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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 October 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 2016 13 GITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER 2016 13 of of what should go in the food, also worked as a waitress and my dad, a bank manager, did deliveries for me in the morning! “At the core of Kalymnos Pastries is family.” George has entrenched himself in those values and his goal is to help keep traditional Greek recipes alive and to inspire younger people, sharing the knowledge handed down to him from previous generations. Right now, he employs 19 people at Kalymnos Pastries and is expanding his shop, adding a Greek style mageirio space which will be up and running on Wednesday 9 November. “I’ve recently taken on more people purely because we’re opening up a café section next door,” he explains. “I’m training them to our style of pastry-making from the beginning, which is a challenge.” “Now with next door we’re going to increase our everyday lunch options. It’s going to be like an old-school staple Greek place, a mageirio. People will come in and ask ‘what new have you cooked today?’ and it will be either stifado, moussaka, briam or whatever the home-cooked special of the day is.” This new venture won’t affect the patisserie’s classic menu, which features a range of more than 40 desserts and sweets baked daily. Across the board, things like the iconic baklava; consisting of thin layers of golden filo, filled with chopped almond and other condiments, are always selling fast. “People love our kataifi ekmek, the kourambiedes and melomakarona but we go through a lot of savoury pasties as well, like tyropita and spanakopita, not to mention our gourmet vegtriangle; a mixed vegetable and cheese triangle that we’d describe as a tyropita and spanakopita hybrid − how could you go wrong?” It goes without saying that if you ever find yourself wandering in South Australia’s Torrensville, it’s a sin not to pay George a visit. Meanwhile, he’ll be cooking up a storm at this year’s Perth Glendi Festival on Sunday demonstrating his filo and pastry puff secrets. “We are the luckiest people in the world here,” he enthuses. “Australia allows us to keep the traditions of our Greek heritage alive whilst living in this wonderful land.” For more information, visit www. kpaustralia.com or phone (08) 8443 9333.
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