It’s Holy Week and lent is almost over. The children of Kandanos are preparing the “Judas”, who is hung and burned on Saturday night at midnight, when the priest chants “Christos Anesti” during the Resurrection Liturgy. Ιt is an old custom here in Kandanos. Today we made Octopus with Avronies, an elite Lenten dish. Any summer visitor who wishes to try a dish with avronies, either with lamb or with octopus, can contact us for a special order!
Happy April! The winter seemed endless this year, and here in Kandanos, we had enough of bad weather! The first signs of spring are finally present with blossoming. A particular type of wild greens that grow in Kandanos this time of year are AVRONIES. Avronies grow in places with plenty of water, such as rivers, and usually sprout in thorny bushes. They look somewhat like wild asparagus, and when cooked are very bitter! Special dishes are created when paired with lamb, octopus, or with eggs.
Today, all of Greece celebrates freedom and the Annunciation, and Kandanos is no different. This day in Kandanos begins with Holy Liturgy, followed by thanksgiving, which takes place at our main church, the Ascension.
Then we have a memorial service and place commemorative wreaths at the war monument in the square of the village. The ceremony finishes with a parade on the main street of Kandanos. Later on, our customers gather at the restaurant to enjoy the daily specialty…..Codfish with Garlic dip!