Cyprus October 1

Independence Day

Following the end of the Russo-Turkish war in 1878, Cyprus was leased to the British Empire and was formally annexed by Britain at the end of the First World War. Since the time of Ottoman rule, the concept of ‘enosis’ – a union with Greece had been an ideal held by many Greek Cypriots. In April 1955, this ideal became a military aim, with the start of the guerilla campaign of the EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston) whose aim was unification with Greece through armed struggle. The campaign against the British lasted for the next four years. A cease fire was reached in August 1960 and Cyprus attained independence after the Zurich and London Agreement between the United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey. The Republic of Cyprus came into being on 19 August 1960, and on 20 September, Cyprus joined the United Nations, and the British Commonwealth. On the stroke of midnight on 1 October 1960, the agreement of independence between United Kingdom, Greece and Turkey and the British governor read a British proclamation declaring the independence of Cyprus Archbishop Marakios III, the leader of the island’s Greek community became the first President of Cyprus.

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Halloumi Pasta

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages Halloumi cheese cut in cubes
  • 1 package of grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 2 garlic minced
  • 1 large bag arugula
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound of black linguini (or regular linguini)
  • 1 tablespoon salt for the pasta water

Method:

In a large pot add water and salt, bring to a boil while waiting to boil cut halloumi into bite size chunks, cut tomatoes in half add oil to pan and fry cheese, tomatoes, garlic, pepper flakes, salt and pepper for 10 minutes. Add to boiling water the pasta and cook as directed on package then last minute add arugula cook until pasta is el Dente. Drain pasta and mix in cheese mixture season and eat.

Try this:

Zivania or  Cava (Spain)                      Geiá mas!

 

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