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10.11.2019 in Gastronomy

Xerotigana   Ingredients 500 gr. flour 2 eggs Olive oil for frying Roasted sesame seeds Cinnamon   Method Make the dough by combining the flour and eggs. Roll out into thin pastry sheet with a rolling pin and then cut into evenly spaced strips with the a ravioli wheel. According to tradition, this is where the Tsirigotises (housewives of Tsirigotes) begin their “embroidery”. They make little “boats” with the dough and connect them together as if they were creating an embroidery hoop. The oil is then heated for frying, but be careful it does not get to hot or smokes….

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 can…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Effortless Trahana Soup with Tomato and Fresh Goat Cheese

01.09.2016 in Gastronomy

Effortless Trahana Soup with Tomato and Fresh Goat Cheese By Vassilis and Anastasia of Cookouvagia.com    Trahana belongs to the big family of pasta. Trahana soup can sooth your soul in the cold…  There are a lot of variations: Trahana can be sweet or sour, fine or chunky, vegan or not. The basic ingredients of the dough from which trahana is made is flour and milk.    The dough is then cut in small pieces of same thickness and spread out on a white sheet in order to dry. This procedure is best done in a well-ventilated room and ideally during the…

Kakavia (Mediterranean Fish Soup)

01.07.2016 in Gastronomy

Kakavia (Mediterranean Fish Soup)    The weather right now in Athens is very confusing. Sunny hot one day and cold windy the other. The truth is we didn’t really go through winter and it hasn’t rained much this year, which is not very good for the farmers and their land. Today has been a cold day and what goes better on a day like this? The answer is SOUP! But what kind of soup?    Well, with summer here and our minds drifting off to sandy beaches, under the hot sun, we decided on fish soup.  I started eating fish soup…

Cheers to Raki!

01.06.2016 in Gastronomy

Cheers to Raki!    How is it possible, you ask, that the contents of a tiny little shot glass can evoke all your senses?  When you are toasting with Raki, a spirit affectionately called “fire water”, a light is sure to be ignited within your soul and make you long for beautiful Crete and the company of its gracious residents.    Raki, sometimes referred to as Tsikoudia, is a clear liquor with a unique flavor that is derived from its ingredients and processing.  Traditionally distilled in the fall, between October and November – the wine-distilling season – it is made…

Στραπατσάδα -Tomato & Egg Scramble (Strapatsada)

01.03.2016 in Gastronomy

Στραπατσάδα -Tomato & Egg Scramble (Strapatsada)   A delicious traditional recipe from Mani, Greece!    Ingredients:    4 eggs  2 large tomatoes  1 tsp honey  2 TB olive oil  1 garlic clove, minced  2 tsp dried oregano  2 tsp dried basil  1/2 cup feta  Parsley, chopped  Salt & pepper to taste    Directions:   Cut off the base of the tomato, and grate the tomato using a hand grater (you can also finely chop the tomato, if you don’t have a grater).  In a large frying pan, add olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Sauté for one minute. Add tomatoes,…