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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.02.2005

octapody for a meizetaki.!

plenty of octopus to be found in the waters but they are so hard to see hiding in the rocks.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 03.02.2005

fresh fish.

a ''kaiki'' full of fresh fish and a lobster for this ''spara''from kapsali from the mid 80's.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 11.01.2005

a summers night full moon.

if you are lucky enough to catch a full moon while in kythera it is a wonderful sight to see. the moon light lites the whole island and it shimmers across our waters. enlarge this photo stand back a bit and you can see ''the man in the moon''.

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submitted by George Poulos on 30.12.2004

View across food to Karavas.

From the beautiful front cover of Tess Mallos's Greek Cookbook. Gifts from nature, against the backdrop of Karavas buildings and terraces.
(Also on page 120, entitled, At Kythera, cottage cheese with crisp bread,(paxsimathia) figs and grapes.)

Author: Tess Mallos
When Published: 1976
Re-published: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1997. In Jan 2005 a smaller paperback (40 recipes) will be published.
Publisher: Paul Hamlyn Limited
Description: 128 page.
ISBN 0 0600 07402 1
Designed by Christine Bruessow

The most famous and influential Kytherian and Greek Cookbook by far.
It's publication had a profound influence not only on Greek cooks, but on Australian cooks as well. It altered the way Australians thought about food, and faciliated the shift from the Australian preference for bland English cuisine to - the eclectic European cuisine that Australians now take for granted. (The average Australian in the 1970's would probably have preferred to die rather than eat an olive, eggplant or zuchhini!)

The book contains numerous recipes, and the full-colour photographs are "works of art".

The book is used, and is a valuable resource, in Kytherian and Greek homes throughout Australia.


"Greek cookery, historically a forerunner of Western cuisine, spread its culinary influence - via ancient Rome - through-out Europe and beyond. The breadth and variety of Greek cooking will astound the uninitiated who so wrongly believe it limited to lobster, lamb and olive oil.

This book explains, in succinct step-by-step methods, more than 100 recipes to suit every course and occasion. The contents are: Appetizers, soups, sauces, meats, seafood, poultry, pasta and rice, vegetables, salads, pastries, cakes and cookies, preserves, breads and wines. They collectively confound the mischievous myth that Greek cooking is too ricj, too spiced or too oily.

The author, intensely proud of her Greek heritage, explains the historical and pronvinicial origins of the widely different food styles; some of which date back to the early olympics when victors were showered with honey cakes and other delicacies as tribute. All recipes are described by both their Greek name and the English equivalent.

The Greek Cookbook is more than an exciting ethnic repertoir, it is creative all-seasons cookery at its best - based on experience that reaches as far back as classic Greece itself".

Tess Mallos

Tess Mallos takes a great pride in her Greek heritage. Her parents from the Greek island of Kythera - emigrated to Australia where she was born and raised in a country town.
[Tess's father was Andonis Calopedes, Yerohimona from Lianianika, near Logothetianika, and her mother was, Calliope Manolliaras, from Aroniathika. Andonis arrived in Australia at the turn of the 20th century as an 11 year old, and worked in the famous Kominos cafe in the central business district of Sydney. In 1919, he moved to Casino, where he ran the Marble Bar Cafe. Tess was born in Casino, New South Wales.]
The climate there favoured the cultivation of many popular Greek foods and she acquired a taste for home-pickled olives, globe artichokes and stuffed grape vine leaves before such exotic foods were appreciated by Australians.

Long since a resident of Sydney, Mrs Mallos has been involved in the food industry for almost half her life. Her cookery writing career began as a free-lance food consultant in advertising, creating and writing recipes for a wide range of food as well as preparing food for photography.

For the past few years she has worked as Food Consultant to the Australian Meat Board, and in that capacity writes editorials on meat cookery for some 80 publications throughout Australia, and 20 overseas countries. She is the author of a number of books on meat cookery and is regarded as an expert in the field.

This book shows her great skill and knowledge in an area of cookery which is her first love: and in her own words, 'to present my P.R. effort for Greece'.

Mrs Mallos has three children and wants them to be acquainted with as many aspects of their Greek heritage as possible. At least part of her ideal is accomplished with this book.

Qantas Airways flew Mrs Mallos to Greece for research and location photography.

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.12.2004

Donkey icon of the Karavaitiko Symposium.

Designed by graphic artist Lindsay Cretha (Kritharis) Katharos, now residing in Berry, NSW, in the 1970's.

The laconic donkey, meant to compliment the two previous donkey entries in this section, captures the quiet and leisurely lifestyle of Karavas perfectly.

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.12.2004

Donkey, with saddles. Karavas. 1994.

Looking across two beautifully crafted sumari, saddles, to a grazing donkey, and a view across Karavas.

The saddles belonged to our neighbour in Karavas, Irini Voulgaris.

I do hope that examples of these sumari have been preserved for posterity.

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.12.2004

Voulgari donkey, Karavas, 1994.

During the pre-automotive period, the most important animal on Kythera was the donkey.

There are very few working donkeys left on Kythera now.

In 1994, our neighbours in Karavas, Voulgari, and his wife Irini, maintained about 5 donkeys, which they housed just above the Tzortzopoulos Hlihlis patriko spiti in Karavas.

This is one of those very fine animals grazing. Note old man Voulgari's coat strung across the sumari, or saddle.

Voulgari went to school, and later into the army, with my father, Con George (Tzortzo)Poulos, in Karavas. Voulgari has since died.

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submitted by George Poulos on 03.12.2004

Hedgehog. Kythera. 1994.

A little Kytherian friend, pops his head out to say hullo, during our visit to Kythera, 1994.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 29.11.2004


the spring at galani between potamos and agia pelagia. always a must to stop have a cool drink and fill up for water at home.they say if you have a drink from galani vrese you will stay youg for ever more.!!! next time you are in kythera make sure you have a drink there.

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submitted by George Poulos on 30.10.2004

Hunting dog chasing a hare.

The picture is from a small, 16-page tourist book of the island, issued, in the 1950's, or 1960's. (Page 16, of 16).

[The photograph is of equally poor quality in the book, but I enjoy it because it captures a mood.]

Called A Trip To Kythera. The Island Of Venus, it was written by Helen Kaloperinos.

Helen dedicated the book " my dear family and all the Kytherians".

The caption reads:

Hunting dog chasing a hare.

"The hunting season starts at the end of August when the hunters take their trained dogs with them to chase the hares out from their hiding places. Sometimes the hunting dogs catch the hares by themselves without the aid of their masters.

By this time most visitors have left the island, leaving us with a beautiful memory and with the hope that they will soon again visit the Island of Venus."

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 06.10.2004


the pebble beaches of kythera.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 14.10.2004


fresh vegies from the babakia..

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 24.07.2004

Amir Ali XV

Refreshed and rejuvenated you follow the path back towards civilization, but don’t you wish you could stay...

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 21.07.2004

Amir Ali XIV


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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 21.07.2004

Amir Ali XIII

Are they visible, those flashes of electric blue wings? The valley is full of the most beautiful dragon flies in many varieties, sit fascinated and watch them for hours...

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 20.07.2004

Amir Ali XII

I think that I shall never see a poem more lovely than a tree...

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 20.07.2004

Amir Ali XI

I've spotted two of the decendants of Amir Ali's lunch plate (see A frog's life), how many can you spot? ps:aren't they sweet?!

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 20.07.2004

Amir Ali X

Just follow the path down, cross the stream and climb the steps onto the picnic platform and drink from the delicious cool waters, rest and wonder and enjoy the magic and song of the valley...

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 20.07.2004

Amir Ali IX

cool shade and crystal waters and the song of summer in the air...

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submitted by Rowan Parkes on 18.07.2004

Amir Ali VIII

Could this be the dwelling of “little folk”? magic folk? A sorceress perhaps? I could swear I photographed a little cottage on that slope, but it seems almost magically invisible in the picture…