Sunday, 3 August 2014

Aliathon's recipe for Dolmadakia

Some people say that the dolmadakia or dolma is a recipe that comes from Greece, others claim that is from Turkey or Jordan.  The truth is that  dolma is a very popular dish around the Middle East and many countries are fighting for it's origin. No matter though where they come from the taste of this small vines leaves staffed with rice  and herbs is amazing that is why we want to share the recipe with you.

  • Around 500gr of Vine Leaves
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1-2 lemon juice
  • Salt, pepper, oilve oil
  • Chopped fresh onions


Step 1 Boil the Vine Leaves

Use a pot of boiling water(preferably 8 cups of water) and place the Vine Leaves inside unrolled.Let them boil for 2-3 minutes and then place them in a bowl and cover with cold water. 

Step 2 Prepare the Stuffing

Sauté the mint, the onions and the parsley in a pot with a little bit of olive oil in a medium to low heat.Add a cup of rice and wait about 5 minutes until the ingredients are mixed and the rice gets oiled. Add the juice from 1 lemon and let it cool down and season with the salt and freshly-ground pepper . The stuffing is now ready!

Step 3 Rolling the Dolamdakia

Take each vine leaf sepperately and place it with the shiny part (the one that is looking at the sun as the tradition indicates ) looking down. Then cut the stem and place a spoonful of the filling on the leaf, right above the point where you cut off the stem. Vine Leaves are varied in size so your quantity of stuffing may vary from leave to leave.Now you have to roll them carefully as they are very fragile. The picture below can show you how you should roll the dolmadakia.

Step 4 Cooking the Dolmadakia

First use some  vine leaves  in the bottom of the pot down in order to protect the dolmadakia to burn. Then carefully place each  dolma one round and one in top of the other like the photo. When you finish fill the casrol with water until it covers them.Then place a plate above the dolmadakia in order for them not to open and remain to their place while boiling.Cook over medium heat for 40–45 minutes. Check at times and add a little more water, if necessary. 

You can serve the DolmadakiA hot or cold , with tzatziki or with lemon.
 In any case you will have at your table one of the best appetisers!


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wedding Testimonials of Tracy & Daniel Jones

  The Love Story

- How they met

Dan was working at the Chorley Tesco store for a number of years, when I moved to the store on management placement. He was chatting and flirting from the off, so passed him my number and arranged a date at the cinema which was a great night J!!

- How he proposed

Although, I would like to sa
he whisked me off to Paris and took me to the top of the Eiffel Tower, he didn’t. It was out of the blue that he got down on one knee and proposed. I never suspected a thing, and the engagement ring he got me was perfect.

- Why they chose Cyprus to get married

Dan is a catholic, and had a religious upbringing, and wanted to get married in a church, which I can understand, but I always wanted to get married somewhere beautiful, with sunshine guaranteed. We decided to go to Cyprus as they offer catholic weddings, and it is a beautiful country, and really liked the look of Paphos. Our original choice was to go to Alexandra the Great, but we are so glad we changed our minds!


                                                                         The Aliathon wedding experience

Incredible and perfect!!

Before we got top Paphos, Dan told me not to cry on the wedding day, then he bloody did!!
Georgie and Christine (Aeolos Rep) where absolutely brilliant. We were concerned that, as there was not a lot of the regular wedding planning stress that seems to go on at home, that our first few days in Cyprus would be very stressful, that we would be spending a lot of our time in offices arranging the wedding and reception, and not be able to relax on holiday. This was further from the truth. We had a couple of meetings, maximum of an hour each time, and all the stress was taken away.

On the day, everything went to plan (apart from Dan losing his trousers before the ceremony!!). The hotel waiters and bar staff (especially Alexandrou) were fabulous on the day and night, and we couldn’t have dreamed a better day. Also a big thank you to Nicky Kirby who took our photos for the day, leaving us with plenty of great memories.
The only problem is, we will never experience a day as perfect at that again L !!

                                                                             Their holiday at the Aliathon

Clean, tidy, beautiful, magnificent etc. Both us, the boys and our family members who stayed in the hotel all agree it was one of the best hotels and holidays they have had.
The rooms were clean, cool, spacious and cleaned regularly, the pool was great for the kids (both young and old!) and was good to see them closed when required (nappy faults) – putting the guests safety first.

Restaurants, again spotless, beautiful food and so many different options every day.
Staff – all the staff from reception to waiters to bar staff to the reps to the cleaners and grounds keepers – all of them looked happy to be working there and were always happy to help.

I would recommend that you issue do not disturb door hooks to the rooms, as the cleaners got a couple of, should I say ‘nice’ surprises on a couple of occasions! But they were always happy to come back when we were a bit more decent!
We are already looking at booking here again in a few years (and persuading some of the family to have their wedding in Cyprus at the Alitathon!!)

                                       We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you all
                                      for your special day  at the Aliathon Holidqay Village!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Wedding Testimonials Of Lisa and Chris Molloy

                 The Love Story

Me and chris met when I was 15 and he was 16, we were friends for about a year before we got together!! We were each others first love and I knew straight away I'd be spending the rest of my life with him!! So after 4 years being together (2005) one Xmas he asked me to marry him....after asking my dads permission of course lol we knew it would be a long engagement as we were still young at 21 so we said when were 30 well get married :)
In 2008 we welcomed our first baby, Connor and in 2011 we welcomed our little girl Amelia. We decided not long after we had Amelia that we would get married the year chris turned 30 (2014) so we started looking around at venues in the Uk but to us it wasn't what we wanted, we quickly decided with getting married abroad and cyprus was number 1 on our list!! We'd never been to cyprus before but after seeing what a beautiful island it is we booked to get married at the Aliathon holiday village in was the best decision we'd ever made!! 

                                                             The Aliathon Wedding Experience


The whole experience - holiday and wedding, I could not have asked for better. Everything was absolutely perfect!! I had been in contact with Georgie by email for a year before the wedding and every time she replied very quickly and always so helpful! Georgie and her mom, Sue the wedding coordinator was amazing like my fairy god mothers lol they made our day run so smoothly and completely put us both at ease, nothing was too much trouble!! We felt like royalty how everyone had treated us. The whole day ran so smoothly, I was so calm the whole day...until i heard that chris was nervous and abit emotional that set me off but again Georgie was there keeping him calm :) I wish I could go back and do it all again and I wouldn't change anything!!

The holiday itself at the Aliathon again was brilliant and I will defo be returning soon we all loved it there our friends want to arrange a reunion for in a couple years time. All the kids that was with our party absolutely loved the place!! I couldn't give this hotel a better review, the food was lovely, the location was perfect the whole experience was amazing and I'm so happy it's part of mine and chris' story, it was the PERFECT icing on the cake. 
                                   We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you all
                           for your special day  at the Aliathon Holidqay Village!!!! 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

INSTA #aliathonvillage : Sunday 8th Of June

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