Sunday, 21 September 2008

A FORGOTEN TRADITION BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE


It was more than 100 years ago that this tradition had its place in the Cretan family.
On Crete, as well as in mainland Greece, your Names Day is more important than your birthday, so the old Cretan ladies, instead of buying gifts like they do today, used to make
something known as the ΞΕΡΟΤΙΓΑΝΟ-XEROTIGAN. This is a cake, somewhat similar to the ones they make today for Greek weddings and baptisms, but in a larger form and they would dress it with wildflowers and other good looking things.
This year on my Name Day my Aunt Georgia from Asfendiles brought this tradition back to life just for me.
It is said that they bring good luck and happiness to your house and I guess I will find out this coming year!
You can view the treat on the above photos - don't forget you may not see another one for the rest of your life.

5 comments:

duke said...

Greetings to all at magical Azogires.Hello Lucky. i hope every body is well.I am missing Crete badly. Stuck here in England under medical supervision for a while.Look forward to returning early next year.Regards to all.
Duke.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

tell your aunt georgia that this looks great - i have to cook this in my kitchen soon

Jenny said...

I would like the recipe or is it a secret recipe?

Anonymous said...

Hey Duke how are you its good to hear from you will be expecting you next year my greetings to the card gang
Thank you deeply Kiwi next time you are in the area I owe you a drink
I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped and continue to support the promotion of our village before it becomes another ghost town
With love to all Lucky

Anonymous said...

Ps dear Jenny everything is a secret in Azogires from cooking to life it self allthough I have had the honor to taste some of your homemade godies and I must say Jammie Oliver would have taken you in as Chef