Here's Maria watching on as Virginia spreads the mixture onto phyllo dough. The phyllo dough is layered...10 sheets on the top and 10 on the bottom. Each sheet is put down and then a generous amount of butter and oil is brushed on top. "All healthy", Virginia reassures us.
You can imagine, there are lots of wonderful stories told about growing up in Greece and family life. Like the one about the farmer who had an ill donkey. The farmer left the donkey out to pasture believing that there was no hope for the donkey. But when the donkey was out he began to graze in a pasture of rosemary. The farmer went out after some time and found that the donkey was completely cured.
Layering the phyllo dough and a double blessing.
Virginia is from the island of Lesbos and loves to cook. Here she is very intent on what she is doing.
Scoring the layered phyllo dough and squash mixture - before and after!
Oh yum, it was delicious.
So was this!
Although we are learning to cook and bake, Greek style, the best part of the evening comes when we sit down to the meal. They've pre-cooked and baked for us so we each get a generous helping to eat and to take home. Each week features a different type of Greek wine as well.
See a need, fill a need, the motto of the Philoptochos Woman's Society certainly does just that because we share stories of our lives, our children, our struggles with cancer around the table. It is a table of blessing and friendship all because we love Greek food.