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I have learnt many things living in a Greek village. One thing you realise especially at this time of year, late Autumn, is that food is seasonal. Seasonal food is so easy to forget in a big city because supermarkets stock their shelves with produce from far away places. While it’s great to have choice the real nutritional value of food comes from seasonal freshness. We learned quickly about seasonal food in our Greek village when we asked in the local taverna for a tomato salad in November! The locals thought us mad.

Fruit and vegetable grown in the summer however can be preserved and dried for the winter months. The winter can be as extreme as the summer and where we live there is always the chance of snow and ice. It’s great to have these delicious preserved and dried foods to add variety  to the winter meals. The figs above were picked in the summer by our neighbour, Ralitza. She is very creative, I would go as far as to say she makes an art form with whatever she is creating. I saw these figs she was drying in the summer sun in her garden, how beautiful. They look just like flowers.

Some photos by Matthew at Pure and General on the night of the launch of my book, before the crowd arrived. Thanks again everyone!

WHAT A WONDERFUL NIGHT! Thank you Linda Gregoriou for hosting the best night at your shop, Pure and General  http://pureandgeneral.com. It was a wonderful evening, fab food and wine  and a gorgeous bouzouki player! Thank you to all who attended and made the night such a special one, especially my family.  I was so thrilled to see my brother Paul in the room. Paul hates social occasions with a passion and prefers walking his dog Cali who I might add hates me with a passion. Thanks also to all my Greek friends  (Greek family) who came so far, Konstantina and Apostolis who came all the way from Lesvos. Vicki who came from Adelaide and Strat, Penny and Stephanie who came up from Melbourne. It could not have been a better evening.

[wpvideo HfiSfttG]I love the light in MY GREEK ISLAND HOME, it uplifts me. It inspired me to make this film. My new book will be available from September 26, just over a week.Music created by Matthew Usmar Lauder.

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