I Love Greek Salad


How to make a Greek salad (this is good for 6 servings)

1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges, or 8 cherry tomatoes, divided into halves
1 small cucumber, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 green pepperoni thinly sliced
1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges
1 recipe Greek Vinaigrette
2 small pita bread rounds, cut into wedges
Mediterranean herbs

Ingredients for Greek vinaigrette
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

In a salad bowl combine salad greens, tomatoes, pepperoni, cucumber, onion, olives, and shredded cheese. Add Greek Vinaigrette. Toss to coat. Sprinkle and garnish with Mediterranean herbs (marjoram, oregano, basilico, dill) You may serve it with pita bread wedges or French bread.

To make s Greek vinaigrette
Using a screw top jar combine olive oil or salad oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cover. Shake well.

Odyssey of a Heart, Home of Soul
Angelica Hopes


Tzatziki Conquers my Palate


While on vacation for the second time in Greece, a plate of tzatziki is what I often order every lunch and dinner.

It is creamy, delicious, tangy blend of garlic, Greek yoghurt and cucumber.
If you’re curious how to make it:

3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced finely
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1 cup greek yogurt, strained
1 cup sour cream
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill

Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Finally, add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill. Chill for at least two hours before serving. Sprinkle some Mediterranean herbs or a single olive as attractive garnish when serving.

Angelica Hopes
Summer 2013
Hotel Dino’s, Tsilivi
Zakinthos, Greece

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Melt It, The Unique Way


You have the power to melt any relationship damages and miscommunication through humble acceptance, proper dialogue and sincere forgiveness.

One’s resentment and hatred rising from offensive circumstances or very disappointing situations involving human relationship can melt like a sweet ice cream when one faces the reality, accepts the situation, do something about to improve the circumstance and forgive any form of misgivings.

It is not easy to forgive especially if the offenses done to us are repetitive, however, we are also given a chance and choice to either suffer in anger or resolve matters in a peaceful and harmonious manner.

Seeking purity of one’s heart who embraces meek acceptance by first forgiving one’s self before we can forgive others is a step towards the path of forgiveness.

Forgiveness melts anything in its most unique, touching way.

An honest dialogue which involves true deep listening and honest opening topped with respect give way to effective communication to patch up any misunderstanding.

– Angelica Hopes, reflections

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Angelica Hopes


Time bring roses


How do we embrace forgiveness?

The road to real forgiveness sometimes require time, the right moment and humble disposition in anyone’s heart. It can be as delicate as rose petals as it emerged from its supporting thorns before it bloomed to its unique beauty.

True forgiveness to anything or anyone or any circumstances is simply like that, it can be a beautiful sight like the delicate rose in full bloom yet deep in its heart has conquered the defensive and offensive thorns of pain as the beautiful impact of shared forgiveness is peace and harmony.

Time bring roses as the Yiddish proverb says.
I’d say: Time, humble heart of acceptance, inner peace, full understanding bring true forgiveness.

“Forgiveness is often times elusive but it can be one’s humble, peaceful and harmonious choice.”
– Angelica Hopes, reflections

Angelica Hopes

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