Wednesday, 18 May 2022

TURKEY BLOCKS NATO ACCESSION TALKS

Turkey has thwarted NATO's initial decision to process Finland and Sweeden's request to join the military alliance, throwing into doubt hopes for the if the two nordic countries.  


NATO's ambassdors met on Wednesday with aim of opening talks on the same day that Finland and Sweden applied their applications.


LEMON CAKE WITH LEMON ICING

 For the cake:

60 g butter plus extra for the mold

230 g sugar

Grated rind of 2 lemons

170 ml milk

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

3 egg whites


Lemon syrup:

Grated juice and rind of 1 lemon (50 ml)

60 g sugar

80 ml water


Icing:

50 ml  lemon juice

250 g icing sugar


For the cake whip butter, sugar, and lemon zest until well incorporated.  Slowly add the milk, beating constantly until you get a relatively liquid consistency.  In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.  Gradually, add it to the butter mixture in 3-4 small doses.  Continue beating for 5 minutes, until you get a fluffy, glossy cream.


Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, spoon 1/3 of the whipped egg whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining whites into the batter until well incorporated.  


Pour the batter into a greased cake pan, spread evenly, and bake in an oven preheated to 180 C (350 F) for 35-40 minutes until well risen and springy.  


While the cake is baking prepare the lemon syrup.  Place lemon juice, sugar, lemon zest and water in a small saucepan and simmer for 2-3 minutes over low heat.  Raise the temperature and boil until it has reduced by half and has a thin syrup consistency. When the cake comes out of the oven pour the syrup evenly over it and allow it cool.  


For the icing mix lemon juice and icing sugar in a bowl until you get a thick, smooth mixture. When the cake is completely cold, spread the lemon icing over the surface, allowing some to drip down the sides. 






        

LEMON TART

 Filling:

3 large eggs

1 1.4 cup sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp orange zest 

1/4 cup melted butter


Crust:

1 cup plain flour

1/3 cup icing sugar plus extra

1/2 cup groud almonds

1 tsp lemon zest

1/2 cup cold bitter, cubed


Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and whisk eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest, stir in butter and set aside.


For the crust pulse the ingredients in a food processor until mixture forms a ball, Press dough at the bottom and sides of an ungreased, fluted tart pan with removeble bottom.


Pour lemon mixture into the crust and bake for 25-30 minutes until center is almost set.  Cool on a wire rack and just before serving sprinkle with icing sugar.   


   

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM

 The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient Greek computer, more than 1000 years ahead of its time could accurately predict the motions of planets and stars even when they would appear to move backward across the sky and baffled researchers.


The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece early in the 20th century.  Archaeologists immediately suspected that it was some kind of astronomical clock but figured it was probably renaissance in origin due to its complexity. 


It was not until the 2nd half of the 20th century, that researchers realized it dated back to ancient Greece probably around 100 BC - 200 BC and that it accurately traced the movements of the sun and moon predicting when the eclipses would occur. 


No other machine of such complexity dating back that far has ever been found the technology having been lost, until the late medieval period.  


The Antikythera Mechanism also tracked the movements of Venus and Saturn including that when viewed from the Earth looked like they were traveling backwards across the sky.  

GREEK PRIME MINSTER INTERVIEWED ON AMERICAN NETWORK

 The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, was interviewed by American Network MSNBC.


During the interview, the Greek Prime Minister was asked by Mika Brzezinski, on the Morning Joe program, what his message to America was, ahead of his anticipated speech in Congress.  "That Greece is back," responded Mitsotakis referring to the financial crisis which hurt Greece and the Greek people and had kept the country out of the markets for a few years.  


The Greek Prime Minister also referred to the two years of the pandemic, which he claims, Greece handled better than most European countries, adding that Greece is back on track as an attractive investment destination with many American companies already coming to invest. 


Mitsotakis noted also the record number of direct flights to Greece and the high tourism numbers!   

HOROR IN UKRAINE

Horror of Ukraine war seen in the outdoor photo in the heart of Athens 

 

The tragedy of the Ukrainian war has been captured in an original photo exhibition in the centre of Athens co-organised by the Municipality of Athens and the Embassy of Ukraine.

 

From May 15th, Queen Olga’s Avenue hosts an open-air exhibition with 57 photos, mainly works of photojournalists from around the warzone.

 

Among them is award-winning photojournalist Aris Messinis head of the French Agency of Greece.  The exhibition was inaugurated by the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyiannis and the Ambassador of Ukraine Sergeii Shutenko. 

Monday, 16 May 2022

RUSSIAN UCRAIN WAR

 The Group of Seven leading economies warned that the war in Ukraine is stoking global food and energy crisis which threatens poor countries and urgent measures are needed to unblock the store of growth that Russia is preventing from leaving Ukraine. 


Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell and a delegation of top senators met with Ukrainian president Zelenski in a Kyiv unannounced visit showing the American solidarity with the Ukrainian war with Russia. 


Ukraine won the first prize in the Eurovision Song Conquest not only for their beautiful song but also for the European solidarity for Ukraine that has been harassed by Russia.