Greek Village Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Village Salad is the way to go on a hot day. With fresh vegetable, you can make this amazing salad. Following are the ingredients for this delicious dish.

1 clove garlic

½ head endive

1 head lettuce, preferably Romaine

3  tomatoes. Wedged

1 cucumber, sliced

6 green onions, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

6 radishes, sliced

1 carrot, shredded

2 T parsley, chopped

1 cooked beet, sliced

¼ lb. feta

8 to 12 Greek olives (Kalamata)

¼ cup can chick peas

Olive oil

Red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Anchovies (optional)

Combine The Greek Salad

Cut lettuce into small pieces. It is more authentic to cut, not tear, lettuce. Combine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, salt, pepper and wine vinegar. Toss. Add olives, beets, and cheese. Crumble feta over salad.


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Moussaka, A Delicious Greek Dish.


Moussaka is definitely my favorite Greek dish, a popular dish in all Greek homes throughout America, especially in Greece. This dish can be made with pasta or normally made with eggplants. o let’s go and make our first Moussaka.

3 eggplants

2 lbs. ground beef or ground lamb, lean

2 onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ t nutmeg

2 T parsley

1 8 0z. can tomato sauce

Salt and pepper

½ cup red wine

Olive oil


1 cup grated cheese


Peel eggplant. Cut lengthwise into ½ inch slices.

Moussaka Cooking

Sauté meat in butter, salt and pepper, onions, and garlic. When meat is browned add parsley, tomato sauce, and wine. Simmer 25 minutes.

In a greased baking pan (nine by thirteen by two inches) layer eggplant, then meat mixture, then sprinkle cheese. Repeat. Cover with cream Sauce. Sprinkle generously with additional cheese. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.

*For variety, cut down on the amount of eggplant and add zucchini and/ or sliced potatoes.

The meat may be omitted to create a vegetable dish.

Theoni Pappas, & Elvira MonroeGreek Cooking For Everyone. San Carlos:  Wide World

Publishing/Tetra, 1997

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Dehydration is a problem. Summer has come and everyone is out in the wonderful weather enjoying the sun. Few people stop to consider the consequences of all this fun in the sun. One of the side effects of a round of volleyball at the beach, or a day playing 18 holes of golf, or running a 5k in the heat is dehydration. When your body loses more water that you take in it causes you to dehydrate. 75% of your body weight is water. You are constantly losing water, through breathing, sweating, and urination just to mention a few bodily functions.

There are many ways that you can lose excess water. Diarrhea is the number one cause for all age group. Next would be vomiting, and then an illness like diabetes which causes frequent urination. Any of these conditions can cause your body to lose water faster than it can be replaced. In the case of vomiting, it can just be difficult to keep the fluids down.

The other way to lose a dangerous amount of fluid is through excess perspiration, like when you are exercising on a hot day. You may not even be aware that you are depleting your body of essential fluids until you start to suffer the side effects.


If your notice that you are experiencing a dry mouth, a headache. Also, dark or decreased urine you may be experiencing early dehydration. As the fluid volume of your body drops your heart will have to work harder to maintain blood pressure. It will start shunting blood away from your extremities and to your vital organs in an attempt to maintain life. As dehydration continues you may begin to experience confusion, lethargy. As a matter of fact you cab suffer from seizures and loss of consciousness. Untreated it will lead to death.


If you are experiencing an illness with uncontrolled nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea seek medical attention. Also, If you are experiencing increased thirst and increased urination you may be suffering from diabetes and again you need to seek medical attention.

In Addition, If you are working outdoors or exercising in hot weather. Also, if you begin to experience the early warning signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, headache or fatigue stop what you are doing and find a cool place to rest. Drinking cool water will help. You can also consume popsicles and fruit juices. Sports drinks may also be helpful they contain electrolytes and carbohydrates that your body has been losing while you were perspiring.  Do not go back to what you were doing, give your body time to rest and recover.

The last thing that you want to do is to have a cold beer. If beer is your drink, it will taste really good and quite refreshing. But having that cold one is the worst thing that you can do. Alcohol is a diuretic, a diuretic is an agent which causes the body to activate its chemical cascade to rid its self of excess fluid. So instead of replacing the vital fluid which your body now needs you will actually be causing your body to rid its’ self of more fluid and increase the dehydration.

Enjoy your summer, and use caution in hot weather, remember small children and the elderly are more susceptible to dehydration and they may not display the warning signs until the condition becomes serious.


Mayo Clinic

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Leg of Lamb and Pilaf (Plain)

Leg of Lamb

Leg of Lamb made the Greek way is an outstanding dish that will make your mouth buds explode in ecstasy. This simple recipe will help you enjoy this delicious Greek dish.

Leg of lamb – 5 to 6 lbs.
6 to 8 cloves of garlic
1 cup water
salt and pepper
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 heaping T oregano

Wash lamb and trim off excess fat. Make incisions throughout the leg and plug with garlic. Salt and pepper generously. Place in roasting pan on rack. Pour a cup of water in the pan. Cover and cook 1 hour in preheated oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover. Continue roasting uncovered.

In a separate cup, blend the lemon juice, oil, and oregano with a fork. Whip until well mixed. Pour over lamb and baste frequently until well done. To test doneness pierce with a fork. If juice run, continue roasting.If you are planning to make pilaf add a small amount of water to juices in pan.

Pilaf (Plain) To With Leg Of Lamb

1 cup uncooked rice

2 cups water or stock

1/3 cube of butter

salt and pepper to taste

Bring water with butter to boil. Add salt and pepper. Add rice; stir with a wooden spoon. Cover and simmer for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Keep covered.

Strain juices from the leg of lamb. Serve rice with sauce.

Variation: Maintaining a ratio of 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water or liquid, substitute the juices from the lamb for the water.

Cook rice in this mixture according to directions above.

This great Greek recipe like so many recipes that I have given to you come from an excellent Greek Recipe book “Greek Cooking for Everyone” by Theoni Pappas & Elvira Monroe. This book is filled with culinary treasures that will make you wish that had these great meals all your life.


Theoni Pappas & Elvira Monroe “Greek Cooking for Everyone” June 2017 <>



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The Light Brigade

Light brigade
Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854, in the Crimean War. The poem by ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON The Charge of the Light Brigade was made about the Light Brigade of the British cavalry, which consisted of the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, 17th Lancers, and the 8th and 11th Hussars, under the command of Major General James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan.

Also present that day was the Heavy Brigade, commanded by Major General James Yorke Scarlett, who was a past Commanding Officer of the 5th Dragoon Guards. The Heavy Brigade was made up of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and the Scots Greys. The two brigades were the only British cavalry force at the battle.

Also present that day was the Heavy Brigade, commanded by Major General James Yorke Scarlett, who was a past Commanding Officer of the 5th Dragoon Guards. The Heavy Brigade was made up of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, the 5th Dragoon Guards, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and the Scots Greys. The two brigades were the only British cavalry force at the battle.

The Light Brigade were the British light cavalry force. The men mounted light, fast horses which were unarmored. These men were armed with lances and sabers. They were optimized for maximum mobility and speed. Their main task was for reconnaissance and skirmishing. They were perfect for cutting down infantry and artillery units as they retreated.

The Heavy Brigade who was under James Scarlett was the British heavy cavalry force. These men rode large, heavy chargers. These men were equipped with metal helmets and armed with cavalry swords for close combat. They were the primary British heavy forces, leading frontal charges in order to break enemy lines.

The Order

The order was drafted by Brigadier Richard Airey. Captain Louis Edward Nolan carried them out. Raglan could see what was happening from his high vantage point on the west side of the valley. However, the lie of the land around Lucan and the cavalry prevented him from seeing the Russians’ efforts to remove the guns from the redoubts and retreat in response to the order.

Lucan instructed Cardigan to lead his command of about 670 troopers [4] of the Light Brigade straight into the valley between the Fedyukhin Heights and the Causeway Heights. The opposing Russian forces were commanded by Pavel Liprandi. They included approximately 20 battalions of infantry. Also, supported by over 50 artillery pieces. These forces were deployed on both sides and at the opposite end of the valley.

It was a suicide ride!

Victoria Crosses awarded to the regiments at Balaclava:

Royal Scots Greys: 2
6th Inniskilling Dragoons: 1
4th Light Dragoons: 1
11th Hussars: 1
13th Light Dragoons: 1
17th Lancers: 3



Russian casualties are unknown.

British Casualties:
4th Dragoon Guards: 5 men
5th Dragoon Guards: 2 officers and 13 men
1st Royal Dragoons: 4 officers and 9 men
Royal Scots Greys: 4 officers and 55 men
6th Inniskilling Dragoons: 15 men
4th Light Dragoons: 4 officers and 55 men
8th Hussars: 4 officers and 53 men
11th Hussars: 3 officers and 55 men
13th Light Dragoons: 3 officers and 38 men
17th Lancers: 7 officers and 67 men
93rd Highlanders: no casualties.


The Light Brigade Charge Timeline


The Poem


The Charge of the Light Brigade



Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!’ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Their’s not to make reply,
Their’s not to reason why,
Their’s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;

Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.
Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
Shatter’d and sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.
When can their glory fade ?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!







“Charge of the Light Brigade” May 2017 <> 2002 – 2016 “The Battle of Balaclava” May 2017 <>

Jesse Greenspan“The Charge of the Light Brigade, 160 Years Ago” May 2017 <>

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