Greek salad

Greek salad

SALADS MADE WITH RAW WHOLE OR SLICED VEGETABLES (Horiatiki salata) 4 medium-large ripe, red-fleshed tomatoes cut into 8 segments 1 cucumber, peeled and cut in rounds about ¼ (½ cm) thick ½ cup black Kalamata olives (available in supermarkets) 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced in rings 2 generous slices of feta cheese about ½” …

Fish roe salad

Fish roe salad

Taramosalata     The Greeks use taramas, which is ideally the dried and salted roe of the grey mullet; but more usually less expensive dried and salted cod or tuna roe, for this famous dish. In Greece, imported tarama is usually sold as a paste from large tubs. It is coloured deep pink, although some shops …

Tzatziki

Tzatziki

The two most famous of the latter are zatziki or tsatsiki or tzatziki and taramasalata. In Greece, these salads are served with white bread or with crisply fried thin slices of courgette or aubergine in batter; they are especially delicious when served with warm píta bread. Yoghurt, garlic and cucumber dip (Zatziki, tzatziki, tsatsiki ) …

Aubergine salad

Aubergine salad

Melitzanosalata 3 large, plump aubergines – these should be glossy, firm, and a deep mauve colour with no discoloration. Small finely grated white onion. Salt and pepper, 1 tbs. chopped fresh parsley 2 tbs. olive oil, 1 tbs. lemon juice Halve the aubergines, then roast them in a moderate oven or on a grill (if …

Savoury Cretan cheese pies

Savoury Cretan cheese pies

Kalitsounia, kalitsounakia For the pastry (which is different from fyllo): 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 beaten egg 1/2 cup milk 1 lb. (500 g) plain flour to which a pinch of salt has been added For the filling: 1 lb. (500 g)myzíthra cheese 1 beaten egg, 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh mint Salt and pepper …

Loukoumades

Loukoumades

Honey puff s ( Loukoumades ) There are several ways of making these, with or without yeast. I am indebted for this simplest of recipes to our oldest friend on Santorini, Mrs Irini Zagourari, of Irini’s Taverna in Kamari. Plain flour, pinch salt, 2 cups (16 fl oz/450 ml) bee Mix together the beer with …

Visino

Visino

Morello cherries in syrup ( Vissino glyko ) Equal weights (before stones are removed) of black morello cherries and granulated sugar Juice of one medium lemon per 500 g fruit Remove the stones from the washed cherries, and put alternate layers of sugar and cherries in a heavy preserving pan. Leave to stand in a …

Xerotigana

Xerotigana

Xerotiyana or xerotigana Kritis Plates of these large, coiled fritters are often placed on the tables to welcome guests to a wedding reception here on Crete. 1 lb. (500 g) plain flour mixed with one good teaspoon salt 1 tbs. olive oil, 4 fl oz (125 ml) brandy or better still, Cretan raki! Syrup as …