You know how in most of the western world there's a build up to Christmas that starts in early November (or late September if you're in England) and then Christmas happens, and new year happens and then everything returns to normal a couple of days later? Well, in Greece, it's the opposite. People start thinking "Christmas" sometime in December, then Christmas happens and it's invariably very low key, and then things really take off as everybody starts preparing for the new year celebrations - which go on throughout January. It's really quite amazing. Every day there seems to be another gathering at a friend's or relative's house, where we eat a lot, drink moderately and cut another new year cake. Here's a selection of the ones we've cut so far. Neither myself nor hubby have been lucky enough to find the coin in our pieces, but we've not given up yet.
There has been lots more cakes too. Christmassy melomakarona & kourabiedes...
And of course scrumptious chocolate-covered tsoureki (brioche-type bread).
As if cakes aren't enough, food has been plentiful too. I have tried my best to resist, but what can I say? It's not easy.
This pork stew and pasta cooked in a clay pot gets my "tastiest dish ever" award.
In an attempt to shift the 2 kilos we've put on, this evening we went for a wander round town, even though it was raining. We even had a whirl at the skating rink. Not sure if it was enough in terms of exercise (I suspect not), but at least we didn't do what we did every other day of this holiday so far, that is, sit by the fire and stuff our faces with delicious food and cakes.
Tomorrow is another day - and another opportunity to try our luck with another new year cake!