Pastitsada, one of the signature dishes of Corfu, is not just another stew with tomatoes and a few spices. Preparing this favourite Sunday fare of most Corfiot families is an elaborate ritual and every housewife has her own recipe. For those who are not familiar with it, this flaming red dish derives its colour from the healthy amount of hot paprika added to the meat even before any tomatoes are introduced. The whole art of mixing the spices – spetsieriko – that go into it developed exclusively from the desire to enhance the taste of pastitsada. At Karmela’s pharmacy in Saroko the mix contains no less than 15 seasonings.
Sykomaida, literally fig paste or fig bread, is one of the most characteristic specialities of Corfu. Its name is a compound of the Greek word for fig (syko) and mágis, an Ancient Greek word for dough, paste or cake.
Although figs grow in practically every corner of Greece, and most famously and prolifically in Kalamata in the Peloponnese and Kymi on the east coast of Evia, sykomaida as described below is rarely found anywhere except Corfu. In the old days, farmers used to come into town on their donkeys to sell these round fig patties; they were a great favorite among the city dwellers.
ΝERANTZOSALATA (ORANGE SALAD)
In Italian, ‘naranza’ means orange – as opposed to the Greek ‘nerantzi’, which means bitter or Seville orange. Thus when the Corfiots speak of ‘nerantzosalata’, as a result of many centuries of Italian rule, they mean orange salad.
A dish which seems to have been widespread in Corfu, the recipe appears in Ninetta Laskari’s marvelous book, Corfu, A Glance through Time, 1204-1864, in the Corfiot dialect:
“Kόφτουμε φτενάδες στρογγυλές τα νεράντζια-παστρεμένα-μέσα στο γαδίνι για να μην πελληθεί το ζωμί. Ρίχνομε λάδι-πες και βάλε κάνια μεσόκουπα- κοκκινοπίπερο πολύο και τότσο αλάτι”.
Ipsos beach is characterized by its large length and from the fact that it is situated just below the main road in front of the touristy village Ipsos, on the northern part of the city of Corfu. It is quite a narrow beach, covered with pebbles and has got shallow and clean waters for which it was awarded with the Blue Flag by the European Union. Ipsos beach is fully organized with parasols and deck-chairs.... Read more
Syki is a small, completely secluded beach with white pebbles, turquoise waters, surrounded by vast vegetation which reaches almost until the sea. Syki is not organized and the nearest restaurants are situated in Kassiopi, at a distance of 3 kilometers. It is accessible by the seaside road which connects Kassiopi to Acharavi, just before you reach the village of Apraos and Kalamaki beach. You can leave... Read more
Sidari beach is a large and sandy beach, which extends along the main road, below the homonymous resort on the northern shores of the island. It is located between the small port and the famous Channel of Love, one of the most famous sights in the whole island. For this reason, Sidari beach is one of the most visited and busy beaches whic, is mainly preferred by tourists who flood this region every... Read more
Marathias and Santa Barbara to the south, the continuation of Saint George, two adjoining sandy beaches, about four kilometers long. It can be reached by driving through Perivoli village and follow the signs, so distance from Corfu town is about 30 km. Nobody knows exactly where their boundaries are (the locals are still arguing about that!), but generally the northern part is called Marathias and the southern... Read more
Roda beach extends in front of the homonymous resort on the northern coast of the island. It is a large sandy beach, basically a continuation of Acharavi beach. Roda beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag for its clean waters which do not deepen abruptly making it ideal for families with children. In Roda beach there is a great variety of sea sports. Along the beach you will find some parasols and deck-chairs... Read more
Prasoudi is located in the south-western side of Corfu, near the beautiful and large village of Agios Matheos. It is about 4 kilometers away from it. The naming Prasoudi comes from the plant «prasoulida » (chive) which grows on the cliffs a few meters above the shore. Prasoudi is a small, sandy beach with few pebbles and scattered rocks into the sea. There you will find few deck-chairs and parasols... Read more