It’s a funny old life when you’re half Greek in England, or anywhere in the world really. Today’s post is dedicated to the entertaining little things people have said when I mention my heritage – from quips about my appearance to confusion about food and language 🇬🇷😂😍
Greek? I don’t like olives
Your hair is soooo curly, how long does it take to straighten it?
Why do you even bother with sun cream
What on earth is a name day?
I love your mum’s accent!
What is your lunch? *something unpronounceable*
You’re half Greek? I went to Cyprus once!
You’re half Greek? I went to Malia once!
Does your mum speak English?
Do you know how to make hummus?
How can hair be naturally curly?
Why do you celebrate Easter twice?
What is baklava?
What do you think about the Greek economy?
What do you mean you don’t have turkey at Christmas?
It’s been a lovely one in our house and I hope it has been in yours too 😍
In the midst of the merriment we discovered the best Christmas cocktail, and luckily for all of us and our wallets, it only has two ingredients…
This is Grasovka, a Polish bison grass vodka to rival Zubrowka. In my opinion it’s not really one to drink in shots but mix it with good quality cloudy apple juice and you’re on to a winner!
It tastes exactly like apple pie and that’s not even an exaggeration, it’s unbelievable. Plus, after all the Christmas excesses, why not drink your dessert from now on? 😉🍸
Basically mix a shot or two of vodka with as much apple juice as you like, easy peasy! If you want to make it super Christmassy, maybe pop in a cinnamon stick or warm up the apple juice to make a mulled apple pie cocktail.
This chilly weather has got me thinking about Scandinavia and, more importantly, about food. My parents worked in Sweden for many years and still miss it to this day so, naturally, Swedish food comes out in the form of a smorgasbord whenever we have a big celebration e.g Christmas Eve tomorrow!
Here are 7 of the best foods to try in Sweden (they’re not all Christmassy) 💛💙
1. Marabou chocolate is perfection. Try the milk or daim versions and the rolls are amazing!
2. Toast Skagen – these are basically open shrimp sandwiches with mayo, salad and sometimes even caviar! Decadent 🐟
3. Chai lattes – I know, I know, you can get these in any country that has a Starbucks but believe me, the Swedes have taken this spicy drink to a whole new level! Try Espresso House if you can 😘
4. Jansson’s temptation – this is the classic and delicious potato and fish combo that we Brits know and love but in an even more comforting bake!
Today I thought I’d share some art by Zuhair Hassib, a Kurdish-Syrian artist who was born in 1960.
His art is multifaceted. Hassib explores human closeness, femininity and colour on the one hand and war, destruction and sadness on the other. I suppose you could call this a metaphor for the situation in Syria as a whole; in just the past few weeks the news has focussed on the siege in East Aleppo as well as the romantic, poetic graffiti it provoked.
Without analysing Syrian current affairs further, I hope you enjoy this small collection of paintings: