Tourkakia is one of the traditional delicacies we first ate in Sparta. Fragrant offal from goat or lamb wrapped in caul fat and grill over charcoal.
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.
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.
Spartiatika Loukanika are the famous Spartan Sausages, which are flavoured with orange and spices.
I have tried nearly all type of Greek and Cypriot sausages and not that I don’t like them all but these ones with orange flavour are my favourite.
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.
The formula to make an Orange or other Citrus liqueur, such as lemons, bergamot, mandarin, bitter oranges, pomelo, etc is very simple. You take the peel or zest and steep it in alcohol to extract the essence of the fruit. Then you make a simple syrup with sugar and combine both together.