Posted on 30 January 2013 by Basil Boziotis
Today I came across a great new website for Greek Wine Enthusiasts called Grape Rover published by Cornelius Wesseling. Cornelius a true wine aficionado and cook, has worked his way traveling around the world for many years as a cook in various degrees. His interest for wine he developed during cooking at, and visits to, various wineries in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
He has a great fondness for the Greek Islands and during the first six months of 2012, and again during the early spring 2013, Cornelius was/is on the move to most of the Greek wine regions, meeting winemakers, tasting their wines and gathering extensive information on Greek wines in general and, more specific, the numerous indigenous Greek grape varieties. He has also developed some Greek Island wine applications that are free to download.
For more information on Greek wines and wine making in Greece Visit our previous post
Posted on 30 December 2012 by Basil Boziotis
According to Stella Tsolakidou from the Greek Reporter, the best part of Christmas is the anxiously expected Christmas table where Greeks gather with friends and family to enjoy traditional recipes passed on from generation to generation.
The basic Christmas menu differs from region to region across the country with local delicacies being praised from Christmas Eve to Christmas day.
Five Greek Christmas Recipe Ideas
1. Avgolemono (Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup)
2. Pork, Fennel and Leek ragout (hirino me prasa)
4. Kourabiedes (Kourabiethes)
5. Loukoumades (Loukoumathes)
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Image Credit; Greeks Know how to Party
Posted on 29 August 2012 by Basil Boziotis
When on the Greek Islands start your day with a delicious and healthy Greek breakfast. Breakfast on the Greek Islands features a simple whole food selection that is always acquired from the island that you are visiting and rarely imported from outside Islands.
Each Island Group in Greece offers a diverse culture featuring their own food products that will be sure to satisfy your culinary desires. It’s always best to start your day with a full and hearty breakfast while in Greece.
Greek breakfast ingredients are classified as follows:
- Bread, pastries and buns
- Cheeses, Greek yoghurt, traditional yoghurt, butter, sour milk, etc
- Cold cuts
- Honey, sesame bar and tahini
- Local traditional marmalade’s
- Pure Greek Olive Oil
- Farm fresh eggs
- Pies featuring spinach, cheese or meats
- Local sweets
- Fresh Fruits, juices, fruit salads, seasonal vegetables
- Herbal drinks
- Greek coffee
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Posted on 07 February 2012 by Basil Boziotis
The Italians have Pizza and The Greeks have Souvlaki, and according to Souvlakigr.com “The Souvlaki is often lovingly referred to as the hamburger of Greece, and Souvlaki is undeniably the signature street food item in the country”. With references of its preparation dating back to Ancient Greece, this perfect little sandwich has remained a constant in Greek food culture. As much as we all love Souvlaki, there is much more to Greek Food than just the Souvlaki.
Greek gastronomy has recorded history of about 4,000 years or so, and as a matter of fact, it was the Ancient Greek Poet Archestratos who wrote the first cookbook in history back in 330 B.C. where he frequently advised his readers on where to find the best food in the Mediterranean world. Greek cuisine has four basic building blocks; quality fresh ingredients, correct and abundant use of herbs, exotic spices and the 100 percent virgin Greek Olive Oil. Greek Olive Oil accompanies almost all Greek dishes and it is used abundantly in most of dishes. So forget about Margarine or butter and grab yourself some Greek Olive Oil to give your cooking a turbo boost.
Dozens of scientific studies have shown the positive effect of a balanced Greek Mediterranean diet on a person’s health, beauty and longevity. The Island of Ikaria has recently been found to have a large percentage of their population living way over 100 years old, and the diet has been attributed to one of the main reasons of this phenomenon.
The time of the day when Greeks gather around the table to enjoy a meal or various “mezedes” (appetizers) with ouzo or home made wine is a tradition that every Greek maintains with reverence. This social custom of sharing a meal with friends at home, in a restaurant or a tavern is deeply inbred in the culture and turns eating a meal into a feast. Recently we posted the Anthony Bourdain Episode featuring Greek Food on our blog that had Mr. Bourdain pleasantly surprised and satisfied that Greek Food was not just Souvlaki or Mousaka served in your neighborhood diner.