Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Cumin and Garlic Meatballs in Tomato and Wine Sauce (Cretan)

Soutsoukakia ‘The Mediterranean diet is currently considered by Nutritionists as a modus vivende that endows people with longevity and sound health, with Crete at its epicentre, as supported by research conducted on an international scale.’ These cumin-flavoured meatballs may be casseroled or oven-baked with potatoes – here is the oven version. Ingredients: 500g minced meat (lamb […]

How to tenderise Octopus for Cooking

Learn the secrets Greek fishermen have known for centuries. For a sweet, tender, melt in your mouth taste, you must first treat or tenderise octopus before cooking it. If you eat a cooked octopus that hasn’t been tenderised it can be tough as boots. It is one of those delicacies that Greeks love, they fish […]

How To Eat a Greek Snail

If your Greek dining tastes run to the less traditional, you will one day find yourself facing a plate of cooked Cretan snails, a famous specialty on the island of Crete. Here’s what to do. Difficulty: Hard Time Required: 2 minutes Here’s How: Stare at the plate of snails and wonder what to do. Observe your companions, […]

Feeding the Snails

Unusual, but today is a no-cook day for me. I’m feeding the snails. Snails (called saligaria or kohli) are a favorite Greek food and Crete is famous for dishes made with these little wonders. Right now, I’m preparing to make one of them, but first, I have to feed the snails. It all started last week when I […]

Cretan Meat Pie – Kritiki kreatopitta

In greek: Κρητικη Κρεατοπιτα Ingredients for 8 portions: 1 kilo of fat free lamb meat 1 teacup of water 1/2 a kilo Cretan mizithra or anthotyro (ricotta cheese) Cream of milk 1 egg Cumin or spearmint Salt and pepper to taste Sesame seeds Dough ingredients: 4 teacups of flour 1 teacup of fresh butter 2 eggs […]

About Trahanas

A traditional soup made of natural ingredients Trachanas is a food directly related to the Cypriot culture and rural life. Trachanas is a true national dish such that no visitor should have been left without tasting this authentic soup of Cyprus, made only with a few simple natural ingredients, exactly as it was made decades […]

Zivania the AuthenticCypriot Spirit

Its Cypriot story Zivania is a traditional alcoholic beverage, which has been produced for centuries in Cyprus by distillation, and has played an important role in the everyday life of Cypriots. Zivania is a strong drink, high in alcoholic content which according to tradition (also adopted by the 1998 Regulations for the Control of zivania) […]