Sikiada and Lagkada residents hail from the same place, Kila. Some of them built Kidianda and Lagkada while others founded Sikiada and Pandoukios – mountain villages with their havens providing sheltering for fishing boats. Two villages closely linked to Chian maritime life, home to unrivaled sailors, captains, commanders and engineers who’ve spent their whole life in the sea.
“Come over some day; we have a lot of catching up to do” said Roula, “my house is in Aspri Petra, overlooking Egnoussa. Come and I’ll show you around the village, I’ll take you to Rikopo, Anagiros, Alonia, Libadoura”. “But you’re going to tell me about that renowned Sikiada laundry” I said and she laughed.
So, I went over there and I found myself surrounded by friendly people; it was early afternoon, so coffee was succeeded by ouzo, and various tidbits started to appear on the table. “Eggplants with skordalia, that’s the one to try out first, it’s my mom’s recipe” Roula said with a hint of pride, so that’s what I tasted right away.
The eggplants coming from Kostas’ garden are wonderful and the skordalia has a strong flavor, allowing both the blood pressure and ouzo to go down!
“You should step by again” said Roula, “On Saint John the Faster’s day or on the Feast of the Cross day, when we’re going to make a fig moustalevria pudding”. She won’t have to tell me twice.
Translated into English by Nikos Loutraris