My mother fell in love with Greece 25 years ago. She even told me I was conceived there 🙂 ok you didn’t need to know that…Last August we all(my mother, Jonas, Janick,joran and me) went to Rhodes, one of Greece’s beautiful islands.
We stayed in a small hotel just outside the fuss of the city, The Royal Rose Hotel. I just loved it there! The staff was so friendly and we chatted with the boss Michael and he’s wife Vivienne everyday.
Chillin’ at the pool in the morning 🙂
Across the street from our hotel was a little supermarket so we always bought our breakfast there and ate it on our cosy terrace. The hotel rooms also had a fridge and a stove!
We always woke up around 8 am and went to the beach after breakfast. So cool when it isn’t packed with people.
We stayed there till noon and had lunch before leaving for some sightseeing.
First stop was Rhodos Old Town. The Old Town of Rhodos is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It’s breathtaking! The cobbled streets transport you back in time.
Is this Hercules!?
Next stop was Lindos. We had to take a boat at 6am to get there! The capitain told us that it’s to hot to go there during the afternoon.
Lindos was absolutely gorgeous and full of friendly, smiling people. When we arrived we wanted to see the ruins. We could climb the hundreds of stairs to get there OR ride the donkey’s to get there! You can probably guess what we did 🙂
Another gorgeous place we visited were the Kalithea thermes. In Greek Kali thea means nice view, and it is more than true! We had to take a bus to get there.
We always ended our day with a nice dinner at a different restaurant every night.
One thing I loved about the greek restaurants, there were always cats everywhere!
I also want to share a super yummy Greek recipe with you guys :). This dish is called Kleftiko. My brothers an Jonas ate it and LOVED it!
- 1 1/2 pounds leg of lamb, cubed
- 2 medium potatoes, cubed (you can use sweet potato)
- 3 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp dill
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup of feta, crumbled
- 4 12×12 sheets of puff pastry
- In a frying pan, add the olive oil and brown the sides of the lamb without cooking it all the way through. Throw everything except the feta and puff pastry in a crock pot and cook on LOW setting for 7-8 hours.
- 8 hours later …… Add the feta to the crock pot.
- Preheat oven to 350. If you have a convection bake setting, use it!
- Thaw the puff pastry according to the directions on the package (usually takes 2 hours). On a baking sheet (not greased), lay a sheet of the puff pastry flat and scoop about 1 1/2 cups of the cooked Lamb Kleftiko onto the middle of the pastry. Fold the corners of the pastry over until the lamb mixture is entirely surrounded by a pastry pouch! Repeat this with the remaining 3 sheets of pastry; you will need 2 baking sheets. Brush the top of the pastry pockets with some beaten egg.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until pastry is gold and flaky. (If you are not using a convection oven, watch the bottom of the pastry to make sure they don’t burn).
- Makes 4 (big) servings.
This makes a great dish for Christmas!