Catherine House Ambassador 2019

2019 Ambassador for Catherine House – a call to action

It’s funny how some things just fall into place. You know, the kind of serendipitous moments that can’t be explained or fully understood.

Recently, my sister’s family experienced a knock at the door from a young lady seeking help. She needed safety, and it was offered to her. She was invited it, looked after, and served some tea before eventually being returned to Catherine House.

At about the same time, in my social media feed I saw a call to apply as an Ambassador for Catherine House. These two moments collided and I took actions to submit my application, and was deeply thrilled when it had been accepted.

I went to work organising my first fund-raising event, Canapes & Cocktails, hosted in my home for an intimate group of around 15 women. What transpired was not unexpected. You see, when women come together incredible things happen.

Catherine House I provided sparkling white wine and together with my daughter we served a delicious assortment of home made cocktail food.

In return these beautiful, kindhearted women turned up the energy, made wonderful connections, and importantly dug deep into their pockets to make a difference to the lives of others.  From this one event I raised $660, plus a few more donations from people who were unable to attend but still had the desire to make a difference, bringing the total to $1063.95. Wow!

Gratitude is brimming from my heart.

If you’d like to make a donation I warmly welcome you to do so here. Together we can make a difference!

Thanks so much,

Eugenia xox

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Any Given Thursday – a memoir by Eugenia Pantahos

Any Given Thursday – a memoir by Eugenia Pantahos

Last year on a Thursday evening in Frankfurt, Germany, I launched my memoir Any Given Thursday from my hotel bed. Only after I had hit ‘upload’, did I realise just how serendipitous that was.

Any Given Thursday It is a book about friendship. It’s a story of a woman with a beautiful heart, a generous spirit, a diagnosis, and a battle that would become insurmountable. It’s a book about life and love, about dedication, about facilitating a journey, and the inevitable surrender. It’s about making a difference, showing up, having courage, and always remembering.

The eBook for Tablet, Phone and Kindle is now available here.

Paperback available here.

 

The story in this book is so close to my heart, and because of that, part proceeds will be donated to various causes as a way to give forward to those who are doing it tough. Help me to make a difference!

I’m thrilled to share with you just some of the reviews of Any Given Thursday.

REVIEWS

“I managed to read ‘Any given Thursday’ on a wintry day. Couldn’t put it down!! Thank you for allowing us into your personal and family life. Such a truly inspirational memoir of friendship.” – Emerald

“I just finished reading ‘Any Given Thursday’ and wanted tot hank you for sharing such a beautiful and personal story. I was personally touched by your expressiveness and connection to your beautiful friend as well as they way you’ve highlighted the importance of family and traditions! I have no doubt in my mind that AK is looking upon you with a smile every day for the beautiful family you have raised and the gifts that you have bestowed on all of us around you.” – E McD

I’m Eugenia Pantahos, and I thank you for reading my post!

xoxo

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Learn the secrets of the Mediterranean Lifestyle

Learn the secrets of the Mediterranean Lifestyle

You may wonder what all the fuss is around the Mediterranean Diet. I’d like to share the secrets behind this way of living, and why in some parts of Greece, people enjoy longevity and good health well into their 90’s and beyond 100.

Firstly, it’s not simply a diet. More than that, it’s a lifestyle. It’s about choosing the freshest in season fruits and vegetables, enjoying a small quantities of nuts and dried fruits, generous amounts of olive oil, a glass or two of wine, multiple servings each week of legumes, two to three servings of seafood a week,  and very limited dairy, red meat, and poultry.

Correctly observed, the Mediterranean Lifestyle also incorporates times of fasting. As a rule each Wednesday and Friday, plus forty days before Easter, the first 15 days of August, 40 days before Christmas, and some other dates in between. That adds up to over 200 days of the year where no dairy, meat and poultry is consumed, and on some of these days oil and wine are also not consumed.

Aside from the food, the Mediterranean Lifestyle encompasses having fun, being socially connected, laughter, dancing, gentle exercise by way of walking, gardening or dancing (did I say fun?), sipping a Greek coffee served in a demitasse cup, enjoying a couple of glasses of wine, and basking in the company of family and friends.

Greek Life a celebration of the Mediterranean LifestyleThese lifestyle choices are at the core of my book award-winning book Greek Life. If you love Greek food, and admire Greek culture, be sure to order your copies from Amazon. Click on this link to order my books.

Greek Life belongs in the homes of families for whom Greek culture means something.

I’m Eugenia Pantahos, and I thank you for keeping the celebration alive.

xox

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When Greek Life is the Gift to Give

When Greek Life is the Gift to Give

At my local supermarket Just last week I bumped into a young man who I’ve known for some years. He was so excited to share with me that he was one of the recipients of my book Greek Life at an award ceremony at the 2018 Glendi Festival. It made my day to learn that Greek Life was presented to the students for them to carry the torch of Hellenic culture with them into the future. Here’s the excerpt from the Adelaide High School Newsletter:

GLENDI GREEK FESTIVAL… OPA!

This year’s Glendi Greek Festival coincided with Greece’s National Day, March 25. To mark 40 years of the festival, it was moved to the heart of the city at Victoria Square. Here, our students’ Hellenic spirit was celebrated; our Year 12 students were awarded certificates for their service and dedication to their language learning and were presented a book, The Greek Life, written by Eugenia Pantahos by The Foundation of Hellenic Studies and The Greek Teacher’s Association, Year 9 and 11 students served dignitaries at the official opening function, and Year 8 and 9 student work was displayed in the school’s marquee.

Throughout the festival, Adelaide High Students represented the school and their culture proudly. Many danced in traditional dance troupes and volunteered in the food stalls for their community groups. The highlight, however, was witnessing many second and third generation migrants reveling in the atmosphere, dancing to the international acts and embracing Hellenism.

Ms Dimitra Rozaklis | Teacher of Greek

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The Benefits of Travel

The Benefits of Travel

I’m feeling the inspiration and creativity that comes from traveling.

When we travel we are open to new experiences, new tastes, new sights, new smells, new rhythms, and to new people. We met many lovely people along the way from a talented French man who was on our train returning home from Venice to France. I simply adored hearing him say “oui madam”!!!

The Benefits of TravellingHe had just finished his engagement as MC and as a performer at Carnevale in Venice. Those closest to me know that I would love to attend Carnevale in Venice and when I learned that our plans in Italy meant we couldn’t attend I felt just that little pang of sadness. But the universe brought Carnevale to me, and I experienced it through his amazing photos and stories. The colours, the costumes, and the make up that took more than two hours to apply, allowed the experience to unfold right before my eyes. Such a gift.

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself” – Danny Kaye.

Then we met a wonderful, gorgeous Italian taxi driver with a beautiful presence, sparkling blue eyes and heartwarming smile. He is also a model (with dignity), is moving into his new home and is now working on decorating and styling plans with his interior designer.

We were so impressed with this young (33 year old) man that we engaged his services for three more taxi trips. In conversation he told us his birthday was coming up and it just happened to coincide with mine! That’s the third person to come into my life who celebrates on the 26th.

What surprised me the most is that he messaged my husband all the way from Italy to wish me a happy birthday!!!

Travel expands our thoughts, our relationships and makes one realise that we have more in common than we do differences. Finally, in the words of Mark Twain….

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”.

 

Love to you all

Eugenia xx

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Greek Life now available at Wallaroo and the Riverland

Greek Life now available at Wallaroo and the Riverland

I’m super excited to have met the lovely Jane who has opened a pop-up shop in the seaside township of Wallaroo.

You can find Villa34 just outside the new Foodland in the mall, and if you step inside this lovely little store you will be amazed by the wonderful range of beautiful homewares, fashion, coastal themed decor, and of course you can get your signed copies of Greek Life.

Villa34 has a bricks and mortar store in the Riverland at Barmera as well as the pop-up store that is located at Wallaroo for the summer.

I’m so happy to have met Jane, who is a kindred spirit, and is deeply passionate about home styling, interiors, and fashion, and I’m proud to have my book Greek Life stocked in her seaside pop-up store and at Barmera in the Riverland.

Take some respite from the heat of the day to be inspired by this lovely shop that is so conveniently located.

 

Do drop in to see Jane to get your signed copies of the Gourmand award winning book Greek Life, and to get something special for your home.

Support local. Buy local. Support those who support me.

Happy holidays!

Eugenia xx

 

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Greek Life Television Interview

Greek Life Television Interview

Welcome to Greek Lifestyle!

I enjoyed some ‘on-air’ fun with Malcolm Haslett  on the ‘Our Time’ program on Channel 44 discussing the story behind Greek Life.

This television interview was an amazing experience and one that I felt quite surprisingly relaxed with.  I loved sharing some of the beautiful images and favourite recipes from my book Greek Life as well as the story of family and explaining just why this book is considered an important anthology by those for whom Greek culture means something, but also the wider community here in Australia and overseas.

The journey so far has been amazing, and one that I was blessed to share with my late father, my husband, my children, and extended family.Greek Life a cultural cookbook by Eugenia Pantahos

Since doing this television interview, I have had a great response from those who already have the book and from those who wished to add it to their collection.

Greek Life is stocked in around 30 stores nationally, and has been embraced with warmth and love. Join those who have added this award-winning book to their collections.

There is limited stock available of the exclusive hardcover that is in it’s second print run. I won’t be doing another self-published print run….so really….now is the time to secure copies for yourself and your loved ones. Pass on the lessons, recipes and traditions  to the future generations of your family.

Email me to place orders for multiple copies, or single copies can be purchased here.

Sending you my love!

Eugenia xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gourmand Cookbook Awards – Australian Competition

Gourmand Cookbook Awards

I have some amazing news, actually its really, really exciting news that I’m just bursting to share with you.

Greek Life a book about family, culture and foodMy book titled Greek Life (family, culture, food) won two, yes, two categories, one for MEDITERRANEAN and the other for SELF-PUBLISHED, in the prestigious Gourmand Cookbook Awards national competition for Australia. This is a defining moment in the journey of Greek Life and for me, as a first time author.

My self-published book that was put together with so much love and with a vision to pass forward the beautiful and meaningful Greek traditions and mouthwatering recipes, threaded together with the story of family, thought inspiring philosophy and full colour photography, will now compete in Gourmand International Cookbook Awards in the same categories against other countries for the Best in The World.

As a Greek Australian cookbook writer and publisher I could only have imagined the journey that would transpire, from being a freelance contributor to a magazine, the recipient of a leadership scholarship, and and invited MC and speaker at various events, and now the recipient of the Gourmand International Cookbook Awards in Australia.

Having come this far with my journey as an author of a book that I envisioned to be the best book on Greek culture to exist, is amazing, but to be acknowledged in this way is even more amazing.

Eugenia Pantahos and Greek Life a book about family, culture and foodNow I’m waiting for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards certificate to arrive together with those lovely red stickers with the words ‘winner’ that I can proudly place on my book, but I think I’ll place them on the first page, beside my signature!

Greek Life is a high quality hardcover edition that is now in its second and final print run. That means stock is limited, so now is the time to place orders for this keepsake edition. It is a beautiful and meaningful gift for those for whom Greek culture means something, the foodies, the cooks, the thinkers, the travelers, and the coffee table book lovers. Order your copies at my online shop or email me.

Wish me well in the International competition.

Fingers crossed!

Eugenia xx

 

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Adelaide Dinner – The Idea of Love

ADELAIDE DINNER EVENT

Let’s explore the meaning of love, the ideas held by ancient philosophers, and what it means in our modern world. Come to join the discussion over a 3-course meal, glass of wine and tea/coffee. Bookings essential. Limited Places. Book now!

Adelaide Dinner - The Idea of Love

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Greek Dolmades Recipe- Stuffed Grape Vine Leaves

Greek Dolmades Recipe – Stuffed Grape Vine Leaves

Anyone fortunate enough to sample a homemade Greek dolmades recipe, or as we sometimes affectionately call them, dolmadakia, only know too well the absolute delicious experience of savouring each mouthful of these delicate rice and herb stuffed grape vine leaves.

Usually served with a squeeze of lemon and a dollop of natural yoghurt, you can’t go past just one. The flavour is lively and zesty and these delightful little morsels literally dance on your tastebuds!

Here’s a little video I’ve put together on how to make Greek Dolmades, and if you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and be kept up to date. Enjoy!

 

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