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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) 9188
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 4273
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 6515
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 4065
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 3908
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 3757
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 3878
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 2916
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 2811
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 2438
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 3103
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 2764
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 2513
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 3022
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 3627
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 2336
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 2861
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 2362
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 3399
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 2980
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 2696
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 2953
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 2865
Fava (φάβα) 2546
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 3256
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 2606
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 3314
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 3547
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2670
Afelia (Αφέλια) 3813
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 2115
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 3947
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 2556
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 2629
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 2632
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 2844
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 3633
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 2589
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 2391
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 4650
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 2531
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 4055

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