Ian Scott

Winter Dip – Swim Race To The Cross – January 6

swimmers racing to be the first to touch the cross in lavrio, greece

January 6th is a big holiday in Greece – and considered by many to be the last day of the Christmas Season. Most businesses are closed on this day, the Day of Ephiphany or as some call it, “The Three Kings Day.” The religious holiday celebrates the day of Jesus Christ’s baptism by John The …

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January Morning Sunshine Over The Aegean Sea

This January has been quite mild compared to January of 2022, although we’ve certainly experienced some pretty chilly nights on several occasions. Last year however saw many days of chilly temperatures and even below freezing at night, with snow and lots of cold rain and blustery windy days. I can’t recall how many days I …

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Can I Still Call Them Soda Farls?

Personally, I’m not impressed with the idea of PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) laws – for example, its not legal in some parts of the world to call a feta style cheese made outside of Greece, “Feta Cheese.” The fact is, that style of cheese has been made for centuries outside of the present borders …

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The Art Of Natural Cheesemaking – Book Review

In no way do I consider myself an expert or even very knowledgeable on cheesemaking, I have been making cheeses for about 10 years. Although it’s on my to-do list, I’ve never, for example, made a hard or semi-hard cheese that requires a press. On the other hand, I’ve made lots of Greek feta style …

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A Feta Cheese Failure (But Making The Best Of It)

Last week, I decided I wanted to deal with the recent urge to do some home cheesemaking again after an approximately 4 year hiatus. While I do not have all my cheesemaking supplies and sometimes necessary ingredients for creating additional flavour (lipase specifically), I finally was able to source calcium chloride as well as rennet …

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