History & Tradition

Tradition and History is our identity as a nation. Our Greek gastronomy plays a vital role in our tradition, and it our duty as chefs to preserve it and pass it to the next generation.

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Bakaliaro with Provatsa

Bakaliaro with Provatsa

Provatsa is a wild green you find in the winter in Naxos island as well as other Greek islands. Usually next to the sea shores and is the base of a beautiful flower. It is collected in the winter and thus the reason is best cooked with Bakaliaro (salted cod fish) when...

Red Mullets Savoro (Barbounia Savoro)

Red Mullets Savoro (Barbounia Savoro)

Another method for preserving fish (or meat) was to cook it “Savoro” style… meaning in vinegar, sugar, salt and mainly rosemary. A wonderful dish that can be served warm or cold, as a starter or meze for wine, beer or ouzo. Ingredients Red mullets or other small whole...

Xirotigana

Xirotigana

One of Crete’s favorite pastry, served almost at every festivity and gatherings. This recipe is from a dear friend Haroula in Chrysopigi-Sitia. Make sure you watch the video as well to see the way she shapes the wheels in the oil!!! Ingredients For the dough Bread...

Tyganopsomo (fried bread dough)

Tyganopsomo (fried bread dough)

Another traditional dish from the Lakonia region. Fried bread dough, served with local honey or cheese of your choice or even better… both!!! An easy and quick recipe made at any time of the day, loved by young and old folks!!! This recipe was made for Savor Greece by...

Bouyiourdi (spicy baked feta cheese)

Bouyiourdi (spicy baked feta cheese)

One of the many wonderful dishes originating from Thessaloniki with baked feta cheese, tomatoes, peppers and other spices, preferably spicy. Usually served in parchment paper and spicy and thus fits the story of the word. The word boujurdi originally meant the written...

Loukoumades

Loukoumades

Loukoumades or Honey Puffs have an old history that goes back about 3000 years and in particular to the first Olympic Games where they were given to the athletes as honey coins or tokens. Since then it has become one of Greece’s favorite desserts, found in many...

Etolika Panigyria (Festivals)

Etolika Panigyria (Festivals)

The word Panigyri is folklore, a popular and established pronunciation of the ancient word “Pas-agyris”, which means gathering of a crowd. The festival satisfies the timeless need that people have to gather, to have fun, to celebrate and to rejoice. Wine, music, song,...

Salt Flats in Mesolongi

Salt Flats in Mesolongi

Salt has played a crucial role in the history of civilization, enabling food to be preserved over the winters until the modern miracles of refrigeration and preservation. This is no less true in Greece, where the salt used in antiquity likely came from the salt flats...

Mesolongi The Sacred Town of Greece

Mesolongi The Sacred Town of Greece

Since its foundation in the 16th century, the economy of Mesolongi is based on fishing in the large sea lagoon. What started as a fishermen settlement became a small naval center two centuries after its founding. By the 18th century, the ships of Mesolongi were...

Pizza, the history

Pizza, the history

In my search for the origin of pizza I realized that there are many stories and articles written, many theories and myths. All agree that Pizza was made famous by the Italians and I will agree to this as well. When you get to read the historical facts you will then...

Souvlaki “The Greek”

Souvlaki “The Greek”

Souvlaki: Perhaps the most basic delicacy of Greek gastronomy, but also one of the most famous ones! In Greek culture, the practice of cooking food on spits or skewers historically dates back to the Bronze Age. Archaeological findings and writings clearly show that...

The History and Tradition of Vasilopita

The History and Tradition of Vasilopita

The tradition of baking and cutting a special "pita" (which can mean a loaf of bread, a cake, or even a pie) each year on January 1st is observed in honor of our Basil the Great, archbishop of Caesarea in Cappodocia (Modern Turkey) hence its name "Vasilopita" meaning...

Christopsomo – The Bread of Christ

Christopsomo – The Bread of Christ

Christopsomo according to tradition is the bread that women in Greece make in honor of Christ with special care and patience, on Christmas Eve. It is the blessed bread of the Christmas table, and it will represent the life of the master of the house and his family....

Kourabiedes (History)

Kourabiedes (History)

The Kourabiedes cookies are almond cookies popular in Greece, Cyprus, and Greek communities in Anatolia, as well as across the Greek diaspora and have in their DNA the European origin of the shortbread type cookies. This cookie based on flour and sheep butter must...

Bacalhau

Bacalhau

Bacalhau is the Portuguese word for cod and—in a culinary context—dried and salted cod. Fresh (unsalted) cod is referred to as bacalhau fresco (fresh cod). Dried and salted cod, sometimes referred to as salt cod or saltfish, is cod which has been preserved by drying...

Kokoretsi – Plekti, History

Kokoretsi – Plekti, History

Kokoretsi was known to ancients Greeks, the "garduba" and the "plekti" (knitted), has reference to the Homeric epics. The method of preparation was not much different. To make kokoretsi, they used to marinate the intestines in vinegar, water and honey. Vinegar acted...

History of Eggplant-Melintzana

History of Eggplant-Melintzana

The plant species is believed to have originated in India, where it continues to grow wild. It has been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia since prehistory. The numerous Arabic and North African names for it, along with the lack of the ancient Greek and Roman...

Gyros or Yeeros? Both delicious!!

Gyros or Yeeros? Both delicious!!

(Greek: γύρος, literally 'turn') it stands for a Greek dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit and usually served in a pita bread with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce. Though grilling meat stacked on a skewer has ancient roots in the Eastern Mediterranean with...

Horiatiki or Greek Salad?

Horiatiki or Greek Salad?

Honestly, what is a real Horiatiki or… Greek Salad? Let’s start with one true fact… Feta cheese and olives don’t make your salad Greek, it might give it a Greek color or add a little Greek zest in your salad but please…. Don’t call it Greek, call it lettuce salad with...

Anogia – Crete

Anogia – Crete

Anogia is considered as one of the most attractive, picturesque mountainous villages of Crete. It stands at an altitude of 750 meters on Mount Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete, and about 50 km east of Rethymno Town. Due to its secluded location, the village...

Arseniko cheese of Naxos

Arseniko cheese of Naxos

Αrseniko cheese is an integral part of the diet and tradition of Axoton, and for my taste maybe one of the best cheeses in the world. Naxos is famous for the production of cheeses such as “Arseniko”, Naxos gruyere, cottage cheese, sour cream cheese, touloumotyri,...

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