Category: Kitchen

Characteristics of Cretan and Mediterranean diets

The Mediterranean Sea washes the shores of 21 states where food traditions differ from country to country but there are many common characteristics to all of them. These common characteristics reflects the Mediterranean diet, which is also a cultural phenomenon belonging to the Mediterranean way of life, and this type of nutrition has been recognized […]

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Have you ever tried saganaki?

Option: Saganaki—it never tastes better! Saganaki—a hot cheese snack that is fried in a pan or baked on a grill. This is one of the most famous traditional dishes in Greece and, of course, in Crete: it can be ordered in any tavern. Saganaki is usually served as an aperitif, before meals, or as one […]

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A spiky and thorny delicacy!

Greek cooks introduced an excellent delicacy – salad from the insides of sea urchins: aсhinosalad dressed with olive oil and lemon. It isn’t cheap. On the Greek coasts, there are a lot of taverns, where they prepare this wonderful achinosalad and other dishes from a variety of marine inhabitants. We hope that this “tasty attraction” […]

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Crete wines: genuine taste

In the heart of the Mediterranean is the Greek island of Crete, which is home to some of the largest vineyards in Greece. With a continuous presence since Minoan times, Cretan vines have a millennial history that places the wines of Crete in the center of the local folklore: Wine is on everyday tables, it […]

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Ouzo Pie

This delicious pie is similar to a Greek biscuit cake, but includes additionally cloves, cinnamon and ouzo, that made it incredibly fragrant and unique, especially for ouzo lovers. Ingredients For syrup: 1 cup sugar 1 glass of water 1 cinnamon stick 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1 shot glass of ouzo For dough: 1 cup olive oil […]

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Original Greek Cheeses

Greek cheeses are not as famous around the world as French ones. However, when visiting Hellas, you will be surprised by the huge number of varieties and producers of local cheeses. It is not only the variety that amazes but also the delicious quality and unique taste of each cheese. One can understand why Greece […]

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“Secret” product: white caviar

Black caviar is no longer in vogue; now another delicacy is held in high esteem—white caviar. This caviar is nothing more than fresh or processed snail eggs, sometimes romantically referred as the “pearls of Aphrodite.” Snail caviar is not a novelty, but just a forgotten ancient product. Mentions of it date back to the times […]

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Donkey Milk: а Healing Drink of Ancient Greece

If you see a cozy bottle with the inscription Γάλα γαιδούρας (“Donkey’s milk”) in a Greek supermarket, take it without hesitation! Eared hard workers not only carry luggage (and tourists) where the iron horse will not pass, but also present their owners with the most valuable product – milk. Donkey milk may seem like something […]

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Delicious and healthy Tzatziki

Tzatziki also dzadziki (Greek τζατζίκι [dza’dziki]) – cold  sauce-appetizer of yogurt, fresh cucumber and garlic, a traditional dish of Greek cuisine. Tzatziki is usually an integral part of meze. In Greece and Crete, Meze is a set of light snacks or small dishes. Tzatziki is used as dip sauce (for dipping food in it). Also, […]

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Things are changing little by little: Mini Breweries in Crete

Several years ago, we wrote about beer consumption in Crete (“Новый Крит. The New Crete” No. 12, 2018, thenewgreece.com/kitchen/beer-in-crete/). It is fair to say that beer is an unconventional drink for Greeks and Cretans. Mostly tourists were fond of it on the island. However, the tastes are changing: beer is becoming more popular among the […]

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