A roof over our head and please help me make up my mind!!


Everybody’s dream is to have a roof over their head and we have reached the stage where the roof is now being placed on our house.  Hopefully it will be ready by next week.

At this stage there are so many things we have to decide about and I am so confused!!

What colour to paint the exterior?  What colour the interior?

I think the exterior may not be so difficult, so let’s focus on the interior.

The photo above is the kitchen I have chosen from the show room and below is my kitchen space, a couple of months back.

According to the plan of our house, this is the sketch which has been prepared for us.  The colour is the same as above, as the picture below has been scanned from a low resolution print.

The colour of the floor is something like the picture below but instead of wood, it is a granite floor tiles and the walls will be something between beige and light yellow (buff).  See colours below.

A dining room table will be placed infront of the window and opposite the kitchen will be the living room, which are all in the same space.

I am not buying new living room furniture as the ones I now have, were bought a couple of years ago.  Their colour is dark chocolate brown, so I have to match them with the remaining house.


I have beige covers on the leather couches, which I may not use in the other house.

I can’t make up my mind if making the kitchen brown and beige will be too dark.  Shall I keep it like this or is it better to make it the opposite i.e. everything beige with brown counter tops, bearing in mind that the walls will be probably beige as well.

I found this colour chart, so what do you think?  Shall I paint the walls in the living room chocolate, beige and blue green?

What do you think?  Any suggestions are welcome.

 

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Sandwiched Sardines / Σαρδέλλες Σάντουϊτς Ψητές

Aside


We were sitting in one of the cafeterias of Nafplion enjoying our morning coffee when a fishing boat anchored just opposite us.

In no time people started gathering around it to buy freshly caught fish.

Απολαμβάναμε τον πρωινό καφέ μας σε μια από τις καφετέριες της παραλίας του Ναυπλίου, όταν έφτασε η τράτα και άραξε ακριβώς απέναντί μας.

Σε χρόνο ντε-τέ άρχισε να μαζεύεται ο κόσμος για να αγοράσει φρέσκα ψάρια.

The catch of the day was xifias – sword fish (Xiphias gladius),  sardelles – big sardines or pilchards -(Sardina pilchardus) with only 5 Euros a kilo, barbounia – mullets, koutsomoures  (Mullus surmuletus – a kind of goat fish of the mullet family), lithrinia (pandora – Pagellus erythrinus) etc.

Η ψαριά της ημέρας ήταν ένα ξιφίας, σαρδέλλες μεγαλούτσικες με 5 Ευρώ το κιλό, κουτσομούρος, λιθρίνια κ.ά.

Unfortunately I could’t buy any and bring it back to Athens but last week I bought some sardines from the farmers’ market, which were much smaller though.

Δυστυχώς δεν μπορούσα να αγοράσω και να τα φέρω στην Αθήνα, αλλά προχθές στη λαϊκή βρήκα σαρδέλλα η οποία όμως ήταν αρκετά πιό μικρή.

Sardines are rich in Omega 3 fats which are considered to be very healthy for the heart.

Τα ωμέγα-3 λιπαρά οξέα που προέρχονται από τα λιπαρά ψάρια (σαρδέλλες, γαύρος, σκουμπρί, τσιπούρα, ρέγκα, σολομός) είναι λίπος ευεργετικό για την καρδιά

This time of the year Sardines are in abundance and are affordable and a popular choice everything being so expensive.

This dish would be perfect to grill over charcoal but for people like us living in apartments, you can also grill it.

Another way to make sardines is to marinate them the same way like gavros (anchovies).

Marinated Sardines / Μαριναρισμένες Σαρδέλλες

Αυτη την εποχή οι σαρδέλλες είναι σε αφθονία και με την οικονομική κρίση που διανύουμε ένα πολύ οικονομικό φαγητό, αλλά και ταυτόχρονα πολύ νόστιμο.

Αυτό το φαγητό θα ήταν ιδανικό να ψηθεί στα κάρβουνα, αλλά για εμάς που μένουμε σε διαμέρισμα μπορούμε να τις ψήσουμε στο γκριλ.

Ένας άλλος τρόπος να φτιάξετε τις σαρδέλλες είναι να τις μαρινάρετε ακριβώς όπως γίνεται και ο γαύρος.

Marinated Sandwiched Sardines, Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Marinating time:   1 hour

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Marinade Ingredients:

 

1/2 kilo fresh sardines

¼ cup olive oil

3 tbsp lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Oregano

For filling:

4 tablespoons coriander pesto or other pesto of your choice

1 spring onion, finely chopped

¼ cup parsley, finely chopped

2 tbsp dill, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Extra Lemon juIce to sprinkle on top as well as parsley.

Directions:

Scale the sardines and cut the head pulling out the guts.  Wash them and drain them.  With a filleting knife cut it in the belly and remove spine with any remaining guts.   Wash again and strain.  Place them in a bowl in one layer and add olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper.

Cover with cling film and let them marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Finely cut all the vegetables and mix with the pesto.

Preheat your oven at 180oC, setting it on the grill.  Line your baking tin with parchment paper.

Open the sardines flat and press them with your fingers to become as flat as possible.  Add a tablespoon of filling and sandwich with another sardine.

Place on the baking tin and when done add the leftover marinade on the sardines.

Grill for ten minutes on one side and ten minutes on the other.

Serve as a side dish to dried legumes or as a mezes with ouzo or tsipouro.

Σαρδέλλες Σάντουϊτς Ψητές,  Συνταγή της Ήβης

Χρόνος προετοιμασίας: 30 λεπτά

Χρόνος για το μαρινάρισμα: 1 ώρα

Χρόνος ψησίματος: 20 λεπτά

Υλικά:

Για το μαρινάρισμα:

 

1/2 κιλό σαρδέλλες

¼ κούπας ελαιόλαδο

3 κουταλιές χυμό λεμονιού

Αλάτι και φρεσκοτριμμένο μαύρο πιπέρι

Ρίγανη

Για τη Γέμιση:

4 κουταλιές πέστο κόλιαντρου ή άλλο πέστο της αρεσκείας σας

1 κρεμμυδάκι φρέσκο, ψιλοκομμένο

¼  κούπας μαϊντανό, ψιλοκομμένο

2 κουταλιές άνηθο, ψιλοκομμένο

1 σκελίδα σκόρδο, ψιλοκομμένη

Επιπλέον λεμόνι για από πάνω και μαϊντανό

Εκτέλεση:

Καθαρίζουμε τα λέπια από τις σαρδέλλες, κόβουμε το κεφάλι και μαζί φεύγουν και τα εντόσθια.    Τις πλένουμε και τις στραγγίζουμε.  Με ένα μαχαίρι φιλεταρίσματος κόβουμε την κοιλιά και αφαιρούμε τη ραχοκοκκαλιά και καθαρίζουμε από άλλα εντόσθια.  Τις ξαναπλένουμε και τις στραγγίζουμε.  Τις βάζουμε σε μία σειρά σε ένα μπωλ και ρίχνουμε το ελαιόλαδο, το λεμόνι, τη ρίγανη, το αλάτι και το πιπέρι.

Σκεπάζουμε με μεμβράνη κουζίνας και το αφήνουμε στο ψυγεία για τουλάχιστον μία ώρα να μαριναριστούν.

Ψιλοκόβουμε το μαϊντανό,το κρεμμυδάκι και το σκόρδο και τα ανακατεύουμε με το πέστο.

Προθερμαίνουμε το γκριλ του φούρνου στους  180o C.  Στρώνουμε λαδόκολλα σε ένα ταψάκι.

Παίρνουμε τις σαρδέλλες και τις πιέζουμε με τα δάκτυλα να ανοίξουν.  Προσθέτουμε μια κουταλιά γέμιση και προσθέτουμε άλλη μία από πάνω.

Τις βάζουμε πάνω στο ταψάκι και ρίχνουμε τη μαρινάδα από πάνω.

Ψήνουμε για δέκα λεπτά από τη μία μεριά και δέκα από την άλλη.

Σερβίρουμε σαν συνοδευτικό με όσπρια ή σαν μεζέ για ούζο ή για τσίπουρο.

Kοπιάστε και Καλή Όρεξη!

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

Assini: the village and the Ancient Acropolis


Assini or Asine (Ασίνη) is a village in the prefecture of Argolida, belonging to the Municipality of Assini, (which includes the villages of Assini, Tolo, Iria, Drepano and Karnazeika). It is 8 km away from the town of Nafplion and 2 km before Ancient Assini. According to the census of 2001 the municipality has 6000 inhabitants, out of which (according to the census of 2001), 1.064 inhabitants live in Assini.

This is the main road of the village, which goes to Ancient Assini and Tolo. Road to the left goes to our house.

The population is mainly rural, cultivating citrus groves (oranges and tangerines), olives, vegetables, mostly artichokes and also people have fishing as their occupation. The past years the village being not far away from the sea and the most tourist developed resort of Tolo, has also developed tourist facilities as well.

Manoussakios Library
Aghia Paraskevi

Before reaching the village, 500 metres on the foothill of Profitis Elias, is the settlement of Aghia Paraskevi, with about 200 inhabitants enjoying a wonderful view of the plain around it.

View of Assini Village from Kastraki
Ancient Assini – known as Kastraki
Kastraki

The Acropolis of ancient Assini (or Asine), today known as Kastraki is a rocky promontory by a natural harbour in the Gulf of Argolis, near the town of Tolo. The promontory is 52 m above sea level; it is 330 m long and 150 m wide. Some have linked the silhouette of the rock to a ship with full sails.

According to Homer, Assini together with other Argive poleis (city states), such as Argos, Tyrinth and Epidavros, took part in the Trojan War with a fleet that consisted of 80 ships and was led by King Diomedes.

The Walls

The earliest traces of settlement on the Acropolis are from the Neolithic period (5th millennium b.C.). The site was subsequently settled during the Early Bronze Age (2600 – 1900 b.C.), during the Middle Bronze Age (1900 – 1550), during the Late Bronze Age (1550 – 1050 b.C.) and again during the historical period to 600 A.D.

Kastraki – The Walls from the Hellenistic period

The fortification walls around the Acropolis can be dated to 300 b.C. They were most likely built by Demetrios Poliorcetes, during his time as King of Macedonia. The main entrance lies in the north, with a side entrance in the east. The Great Bastion on the eastern side of the circuit wall, as well as two smaller towers on the acropolis, was built to resist catapults and other siege machines. The fortifications were added on to at least during the Byzantine (6th – 7th century A.D.) and the second Venetian (1686 – 1715) periods. During the Italian occupation in World War Two (1941 – 1943) trenches and other defense works were constructed on the Acropolis.

Archaeological excavations were conducted by Swedish Archaeologists between 1922 and 1930 in the main settlement on the Acropolis, in the Lower Town and on the Barbouna Hill. From the 1970s onwards, excavations were resumed by the Swedish Institute at Athens and by the 4th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities at Nafplion.

A ship wreck of the late Mycenaean period 1200 b.C., carrying cargo from both Crete and Cyprus was located near Cape Iria 14 km to the southeast of Assini at a depth of 28 m. The findings of the wreck such as pots, amphorae, ceramics, a stone anchor etc., are exhibited at the Museum of Spetses.

A terracotta head of the same period, known as the “Lord of Assini”, gave its name to a poem by the Nobel laureate G. Seferis. It was found in a cult room in one of the Late Bronze Age houses in the Lower Town and can be dated to 1200 – 1100 b.C.

Assini flourished again in early historical times, in the 8th century b.C (Late Geometric period). At this time the town had contacts with Athens, as well as the Cyclades and the southern Peloponnese. According to Pausanias, Assini was destroyed by neighbouring Argos, most likely around 700 b.C., as it had taken Sparta’s side in a war between those city states. The inhabitants were forcibly moved to the Assini of Messenia (today’s Koroni).

The settlement at Assini decline for a couple of centuries but the site was never abandoned completely. An Archaic shrine to Apollo (7th – 6th century b.C.) has been located on the top of the Barbouna Hill. However, there are no extant remains.

Houses from the Hellenistic period (3rd – 1st century b.C.) have been found as well as cisterns and olive presses both on the Acropolis and in the Lower Town. Hellenistic burials have also been found in the neighbourhood. The settlement at Assini continued into Roman times. Ruins of baths from this period (5th – 7th century A.D. can be seen in the Lower Town next to the picturesque chapel of Panaghia.

Archaeological Museum of Naflio

The findings from the excavations at Assini are mainly kept in the Nafplion Archaeological Museum. Some of the findings from the excavations of the 1920s are now in Sweden in accordance with an agreement between the Assini Committee of the 1920s and the then Greek Government.

(Source: Information board on site).

View from Castraki

At the Western side of the Promontory a small bay with organized facilities and a taverna.

The town of Tolo
View of Tolo from Kastraki

At the Eastern side of the Promontory

Assini Beach during winter