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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) 7392
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 2489
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 4986
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 2258
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 2406
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 2165
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 2276
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 1354
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 1101
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 992
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 1706
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 1216
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 1150
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 1504
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 2176
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 804
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 1197
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 756
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 895
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 733
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 1176
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 1480
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 1194
Fava (φάβα) 1116
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 1684
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 1081
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 1284
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 1581
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 1099
Afelia (Αφέλια) 1413
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 781
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 1522
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 852
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 951
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 787
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 934
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 1677
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 875
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 774
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 1268
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 782
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 1295

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