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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 April 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 APRIL 2015 9 NEWS Food and life the Kastellorizian way Anyone who is of Kastellorizian background, or knows someone who is, would know that food is more than just a form of sustenance for these people. In recognition of the connection that food has to the life and identity of the Kastellorizian people, Anna Koutsis and Helene Pappas have embarked on a project by the name of Kerasma. The duo are calling on anyone who has memories of life on the island, namely those born and bred there, so as to help them develop a body of work that captures what life was like in the 'hey-day' of Kastellorizo. The result of Kerasma will be a book that aims to be far more than a collection Easter seen through Aussie eyes GARRIE HUTCHINSON Even before the midnight bells rang outside St Dimitrios in Moonee Ponds, the birds had awoken in a tree outside. They chattered noisily in anticipation as if it was spring and they were announcing new life after a hard winter. But it was a balmy autumn night, and we are heading into winter. But those Australian birds also seem to understand that it is Easter, and the hundreds of people gathered outside the church near the tree were celebrating the rebirth of life and hope. The bells rang, the candles came out and the light spread one from the other, and the Easter hymn was sung. Christos Anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin harisamenos. The candles, spreading from the magically lit flame inside the church, represents new life and hope and is a powerful image. I first watched in Crete outside the Chania Cathedral a number of years ago - from one flame to the square filled with light, and processions of candles leading families home to break the fast. Father Emmanuel exhorted the faithful to see Easter end. After a day of scrubbing and cleaning the ingredients and four years of apprenticeship, Susie is nearly ready to take over. We sing, and I mumble, the Easter hymn again The mayiritsa is great, and all of us hope that this tradition will also continue. Guests have brought tsoureki, and tips are passed around to make theirs even better. We remember Easters in Greece, and the light spreading, and funny stories of compulsory hospitality in Crete, and the hard winters from which Greece seems always to suffer, and the hope that each Easter brings. * Garrie Hutchinson is a re- and this gathering as more than a community celebration, and to come to him with any questions, and to find answers in the church, and faith. As an outsider I understand and respect that, but for me the impact of Easter is that it also marks a ceremonial renewal of the community. That Easter coincided with Anzac Day in Crete, which is why I was there. It was the Second World War in Crete (and the food) that first connected me with Philhellene's John and Susie Rerakis, and celebrating Easter with them and their family is my 'unorthodox' way of honouring our long community tradition. After Father Emmanuel's homily I followed some candles back to Philhellene, and helped serve the mayiritsa to 40 guests. John's mum Katina is the keeper of the recipe, which involves four sheep's heads, hearts, lungs and stomachs, two livers, a variety of goat bones, resulting in a beautiful stock, with lemon, dill, a couple of lettuces and some eggs at the nowned Melbourne writer and freelance journalist. He has authored and edited over 30 books, including the awardwinning books Remember Them: A Guide to Victoria's Wartime Heritage and Pilgrimage: A Traveller's Guide to Australia's Battlefields. He was the Melbourne theatre reviewer for The Australian from 1973-1976 and later worked as a sports editor for The Age. He has since written a number of other books on sport, as well as several works on military history and travel, and as a speechwriter for several national and Victorian politicians. of recipes. Rather, the creators endeavour to explore the cuisine of the island and its deep-seated relationship with memories, identity and relationships. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this project or you think you can be of assistance, please email kazzie.kerasma@ gmail.com NK apologises Neos Kosmos would like to apologise for a misprint that appeared in a feature story published in last weekend's English Edition. The article, entitled 'The Women of Lemnos', regarding Tassos Ioannides' opera Women in War, was published with the wrong image of librettist Deborah Parsons. We apologise to Deborah Parsons, Tassos Ioannides and our readers. The real Deborah Parsons. Greek wine promotion in Australia A Greek National Interprofessional Organisation of Vine and Wine delegation visited Melbourne and Sydney for eight days, in order to encourage contacts on a commercial and cultural level with counterpart Australian bodies. Organisation president Markos Kafouros told the Greek program of SBS radio that their visit was a forerunner of a larger consignment to be held in June aiming to promote Greek wines in the Australian market. Mr Kafouros estimated that at the moment there are only a few Greek wines circulating the Australian market, but there is much room for improvement.
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