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Greek Taste > Greek Potato Salad June 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.
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If you want to stick to the Greek theme, serve this with grilled lamb.

2 lb (900 g) small red potatoes, scrubbed

6 oz (170 g) feta cheese, crumbled

1/3 cucumber, peeled, cut in thin rounds

1/3 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

3 green onions (white and light green parts), coarsely chopped

12 kalamata olives, pitted

1 tbsp each: chopped mint leaves, chopped oregano leaves

2 tsp capers, rinsed, drained

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp sea salt + more to taste

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Romaine lettuce to taste, torn

12 grape tomatoes

Cook potatoes in large pan of boiling, salted water on medium heat 10 minutes or until they can just be pierced with fork. Drain. Cut each potato in half and place in large bowl. Cool.

Add feta, cucumber, green pepper, green onions, olives, mint, oregano and capers to potatoes in bowl.

In small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and pepper. Pour over potato mixture. Toss gently.

Arrange lettuce around edge of serving platter. Mound potato salad in centre. Season with salt. Arrange tomatoes around edges.

Makes 6 servings.

Google Adds Support For Greek June 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Internet & Web.
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The Inside AdSense blog announced that they have added support for the Greek language in AdSense for search.

So if you have a site in Greek language, you can add the Google search box from your AdSense control panel and earn some euros. More details at Greek AdSense 

Archeologists, journalists plan vast database of Greek antiquities June 18, 2006

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Archeologists, journalists plan vast database of Greek antiquities abroad

Greek archeologists and journalists said Thursday they are teaming up on an ambitious project to catalogue thousands of Greek antiquities owned by foreign museums and collections, the AP reported.

But organizers said the resulting database would not be used to boost repatriation claims.

"Our aim is just to catalogue the artifacts, not to seek their return," said Dimitris Gousidis, head of the northern Greek press union.

"We want to record which Greek antiquities are currently away from their places of origin, and also how they reached their current locations," Gousidis said.

Thousands of artifacts from Greece's rich past are displayed in museums and private collections all over the world. Most were removed during the four centuries of Ottoman rule before the country's independence in the 19th century, while others were plundered during illicit excavations.

The project will be carried out in co-operation with unions of the University of Thessaloniki archeologists and European journalists.

Yemeni Heritage Exhibited in Greece June 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Greece.
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The first Yemeni exhibition was opened last week in Athens, Greece showing and telling about Yemeni heritage. The Yemeni honorary council of Yemen in Greece, Rashad Mejor said that the exhibition showed Yemeni traditional costumes shown by girls from Greece.

This is in addition to a section for Yemeni artifacts and handicrafts with a special show for windows on Yemen. This of course included a large number of pictures for the most important sites and places of calls in Yemen.  The exhibition – inaugurated by Minister of Dr.Abu Bakr Al-Qairbi- that lasted for two days also displayed two movies, one about Sana’a and one about Socotra within there was performances for folkloric dancing from Sana’a done by the National group of the Ministry of Culture.  

Rashad Mejor said that the exhibition attracted many people from different nationalities and there were more than 150 journalists from Greek newspapers and magazines wrote about it in addition to radio and T.V in Greece. This exhibition was organized by volunteers under the logo of Friends of Yemen. The most important thing that resulted from this function is the first book on Yemen, history, people, nation in Greek. These exhibitions are aimed to promote Yemen and help introduce it to the outside world.  

Seitaridis – joining Atletico Madrid June 18, 2006

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Club Atlético de Madrid have signed Greek international full-back Giorgos Seitaridis from Russian side FC Dinamo Moskva on a four-year contract.

Fifth signing
The 25-year-old, who helped Greece triumph at UEFA EURO 2004, passed a medical this afternoon to become Atlético’s fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Mariano Pernía, Zé Castro, Sergio Agüero and Costinha, a team-mate of Seitaridis during his time in Moscow.

Persuasive powers
Former Atlético striker Demis Nikolaidis helped persuade Seitaridis to move to Spain. “I spoke to him about Atlético and he told me great things about the club,” said Seitaridis. “Also, Costinha and I are good friends and when he signed for Atlético, he advised me to do the same.” Seitaridis previously played for PAS Giannina FC, Panathinaikos FC and FC Porto.

Giorgios Seitaridis believes he will be playing his football in the best league on the planet next season after joining Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

The Greek international completed his move to Atletico from Dinamo Moscow on Friday, signing a four-year contract with the Rojiblancos where he will link up with former Dinamo team-mate Costinha.

“I am very happy to be here, it is a great club with great players, and in my opinion the Spanish league is the best in the world,” the former Panathinaikos and Porto defender said on Atletico’s official website.

“I hope we will be successful and get into the Champions league, we are the third biggest club in Spain and it will be the objective.”

Regarding his new team-mates, Seitaridis added: “I know that there are many players in the national team – Torres, Pernia, Pablo and Antonio Lopez are great players.

“Of course there is also Maxi for Argentina, who is a huge talent.”

Seitaridis is also familiar with Portuguese international Costinha, who has made the switch from Dinamo to Atletico as well.

“He is the one that signed first, we spoke on the phone and he convinced me to come here too,” the full-back said.

How to make Greek coffee – the easy way! June 18, 2006

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Heres how to make Greek coffee the easy way. It’s also the way I make coffee at home.

Let me demonstrate by making a cup for you. But first you have to answer to this question: “How sweet do you like it?” If your reply is “Not very” then follow me.

Put one cup of sugar in a small, narrow, brass cup (in Greece is called “briki”) with a metal handle. Then add 1¾ spoonfuls of finely ground, brown Greek coffee, then add hot water.

Turning on a gas stove, heat the mixture on the open flame. When it begins to reach boiling, foam rises to the top.

A split second before it would have boiled over, snatched it from the burner, then poured the thick liquid into your cup.

There! You are done!

Enjoy it with a glass of cold water!

Movies > It’s all Greek to Woody Allen in ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ June 18, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies Life.
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Love old or unusual movies but never know when they’re on? Here is what I recommend you watch this week:

Mighty Aphrodite (1995): Woody Allen uses the conventions of Greek drama to put a classic spin on a modern romance. Allen and Helena Bonham Carter star as a New York couple whose adopted son shows signs of prodigious intellectual prowess. This sparks Allen’s odyssey to find the boy’s birth mother. He’s a tad disappointed that she’s a dippy woman of ill repute (Mira Sorvino).

The plot examines the role of fate in our lives. To make the proceedings funnier, a Greek chorus constantly comments on the action and sometimes even gets involved. Sorvino won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn as the big-hearted, if not big-brained, call girl.