Tonia Buxton - My Greek Kitchen
September 17, 2006
Tonia Buxton is on Naxos in Greece, famed for its rugged mountains, fertile valleys and abundant produce, including olives, grapes, wine, figs, citrus and kitron, a tangy liqueur. And when visitors are done eating and drinking, there are 500 Byzantine churches and monasteries to admire.
Basing herself at a local taverna, Tonia collects vine leaves for dolmades - it's a fairly mechanical process, which is why the village women gather for a gossip while they roll and fold hundreds of these delicacies for weddings and feast days.
Tonia's secret ingredient is cinnamon, which locals buy in bundles the length of garden stakes and stick in their wardrobes to ward off moths. She also visits a beautiful wood-fired kitron distillery and a local pottery, before making a sticky fig and walnut dessert.
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