Ode to greek food

I love travelling around the world. Holidays are my favourite way of travelling, however if I could combine travelling with a career – a travelling chef would be IT. Every time I go to a new country I come back home with a gazillion ideas of what to cook next, how to combine new flavours and textures with old ones or how to reproduce an amazing dish that I tried in a restaurant or taverna. And this time it was Greece…

Octopus drying in the sun

Before I went to Greece I did not enjoy the greek cuisine so much, mostly because of the greek restaurants that exist abroad.

Grilled mushrooms  seasoned with oregano, olive oil and parsley

Unless you know a greek that will point you towards the only slightly decent greek restaurant in town, you are doomed to get some badly grilled meat in industrial quantities or some oily mousaka.

Grilled calamari

However, the reality in Greece is totally different. The food is simply amazing, based on fresh ingredients, simple flavours cooked to perfection.

Loukoumades with honey syroup

Of course the greek cuisine has its down sides – it will probably tip the scale towards the heavier side, nevertheless, the entire experience its worth taking this risk.

Marides

And since this time I went to Crete, I did not only have to put up with greek food, but also with some amazing local cretan delicacies like dakos (twice baked bread topped with tomatoes and myzithra), amazingly flavourful olive oil, delicious olives, creamy myzithra cheese, glyka tou koutaliou (spoon sweets), raki and endless amounts of fresh fish or seafood.

Glyko fistiki

Beside the fact that I had some amazing days enjoying the sun and devouring delicious food, this trip will keep me busy for a while afterwards. On top my list to do list is cooking an amazing grilled chicken breast with sun-dried tomatoes, halloumi cheese and pita bread that I tried during one of our lunches.

Grilled chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and halloumi cheese on top of a pita bread

So stay tuned, the recipe will follow in few days. Until then, here are few photos from Chania, the city where I spent my latest holidays and where I plan/dream to retire one day and open a little taverna …

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2 thoughts on “Ode to greek food

  1. Hi! I know I’m a little late to the party –I’m a newbie to your blog as well — but I would just like to say how much I love not only your recipes (can’t wait for you to add conversions :) but especially your PHOTOS!! Your photography is so beautiful, I plan to hang out here a while just to enjoy them and pretend that I, too, am a world traveler. You have a gift for capturing both food and scenery in the most tantalizingly sensual and heart-expanding, uplifting way. Sometimes, it’s almost as if I can actually smell the sea or the flowers or whatever other scents are in the wind — or even feel that wind gently caressing my face, you capture the flavor and mood of a place so perfectly! And I’ll just bet you are equally wonderful to travel with! Thanks so much for sharing your gifts and raising my spirits this morning so enjoyably! (Needless to say, I don’t have the same gift with words, lol!, but hopefully I’ve raised yours a little as well.)

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