I usually don’t talk about myself very much, so writing this isn’t the easiest thing to do! I’ll start with just the basics and hopefully that will get me rolling.
My name is Deppy (Thespina in Greek) and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my husband Dave. Yes, Dave is an English/Irish xenos, however he loves Greece and its culture like it’s his very own.
I was born in the early 60’s when there was quite a bit of political upheaval in Greece, so my mother decided to move us from Athens to the west coast of Canada when I was four years old. Neither one of us spoke any English so it was difficult for a while. I remember sitting in Kindergarten not understanding a word.
I was the kid who brought the weird food to school.
And the kid who spoke the strange language.
And the only one not allowed to go to sleepovers.
I was pretty embarrassed being Greek at the time. I knew I would never be able to bring a simple ham and cheese sandwich to school, so there was zero chance of ever fitting in.
It wasn’t until later in life that I started to appreciate my heritage. And the amazing food. And what a privilege it was to speak Greek (mind you, by the time I became an adult, I had lost a lot of it).
I’ve had many things happen in my life. Some great things, some terrible – just like everyone else in this world. I’ve been married three times. Yes, really. I have three adult boys that are awesome and vastly different from each other – all from husband #2.
I regret nothing. And I am incredibly grateful for everything.
Dave and I go to Greece every year and immerse ourselves in the culture. We are always amazed that despite how small Greece is as a country, the diversity in its food, its people, and its culture is enormous!
This is why My Horio was created!
Visiting all the different regions of Greece made me realize how much love and nostalgia the Greeks have for the specific area of Greece they come from.
Every region and every village (horio) proudly holds onto its own way of doing things. Almost guaranteed that there are as many ways to make spinach pie as there are horios!
Each place has its own unique story to tell.
Its own special recipe to share.
And its own piece of history that needs appreciating.
So I decided to create a website to showcase as many horios and regions as I could and to give them the respect they deserve.
I had no clue how to do that.
But I could imagine a community of people coming together. Sharing their yia-yia’s or their mother’s recipes. Sharing a special story behind the recipe (the recipe is nothing without the love behind it). Sharing a bit about the region it came from.
So, here I am today. Learning how to use wordpress and how to piece together a website slowly but surely.
What keeps me going is that I know how important this is to do!
Greece is more than food.
It’s the love.
It’s the pride.
It’s the people.
And it’s that feeling you get when you’re there that’s so hard to describe.
Seldom are these things put into words. I want to change that.
And I can’t wait for you to be a part of it!
I obviously can’t do this without you. I can share my own mother’s recipes and tell you what they mean to me. I can tell you my stories and my experiences. But then it becomes all about me.
I want this to be about all of us, not just me.
If we come together as a community, we have the ability to explore, learn, share, and understand this wonderful country as a whole and what it has to offer.
I would love for you to share a recipe with us. I don’t care if it’s another spanakopita recipe! It’s yours, and it’s special to your family. That’s all that matters.
I promise you that every recipe and photo you share will be credited to you and your family’s region. If you aren’t computer savvy, don’t worry. Send me an email (click on the little envelope under ‘Connect With Me’) and I will help you out as best as I can. And if I can’t, I’ll find someone that can!
Thank you for being part of My Horio!
Much agape, Deppy