A little piece of heaven on the water's edge

After a lifetime of booking clients to Fiscardo, and in particular to the Waterfront Apartments, we finally decided to visit. It is a holiday that did not disappoint and I carry the memories of it with me to this day, dreaming of a time when I can return.

Sunvil describes the Waterfront Apartments as the best of their kind in Fiscardo. I’d add that they enjoy an unrivalled location in the resort. A few steps from the apartments and you are swimming in the crystal clear Ionian, with uninterrupted views across the bay towards a peninsula of undulating hills. There is a feeling of tranquillity - close enough to enjoy the amenities of Fiscardo and yet far enough away to appreciate the slow, quiet pace of island life.

These are not luxurious apartments but are tastefully furnished and with the most hospitable owners, Alexis and Stavroula. I remember opening the windows to our apartment (W5) on arrival and wanting to shout ‘yeah!’. From our first floor balcony, only the wide stone terrace below stood between me and the turquoise waters.

On the table was a bowl of fresh fruit and some home cooked meat pies (recipe below). Small gestures which made all the difference. We immediately felt at home, kicked off our shoes and drank in our first impressions of Kefalonia with a feeling of happiness and ease.

Our days in Fiscardo were spent watching, listening, eating, drinking and absorbing the atmosphere. We loved the smells - the bougainvillea, the herbs, the fresh catch…; the contrasts - the luxurious private yachts docked alongside traditional fishing boats and dinghies; the bustle as daytrippers came, and the sense of calm as they departed; but most of all we appreciated the welcome we received - although strangers we were greeted as friends. 

Will Fiscardo have been changed by the lockdown? I hope not. I hope that the shepherds still tend to their flocks in the hills surrounding the bay and that the strong island traditions remain. If anything I imagine the welcome to be warmer than ever, and I know that I will greet them with open arms.

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Recipe for Kefalonia meat pie, courtesy of the Waterfront Apartments

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tomatoes (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1kg goat's leg (boneless and finely chopped)
  • 1kg veal shoulder blade (finely chopped)
  • 2 onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • 1 leek (finely chopped)
  • 250ml extra virgin olive
  • 3 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • 100ml white wine
  • The zest of 2 oranges
  • 500g chicken stock
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 bunch of marjoram (finely chopped)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 150g sweet frumenty (Trachana)
  • 1 packet of phyllo dough

Instructions: 

  • Step 1: Prepare the stuffing. Heat half of the olive oil in a small saucepan and add the goat and veal. Sauté for 15 minutes until golden brown. After that, place the onions, leek, garlic, carrots and frumenty in the saucepan and sauté for another 10 minutes until they soften.
  • Step 2: Pour in the wine and wait for 1 minute for the alcohol to evaporate. Then, add the tomatoes, stock, salt, pepper, cinnamon, sugar, sun-dried tomato paste and parsley. Mix all the ingredients well and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Step 3: Remove the saucepan from the heat and replace the cinnamon stick with the marjoram and orange zest. Mix again and set the stuffing aside.
  • Step 4: Grease the baking pan with olive oil. Choose a round baking pan suitable for pies. Line it with one sheet of pastry, grease it and layer the pastry sheets, one on top of the other, greasing them in-between until you have used up half of the sheets.
  • Step 5: Empty out the stuffing and spread it evenly over the top sheet. Cover the stuffing with the remainder of the sheets, repeating the above mentioned process. Grease the surface of the pie with olive oil, carve it into squares and bake it at 190° C for about 1 hour, until the dough is well baked and crispy.
  • Step 6: Remove the pie from the oven, set aside to cool for 20 minutes, cut it into pieces and serve.
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20th May 2020



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