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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) 7633
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 2707
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 5192
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 2463
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 2589
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 2363
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 2467
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 1538
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 1327
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 1181
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 1882
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 1418
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 1349
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 1700
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 2356
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 1045
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 1422
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 971
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 1235
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 1014
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 1418
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 1704
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 1442
Fava (φάβα) 1290
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 1906
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 1307
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 1574
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 1860
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 1277
Afelia (Αφέλια) 1742
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 934
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 1837
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 1111
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 1222
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 1045
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 1199
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 1936
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 1174
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 1007
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 2093
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 1013
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 1697

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