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The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Walnuts, “a gift sent to Greece from Persia by the kings.”

21.11.2017 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Walnuts, “a gift sent to Greece from Persia by the kings.”     Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. About 1800 endemic species that grow on Greek soil have certified medicinal properties. Over the years, the Greeks have come to discover the properties of these special herbs and foods… this month we explore the popularity and diversity…

Traditional Karidopita Greek Walnut Cake

21.11.2017 in Gastronomy

Traditional Karidopita – Greek Walnut Cake A traditional Greek dessert made with the superfood walnuts – it’s ideal on a cold winter’s night, rich enough in flavors and spice for the holidays, and an all round favorite in all parts of the country! The cake is dark, dense and aromatic. While delicious without its honeyed syrup, its flavors are elevated when soaked in spiced delight.   INGREDIENTS: Cake: 3 cups walnuts (ground finely) 3 cups flour 2 cups breadcrumbs 1 ½ tsp baking soda 3 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp cloves 6 eggs 1 cup softened butter…

Healthy Foods – Pistachios

15.10.2017 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Aegina Pistachios (Pistacia Vera) Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. In Greece, pistachio trees were first cultivated in the 1860s on the island of Aegina; a milestone date both for the economy of the island and internationally as Fystikia Aeginis evolved into one of the best pistachio varieties in the world! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine…

Afaia Presents: Pistachio Goat Cheese Puffs

15.10.2017 in Gastronomy

Afaia, Products with History Pistachio trees were brought to the island of Aegina in 1860. It was a time when cultivators were facing financial recess due to a widespread destruction of vineyards. The fertile ground along with appropriate climate conditions was favorable for the cultivation of pistachio trees. Over the years, families became involved in this prosperous agricultural activity. It wasn’t until 1994 however, when the “Aeginian Pistachio” was certified as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under the EU legislation; an advancement which motivated the young generation of Aegina to claim a position in the market. Such a case is…

Grilled Cactus Pear Leaves

10.08.2017 in Gastronomy

Grilled Cactus Pear Leaves Courtesy of Marko Rossi Prickly pears are found in abundance in regions all over Greece, the Peloponnese, Crete and most of the islands such as Paros and Antiparos. For years, the fruit of prickly pears was used in pastry and cooking while over the past few years the plant leaves have become a popular delicacy as well. They can be added raw in salads or even consumed grilled for a unique culinary experience. Ingredients: Cactus pear leaves Olive oil A pinch of salt A pinch of pepper Lime Directions: Cut the fresh leaves into palm size and…

Cactus Pears of Greece

10.08.2017 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: The Cactus Pear Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. Cactus Pear, originally from Mexico, found its way to Greece and has become a favorite. Known as Fragosyka, it can be found in the rocky terrains of the country. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates Cactus Pear (Opuntia Ficus Indica) ORIGIN AND TRAITS Cactus pear or Prickly pear…

Chef Marko Rossi – Simply Genius

10.08.2017 in Gastronomy

Meet Chef Marko Rossi, Simply Genius Marko Rossi has established his presence on the gastronomic map of the Greek cuisine and is now one of the most renowned chefs of the younger generation. As a Head Chef at Nixon, he initiated the Greek audience into Brunching, while 2016 was the year he (along with his colleague Maro Paraskevoudi) brought an ambience of Venezuelan and Colombian street food downtown Athens by creating Los Loros Arepas & Empanadas. Marko Rossi’s restless spirit drives him pursue the most pure and palatable Greek products, which become the key ingredients in his cooking. As he has said,…

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Sage

15.07.2017 in Gastronomy

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Sage Ingredients: 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour ½ Cup Almond Flour  ½ Cup Greek Yogurt (full fat is best)  ½ Cup Olive Oil 1 Cup Sugar  2 Large Eggs  2 TSP Baking Powder ½ TSP Salt  Zest, from 1 Medium Lemon 1/4 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice ½ Cup Water  10 Sage leaves  1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar *Optional: Vyssino (sour cherry) spoon sweets   Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F Spray a round cake pan with baking spray, set aside*  Sift together flours, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Soak the sage leaves in the water…

Flavors of Syros

15.07.2017 in Gastronomy

The Sweet and Spicy Flavors of Syros What could rival the beauty and diversity of Syros? The sweet, savory and spicy flavors of its diverse gastronomy! An array of flavors was brought to the island by the various settlers, each delicacy unique and tasty! These are just a few of our favorites that we recommend you try on your travels to this beautiful island! Syros Thyme Honey The golden treat of Syros! Production of the honey is limited each year and excludes preservatives. This allows for unique and rich taste, unlike other honeys you may try in Greece. It is incredibly…

Unique Foods: Greek Sage

15.07.2017 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Aromatic Greek Sage Since ancient times, the Greeks had realized how precious the gifts of Mother Nature were. The Mediterranean climate along with the geological formations of the country created a fertile ground where an abundance of wild herbs and plants could grow. About 1800 endemic species that grow on Greek soil have certified medicinal properties and this month we look at one of the most popular of all – Greek Sage! “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” –Hippocrates Greek Sage (Salvia Fruticosa) ORIGIN AND TRAITS Common sage (Salvia Officinalis) is…