Category: Kitchen

Ouzo alcoholic beverage

The pride and heritage of Greece, the alcoholic drink of Ouzo is legally recognized as national drink and can only be produced in Greece The origin of the name “ouzo” is disputed. The most likely the name is from the Turkish word «grapes» (“üzüm”): a product from which alcohol was obtained in the East. The […]

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The most delicious lamb dish in Crete

The rule “we are what we eat” applies also to animals in Crete. The unique climate of the island affects all the products and animals that are grown here. Cretan sheep and goats graze year-round on green pastures, get all the possible vitamins, bask in the sun, breathe the cleanest air, so their meat has […]

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Let’s cook: fasolada

Those who tried fasolada in Greece do not give up the hope of cooking something similar in their own kitchen Bean stew was already held in high esteem by the ancient Hellenes. It was considered one of the main dishes at the festival in honor of the god Apollo called Πυανέψια (literally translated as “bean-stewing”). […]

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Snails

Who knows that snails belong to the favorite dishes of the Cretan cuisine? Called Khohlyush. A local national dish, like the frogs in France. So many ways to cook snails as in Crete doesn’t probably exist in any kitchen of the world. A cooking method depends on season. In the spring snails accompanies all kind […]

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«Kalitsounia» – Cretan mini-pie or cheesecake

Served for both appetizer and dessert On Crete, “kalitsounias” are baked all over the island with many types of fillings: on holidays and as everyday meal; as must they are prepared for the Easter table and Shrovetide. Kalitsounia goes well with honey and sesame seeds. Delicious kalitsounias are produced according to traditional village recipes when […]

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Give me a drink of clean water

What can be tastier than a sip of water? For example, a sip from a cool bottle is very tasty when you “landed” in a coastal tavern after a trip along a gorge; and you will have a special pleasure, if the bottle is labeled ΖΑΡΟΣ.    Actually, such bottle can be found in Crete […]

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Artichokes: Tasty Bud Heart

Greek dinner often begins with meze: a variety of cold snacks. One of them may well be crunchy, fleshy light green slices of a vegetable with a mild pleasant taste. After a shot of raki it is just what you need! These are artichokes. You must have seen on the shelves of markets or shops […]

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“Golden Metaxa”

Just think, some 132 years ago, the Greeks had never heard of Metaxa brandy which has now become the hallmark of Greece. They drank their raki, ouzo and wine and did not know that one of the descendants of Dionysus had a dream… Once Spyros Metaxa, a merchant and tavern owner, as well as a […]

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Eternity hidden in red arils of pomegranate

On Crete, pomegranate shrubs grow literally everywhere: in gardens, on the streets of cities and villages and even in gorges. Blossoming, they are incredibly beautiful. They say that people have invented the shape of the crown after looking at the sepals with surrounding petals of a pomegranate. After fruits appearing, you will every time wondering […]

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The carob tree – Crete’s unique and useful product

Carob tree is very popular for many centuries in the Middle East and forgotten in recent decades, but now it is regaining popularity as a source of healthy food. The fruit of the carob tree is used by man since ancient times. The Greek philosopher Theophrastus (c. 371–287 BC), one of the founders of the […]

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