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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 favoured 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 Cretan Cuisine and some in the wider area of Greece.  If anyone has a favourite recipe that they would like published please send it to us, and we will re-publish it for you and give you credit. Recognition also, by way of a link to your website if you have one.

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Stuffed Courgettes (Γεμιστά Κολοκυθάκια) Hits: 10552
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) Hits: 5594
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) Hits: 7766
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) Hits: 5447
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) Hits: 5163
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) Hits: 5081
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) Hits: 5185
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) Hits: 4197
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) Hits: 4143
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) Hits: 3723
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) Hits: 4363
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) Hits: 4020
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) Hits: 3770
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) Hits: 4344
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) Hits: 4987
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) Hits: 3626
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) Hits: 4312
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) Hits: 3632
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) Hits: 5578
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) Hits: 5057
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) Hits: 4002
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) Hits: 4317
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) Hits: 4144
Fava (φάβα) Hits: 3793
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) Hits: 4572
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) Hits: 3943
Halvas (Χαλβάς) Hits: 5238
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) Hits: 5417
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) Hits: 3965
Afelia (Αφέλια) - Greek Pork Stew from Cyprus Hits: 6030
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) Hits: 3302
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) Hits: 6073
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) Hits: 4304
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) Hits: 4388
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) Hits: 4325
Bean soup (φασολάδα) Hits: 4642
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) Hits: 5855
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) Hits: 4301
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) Hits: 4052
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) Hits: 6526
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) Hits: 4189
Moussaka (μουσακάς) Hits: 6355

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