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The amazing products and culinary tradition of the Arcadian region

17.07.2018 in Gastronomy

The amazing products and culinary tradition of the Arcadian region     Arcadia’s lush landscapes and crystal-clear waters, have swayed many poets, prose writers, and painters, from antiquity to modern times, and inspired an entire school in neoclassical literature.   Ancient writers used to call Arcadia’s locals valanifagous (acorn eaters) and the area was referred to as Polypidakas, meaning “having multiple springs”. Today the region remains as beautiful as ever. With its glistening mountain peaks, the beaches at the Myrtoan Sea, its traditional settlements, medieval castles, and imposing monasteries, it is a place with much to offer. The capital city…

Galatopita

10.07.2018 in Gastronomy

Galatopita   Serves: 12-14
Preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling time Ingredients: 8 cups/2000 ml dairy milk 2 cups/500 g fine semolina flour 2 cups/500 g raw sugar ½ cup/125 g butter (or 1 standard US stick) at room temperature 6 eggs 1 vanilla pod Directions: In a bowl, beat all six eggs well and set them aside. Preheat the oven at 350 °F/180 °C. Scrape the vanilla pod (see method below). Add both the seeds and the pod to the milk and warm it up in a large pot, over medium heat. When the milk is warm enough,…

Anthotyro, honey pie

07.06.2018 in Gastronomy

Anthotyro, honey pie   Ingredients 2,2 lbs. fresh anthotyro cheese 10,5 oz. sugar 5 eggs ¾ cup honey Cinnamon Instructions Add the eggs and sugar into a blender and mix. Add anthotyro and honey and continue at medium speed. Spread butter and flour on a pan and pour the mixture. Bake the honey pie in a preheated over at 200 °C (392 °F) for about 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon and you are ready to serve.

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Anthotyro Cheese

05.06.2018 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Anthotyro Cheese   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 feature Anthotyro – delicious cheese produced in Greece and enjoyed globally! “Let food be…

Maniot Pulled Fried Pitas

31.05.2018 in Gastronomy

Maniot Pulled Fried Pitas     Pulled pitas are called that because small dough-balls are pulled and stretched into shape before frying. Now—truth be told—even though they’re called pitas, since they get deep fried, they do resemble doughnuts more. Which brings us to the frying issue: you can, by all means, use olive oil if you wish to. That said, even though it has been scientifically proven time and again that olive oil is the most excellent choice for cooking in general, I don’t recommend it for deep-frying. I’m incorporating feta cheese into the dough for this recipe, but you…

From quail hunting to the humble lupin bean: a guide to Laconian Cuisine

29.05.2018 in Gastronomy

From quail hunting to the humble lupin bean: a guide to Laconian Cuisine     Much like its counterpart—the Spartan cuisine we’ve recently explored here on Politismos— the Laconian cuisine is a corollary of the region’s geographical position.   The region of Laconia stretches in a fertile valley between two mountain ranges, protected from western rains by Mount Taygetus, with a softer and more temperate climate than that of Messenia. This is the main reason why orange farms outnumber olive, making Laconia one of the largest groves in Greece along with Argos and Arta. Each spring the plain is flooded…

08.05.2018 in Gastronomy

Spinach, Pomegranate and Feta Salad   A bowl of salad is always a healthy option… The antioxidant and probiotic action of the pomegranate seeds and feta cheese, however, adds nutritional value and taste!   Ingredients Dressing l 3 tbsp. olive oil 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp. honey 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard Salad 7-8 cups baby spinach leaves 2 ripe, chopped pears ½ cup pomegranate arils 3/4 cup chopped walnuts ½ cup feta crumbled Instructions Prepare the dressing by adding all the ingredients, season with salt and pepper, whisk and set aside for 5 minutes. In a bowl add…

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Pomegranates

03.05.2018 in Gastronomy

The unique foods of Greece and their health benefits – Pomegranates     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 savor the beautiful Pomegranate!   “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy…

Laconian Salad

24.04.2018 in Gastronomy

Laconian Salad     “Syglino” is a cured, smoked pork meat from the region of Mani. The meat is first cured, then cooked in an aromatic liquid flavored with orange peel, and afterwards smoked with sage. It is preserved in pork fat. You can use an Italian “coppa” ham or a “porchetta” instead. “Sfela” is a PDO (protected designation of origin) brine cheese produced in Messinia and Laconia that resembles feta but is denser and saltier. The milk used for its production comes exclusively from herds of sheep and goats traditionally raised and adapted to the particular region, whose diet…

Spartan cuisine: wholesome, progressive, respectful

19.04.2018 in Gastronomy

Spartan cuisine: wholesome, progressive, respectful     Sparta, the land of king Menelaus and Leonidas, stretches between the two large mountainous areas of Taygetos and Parnonas. It is a rich plain with fragrant orchards, embraced by the river Eurotas. Perhaps the most well-known dish of the area since antiquity is the infamous “melanas zomos” (μέλανας ζωμός in Greek), meaning black broth: a thick soup made with pork meat and pork blood, vinegar, and barley, which unfortunately—by try-outs and testimonies—is indeed as gross as it sounds! Thankfully, Spartan cuisine has come a long way since the time Leonida’s troops fed on…