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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) 8743
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) 3848
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) 6229
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) 3651
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) 3549
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) 3447
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) 3496
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) 2601
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) 2410
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) 2151
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) 2792
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) 2484
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) 2225
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) 2647
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) 3328
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) 2026
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) 2456
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) 1987
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2761
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 2393
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) 2323
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) 2568
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) 2522
Fava (φάβα) 2190
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) 2901
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) 2293
Halvas (Χαλβάς) 2899
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) 3102
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) 2250
Afelia (Αφέλια) 3267
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) 1775
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) 3273
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) 2151
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) 2278
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) 2188
Bean soup (φασολάδα) 2302
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) 3236
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) 2229
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) 2044
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) 4260
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) 2104
Moussaka (μουσακάς) 3350

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