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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Koulouma 2011 - Kali Sarakosti - Moody's, Snow and all!



 Daughter's Handmade-at-school Carnival Masks

Monday March 7, 2011 and it is Kathari Deftera for Greece and all the Orthodox Christians around the world today. Instead of  waking up with nothing more complicated than the thought of where we would go to fly our traditional hartaeto or paper kite for Koulouma this year, we woke up to the news  of Moody's latest downgrade of Greece's credit rating by 3 points. What an appropriate start for the Great Lent - Megali Sarakosti - increased austerity, economic doom and gloom and the threat of an impending fiscal default - what more could we possibly want? 

Well, in true Scarlet O'Hara style, we decided that nothing was going to change our plans for today, because we wouldn't be able to do anything anyway, we'd let the elected government deal with that (and they did- see below) and continued to follow our time-honoured traditions and celebrate Koulouma as usual, with all members of the household doing their bit for the  sarakostiano trapezi...



 Freshly cut salad


 Fresh beetroot bulbs on their bed of foliage decorated with spring onions

 Taramosalata and lagana  
(see end of post for the recipe) 

Octopus with red Florina peppers

 Kalamari and Atlantic prawns

 A great bottle of Nemea Red...2005 vintage

  Husband's artistic food styling - Beetroot 

Prawns, Kalamari, Skordalia, beetroot, 
Octopus with red peppers, pilafi , lagana, taramosalata

Almond scordalia 


Everybody had a little bit of everything - 
prawns, kalamari, gigantes, beetroot, 
taramosalata, octopus with pilafi and fresh salad

 and for Desert  -  
Makedoniko aka Macedonian Halva


After a great lunch, we decided to brave the elements - it is freezing cold in Athens with snow predicted overnight - and went out to try to fly our kite. 

We didn't have much luck...it decided to stay grounded...



others were more fortunate so we did manage to get a photo 
of at least one kite flying up high...



Nevermind,  as Scarlett said Tomorrow is another day...

Kali Sarakosti!

PS The government did react to the Moodys' downgrade... against all expectations, considering it was a public holiday in Greece,( who says public servants in Greece don't work?) they came out with the appropriate announcement. An announcement which concludes with the following statement...


'Ultimately, Moody’s downgrading of Greece’s debt reveals more about the misaligned incentives and the lack of accountability of credit rating agencies than the genuine state or prospects of the Greek economy. Having completely missed the build-up of risk that led to the global financial crisis in 2008, the rating agencies are now competing with each other to be the first to identify risks that will lead to the next crisis.  At a time when the global economy is fragile and market sentiment is sensitive, unbalanced and unjustified rating decisions such as Moody’s today can initiate damaging self-fulfilling prophecies and certainly strengthen the arguments for tighter regulation of the rating agencies themselves.

Moody’s decision in no way affects the financing of the Hellenic Republic as it continues to draw funds from the Greek support mechanism. Moreover, Greece, in collaboration with the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund, has taken all necessary measures to maintain the stability and liquidity of the Greek banking system.'  Read the whole announcement
 

Oh yes, and now, as promised, the recipe for our taramosalata - yes, what you are seeing is indeed the recipe for our taramosalata today... thanks to good old Hellman's - believe me,it tastes great!!! :)



 Hellman's Taramosalata - part of it's range of Greek products Γεύση της Μαμάς!

Oh and by the way, because Hellman's is making all these dishes made by Mum, Greek mums and grannies are now making Sushi... 




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