Fitness

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“Koulouri” of Thessaloniki

“Koulouri” is one of the most traditional and delicious Greek snacks. It is one of those things like a New York pretzel that awaken your fondest childhood memories. Although, it is considered to be an indulgence it is one of the healthiest sources of carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients. It is a circular bread with sesame seeds that is often enjoyed at breakfast with a selection of cheeses and jams.

Today our in-house chef Dora Aretaki is sharing with you her amazing “koulouri” recipe… Enjoy!

5 oz ( 150 gr ) bread flour
12 oz ( 350 gr ) all purpose flour
2 packs of dry yeast
1 1/4 tea spoon of salt
2 1/2 table spoons ( 35 gr )  of sugar
300 ml water

For the toping
Sesame seeds
2 table spoons sugar
400 ml water

Mix  the yeast with the water and let the mixture rest for about 10 minutes.
Add all the ingredients and mix with the dough hook , with slow circular movements for about 7 minutes.
Let the dough rest in a bowl covered with plastic film until it doubles in size.
Preheat the oven 380 F ( 200 C )
Cut the dough in 70 gr pieces ( about 12 )
Form each one in a ball
Knead each ball in a long roll and bring the two edges together to form a circle.
Dip them in a bowl with water – sugar  and then inside a plate with sesame.
Place them in rays that are lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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From Nature with Love…

Where nature is…beauty abounds.

“Valsamohorto” in Greek translates literally to “relieving plant/ physically and mentally” the plant that “caressing the soul”. It is also known to the world by its Latin name “Hypericum perforatum” or “St. John’s wort, and is regarded as a wildflower that has healing properties.

Since ancient times, it has been known to effectively treat skin problems, heal wounds and finally strengthen the immune system. It was extensively used by the ancient Spartans to treat their battle wounds. Additionally, in Greece it is commonly used for banishing evil spirits according to religious traditions. In the Middle Ages it was also known to possess magical properties. My favorite of all of these remedies, is one made from the wildflowers found in the Taygetus mountains where I am from. My mother has perfected the cure called “Balsamolado” which literally translates to Healing Oil. It is a combination of St. John’s wort and extra virgin olive oil that gives you a red colored oil which cures all.

 

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Mens sana in corpore sano – ΝΟΥΣ ΥΓΙΗΣ ΕΝ ΣΩΜΑΤΙ ΥΓΙΕΙ! HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

The Romans said it first and the Greeks did it best! My secret after 60 for feeling young and energized is Yoga. I have always been a firm believer that a healthy body breeds a healthy mind, but must confess that the later years of my 50s did not prove to be the most energetic. I strayed from my physical routine and found that both my energy and spirits were not the same.

Lyengar Yoga has become my new passion and the best way to maintain both my mind and my body. I feel taller and healthier and am totally committed to my practice. Vula Bolou, my instructor welcomed me to her studio and invited me to discover new energetic paths that will extend my limits physically and mentally. Are you up for the challenge of maintaining a healthy body and mind?