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Filipos’s Folitses - These chocolate Folitses (little nests in Greek) are much easier than they look! Have some fun and don’t get too worried. You will need: • A knitting needle – yes a knitting needle! • 500 g filo pastry • About 1 cup melted butter. Don’t skimp on quality with the butter, get the best you can. For the…
A Self Effacing Man - I’m delighted to announce that the latest in the Greek Village Series is now available for pre-order on Amazon: Get it here! If it is in your nature to put others before yourself, what do you do when someone makes a play for the person you have secretly loved for years? Maria is illiterate, and…
Fillipos’s Honey Cake - So delicious. This is Fillipos from the bakery’s recipe for Honey Cake which you can buy at the bakery or have served with coffee over at Theo’s Kafenio. Let me know how yours turns out! Ingredients 1 cup of flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder A good pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Grated zest of orange…
Independence! - A few years ago I lived in a rented apartment on March 25th street, in Nafplio. It’s a pretty strange name for a road, but a very useful aide memoir, and it’s a date I never forget. March 25th is Independence Day in Greece. Earlier this week, with just a few days to go, I was…
Under The Covers with Sara Alexi - Dario Ciriello, writer and blogger, flattered me with an interview which he posted on his site today. We had such fun talking and his questions were interesting and led smoothly one into the other. You can find the interview here
Sara Alexi – Author - Firstly let me give you my email address and my Facebook connection. SaraAlexi@me.com and https://www.facebook.com/authorsaraalexi. Please don’t be shy to friend me. Twitter is https://twitter.com/SaraAlexi, although I am not great at keeping up with twitter. Now here is the blurb:- Alexi, best selling author of  the Greek Village Collection was born in Oxford, England. She…
Being Enough - Rallou wakes up one day to find that her dreams have escaped her. The children are grown and gone, and her husband is no longer the man she married. Their house is not their own, and Rallou has not achieved the things she thought she would with her life. Has she really made the choices…
Marmalade!! - It’s orange season again, and the fruits are hanging heavy and ripe on the trees… Here’s a great recipe for marmalade! Ingredients 2 kilos oranges 3 lemons 1.5 kilos sugar (approx.) 1. Wash and boil the oranges and lemons whole for 50 minutes 2. Drain the fruit, and when cold cut them open and discard…
The Greek Village Jigsaw Puzzle!! - They’ve arrived I have three cartons of boxes of jigsaw puzzles in my living room, featuring a lovely hand-drawn map of the village. The puzzles are 500 pieces, and will let you see where all your favourite characters from the Greek Village live! There’s a limited number, but if they prove popular I’ll get some…
Vasilopita - A delicious vasilopita recipe, infused with the aromas and blends of oranges and garnished with a thick and glossy vanilla scented sugar glaze or sprinkled with icing sugar! Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake or bread served at midnight on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the life of Saint Basil. After baking his, Fillipos inserted a coin…
Saving Septic Cyril - In a dim terraced house on a cobbled street in West Yorkshire, Cyril gives refuge to all the stray dogs, abandoned furniture and broken toys he finds. The ghosts of his past find their way in anyway – and now one of his neighbours wants him evicted. When Saabira moves in next door with her…
The Rush Cutter’s Legacy – Book 15 of the Greek Village Collection - Born and bred in a small agricultural village, Vasso spends her days in the yellow wooden kiosk at its heart, keeping the locals supplied with cigarettes, sweets, ice creams and more. By now, Vasso knows the stories of most of her fellow villagers, and can often be found sharing them over a frappé with her…
Instagram!! - I’ve recently discovered Instagram, and I love it!! Join me there for lots of pictures of Greece… https://www.instagram.com/sara.alexi/ Here’s a sneak preview of the kind of thing I’ve been posting:
Olive Oil Chocolate Cake - Here is a recipe for chocolate cake, using olive oil! The cake is super simple to make, and it’s also vegan, and I guarantee you’ll like it!! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups flour 1 cup sugar (brown sugar works well too) 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda (or 2 1/2 tsp baking powder) 1/2…
Book 15 available for pre-order… - The Rush Cutter’s Legacy – Book 15 of the Greek Village Collection Born and bred in a small agricultural village, Vasso spends her days in the yellow wooden kiosk at its heart, keeping the locals supplied with cigarettes, sweets, ice creams and more. By now, Vasso knows the stories of most of her fellow villagers,…
A Song Amongst the Orange Trees Discounted for a Few Days… - A Song Amongst the Orange Trees is on offer in the UK / US at 99p / 99c from October 11 – 17 2015… Grab a copy today ! A Song Amongst the Orange Trees – A Novella. Sakis wins the a major European song competition in Kharkiv, the Ukraine, but with a song that…
The Stolen Book – Book 14 of the Greek Village Collection - Hidden under dust, stacked and forgotten lay the book. Just a pamphlet really, only within its pages it promised to show a way to unlimited wealth right out of the circumstances that surrounded her. It wasn’t hers, she shouldn’t take it, but with two sons to educate and a poorly paid farmer as a husband…
A Song Amongst the Orange Trees – Book 13 of the Greek Village Collection - Sakis wins the a major European song competition in Kharkiv, the Ukraine, but with a song that he considers cheap and musically poor. His win forces him to choose between money and fame, and maintaining his artistic integrity… Buy on Amazon >>
The Priest’s Well – Book 12 in the Greek Village Collection - Savvas, newly returned from America under questionable circumstances, is appointed priest in a tiny Greek farming village. The setting is far from the comfortable city life he had hoped for, and to make matters worse he finds that his predecessor has given over the main house to Nefeli, the alluring housekeeper, and her invalid mother,…
The English Lesson – Book 11 in the Greek Village Collection - Toula receives an invitation to her granddaughter’s third birthday. To attend means a trip from her beloved Greece to England, where her daughter’s family have settled. Her husband refuses to go and in his refusal it is implied that she cannot go either. It has been a lifetime of this; a lifetime of being the…
The Reluctant Baker – Book 10 of the Greek Village Collection - There is a lazy Mediterranean village full of colourful characters. There is sunshine and wine and a long sandy beach… There are nagging in-laws, jealous neighbours and a plot to bankrupt the new hotel before it has opened its doors, and some scenes that are just a little bit unexpected. Set against this backdrop is…
The Psychology of failure? - I have often pondered what this is, and always hoped it would never affect me. Well, I have a cold at the moment and I feel it is beyond me to write anything intelligible. Is this, I wonder, what people might consider a form of writers block? After all it is not that I cannot…
The Stolen Book – Book 14 of the Greek Village Collection - I’m delighted to announce that the 14th book in the Greek Village Collection is now available to pre-order… View on Amazon >> Hidden under dust, stacked and forgotten lay the book. Just a pamphlet really, only within its pages it promised to show a way to unlimited wealth right out of the circumstances that surrounded…
Rules of Tavli - Object: Move all of your checkers around the board to the last quarter and then take them off. The first player with all checkers off wins the game. To start: Each player rolls one die, higher number goes first. That player then rolls again to begin his first turn. After the first game, the winner of the…
A Song Amongst the Orange Trees – Book 13 of the Greek Village Collection - A Song Amongst the Orange Trees – A Novella.   Sakis wins the a major European song competition in Kharkiv, the Ukraine, but with a song that he considers cheap and musically poor. His win forces him to choose between money and fame, and maintaining his artistic integrity… Buy on Amazon >>
Λαδοβρεχτό / Ladovrekhto - Grilled bread or λαδοβρεχτό is the simplest way to enjoy a loaf of good bread. The bread needs to be not too crumbly nor too mushy. You need good, thick slices to soak up the simple flavours. Whilst the bread is grilling crush some dried oregano. Turn the bread around as it grills so it…
Greek Village Series Tote Bags - All profits from the sale of these Greek Village Series Tote Bags will go to Greek charities that are helping the people of Greece. I’m thrilled with the Greek Village Series tote bags!! But I’m even more thrilled to offer all profits to Greek charities to help the people of Greece who find themselves struggling at…
Fillipos’ Baklava! - Here’s an easy recipe for mouth-watering baklava! For the syrup: It’s best to make the syrup in advance as it needs to cool to room temperature. To make just bring to the boil: 5 cups of cold water 3 cups of sugar 6 cinnamon sticks 5 whole cloves (To taste but do not omit) Once…
The Priest’s Well – Book 12 of the Greek Village Collection - The Priest’s Well – A Novella. Savvas has been assigned a position as the priest in a remote Greek village, following a scandal in the US. It’s what his mother would have wished for, but for a young ambitious clergyman it seems like a backward step. He soon finds himself embroiled in petty village politics, and…
Dora’s Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) - INGREDIENTS – Makes 15-18 servings Pastry 1lb fylo pastry Some extra virgin olive oil Spinach Filling A couple of spoons extra virgin olive oil 2 lbs spinach, cleaned, tough stems removed 6 spring onions, cleaned, sliced in 1/4 inch lengths 1 leek, cleaned, sliced into thumb-sized pieces (if very large, slice leek in half lengthwise before…
The English Lesson - Sara Alexi The English Lesson - I’m delighted to announce that my latest book was published recently. The English Lesson is a novella that explores one woman’s inner struggle for independence. Toula receives an invitation to her granddaughter’s third birthday. To attend means a trip from her beloved Greece to England, where her daughter’s family have settled. Her husband refuses to…
Greek Easter biscuits (Koulourakia Paschalina) - Ingredients 150 g unsalted butter, chopped, at room temperature 165 g ( ¾ cup) caster sugar 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 60 ml (¼ cup) milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 550 g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder Instructions Preheat oven to 200°C. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar for 4 minutes or…
Going to Press! - I’m delighted to announce that a deal has just been agreed with a leading distributor of foreign press in Athens, to get the books, in English, into over 400 bookshops and press points this summer! So now when you wander from the beach for an ice-cream you will be able to pick up a copy of…
Where Have You Been in Greece? - Continuing with the map theme, here’s an interactive map on which you can tell the world where you’ve visited in Greece, and what you liked about it! Feel free to add your name, tell us when you visited, post a photo etc… Please respect other peoples’ markers, and don’t edit them… To edit the map,…
Loukoumades - Ingredients flour 2 ½ cups sugar 1 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 ¼ tablespoon lukewarm water 1 ½ cups greek honey 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ouzo ½ teaspoon For the syrup sugar 2 cups water 1 cup lemon ½ cinnamon stick 1 cloves 2-3 greek honey 2 cups powdered sugar to sprinkle powdered cinnamon…
Where are the Readers…? - Here’s a bit of fun!! The map on this page is interactive, and YOU can edit it! It’s purely optional of course, but you are invited to add a marker to the map to indicate where in the world you are. Please include your name (first name at least) and the name of the town…
Happy Valentine’s Day – SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER ALERT! This post is an epilogue to The Unquiet Mind.. If you haven’t read the book you may not want to read on. ________________________________________________________ ‘Yanni, you know we might need more than two donkeys soon.’ His Mama greets him as he joins her by the well. ‘We’ll manage, Mama.’ Yanni arches his back to…
The Greek Village Newsletter. - Exciting news!!! Now you don’t have to wait for the next book to visit the Greek Village! Catch up with new happenings, old friends and local events with The Greek Village Newsletter! Written by the locals for the locals and delivered FREE to your inbox! Please join the fun here as the first newsletter will…
Καλό Μήνα! – Happy February… - Kalo Mina for Febuary 2015 – Good Month. And to start this month I am delighted to be able to offer you something rather special – a FREE kindle copy of Victoria Twead’s New York Times Best Seller “Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools”. If you haven’t read it you are missing a treat –…
40 Carats - I came across a Wikipedia page recently listing films set in Greece, and thought it would be fun to watch them in order… So I started with 40 Carats, which is a 1960s style farce about a woman who travels to Greece and meets a younger man, and has a one night stand. Then she…
Watching the Wind Blow - I’m delighted to announce that my latest novel is now available to pre-order on Amazon. The book will officially be released on Thursday December 4th, and it is available to pre-order until then at a reduced rate of $2.99 / £1.97. The latest book is a dark tale of two people who are brought together…
Summer’s Here!!! - Ok, so summer isn’t really here… Instead the nights are drawing in and it’s getting wet and windy outside. So I figure that means it’s time to start thinking about summer holidays for 2015!! Where will you go? This gets my vote:
The Illegal Gardener Goes Audio… - I’m delighted to announce that The Illegal Gardener is currently being recorded as an audio book. The narrator is Suzanne Heathcote who is an actor and writer based in London and New York. Several actors auditioned and Suzanne’s voice just sounded perfect! Publication is scheduled for early November – watch this space…
The Unquiet Mind – Book 8 of the Greek Village Collection - Yanni has lived all his life in semi isolation, on the ridge at the top of the island, with only his parents and their herd of goats for company. But when the family’s donkey dies, the burden rests on him to make the journey over to the mainland to buy a new one… Reluctantly, and…
A Handful of pebbles – Book 7 in the Greek Village Collection - A Handful of Pebbles follows Sarah who travels to the village in Greece for the wedding of her youngest son. But Sarah’s own marriage is strained, and now that her children have grown up and left home she finds herself questioning her role of wife and mother. Meeting up with her best friend Michelle, who…
In The Shade of The Monkey Puzzle Tree – Book 6 in The Greek Village Collection. - Mid-life brings problems. For Theo it makes him wonder if there is more to the world than the small village where he has lived all his life and, if there is, how far he needs to go to find it. The path he takes results in an unexpected journey that challenges his perception of everything…
The Explosive Nature of Friendship – Book 3 of The Greek Village Series. - The Explosive Nature of Friendship explores the tensions that exist between two lifelong friends. Mitsos, one of the friends, and now an old man, leads a solitary and ordered life, which is interrupted by the arrival of his young nephew, whom he reluctantly agrees to babysit. To amuse the child, he recounts tales from his…
The Gypsy’s Dream – Book 4 of The Greek Village Collection. - Book Four in the Greek Village Series Cross with her father, Abby, 17, boards a flight to Greece, but gets hopelessly lost and ends up in the wrong village. Alone, with very little money, no Greek and no way to contact her friend Jackie, who has lined up a bar job for her, Abby realises…
The Art of Becoming Homeless – Book 5 of The Greek Village Collection. - Michelle has always had a positive attitude to work and responsibility and has made all the ‘right’ choices. Why then does she feel she might have ended up in the wrong place? Disenchanted with life as a high-flying lawyer in London, when her firm decides to send her to Athens to handle a case she…
The Greeks Have a Word For It – Sara Alexi - A Greek man and the English man are arguing whose language has the most words. The Greek man is adamant Greek has more words than English. The England man is equally adamant that English is the richer language. They continued to argue as they continued to drink until finally the English man says ‘It is…
Ombre Writing. (Or How To Dye Your Own 50 Shades of Grey.) – Sara Alexi - If you look on the side of a packet of hair dye you will see pictures of how light – or dark – you hair will go by using the product depending on your original hair colour. There should be some such diagram for writers with regards the ten points that follow. They WILL improve…
Who Would Have Thought? – Sara Alexi - Last July, 2012, I said to a “proper” writer ‘Hey I have had this idea for a book it goes like this…’ He replied ‘It is too it was tricky to write someone else’s ideas why don’t you write it yourself. Then came my excuses. Dyslexic. Bottom in English at school. Can’t even write a…
No Point of an Orchestra Playing in Space. – Sara Alexi - Well for some time I have occupied the top three slots on Amazon.co.uk in both Greece sections. As the summer draws closer I am glad to relinquish the number three slot to a guide book every now and again but The Greek Village series keep sliding back up there. I am immensely proud of this…
Just a Load of (Compressed) Hot Air? – Sara Alexi - Watching the battle for e-readers between The Kindle, The Nook, IPad mini, Kobo and so on had convinced me that compact readers were a relatively newly invented idea. However there are claims that as early as 1949 Angela Ruz invented the first e-reader using pressurized air. She was inspired to invent the gadget to relieve…
Well, Well, Well, Just When You Have Seen It All! – Sara Alexi - I am lucky enough to have been to India. I bought the Lonely Planet guide and spent hours planning and reading but somehow I missed this in Abhaneri. It is made up of 3,500 narrow steps which goes down f0r 100 feet allowing people to fetch water all the year round. Classic Hindu architecture it…
Time to Burn. – Sara Alexi - We often here about the division of wealth. In Western Europe 20% of the population owns 60% of the wealth. If you earn £20,000 a year, you are in the top 4% of the richest people on earth. http://www.globalrichlist.com/ In fact if you earn £26,00 or over you are in the top 1% of the wealthiest people…
Worst Way To Lose Money ! – Sara Alexi - No doubt the  Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist, owed his wealth to some brut force however one must also surmise that no one can get that powerful and wealthy without some sort of intelligence. Which begs the question why he didn’t use a small percentage of his wealth lining his store rooms with sheet…
Dangerous Assumptions – Sara Alexi - I am at the stage of writing a new book when the characters have taken hold of me but their story is not clear yet. So I have been staring out of the wind to the mercury sea hoping the plot will rush upon me effortlessly. Between me and sea are poplars and in these…
Powerful Plots and Seductive Characters – Sara Alexi - The beginning of a book came from no-where, the character fully formed and trying to tell me something. So I wrote with the flow and was introduced to a second character. They clearly have something to discover from each other. The town they are in emerges from the ether and her place of work is so real I…
Stellar Experience, You Can Discover a New Planet From your Own Home – Really! – Sara Alexi - Came across this site https://www.zooniverse.org/projects which promises hours of interest and an unbelievable sense of world wide community. Any body with curiosity can discover a planet, name a fish, discover something new to man. But don’t be put off that you are not a sceientist. A boy of eleven discovered a new planet orbiting no less…
10 Lessons from Einstein – Sara Alexi - 10 Lessons from Einstein 1. Follow Your Curiosity “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” 2. Perseverance is Priceless “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” 3. Focus on the Present “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it…
Interrobang – Sara Alexi - I am not sure I should tell you what I immediately thought an interrobang was.  I could let you imagine; if I said “A very good looking all female version of MI5 involve in off the record methods of interrogating prisoners”. But I suspect that says more about me than punctuation. So – as they say in…
Just Add a Good Book – Sara Alexi - Wet feet and cold hands. I could either hate the snow or run into it gather a handful and throw it at the nearest person. Unfortunately he was a better shot than me. There was only way to defrost, we had to brushed the snow from the logs.
White Caps, Parrots and Mirrors. Sara Alexi - The seagulls soar outside the window of my writing room. The sea a flat gray with the occasional white caps. The leafless trees providing no shelter for the surprising colony of green parrots that lives there. It is a bit grim, very moody in a bleak way. The dust is till rising from the builders efforts two floors down. Their…
The Illegal Gardener - Book One of the Greek Village Series The Illegal Gardener – Book 1 in The Greek Village Collection. - Book One of the Greek Village Collection. Driven by a need for some control in her life, Juliet sells up on impulse and buys a dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny Greek village, leaving her English life behind. The house is habitable by local standards, but the job of restoring the garden is too big. It requires…
Black Butterflies – Book 2 in The Greek Village Collection. - Book Two in the Greek Village Collection Marina is a gentle soul who makes a modest living in her corner shop in the village. Her husband, Manolis, died years ago, and her children have grown up. She is surrounded by people she grew up with and life is pleasantly predictable, if a little dull. But…
The Explosive Nature of Friendship. - Book Three in the Greek Village Series Mitsos, Manolis’s best friend, has spent the last twenty years, almost reclusive in the village, trying to comes to terms with the events of a single day and all that led up to it. In his twilight years a suprising turn of events gives him a chance to…