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Pizza in Greek

Greek pizza (640x427)

HESTIA was the virgin goddess of the hearth (both private and municipal) and the home. As the goddess of the family hearth she also presided over the cooking of bread and the preparation of the family meal. Hestia was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame and received a share of every sacrifice to the gods. The cooking of the communal feast of sacrificial meat was naturally a part of her domain.

In myth Hestia was the first born child of Kronos and Rhea who was swallowed by her father at birth. Zeus later forced the old Titan to disgorge Hestia and her siblings. As the first to be swallowed she was also the last to be disgorged, and so was named as both the eldest and youngest of the six Kronides. When the gods Apollon and Poseidon sought for her hand in marriage, Hestia refused and asked Zeus to let her remain an eternal virgin. He agreed and she took her place at his royal hearth.

Hestia was depicted in Athenian vase painting as a modestly veiled woman sometimes holding a flowered branch. In classical sculpture she was also veiled, with a kettle as her attribute. Continue reading

Candied orange peel

Candied orange peel

Hercules during his 11th labor, according to Greek mythology had been ordered by king of Tiryns, Eurystheus to steal the golden apples of the Hesperides, which are regarded as the oranges of today.  These apples were offered by Gaia (the goddess of Earth) to Hera as a wedding gift for her marriage to Zeus.  Probably that is why oranges are supposed to be the symbol of fertility and a happily married life.  Hera in order to protect the apples entrusted them to the vigilant, hundred-headed dragon Ladon as well as the Nymphs Hesperides.  After many adventures during his travels to the place the sun sets, Hercules brought the golden apples to Eurystheus who refused to keep them. Hercules gave the apples to goddess of wisdom, Athena who returned them back where they belonged since their theft was an impious act.   Continue reading