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Cretan Cuisine

Cretan cuisine (Κρητική κουζίνα)

We appreciate that the traditional Cretan diet is known as being one of the healthiest in the world. Several studies have been carried out to test the effect of Cretan cuisine on human health. The island had attracted the attention of the scientific community as early as 1948.

Cretan cuisine is the traditional cuisine of the Mediterranean island of Crete.

The core of the cuisine consists of food derived from natural sources, whereas food of animal origin was more peripheral in nature. In general, people consumed seasonal products, available in the wider local area, which underwent minimal processing or none at all. The traditional cuisine was widespread in the island until the 1960s.

Fresh and dried fruits, pulses, endemic wild herbs and aromatic plants, and rough cereals, whose cultivation was favored by the regional climate, were consumed in great amounts and constituted the base of the Cretan cuisine during that period. Dairy products were consumed on a daily basis in low to moderate quantities. Poultry and fish were consumed on a weekly basis in moderate quantities, whereas red meat was consumed only a few times a month. The main supply of fat was effectuated by olive oil, which was used not only in salads but also in cooking. Another essential feature of the Cretan cuisine was the moderate use of alcohol, mainly red wine which accompanied meals. Finally, the most common dessert was fresh fruits, while traditional pastry based on honey had been consumed a few times a week.

Initially, the protective effect of the Cretan cuisine for human health was attributed to its high monounsaturated fat content, due to the daily use of olive oil, as well as to low saturated fat, due to the low consumption of red meat. Today it is recognized that this particular nutritional scheme possesses important additional features, providing the necessary micro-constituents (i.e. vitamins and minerals), being rich in ω-3 fatty acids, vegetable fibers, antioxidants and various photochemical, which have significant influence on several body functions, and a beneficial effect on health.

So now we will look at the actual recipies used in Crete and the wider area of Greece, if anyone has a favourite recipe that they would like published please send it to us, and we will publish it for you.

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Stuffed Courgettes (Γεμιστά Κολοκυθάκια) 9995
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 5081
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 7266
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 4887
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 4667
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 4526
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 4667
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 3701
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 3623
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 3198
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 3872
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 3535
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 3284
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 3797
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 4403
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 3135
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 3688
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 3146
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 4807
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 4317
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 3497
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 3713
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 3652
Fava (φάβα) 3304
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 4061
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 3391
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 4399
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 4593
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 3434
Afelia (Αφέλια) 5206
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 2837
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 5317
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 3705
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 3768
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 3757
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 4019
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 5050
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 3697
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 3471
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 5843
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 3630
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 5588

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