Δευτέρα, 28 Ιανουαρίου 2013

What's your job?


 This is an interview. Please read it.

What is your job?
My job is a baker.
How long have you done it for?
I have done it for 10 years.
Where do you work?
I work in Acharnes.
What do you like in your job?
I like that I can create beautiful and tasty things.
What don't you like in your job?
There is nothing I don't like.
Was it easy for you to become a baker?
Not very easy, because I had to study and practise for many years.
Do you love your job?
I love my job very much, because I like making things for hungry people.
Thank you! Have a nice day!
Thank you. You too!

B Class

Natalie, Panagiotis, Paul.

Πέμπτη, 3 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Vasilopita

It is a custom in Greece that on January 1st we eat a rich bread called Vasilopita. It is actually the bread for Agios Vasilis (Saint Basil) because January 1st is the name day of Vasilis.  Each vasilopita contains a single coin. The Vasilopita is cut after Church. Whoever gets the slice with the coin is considered to be lucky.

Here is a recipe we got from http://www.antiochian.org/node/18684



A Simple Recipe for Vasilopita

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • Grated rind of 2 large oranges
  • Grated rind of 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed/powdered sour cherry pits (Arabic mahleb, Greek makhlepi)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed/powdered gum mastic (Arabic miski, Greek mastikha)
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk blended with 1 tablespoon milk
  • sesame seeds
  • blanched almonds
  • a clean coin - a quarter will do nicely - wrapped in silver or gold foil
Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thickly butter a 10-inch round spring form pan.
2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar and beat until the mixture is light. Beat in the eggs, one a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the orange and lemon rinds, and the crushed/powdered sour cherry pits and gum mastic.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together three cups of the flour, the baking powder and salt.
4. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the dry mixture alternately with the milk. The batter will be very thick. Using a wooden spoon, gradually blend in the remaining flour, beating well until completely smooth.
5. Spread the batter into the pan, press the coin into the dough until it is completely covered (don't let anyone see where you place it!), and then smooth the top. Brush the top evenly with the egg and milk mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Gently press the blanched almonds into the top to make a Cross and spell out the date of the new year.
6. Bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown (if it browns too quickly, cover the top with aluminum foil). Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing from spring form and thoroughly cool before slicing.

It was posted by Maria K aged 13
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