This page is a piece of fun and info about what we do - to express gratitude to all our faithful holiday makers who know the quality of our food – and want recipes – and people who have read my book ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ – and want to hear news of the continuation of Juliet's journey.
We'll be changing the page each month so please come back – as well as coming to us for more holidays, or if you're new, for your first holiday with us.
Our recipes all follow yogic principles. They are generally satvic, meaning that we use fresh ingredients intended to be good for our physical, bodily health and which do not excite the emotions, or make us feel sleepy or over stimulated, both of which adversely affect meditation practice. The only additive to use is your love!
You can smile at your food – there are no onions, said to be pranic negative, so there's no tears.
Our recipes are for you to enjoy a taste of West Crete Holidays at home.
Each month you get a new recipe and some cooking tips too.
I thought I'd amuse you this month. Greek Easter fell in May this year and to celebrate it MSN had a list of recipes on the web that Greeks might like to try for the festive season. However, locally they just eat goat at Easter so I can't imagine anyone has tried these delicacies, even if they have a computer.
Heaven knows how they are supposed to buy the very scarce red lentils, coriander and coconut milk.
Not sure why Friday keeps getting a mention - it's not that only the veggie dishes have Friday by the instructions (Good Friday a non-meat eating day), even the Sunday type roasts said Friday. Maybe it's Fry day!
However, I thought you'd the recipes because they show lots of Greek mistakes in the translation by MSN into English. But they are intelligible enough to use.
Apple and carrot soup
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp olive oil
450g carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 apples (about 450g), peeled, coarsely chopped
1 celery chopped
125g red lentils
750ml vegetable stock
250ml coconut milk
4 tbsp yogurt
1 small bunch coriander leaves
Heat a saucepan and add the chilli and cumin to make their aromas. Take half the amount and set it aside.
Add the oil and when warm, carrots, apple and celery. Stir and add the lentils, stock and coconut milk. Leave to simmer for 15 minutes covered, until carrots are tender and lentils.
Season to taste and serve in bowls with a spoonful of yogurt and remaining toasted spices. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot Arabic bread.
4 servings (we've lost two guests after the soup!)
1 (375g) package ready puff pastry
4 large white mushrooms
4 tablespoons pesto sauce
8 sundried tomatoes
150g mozzarella slices
Preheat oven to 220C in air. Unroll the puff pastry on a floured surface and open it with a rolling pin in size 38 x 32cm. Then divide it into 4 pieces. Put a mushroom in the center of each piece.
Smear some pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella. Salt and pepper and brush the edges of the pastry with a little milk to the pick over the filling and stick.
Put the "packets" pie on a tray and brush with milk and top. Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden. Serve hot with vegetables.
I hope you enjoy the recipes and come back for more!
Use our contact us page to send your comments about this page – or anything else you might want to tell us – like reminding me of a recipe you would like.
All's well with my book 'Fly Me to the Moon' again - the old publishers have been bought by another company, so we are back in the market place again. Actually my book was always available, but I just didn't get any royalties! I can also have it made into an eBook so that will be soon. Good news eh?
In the mean time work goes on writing book number two: Playing Among the Stars which is the continuation of my Astro*Carto*Graphy adventures now down under in the southern hemisphere. With winter now here I'm getting down to some serious writing time again. It even makes nice work editing something that I haven't looked at for over a year - quite an entertainment!
What are my books about? Well take a deep breath and join me on a life changing adventure that you can do too for easy change. In categories the book is about self help, travel, biography and romance. Perfect beach reading material.
You can buy a copy from me when you come on holiday and I will show you more about A*C*G as well. And your copy will bear my signature.