Category Archives: Crete

Summer Adventure Video and a Giveaway!

I’ve promised you more photos from our Crete summer holiday–and finally, here they are. I made this video using an app from RealTimes—a great app I received for free when I attended the BritMums Live blogging conference in June. The folks at RealTimes gave me a free, unlimited cloud storage account (an £80 value) that gives me unlimited photo and video storage, the ability to make videos (and photo albums) from my photos, with music, and share them easily. The app will even create the videos for you by collecting images it thinks belong together, so it’s a real no-brainer way to make great videos without much effort. You can edit the videos, add music to the video from their offerings or add your own. I’ve only just begun exploring what they offer, but for the somewhat technically challenged individual (me!) who doesn’t have a lot of spare time, I’ve got to say I really like it.

Why have I told you all of that? Well, because I’ve got one Unlimited RealTimes account to give away to you, dear reader. (And I’m going to be upgrading my site soon so I can more easily post videos and giveaways, and in the spirit of a general upgrade/improvement… so stay tuned.)

Click on the link below, watch the video, let me know what you think, then come back and enter the giveaway!“>P1050231

To enter the giveaway, click here:

Green Beans With Lamb


Table for 10 under the open sky, Vamos, Crete


Old mill stones used for pressing olives into oil, Vamos, Crete

Well then. It’s been quiet over here again—we’ve been busy with back to school and activities and laundry and well, all the stuff. Now that everyone’s settled, more or less, back into their autumn schedules, I’m going to get back to regular blogging (ok, let’s cross our fingers there, folks).

This recipe is another one we learned to make during our cooking lesson in Crete, and though I’m not much of a lamb lover, it was pretty tasty. This one is easy to make and you can leave it to cook while you get on with other things, like writing blog posts.

I might share one more Greek recipe with you next week, or I might go back to my regular programming of traditional British recipes. Leave a comment below, if you wish, and tell me if you have an opinion one way or another.

On with the recipe (not sure how many servings it makes, other than lots):

Green Beans with Lamb
1 kg/2.25 lbs leg of lamb, cut into bite-size pieces
1 kg /2.25 lbs green beans, fresh or frozen
1 cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 carrots, grated
4 fresh tomatoes, grated, or 2 cups crushed canned tomatoes
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute lamb and onions in olive oil for about 10 minutes.

2. Add carrots, salt and pepper and mix well.

3. Add the tomato sauce and the water. Let it cook for about 40 minutes.

4. Add the beans, mix well and cook for about 30 more minutes.

Tip: You may add a spoon of sugar in the sauce, if you like.

Tasty Tuesdays on