Loukoumades, Greek Classic Desert!

9 02 2016

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Loukoumades (pronounced loo-koo-mah-thes) ,are the Greeks’ answer to donuts

«For those of you not familiar with loukoumades, they are the most heavenly fried donuts; served warm, drizzled with honey syrup and cinnamon, sometimes sprinkled with walnuts or toasted sesame. They are served throughout Greece, where the history of this donut can be traced back to the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. In the original Olympic Games the Greeks honored the Gods and the victors’ prize came in an edible form of «honey tokens,» golden fried balls of dough, covered in honey.» Post by                    Marisa Churchill

 

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MIXTURE
  • 1 kg all-purpose flour
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 2 glasses of warm water
  • 1/2 tea spoon salt
  • 1 tea spoon sugar
  • FOR COOKING
  • Approx 500 ml corn oil – for deep frying
  • FOR SERVING
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Greek Honey to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large glass dissolve the yeast in the tepid water, along with the salt and the sugar .
  2. Use a large bowl, add in the flour and the dissolved yeast and mix with your hands, until the mixture become thick and foamy (a texture similar to that of a milkshake)
  3. Cover the bowl and let the mixture rest in a warm place for at least 1 hour where it will rise.
  4. Put the 500 ml oil in a deep pan and heat. Make sure that the oil takes over only half of the pan’s depth.
  5. Turn the mixture in the bowl a few times with your hands.
  6. Take a handful of dough and, with your hand in a fist, squeeze until the dough comes out as a ball between your thumb and index finger. Using a tablespoon which you have dipped in a glass of cold water, scoop this ball and place in the deep pan to fry. Repeat this several times depending on the size of your pan but remember NOT to crowd the pan.
  7. Loukoumades will puff up and float to the surface. You then should turn them occasionally, until batter is a crisp, golden brown on all sides which takes about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Remove carefully with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat as many times as is needed.
  9. Place drained puffs on warm platter and keep warm.
  10. To serve individual portions, place 4 or 5 loukoumades on a plate drizzle honey over and dust generously with cinnamonp.

Summer 2016 is loading and this is your chance to enjoy hands-on Greek cooking classes in Greece, with Stella the most trusted gastronomic specialist on the island, while staying in Margarita Studios, an elegance boutique style hotel n the heart of Cyclades ,next of the cosmopolitan Naoussa of Paros, in Ambelas.

Cook in our well equipped kitchen with guests from all over the world. You will enjoy the meals you created together with your fellow cooks complimented with superb wine of Paros.
There is plenty of time to explore the area or just relax and enjoy your home away from home in a spectacular setting with new friends

Join us for one, two, or three fun mornings or evenings in the kitchen for a hands-on Greek cooking class concentrating on the foods and wines of this beautiful island.

Join us in the kitchen and see, smell & taste the real Greece with us!

Learn how to make your favourite Greek dish , like moussaka, stuffed tomatoes, dolmadakia or Rosemary/garlic/lemon roasted lamb or pork ,
fried zucchinis balls, tomato balls, tzatziki or spanakopita & baklava .

Get the Parian recipes, enjoy specialties with wine of Paros and impress your friends at home. It will make your vacation unforgettable!

Stella <3





Greek cooking lessons for food bloggers in Tel Aviv

8 02 2016

3 years before ,greek cooking lessons to food bloggers ,for a real taste of Paros in the heart of Tel Aviv ,Israel ,during travel exhibition of  IMTM TLV
Once again many thanks to my friends Niva WeissMichele Boiko & Ronit Heber for all the support

For more info about Margarita’s studios, greek cooking lessons on the island of Paros ,please visit us at cooking by Stella

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Follow us on Instagram @Margarita_visitparos

6 02 2016

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We at Margarita studios on Paros island are addicted to looking after every detail to make your stay unbeatable and, by means of our Instagram posts, we want to extend your holiday experience and make you feel as if you were still with us. These photos makes us happy 😉
So , please don’t forget to tag also your photos, using hashtag #margaritastudios Be sure that we love to repost them 📸 , we re-post your photos of our establishments as a token of our gratitude.

Follow us on Instagram for more : https://www.instagram.com/margarita_visitparos/

Yours,

Stella & Margarita «s family





Season Greetings !

26 12 2015

This is all we want for

CHRISTMAS
                       this year
                                         only YOU
our beloved guests ! 

 

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HARVESTING OUR OLIVE TREES.

18 11 2015

Our guests have asked us in the summer many times, how olive oil is made in the winter. Yesterday dawned bright and clear in Paros, a perfect day for picking olives, so for two days we have harvested our olives together with family & friends.  With great pleasure, we produced again our high quality and tasty olive-oil, our “early harvest, cold pressed, extra virgin” olive oil.

Each year has a different olive produce, this year is not such a good year, but the final product is really good! You will taste our olive-oil, on the table for your next summer!

Some of our olive grove is around Margarita Studios in Ambelas and in the area of Marmara village, where we have 40 olive trees.

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Here is the story of our 2015 olive harvest with photographs:

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Our olives are just right for early harvesting: Half green, half purple..

 

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It is November dear guests! The month we harvest the blessed olives!

 

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Start picking the olives :-)

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We take our olives to Daveronas olive press ,close by Naoussa, on the road to Santa Maria,is a very clean press where the olives are pressed with ultimate care

 

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And … happy end !!!





Εσείς το είδατε ??? Have you seen it ???

31 10 2015

Petros Iakovidis, Paros island & Margarita Studios #oerotasmougine for more than 1.000.000 views in youtube !!!

Στίχοι-Μουσική: STAN, Πέτρος Ιακωβίδης
Produced by ICON music
MINOS-EMI

Directed by Yiannis Papadakos
Aerial Cinematography by Cinedrone

So proud to be involved in this clip. Enjoy !!!

Είμαστε πολύ χαρούμενοι που φιλοξενησαμε στους χώρους του Μαργαρίτα ,τα γυρισματα αυτου του videο clip,» Ο έρωτας μου γίνε» ,με τον Πέτρο Ιακωβίδη που μέχρι τώρα εχει πάνω από 1.000.000 προβολές !!!

Κυρίως γιατί παρακολουθήσαμε, στηρίξαμε από κοντά και μοιραστήκαμε τη χαρά της δημιουργίας, με μια τόσο ταλαντούχα παρέα νέων καλλιτεχνών ,με τον  Πέτρος Ιακωβίδης  στο ξεκίνημά του, την ομάδα της Icon music που πετάει , το Στρατο μας, που τα τελευταία χρόνια γενναιόδωρα ξεδιπλώνει το πολύπλευρο ταλέντο του  , τη Πάρο ,το νησάκι μας, που πρωταγωνιστεί και προβαλλεται με μοντέρνο τρόπο, τη γοητευτικη Νάουσσα και τον ανοιξιάτικο Αμπελά μας. Ο Γιάννης Παπαδάκος με την ομάδα του για αλλη μια φορά δεν σκηνοθετεί ,ζωγραφιζει μαγικά τοπία, στιγμές , συναισθήματα .

Απολαύστε το !!!

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End of the season 2015 in Margarita Studios and a big Thank You for all your kind words!

22 10 2015

Dear guests, dear friends of the Margarita’s !

Another summer season has come to an end, so I ‘d like to take a moment, sit back and reflect on the year gone by. So, lots of things have happened this summer …a turbulent summer for Greece, a stormy summer for the Greek economy. But finally, this turmoil remains invisible to leisure visitors who continue to flock to the Greek islands for their holidays ! Thank God !!!
A big THANK YOU to all of you ,that despite of all of the above, you chose Greece ,you chose to support us during this rough period of time !!! I’m really grateful !!!

There are always a few challenges in running a hotel (believe it or not!) and this summer was no different. Many thanks to my husband Dimitris & my kids Margarita & Stratos for their continuous support and my Mom Margarita, one of the most hardworking persons I know .»It takes two to tango» they say, and they are right. We couldn’t have done anything without you guys. You role is crucial to what we do and we are forever grateful for that. So a big Thank You to all of you!.

I feel really blessed for the steady stream of lovely people I have been able to host this season. It has been a real pleasure to welcome back our ever-growing number of regular guests, and to meet for the first time those that we hope will become frequent visitors in the future! Margarita really does seem to attract a very special and unique group of people.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have stayed with us for your kind and generous feedback and especially all those who have helped us to spread the word about our small hotel on online review sites, such as tripadvisor. If you want to check out what others have said on tripadvisor, and to leave your own review if you haven’t done so already, please click here http://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Hotel_Review-g6122981-d624457-Reviews-Margarita_Studios-Ampelas_Paros_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html
We very much depend on personal recommendations, so we are deeply grateful for all your support and be sure we take under consideration all your comments in order to improve our hotel.
The online booking facility on our website, www.margaritastudios.com is going soon to set up for bookings throughout 2016, till then  of course, you can  call us on (0030) 2284052362 or email us: info@margaritastudios.com
I’ll be posting regularly on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/margaritastudiosparos
so please keep an eye out there for our updating of the site over the winter months. It’s only 175 days until12030792_10156095444955593_1460542424_n we open again for next season…

Take care and stay tuned …

Stella

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