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Chef Yiannis Kasidokostas and the Heart & S-OWL of Greek Cuisine

13.06.2019 in Gastronomy

Chef Yiannis Kasidokostas and the Heart & S-OWL of Greek Cuisine     Chef Yiannis Kasidokostas has been cooking for 26 years in hutted and Michelin star restaurants. His love for good food and the interaction with his customers, it’s a passion that drives and keeps Chef Yiannis going every day.   Hospitality it is neither a business nor a job, it is a whole culture that Yiannis Kasidokostas grew up in and what he credits as making him a better person. It is our rich heritage he sees as our future, as well as the principle and foundation of…

Carob

13.06.2019 in Gastronomy

Carob     Carob (Ceratonia Siliqua)  ORIGIN AND TRAITS In the “Unique Foods of Greece” series there has been featured a diversity of alimentary goods; from superfoods and typical Greek products to foods of historic and cultural value. However, never have we discussed such an underestimated seed which was once only fed to animals and was hardly considered to be edible. For a fact, the overlooked Carob, the pod of the locust-tree which is native to the Mediterranean region, has played a significant role during times of famine and financial instability. In ancient times, the weight of carob beans was…

Carob Chocolates

13.06.2019 in Gastronomy

Carob Chocolates   Ingredients ½ cup chopped almonds 6 tbsp. carob flour 3 tbsp. honey 1 tbsp. tahini 1 ½ cups milk chocolate Optional: Sprinkles, shredded coconut, ground nuts Method Combine all ingredients, except the milk chocolate, in a blender and blend until it becomes a smooth mixture. Form into the shape of small balls. Refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour. Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave, then dip the carob balls to cover them lightly (use a skewer or toothpick in the carob ball to dip it in the chocolate). Place on a pan covered with nonstick…

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Garlic

05.05.2019 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Garlic   ORIGIN AND TRAITS In this month’s “Unique Foods of Greece” let us begin with an enigma; what has a distinctive flavor, is a guilty pleasure you regret consuming due to its aftertaste, yet offers you a plethora of health benefits? Despite the vast variety of alimentary goods, I think it comes as an easy guess that garlic is the answer. Known for its intense and spicy taste, garlic is one of the most natural antitoxin, antibiotic and antiseptic food sources. Originating from the depths of Mongolia, garlic spread out…

Skordalia, Potato and Garlic Mash

05.05.2019 in Gastronomy

Skordalia, Potato and Garlic Mash   Ingredients 2 medium potatoes 3-5 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar ½ cup olive oil 1 tbsp. salt Method Wash the potatoes. Peel and cut into large pieces. Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and boil for 20-25 minutes until they become soft. In a food processor add the garlic cloves, salt, white wine vinegar and blend. Add the potatoes, blend and then pour the olive oil gradually while blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Taste the mixture to test that the garlic is to your preference…

Oranges

04.04.2019 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits: Oranges   Orange (Citrus sinensis) ORIGIN AND TRAITS Whether a healthy nutrition enthusiast or a plain consumer, everybody knows that vitamins are an essential element to look for in a diet. As for vitamin C, the source it is most related to is, without a doubt, the orange. A glass of orange juice as a part of breakfast meals is a healthy boost for the day or even acts as a prevention for the common cold. In any part of the world, orange is the answer, no matter the given question….

Laconian orange pie

04.04.2019 in Gastronomy

Laconian orange pie   Ingredients: 2 cups of orange juice 1 cup of oil 1 cup of sugar 3 cups of flour 2 tbsp. cooking soda A sachet of baking powder 1/4 cup cognac Zest of two oranges (for the syrup) 2 cups of water 2 cups of sugar 1 cup orange juice Orange zest Method: Beat the oil with sugar and add the juice in which you have previously dissolved the soda. Pour the cognac, the zest and finally the flour mixed with baking powder. Stir thoroughly to homogenize the ingredients. Grease a baking tray and pour the mixture….

Energy bars with nuts and dried plums

01.03.2019 in Gastronomy

Energy bars with nuts and dried plums   Ingredients: 2 ½ cups dried oatmeal ½ cup nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts) ½ cup of honey 2 tbsp. maple syrup 1 tbsp of butter 2 tbsp. black sugar (also known as “pure brown sugar” and can be found in Asian food markets) 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1/2 cup Dried Plums 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips Method: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a sheet pan with wax paper. Spread the oats and nuts in an even layer across the sheet pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. In a saucepan, combine…

Dried plums (Prunus Domestica)

01.03.2019 in Gastronomy

Dried plums (Prunus Domestica)     ORIGIN AND TRAITS Why is it that tasty and appetizing food is associated with unhealthy choices, while nutritious options are usually not as desirable? This question is commonplace when it comes to health and diet and it lies behind the eternal dilemma “Is food fuel for my body or is it pleasure?” Especially when it comes to cravings, we subconsciously have the idea that a bar of chocolate or a bag of chips is a satisfying afternoon. While it is not easy to let go of unhealthy habits, there are food choices that can…

Recipe by Giannis Marnas for “Psarakia kai Thalassina” Shrimp in Saffron & Ouzo Sauce (serves 4)

18.12.2018 in Gastronomy

Recipe by Giannis Marnas for “Psarakia kai Thalassina” Shrimp in Saffron & Ouzo Sauce (serves 4)   Ingredients: 1.7 fl oz/50 ml olive oil 2.2 lb/1 kg shrimp (per pound range U/16) 1-2 sliced cloves of garlic 3.5 oz/100 g chopped fennel 2-3 pieces star anise 3.5 oz/100 g chopped scallions/green onions 10 fl oz/300 ml ouzo 3.4 fl oz/100 ml water 2 pinches of salt 1 pinch of pepper 1-2 tbsp honey 1 tsp saffron 2.1 oz/60 gr regular unsalted butter 2 fl oz/60 ml heavy cream Preparation: Thoroughly wash and clean the shrimp. Chop up all your veggies…