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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) 6819
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 1938
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 4556
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 1727
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 1985
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 1719
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 1872
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 945
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 656
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 565
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 1342
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 776
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 702
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 1130
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 1839
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 268
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 638
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 237
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 231
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 228
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 716
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 1106
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 703
Fava (φάβα) 684
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 1201
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 636
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 725
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 994
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 767
Afelia (Αφέλια) 833
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 515
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 1051
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 355
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 348
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 335
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 431
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 1160
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 329
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 315
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 368
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 311
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 578

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