What’s in a Greek Meal?

Greek Salad ©sweetvalleyherbs

Greek Salad ©sweetvalleyherbs

Romaine lettuce is one of the key ingredients in the Greek salad. Ripe tomatoes cut in wedges, cucumber, red onions, pitted Kalamata olives, crumbled Feta cheese, chopped fresh parsley, olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, ground pepper, pinch of salt, and one whole lemon freshly squeezed juice. This lovely summer salad dish when added with the berries of capers from the Dodecanese islands makes it such a wonder. Some people also add the rocket leaves, green bell peppers for an authentic taste. Hand-tossed Greek salads are great combinations with grilled chicken. The Greeks way of eating and lifestyle such as the 2pm to 5 pm siesta is one of its unique culture. They never rush when eating, so expect to see them eating for two to three hours.

Eating in the Greek Home

Home food includes an omelette, steamed or baked vegetables, tzatziki salad and some crusty bread. Some people may go for a Greek Galactoboureko dessert, other will go for Zacharoplasteion. Those who does not will gladly for just for a Greek yoghurt, toppings pistachios and honey. Galactoboureko is a custard pie, it is made with creamy custard sandwiched betweet crisp filo pastry sheets. It is usually topped or rather soaked in an aromatic syrup. In part of the making, fine semolina, eggs, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla essence are use. The syrup is full of sugar and some brandy added to it. This is quite a ‘sinful’ dessert as the butter is quite generously added for achieving its great taste. The other Zacharoplasterion is a sweet, honey drenched yet crispy delight, even the name tells it all – ‘sugar shop’ is the literal meaning. Layers of filo pastry, chopped walnuts, pistachios cinnamon syrup are key ingredients. The Greeks also eat Baklava, Kataifi, Karythopita and Melomakarona. Cookie or biscuit, sponge cakes, spoon sweets like the Klyka Koutaliou (fruit preserved in a syrup) are also hot favourites.

Walnut Cake, Karidopita

Karidopita

Karidopita

Not just for the old ladies from the high Athens society. The Greek walnut cake is made with a light sponge and nutty texture of walnuts in it. In tea or coffee houses, eating this rich walnut cake topped with whipped cream is simply an indulgence. Sweet aromatic syrup is dripping in it and it is always a classic trademark of the Greek desserts. This great walnut cake is ideal for winter especially. The main ingredients are caster sugar, brandy or cognac, ground cinnamon, roughly chopped walnuts.

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