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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) 8821
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 3902
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 6272
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 3726
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 3613
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 3501
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 3554
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 2641
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 2471
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 2198
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 2840
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 2528
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 2266
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 2712
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 3372
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 2084
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 2527
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 2032
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2861
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 2479
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 2373
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 2614
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 2568
Fava (φάβα) 2238
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 2966
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 2337
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 2964
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 3173
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2301
Afelia (Αφέλια) 3346
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 1822
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 3400
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 2218
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 2332
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 2249
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 2408
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 3311
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 2284
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 2108
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 4341
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 2173
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 3475

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