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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: 10733
Salad Omelette (σαλάτα ομελέτα) Hits: 5772
Village Chicken with Sage (Κοτόπουλο Village με Φασκόμηλο) Hits: 7934
Bakaliaros Tiganitos (μπακαλιάρος tiganitos) Hits: 5623
Macaroni with hot sauce (Μακαρόνια με καυτερή σάλτσα) Hits: 5342
Sticky Lemon Curd Cake (κολλώδης κέικ λεμόνι πηγμένο γάλα για τυρί) Hits: 5341
Lasagna With Steamed Spinach and Roasted Courgette (Λαζάνια με σπανάκι στον ατμό και ψητό κολοκύθι) Hits: 5364
Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki (Μπιφτέκια κοτόπουλου με Τζατζίκι) Hits: 4369
Keftedes (Κεφτεδάκια) Hits: 4337
Baked Feta Cheese with Oregano (Ψητή Φέτα με Ρίγανη) Hits: 3899
Chicken & Chickpea Salad (Κοτόπουλο και ρεβίθια σαλάτα) Hits: 4537
Giant beans in the oven (Φασόλια γίγαντες στο φούρνο) Hits: 4195
Honey yogurt cheesecake (Μέλι τσεισκέικ γιαούρτι) Hits: 3948
Greek Peas with Tomato and Dill (Ελληνική Αρακάς με ντομάτα και άνηθο) Hits: 4515
Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Feta (Ζυμαρικά με σάλτσα ντομάτας και φέτα) Hits: 5227
Sweet Cheese Pastries (καλιτσούνια Κρήτης) Hits: 3800
Souvlaki (σουβλάκι) Hits: 4548
Fava (Pease Pudding) (φάβα) Hits: 3809
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) Hits: 5824
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) Hits: 5296
Dakos: Cretan Meze (Ντάκος: Κρητικό μεζέ) Hits: 4175
Garlic Pasta Salad (Το σκόρδο σαλάτα ζυμαρικών) Hits: 4489
Custard Pie (Πίτα κρέμας) Hits: 4334
Fava (φάβα) Hits: 3972
Chicken in Lemon Sauce (Κοτόπουλο λεμονάτο) Hits: 4751
Pastitsio (Παστίτσιο) Hits: 4120
Halvas (Χαλβάς) Hits: 5509
Fish Pie (Πίτα Ψάρια) Hits: 5632
Farmer's Bread (Οι αγρότες Ψωμί) Hits: 4025
Afelia (Αφέλια) - Greek Pork Stew from Cyprus Hits: 6193
Shrimp with Feta & Tomatoes (Γαρίδες με φέτα και ντομάτα) Hits: 3365
Okra and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Μπάμιες και πατάτες σε σάλτσα ντομάτας) Hits: 6191
Rabbit Stew (Κουνέλι Στιφάδο) Hits: 4390
Cheese Pie (τυρόπιτα) Hits: 4581
Hortopita (Χορτόπιτα) Hits: 4402
Bean soup (φασολάδα) Hits: 4714
Tuna and Spinach Pasta Bake (Τόνος και Σπανάκι Ζυμαρικά Ψήστε) Hits: 5961
Dolmades (Stuffed Vine Leaves) (Ντολμάδες (ντολμαδάκια)) Hits: 4379
Clementine and Cinnamon Layer Cake (Clementine και Κανέλα στρώμα κέικ) Hits: 4126
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika (Σουτζουκάκια Σμυρνέικα) Hits: 6599
Spiced Olive Oil Cake (Πικάντικη Ελαιόλαδο κέικ) Hits: 4263
Moussaka (μουσακάς) Hits: 6469

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