BREAKS COOKING : GREECE
VEGETARIAN COOKING HOLIDAY AT KALIKALOS
. . something deeper than a suntan!
What's unique about Kalikalos?
combination of workshop experience with seaside holiday
in which everyone coming here becomes a full member
of the temporary but authentic community that is responsible
for each week.
location . . . well off the beaten foreign tourist
track - combining a lush green forest ecosystem with
gorgeous crystal clear sandy Aegean beaches.
place to practice living and thinking holistically
- to use your holiday to save the earth!
place to meet other new friends who share your aspirations
for a better world of peace, partership and sustainability.
living-in-community guest programme for those not
wanting a workshop.
Joy of Greek Vegetarian Cooking
In Greece there is a whole philosophy around eating
and sharing food, reflected in the ancient word "symposium"
meaning a convivial gathering of friends and company
centred around food and drink. Dionysus, the god of
conviviality, wine and food, symbolized the importance
of this deep rooted practice. For the Greeks, eating
with friends at a tavern or at home is a social affair
dating from antiquity. Archestratos wrote the first
known cooking book in 330 BC.
Greek cuisine is known worldwide for its wide variety
of tastes and delicious dishes, of which many of the
outstanding are vegetarian. The secrets that have
made Greek cuisine popular are the abundant fresh
ingredients of high quality, a time honored use of
fresh and home dried herbs and spices and Greek virgin
olive oil. Moreover, its basic simplicity in the way
of cooking adds to the charm of Greek cuisine, creating
many mouthwatering delicacies, both savoury and sweet.
We will be using the produce of the region of Pelion
and Volos, bought fresh most days, taking our inspiration
from this produce and from the classic and local Pelion
dishes of the region. The Pelion is a mountainous
area, replete with history, where vegetables have
long been one of the mainstays of the local cuisine.
Here at Kalikalos, one of our mottoes is "Work is
Love in Action"¯. And we take this seriously. Preparing
a meal for the community here is always a group effort,
engaging everyone's talents and skills. We cook with
care, with love and above all with tremendous enthusiast.
To ensure that everyone in the group is brought into
the the process of each meal, each cooking session
starts with an attunement where we check in with each
other, to the day, to our task and to the community
that will be enjoying our efforts. Please bring any
recipes that you want to try out, and we'll include
them in the week's menu. We love adapting classical
Greek recipes, such as Mousaka or stuffed peppers,
for vegetarians. Did you know that mung beans if soaked
and baked in a Mousaka taste amazingly like mince?
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The Week's Leader
Natalie Di Giuseppe is head chef and coordinator
for this week's course.
This weeks' group will be limited to six participants
so that confident cooks can increase their repertoire
of techniques and recipes whilst those with less experience
can learn more basic techniques.
We will cook some mainstays of Greek vegetarian cuisine
but also some less usual dishes such as feta and roast
garlic turnovers and sun dried tomato fritters, using
tomatoes which we will bake for two days on the marble
stairs in the Aegean sun.
We will do some baking in our old fashioned wood-fired
oven. It's perfect for a variety of whole meal breads;
and once in the week we'll do home made pizza in it.
Not authentically Greek, but loved now by all Greeks!
This week is not all cooking. Every workshop group
here has its own character and rhythm but usually
recipe research and discussion, plus quite a bit of
food preparation takes place in the cool morning hours.
After lunch the afternoon is free to enjoy as you
please; there is a daily lift down to and from one
of the many gorgeous local beaches.
In the cool of the evening we reconvene for a couple
of hours to complete the meal which is served at 8:30
pm. And because we have done the cooking, dinner cleanup
is done by others, allowing us to eat leisurely and
relax after dinner knowing that our work is done for
One evening in the week we will invite our local
Greek neighbors into the kitchen to join with us and
show us some authentic recipes from this region. The
meal that evening will be part of our yearly open
day when our patio (see left) becomes a taverna where
the locals get a chance to see what we do here at
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Kissos Campus Accommodation
The Centre's main building is a small hotel or large
guest house (Xenonas, in Greek) located at the edge
of the village of Kissos in the Pelion Mountains of
Greece where, according to ancient Greek mythology,
dwelled the fabulous Centaurs, half-man half-horse.
Pension Martiou is built upon a two floor stone house
of Pelion traditional architecture, dated about 150
years old and restored by the present owner's father.
The house is surrounded by a magical garden which
includes rosebushes, hydrangeas, jasmine and other
species planted and tended with love and affection
by the Martiou family for many decades. The coolness
provided by the climbing vines offer a natural environment.
The view looking over the Aegean from the balcony
is spectacular. The photos above taken in May 2008,
shows the hotel from the driveway and front terrace
A few meters further left of the hotel there is a
shaded patio where our vegetarian meals are served,
and which is set up for art workshops out of eating
hours. A separate building, just to the side of the
patio, houses the fully equipped restaurant grade
kitchen and two solar heated showers combined with
toilets which serve the tents and yurts sited in the
The Centre office and reception is located on the
first floor of the hotel, nearby to which is located
the broadband internet terminal available for guest
use. The WiFi network extends to most of the rooms
and staff spaces.
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