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Mar 22, 2011

Maple Syrup or Petimezi ~ take your pick

After I blogged about Gordon Craig's Hammertown Wood Maple Syrup, Effie Kadoglou of Volos, Magnesia, Greece, near the Aegean Sea, wrote to me, asking about maple syrup.   She wondered if it was anything like petimezi?   Straight to the search engines.   Petimezi is an ancient recipe and specialty of the Greek island of Crete.   It is a naturally sweet syrup poured onto ice cream, yougurt, pancakes and even snow.   Sound familiar?   Yes, but Petimezi is made from grapes, not maple syrup sap.   It is made by cooking down grape must or 'moustos' for several hours, until is becomes dark and syrupy.   Final colour depends on the grapes being used.   Below (left) is a Wikipedia photo of Greek Petimezi and on the right is some almost-finished King Township Hammertown Wood Maple Syrup.   Oh that they were side by side, in the here-and-now, with me sampling them on pancakes or ice cream.   I'm sure Gordon Craig would join me in a taste-test.   Thanks for your comments, Effie.  

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1 comment:

Mike Ormsby said...

Barry, thanks for posting this....Kirk was an amazing guy....and much has been written about him since his death....including by me....but I thought I'd share a quote that's been posted on his memorial website:

You have to do what you can, do your best with what you are. And you have to believe in wilderness. If you do that you can’t go wrong. – Kirk Albert Walter Wipper b Grahamdale, Manitoba, December 6th, 1923 d Peterborough, Ontario, March 18, 2011

Glad you got to meet Kirk....

There is a memorial tribute at the Canadian Canoe Museum on May 1st....see the Museum's website for details if interested.