|Sesame seed brittle, and an island cat eying my treat|
Foodies are all too familiar with the culinary delights of Greece - greek salad, feta cheese, mousakas, gyros, and my undying favourite spanakopita. But dare I say they have become a bit mundane?
I have somewhat of a history with Greece... My international modelling career began in the ancient city of Athens (a popular development market for models) where I became well acquainted with food from street vendors on-the-go between castings and jobs. There aren't really any healthy on-the-go food options in Athens, except for various street vendors selling a selection of nuts and seeds sweetened with honey and sugar. These nibbles became my allies when sustenance was needed, and I developed a true appreciation for their somewhat healthy, sweet, and crunchy allure.
However, these small treats that are so common in Greece, often go unnoticed and unappreciated. Years on, during a recent weekend get-away to the islands of Poros and Hydra, after gorging on spanakopita and baklava, I was reacquainted with sesame seed brittle and sugar coated roasted nuts - the perfect crunch. My aim is to bring these treats into your consciousness, readers, so that you may try them yourselves one day...
|I came across this old bakery that had apparently been open on the island of Hydra since the 1930s - seed brittles aplenty|
|Chowing down outside the bakery in a Belstaff jacket|
|Cars were prohibited on the island, so donkey was mode of transport of choice. I'm still regretting not taking a ride...|
|Sunset in the nearby island of Poros|