sugar, ½ cup oil, the orange juice and 1 cup flour. Mix with a wooden spoon, add more flour if necessary in order to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth. Let sit covered in a warm place until doubled in bulk, it approx. 2 hours. Using a pestle and mortar grind the mastic crystals with 1 tsp sugar. In another bowl, large enough to

fit all the remaining ingredients, mix the rest of the flour, 2 cups sugar and the spices. Create a well in the middle and place the starter there. Start kneading, working progressively and adding the rest of the water in doses until you get a firm yet smooth dough. Continue kneading, either by hand on a floured surface, or in a mixer with a dough hook (you might need to divide the dough mass to fit inside the mixer bowl). Knead til smooth, about 10-12 minutes. Add flour as needed to achieve

the desired silky, nonsticky texture. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise, about 2 hours, until doubled in bulk. You can also divide the dough and knead two or four pieces separately, leaving them, if desired in the same oiled bowl in separate ones. Once the dough has risen, punch it down again gently. Depending on whether you’ve kept one big piece or four smaller ones, divide so that there are eight equal balls all together. Shape these into ropes about 20

cm / 8 inches long. Take two per loaf and shape into a cross, pressing to secure in the middle. Let rest in oiled pans, covered with a kitchen towel, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour or so. Press a whole walnut into the middle and bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC / 390ºF. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake til golden, about 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and serve. Wrapped well in cling film, the breads will last for about a week. Or, wrap well and freeze.

or. The cookies may split slightly on top. Allow cookies to cool completely before topping with confectioner’s sugar. Sprinkle one or more serving platters with confectioner’s sugar. Place one layer of cookies on the platter (carefully, using a spatula) and dust with sugar. (Place sugar in a strainer and tap or shake over the cookies.) Place another layer on top of the first, and sprinkle with the sugar, continuing to no more than three layers on each plate or platter. Be generous with the confectioner’s sugar!

Yield: 60-80 cookies Variation: To avoid using alcohol, use orange juice instead of brandy. Smaller cookies: A great idea for gifts, kourabiethes can also be made in bite-sized cookies (boukies in Greek, say: book-YES) and given in batches of 6, 12, or other number of your choice. To store: Kourabiedes will keep for several months if stored in airtight containers. Make sure there’s a dusting of powdered sugar on the bottom of the container, then layer cookies as above, each layer with a covering of sugar. Wait one day after baking to cover with an airtight lid.

Kourabiedes 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1/3 cup of brandy (or orange juice) 3 egg whites 1 egg yolk 3 cups of unsalted butter (about 6 1/4 sticks), softened 1 1/3 cups + 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon 1 1/2 pounds of unsalted toasted almonds, chopped in large pieces 12 1/2 cups (approximately) of all-purpose flour (about 3 1/2 pounds) 2 or more pounds of confectioner’s sugar for topping

Kourabiedes

soda, cinnamon, and chopped almonds. Stir in flour and use hands to combine. Knead for 20 minutes. The dough will be fairly dry and dense. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Take a fistful of dough and squeeze 8 times to soften. Shape into balls and flatten slightly Dissolve the baking soda in the to a height of about 1/2 inch and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. brandy. Beat the eggs whites and yolk to- The dough can also be patted to a height of 1/2 inch and cut with gether. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, a cookie cutter. oil, and 1 cup of confectioner’s Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20 sugar until white and light. Beat in eggs, brandy with baking minutes or until a pale golden col-

are celebration cookies: they are prepared at Christmas, baptisms, and weddings. This recipe for these shortbread-type cookies is packed with toasted almonds, includes the taste of cinnamon, and calls for the traditional coating of lots of confectioner’s sugar.


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Christmas Boat (Karavaki)... A Greek Tradition!

Along with many Western Tra-

ditions, like the celebration of birthdays, Greek families also decorate a Christmas tree as part of the celebration of the nativity of our Lord. But did you know that in the true Greek Orthodox tradition, a boat is decorated instead of a tree? Now this may seem strange as we are so used to the widely-spread custom of lighting a Christmas Tree but this vintage and purely Greek tradition is still alive and well in Greece. As a sea-faring nation, the Greeks created a unique and unusual custom of decorating a small boat or “karavaki” during the Christmas celebrations. The Nativity Boat, as it came to be known, symbolises Orthodox Christians on board the ship of life with our Lord Jesus Christ at the helm, heading for Heaven, our ultimate port of salvation, across a sea of temptation, turmoil and trials. In fact, the main part of an Orthodox Church building where the faithful stand is called the nave which is derived from the Greek word “naus” meaning ship. It was also, however a type of honour and an appropriate welcome for the many sailors who returned

from their journeys across the world to be with their families at Christmas time. The Nativity Boat’s link to Christmas is even obvious in that Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, whose name day we celebrate on 6 December, is the patron saint of sailors. He was also known for his warm and generous heart, his love for

children and his care for the sick and poor and selfless gift-giving. Over the centuries, he was transformed into the Santa-Claus of today. He is also a shining example of Christ’s love and compassion which are the greatest gifts we can receive and give. Until about 50 years ago, the “karavaki” was part of the expected and

accepted Christmas decorations in a Greek home and was seen in the hands of children who went around front door to door singing Christmas carols. Slowly but surely this very significant tradition tended to fade as it was replaced by the more global Christmas tree – nevertheless it is still inspiring and we don’t want it to be forgotten.

Christmas, New Year and Epiphany Customs in Crete Epiphany covers the twelve days

of Christmas, from Christmas Eve through New Year to Epiphany on January 6th. - ‘XRISTOUYENNA’ - in Greek it literally means Christ’s birth. Christmas is the second most important religious holiday in Greece, after Easter. It is usually celebrated with quiet church services, family gatherings and Name Day parties. Christmas in Greece is celebrated on December 25th, but presents are usually given to children on January 1st, St. Basil’s Day (Agios Vassilis). St. Basil’s (Agios Vassilis) name has been given to Father Christmas. St Vassilis Day is celebrated on January 1st, therefore the Greek Agios Vassilis, or ‘Father Christmas’, is associated with New Year’s Day and this is when Greek children receive their Christmas presents. Christmas is becoming more commercialised in Greece and the shops are full of tinsel and trimmings from November onwards. A week or two before Christmas most Cretans decorate Christmas trees in their homes and many also have an impressive array of lights hung outside on balconies and in

gardens. The town streets and villages are also well decorated with Christmas lights. On Christmas Eve children go from house to house singing carols, the ‘Kalanda’ (see below). Christmas Day is usually spent with family and the traditional Christmas dinner may be roast lamb, pork or turkey without the trimmings! Fricasse - lamb cooked with egg and lemon sauce - is another traditional Christmas meal in Greece. Loaves of ‘christopsomo’ (‘Christ bread’ - large sweet loaves) are usually found on the Christmas table, along with Christmas biscuits, ‘melomakarana’ (sweet honey covered biscuits) and kourabiedes (icing sugar-coated biscuits). December 25th is also the Name Day of Christos, Christina and Chrysoula, so many people are attending, or hosting, Name Day parties on Christmas Day evening.

the day (there are 3 different songs for each 3 days), usually accompanied by metal triangles (trigono). They will ask the house owner ‘na to poume?’ (literally ‘shall we sing it?’) before starting to sing; this is in case there has been a recent death in the household, as those in mourning do not celebrate Christmas. The children are rewarded with sweets or coins from the householder.

cake and is baked in nearly every Greek household at New Year. A coin wrapped in foil (flouri) is placed in the cake before it’s baked. The cake is ceremoniously cut by the head of the household and whoever gets the slice containing the ‘flouri’ is said to have good luck for all of the forthcoming year. - Epiphany in Crete and Greece Theofania or Ta Fota, 6th January In the morning or the afternoon of the Eve of ‘Ta Fota’ (i.e. 5th January), village priests do the rounds of village homes to sprinkle holy water and bless the houses and all those who live there - called the “ayiasmos”. The Feast of Epiphany, or The Solomn Blessing of the Waters, commemorates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan. On January 6th waterside ceremonies are held across Greece and Crete at harbours, lakes and rivers. Boats gather to mark the ceremony and a Holy Cross is thrown into the sea or river by the priest. Swimmers dive into the chilly waters to retrieve it. It is a great honour and a blessing for the one who retrieves the cross first.

- New Year in Crete and Greece ‘PROTOXRONIA’ New Year’s Day, January 1st, is a Bank Holiday in Greece. The day of Saint Basil or Agios Vassilis and Father Christmas. The ‘Podariko’ - First footing. It’s considered lucky for a child to be the first person to step over your doorstep on New Years Day. The child should bring a plant called the ‘skylokremmyda’ (which looks like an onion with shoots) to leave on the doorstep, then step into the - The Kalanda The Kalanda, or Christmas Carols, house right foot first. The child is are traditionally sung on just three rewarded by the householder with days over the Christmas period: on a gift of money for the New Year. Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and the Eve of Epiphany. Groups of - Vassilopita - St Basil’s Cake/ New children go from house to house Year’s cake. singing the appropriate Carol for The vassilopita is a simple sponge livingincrete.net


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pets & vets

10 Christmas hazards all pet owners should be aware of

While humans indulge in a little

festive frivolity, Christmas can be a dangerous time for pets, with tempting but potentially poisonous treats adorning every open surface – meaning a third of pet owners will experience an emergency this festive season. Vets Now, the UK’s out-of-hours pet emergency service, sees a 788 per cent increase in chocolate poisoning cases over Christmas Day and Boxing Day alone, and new research shows that while most dog owners (93 per cent) are aware chocolate is poisonous, 32 per cent of pets have still been at risk after eating some. And it’s not just chocolate that’s cause for concern: dozens of foods like macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins are also dangerous for dogs, too. As nine in 10 poisonings happen in the owner’s home, and a shocking 5.5 million dog owners unknowingly feed their pets these harmful foods at Christmas, Vets Now have put together a helpful list of hazards all owners need to be aware of, to help you avoid any animal-related accidents this festive season: 1. Chocolate Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, a bit like caffeine, which, while tasty, is severely poisonous to cats and dogs. 2. Mince Pies and Christmas Puddings All grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are toxic to dogs; as are foods

that contain them – which means Imported versions can contain • Salt dough ornaments – the mix of no mince pies for your pooch, we’re antifreeze – as little as one table- flour and salt with water can cause afraid. spoon can be fatal for a cat. a potentially fatal salt toxicosis. • Christmas foliage like poinsettia, 3. Blue Cheese 8. Candles mistletoe and ivy– all of which are While delicious to us, blue cheese They may create a cosy atmo- mildly toxic to both cats and dogs. contains a substance called roque- sphere, but candle flames can burn • Wrapping paper – eating a large fortine C, which dogs are extreme- paws and the curious noses of fur- amount of paper could cause an ly sensitive to. ry friends. There’s also risk of them obstruction in the stomach. falling over when brushed against. • Lilies –those from the Lilium or 4. Tinsel Hemerocallis species are very danWhile it might look like a lot of fun 9. Fairy Lights gerous for cats. Eating just two or to play with, tinsel can cause dan- Cats are curious and will try to three leaves, or even drinking wagerous blockages in an animal’s chew on anything, including fairy ter from a vase containing them stomach. lights – which can burn and even can be potentially fatal. electrocute them. If your pet has eaten anything po5. Macadamia nuts tentially harmful, you should call Often lurking in biscuits or eaten as 10. Alcohol your vet for advice. a decadent Christmas snack, these Alcohol can cause severe liver and Many local vet practices choose to nuts cause severe illness in dogs. brain damage in animals. As little close over the Christmas period so as a tablespoon can lead to prob- it’s essential you’re aware of your 6. Garlic, chives and onion lems for your local out-of-hours emergency vet. Found in many festive foods like cat or dog. gravy, stuffing and sausages, all Allium species are poisonous to dogs. Other hazards to be aware of 7. Snow Globes include:


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Let’s

How to eat and be healthy at Christmas

be honest, the typical person throws their ‘diet’ out the window during the Christmas period. They tell themselves that it will be ok to start again in a few weeks. This is when the majority of weight gain is seen throughout the year, in the form of extra body fat. The result, come January you look, feel and perform at your all time worst, cursing your will power and stating that you will never do that again. You decide that enough is enough, and get back on the road to recovery, but the damage has already been done, and a couple of weeks poor eating has set you back months of progress. This cycle repeats every year, and in the long run, you never truly achieve the body and health you want. So this year, you are going to do it differently, and come January, you will not only have enjoyed Christmas, but still be achieving High Performance Living; looking, feeling and performing awesome. Granted, this can be easier said than done, so this blog is going to provide you with a step by step guide on how to eat and be healthy this Christmas; 1. Real food This is the most important tool in the box this Christmas. It is a time of year were processed junk foods are at the forefront of shop counters and marketing companies advertisements. Base all your meals on solid food choices to provide you with higher quality nutrients and to keep

you fuller for longer. Avoid the manufactured foods high in sugar, artificial sweeteners and trans fats. It is the season to enjoy great tasting food, but real food comes first and lots of it. Chances are, it is not the over eating of turkey, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts that cause the problems, it’s the chocolate bars and cakes.

By exercising daily, you will increase your body’s demand for calories, meaning you can actually eat more while still maintaining or burning body fat in the process. Ideally, you exercise daily in some shape or form. I always recommend at least 2-3 full body weight training sessions per week with 1-2 high intensity interval sessions, such as sprinting, and then 1-2 low intensity sessions such as walking.

Aside from the reduced impulse buys, you can save a lot of time as a result too. Alternatively, you could ensure you have a good shopping list to work from when in the store. This means you do not need to spend time browsing and can head straight to the correct aisles to pick up the foods you need.

6. Avoid intolerances If you suffer from certain food in2. Never go hungry tolerances, it’s important to still We all know what happens when refrain from eating these the enwe get too hungry, we reach for 4. Delay the Christmas shop tire Christmas period. the nearest convenient food. How often do you eat something Consuming your food intolerancDuring this time of year, when simply because it is in the house es, along with increased food and the kitchen cupboards are well and right under your nose? Exact- alcohol amounts, you are setting stocked in preparation for the ly. yourself up for even more long big day, that is the food you will Delay the main Christmas shop term damage. eat first. until 1-2 days before the big day. Keep the digestive system Continue to prepare your meals Buying all the extra food and healthy this coming Christmas on a daily basis and eat according drink weeks in advance will only season and your body will be in a to hunger levels. lead to one thing, temptation. better position to handle the deThis will keep satiety levels in If the common Christmas foods mands you may be placing on it check and provide your body are not available to you in an from time to time. with the right nutrients to per- arms length, chances are you will Depending on your severity, you form optimally. not want them nor miss them. may find food intolerances catchIt will kill cravings and help ening up with you much quicksure you do not reach for the poor 5. Buy online er than the over eating or late food choices we are surrounded Going to the typical supermar- nights. by this time of year. kets at this time of year means you are going to be surrounded 7. Enjoy yourself 3. Conduct daily exercise by junk food. Nobody is suggesting you starve Your goal should be to create If you are guilty of impulse buy- or lock yourself away this Christthe highest energy turnover (the ing, on line shopping is the best mas, but simply respect balance, body’s demand for calories) you way for you to ensure you do as too much of the bad stuff will can on a day-to-day basis, mean- not fill the trolley with poor food have a negative affect on your ing daily exercise is essential to choices. body composition and health do so. Buying food online is relatively markers. This all works by improved nutri- easy these days, and all the large Further, any diet or nutrition ent partitioning – our body’s abil- supermarkets now offer this ser- system that can’t withstand 1-2 ity to use the food we give it. vice. days of overeating on real food is In other words, more calories go All you need to know is what you probably not worth following. to our muscles for growth and re- require, and it is even delivered in pair, while less are put to fat cells bags to your front door the very exceednutrition.com for storage. next day.

A life changing visit to our pharmacy can make you change the way you see life and put your body and mind in harmony. Have you ever visited a pharmacy to taste health? A different pharmacy in the centre of the old town of Chania is waiting to share with you secrets of well being and longevity. Taste the biolo gical honey, the royal jelly, tea from plants carefully chosen in therapeutic recipes, high concentration and purity juices of pomegranate, cranberry, aloe. Orthomolecular nutrition with suggestions on detox programs and a carefully selected range of supplements, vitamins an gluten free products from all over the world. In the same premises you can find a live homeopathic lab with 6.000 homeopathic remedies in stock and the ability to produce any kind of homeopathic form i.e. pills, granules, solutions etc Evangelia Sakka is the pharmacist in charge who has created that special pharmacy and will be happy to introduce you to that fantastic world but also suggest whatever will be more settable for you. Our philosophy doesn’t stop on food and supplements but we want you to think of your mind and body as well. That’s why we have created next to our pharmacy the Green Care SPA. A SPA that helps to uplift your mind and body with biological face an body treatments, reflexology, reiky, su jok and moxa treatment, Bach flower remedies, homeopathy sessions, bowtech as well as nail therapies. We are waiting for you to restart your life at Daskalogianni 43 - 45, SAKKA Pharmacy www.my-pharmacy.gr / www.greencarespa.gr


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