I am a freelance writer, a gardener, a forager, an aspiring and ever-learning cook, and “Mom” to two beautiful kids. My writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Boston Globe, AFAR, Culture, The Art of Eating, Saveur, National Geographic Traveler, the Utne Reader, The Sun Magazine, Big Sky Journal and Montana Quarterly. The Washington Post recently published my essay, Lessons of Resilience from Rural Greece, in their Sunday op-ed section.
With my family, I live in two rural communities on opposite sides of the Atlantic: one at the edge of the mountains in southeastern Montana, the other where the mountains meet the sea on the southern Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece.
From our home on the Peloponnese, I can see the island upon which I spent a good portion of my formative years. It is the place where my love for the culinary culture of Greece began when, as a child, I learned to enjoy the island’s traditional foods: pungent goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses, savory wild greens pies, fish soup made from the day’s catch, sea urchins plucked from the rocky shoreline. It is my love for those foods and the oldways of this region that inspires me to write this blog.
Thank you so much for visiting The Shepherd and the Olive Tree. If you wish to reach me, please send a message to poulithra AT gmail DOT com