Kathara Deftera

Ivy on March 8th, 2011

Lagana is a delicious flatbread which is usually baked  on the first day of Lent of the Orthodox Easter.    This year I wanted to make something different from the classic Lagana so I made it with olives and rosemary. I prepared the dough it from the previous day so that I could bake it early […]

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The period of the Great Lent started yesterday with Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday) and this is called Saracosti.   During the period of Saracosti  the faithful fast for a period of 48 days and not 40, as it is usually said: the six weeks of Lent and Holy Week.  This is not obligatory and most people […]

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  Αncient Greeks colonized Southern Italy and Sicily between 800 to 500 b.C. and then in 146 b.C. the Romans conquered Greece. During these years the Romans were influenced by the Greek civilization, culture and among other things food. Until today in some parts of Southern Italy they still speak a Greek ancient dialect and […]

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  The first Monday of Lent which is called “Kathara Deftera” and means Clean Monday,  is a Public Holiday in Greece and Cyprus and marks the beginning of Lent.  It  is celebrated all over Greece and Cyprus with a picnic at the fields and mountains (or parks or nearby hills in the big cities). Events and activities take […]

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