I would like to thank all of you who have faithfully been following my posts on the topic of the Greek Tradition of Good Living. As many of you know, I have been able to partake in an amazing opportunity as part of the Foodbuzz's Featured Publisher's Program, to be entered to win an 8- day trip to Greece courtesy of Fage Total.
At the end of this post, I will allow you the opportunity to enter to win this amazing trip as well. Just imagine yourself sipping on a small glass of Ouzo watching the sun go down on the island of Crete. Hey, who knows? It could be your reality someday.
I like to think that when you (my reader's) read this blog, that you come away with an uplifted spirit that only good food, and good company could invoke. That is after all why food blogger's write isn't it?
My husband once told me that he knows that I enjoy to cook for other people not because I want to show off my skills, but because it truly makes me happy to watch others imbibe in my food and absolutely enjoy every morsel. I must admit that this is absolutely true. There is nothing quite like food that seems to bring us together.
I have been lucky enough to travel to many places and every single time I do, I am in awe about the one thing that draws us together across cultures. Food! It is something that we must have to live and yet we celebrate it in all it's simplicities and all of it's complexities.
While not everyone agrees with what constitutes fine food (hence the picture above) the act of dining is one of the main aspects that I believe is what compels us to come together time and time again. Spending time around a table, eating, laughing, sharing and enjoying being, well, alive.
In my first Good Living post, I had spoken about my old Grecian neighbor Eugenia and how she had a tenacity for cooking up a storm for family and friends and after she was finished, we would gather around and reap the rewards of what she had sown.
Simplicity was always at the heart of her meals. Taking simple, delicious ingredients and combining them to come up with not only scrumptious, but healthy meals that we loved to indulge in.
As I began reflecting on what constitutes Good Living in the form of Greek tradition, I was immediately drawn to my experiences of traveling abroad as well as learning from a family who was different from my own about their own traditions, cultures and foods. Eugenia constituted that for me and many times when I have traveled, I see bit's of not only my own family, but her's as well.
The recipe for Good Living is actually quite simple really and as American's, many of us feel compelled to believe that money is what constitutes a good life. However, how is it that when I found myself in a remote village in the middle of Tanzania in 2008, that I was amazed to learn that they truly believed they were living the good life?
The simplicity of family, good times around a table enjoying a meal and time to spend together was all that they really needed. Mix that in with some amazingly delicious plantain soup and they always seemed satisfied and as the saying goes: As long as we have our health. Healthy living indeed.
Simplicity. I like to think that it is at the heart of true Grecian living. Simplicity is Good Living and I like to think that this is what Good Living means:
Watching family members grow
Enjoying other cultures & giving back
Cooking and baking with love
And of course enjoying some delicious FAGE Greek Yogurt Goodness
I thank you all for going along on this journey of Good Living with me these past few weeks. It is something that I will strive for again and again as I cook up and take some amazing pictures to show you.
As promised, there are details on entering to win an 8-day trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE below and for all you Gastronome's out there, the trip does include a tour of the FAGE factory. I wish you all luck!
As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here: http://www.fageusa.com/community/fage-greek-getaway