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December 18

Saint of the day:

Prophet Modesto  


Saint Modesto's Story

St. Modesto is the patron saint of farmers in Greece. His feast day is celebrated with various rituals in honor of farm animals. Sometimes a special mass is said for the cattle. In Lemnos, kollyva (cooked wheat berries) and holy water are mixed with their fodder, while in Lesbos, the holy water is sprinkled on the fields to ward off locusts and disease. For horses and oxen, December 18 is a day of rest. The Eastern Orthodox Church reserves this day to commemorate St. Modestus, who was patriarch of Jerusalem from 631 to 634. He had been abbot of St. Theodosius's Monastery in the desert of Judah, and was administrator of Jerusalem during the captivity of St. Zacharias in Persia. Modestus is known for a sermon he preached on the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.




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Tubules with cream

Makes 45 


  • 500 g of flour 

  • 250 g of butter 

  • 250 g of sour cream 

  • pinch of salt 


  • 6 egg yolks 

  • 1 glass of sugar 

  • 2 cups of milk 

  • 4 tbsp. corn starch 

  • 250 g soft butter

  • 1 TBSP vanilla 

metal tubules 
powdered sugar for sprinkling



  1. Combine the flour with salt and oil, rub with your hands until crumbs are formed, then add the sour cream and knead the dough. 

  2. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

  3. Spray the table lightly with flour, roll thin dough approximately 1-2 mm thick. 

  4. Cut the dough into long strips with a width of 1.5 cm. Then, each strip is wound on the tube from the narrow side. 

  5. Bake the tubes at 200C / 400F degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

  6. Cool down. 

  7. Fill the tubes with cream and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

For the preparation of cream:

  1. Whisk egg yolks with sugar, vanilla and starch. 

  2. Pour in the milk, mix. 

  3. Put on medium heat, stirring constantly bring the cream to thick. 

  4. Remove the custard from the fire and cool completely. (I put the dishes with the cream in the cold water and stop until completely cool). 

  5. Whisk the soft butter to the mixture, whisk until smooth. 


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