At one point or another, I'm sure I've commented that I'm a huge sports fan. As a student I participated in basketball, volleyball, kickball and track and field in college. I was always among the best athletes.
Besides being athletic, I've always been very emotional as the feelings flow out of me with every game that I watch, and I really enjoy it. I try to calm myself with my favorite pastime: cooking. This way I enjoy a good match, channeling the emotions like sadness, anxiety or euphoria that the games cause into my cooking.
When I'm overwhelmed with sadness because my team isn't winning, I'm taken by a craving for Greek pizza. Though you may not believe it, I relate it with the music from the movie Zorba the Greek from the 60's. This wonderful instrumental (that ended up being the more important than the actual movie) starts off slow and sad and slowly builds up to a faster rhythm, bringing joy and the urge to dance in circles.
When I prepare this Greek pizza, I feel I am honoring Greece, a country that I have yet to visit, though I know one day I will. I admire the history, culture and gastronomy of this ancient country. The exotic mixture of ingredients, seasoning and flavor always lifts my mood. You too can enjoy this delicious pizza and drown your sorrows in the Mediterranean.
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