April 24, 2016

our hand painted easter eggs!

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Every year me and my mother paint our Easter eggs in a different way! I remember this artistic custom taking place in our home since I was a little kid. Dozen of boiled eggs, paint and brushes reigning our place and my mother thrilled to invent new patterns and designs! This year Gelly and Harrison came by and we had a blast  together! Try painting your own eggs too, and I swear if you try it once then becomes a must!

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Hand Painted Easter Eggs:

Boil your eggs in a large pot. Let them cool completely and start decorating them. Use acrylic or aquarelle colours of your taste and make from abstract forms to flowers animals and crazy designs. Do not be afraid and express yourself! If your egg brakes, try with another one. Always have in mind that this is all about fun. You don’t have to be a great illustrator or a renowned painter to draw. Make your egg, your canvas and enjoy it! Good luck and Happy Easter!

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hand painted Easter Eggs by Gelly, Gertrude, Harrison and Sia

photos by Gertrude Gary Milk

(post created especially for teapot.gr)

Make your own Hand Painted Easter Eggs at home, tag your project with #teapoteggs and share your designs with us!

April 13, 2016

apeiranthos cleansing and a giveaway!

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Spring is a great time to consider doing our simple Apeiranthos Cleanse! We asked Stella about her favourite detoxing tips whenever she needs a mind and energy boost and we followed her example. In Apeiranthos we trust!

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A great way to start your day is this herb tea with lemon verbena, lemon balm and nettle. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this beverage can assist with everything from detoxifying your system to boosting your energy. Enjoy a hot cup in the morning with a slice of lemon, then transfer it in a thermal mug and take it with you!

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Lemon Verbena: Some of the most fascinating health benefits of lemon verbena include its ability to help with weight loss goals, protect your muscles, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, calm the stomach, reduce fevers, soothe nerves, and clear up congestion.

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Nettle: Nettle is a wonderful health-boosting herb that should never be dowsed with weed-killer, but plucked and dried to make a super herbal panacea. Nettle acts as a natural pain killer that eases arthritis pains and muscle aches. It can cure eczema and other skin diseases, it lowers blood cholesterol levels. It has also been used as a diuretic since medieval times in Europe, and it is a great tonic for women.

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Lemon balm: Lemon balm has earned a reputation for being a potent health-supporting tool. It calms the mind but boost alertness in the same time, encourages restful sleep, makes skin looks younger, improves memory and is a powerful antioxidant.

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Did you have your tea? Now its time to indulge in some bath-time bliss. Fill your bathtub with warm water and the Apeiranthos soaking salts, grab your detox soap and bring the spa home!

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Apeiranthos Soaking Salts: Salt and mineral baths are a great way to relax while simultaneously infusing the skin and body with minerals and hydration. Through the process of dermal absorption, skin soaks up minerals from the water. Pink Himalayan salt, sea salt and Epsom salts detoxify the skin while coconut and almond oil soothe. Neroli essential oil is known for its calming and relaxing scent.

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Apeiranthos Detox Soap: Made with extra virgin olive oil which is full of vitamins A and E that is known to moisturize skin. Activated charcoal cleanses deeply and detoxifies the skin. Jojoba and coconut oil are great moisturizers. Suitable for face & body.

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for the teapot readers Apeiranthos offers a 10% off to the whole shop with the code teapotlove 

#UPDATE: THE WINNER IS VIKI TSOUBERLI

(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

April 7, 2016

on my day off/ lunching at L’abbuffata

labbuffata1 Taking pictures of our food is never classed as work in my book and it always feels wonderful to arrange lunch dates with my bestie, spending this “very-rare” quality time together, share new experiences, appetisers and our pasta!

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 L’abbuffata, located in a splendid, historic 1928 building in Piraeus area, is a “ristorante italiano” and a Heaven on Earth for my hungry tummy and my hungry eye. Despoina, the owner, has been treating her guests as if they were a bunch of friends, eating and tasting her miracles in the large dining room of her own house. Here originality, quality and passion are three terms that meet together in every dish from this undoubtedly delicious menu.

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Upon your arrival you’ll find your coffee served in the privé, cosy and colourful sitting room. A vase filled with alstroemeria flowers creates the perfect welcoming scenery in this homey space. Enjoy a couple of bites of the homemade spoon-sweets during your chit-chat at the floral sofa before you head to your table.

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The most fresh local and Italian ingredients are the core part into Despoina’s kitchen. Take your seat, wear your bib and wait to be served! The bread is kneaded and baked daily. It comes hot out of the oven, accompanied by olives and a Roquefort spread.

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As for the appetisers you have to try the fried eggs with salsiccia, a savoury Italian sausage, served in a large sizzling pan. All you have to do, is dig into with a slice of bread on hand. Licking your fingers after every bite is a must for this tasting procedure.

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When it come to the main dishes, we ordered the new entries from the spring menu! Don’t miss the Cacio e Pepe with fresh pasta and a Pecorino Romano cheese with pear. Freshly cracked black pepper and Pecorino Romano, two humble ingredients that so often play supporting roles is a yummy combination and Despoina knows exactly how to create the ideal balance in this plate!

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 If you want something more spicy but totally aromatic you have to try the Aglio, Olio, e Peperoncino spaghetti. Simple but delicious, enclosing all the flavours of Italy.

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A great choice for the seafood lovers is the Linguini Alle Vongole. The briny juices from the fresh clams enrich the flavour in this brothy sauce.

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To accompany your wine during or after your meal, feel free and help yourself from the cheese bar. Pecorino Romano flavoured with pear,fig or wine and Parmiginao are excellently combined with her homemade mustarda di fruti. What we really love in this restaurant is that everything feels like home, the atmosphere is so relaxed and comfy and Despoina works very hard with her skills and her heart to satisfy every guest and every palate in the room.

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 Thanks to her inexcusable imagination, the desert list is huge! Depending on the day, you can find from panna cotta, italian cannolis, torta di mele, to cappuccino cream, strawberry ricotta with almond spongecake and chocolate budino. You won’t leave L’abbuffata without tasting her notorious limoncello that she prepares all by herself with lemons, arriving straight from Italy. And now we would like to check your pulse! Tempted?

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L’abbuffata, 32 Kolokotroni Street, Piraeus. tel: 0030 2130347456, open Tuesday to Sunday. Find more about them on their Facebook page here.

(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, creative assistant Gelly K. Rais, post created especially for teapot.gr)