Wednesday, June 29, 2016

From Pythagorean diet to vegetarian Cretan cuisine

Discover step by step on how to make a vegetarian meal based on ancient Greek information and traditional Cretan recipes. It will be prepared according to ancient and traditional methods of cooking and baking (open-fire, hot rocks, hot ash)  or applying contemporary changes. Many ingredients come fresh from the garden.

In this class, guests will:
  • Explore the history of vegetarianism in Greece, the values ancient Greeks and Cretans ascribed to herbs, legumes and vegetables and the social context in which they were prepared and eaten.
  • Explore the seasonality of vegetables and understand what it means to eat “in season” through history.
  • Discover historical Greek and traditional Cretan vegetable-centric dishes.
  • Take home recipes.
Class includes demonstration, hands-on and tasting.

Menu, herbal teas and spiced wine are subject to slight change. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions. If we are not notified ahead of time of any special needs, we may not be able to accommodate them.

Herbal tea made with Cretan herbs, cinnamon and lemon peel
''Pythagorean'' breakfast
Dried figs, cheese, olives cured in honey and sprinkled with aromatic seeds.
Eggs baked in ash.
Semi-leavened bread made with ancient varieties of wheats. It is baked on hot stones.
Lentils cooked with leeks and herbs and honey. They are served with olive oil, pomegranate seeds and honey.
Fava ( Lathyrus clymenum, Spanish vetchling) according to the taste of Byzantine monks.
Kalitsounia (small Cretan pies) filled with a) wild greens, b) wild greens and local cheese. 
Amaranth cooked up with tomato, zucchini, chopped onion, garlic and eggs.
(The vegetables and wild greens vary according to the season)

Bread stuffed with cheese and dates or small desserts  made with dried and fresh fruits, nuts and roasted-chickpeas' flour.
Byzantine spiced-wine

The lesson lasts 3 hours, from 10.30 -13.30 . 

If you would like to register for this class please contact us through or fill out the Booking Form  to send you payment instructions and information.

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