During the Great Lent period which is 48 days before Easter, the Orthodox abstain from eating foods containing animals with red blood (meats, poultry, game, fish), as well and products from animals with red blood (such as milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) Fish with backbones are not allowed but mollusks like squid, octopus, shrimps, mussels etc.,…
I’ve already spoken about syglino or pasto which is cured pork meat which is smoked. However, after the meat is cured and smoked it has to be cooked and preserved in olive oil. This is an old method which they used when there were no refrigerators but it is still used as it adds flavour to the cured meat.
Ampelofassoula are the fresh green green beans (Vigna unguiculata) also known as cow peas, also called louvi in Cyprus. These beans are eaten before they mature,usually boiled and eaten as a salad with olive oil and lemon juice. When they ripen the seeds are dried become the well known black eyed peas.
Revithia giahni sti gastra is a vegan dish with stewed chickpeas, traditionally cooked in a clay pot and baked in a wood burning oven. However, not all of us have wood burning ovens or clay pots but we can still cook it in a Dutch oven or any casserole dish in our home oven. If you don’t have any of the above, use a baking tin which cover with an aluminium tent.
Kokoras Bardouniotikos is a stewed rooster recipe from Lakonia. In the classic recipe there are no potatoes in it but is served with pasta, such as hilopites. The meat and onions are browned in olive oil before stewing and then it is simmered until cooked. In the end a lot of sphella cheese (a spicy, hard feta) and some kalamata olives are added and the combination of cloves and cinnamon is what gives this dish its unique Greek flavor.
These Honey, Peanut butter, Chocolate and Pastelli Cookies are nistisima (Lenten) made with peanut butter, honey, sunflower oil, dark sugar and flour. After making the dough, I made three different kinds by adding chocolate and two types of pastelli in them.
Laconia is a prefecture in Greece, with Sparta its administrative capital. It is bounded by Mount Taygetus, to the west of Sparta, which is the highest mountain range of Peloponese (2.407 meters) and with the Parnon mountains to the northeast (1.961 meters), to the west with Messenia, and to the North with Arcadia. Among the…
Ladolemono (λαδολέμονο) pr. lah-tho-LEH-mo-no, is a Greek composite word from “ladi” which means oil and “lemoni” which means lemon. Oil in this case, refers to the best quality of olive oil, so this is a Greek condiment made with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and flavoured with Greek oregano. This dressing/sauce is used to add flavour to grilled fish or meat, to dress cold or warm salads or to dress legumes.