Cooking Giouvarlakia (Greek Meatballs with egg-lemon sauce)

Now that the autumn season has started, temperatures go down and along with that, light summer dishes switch to warm winter recipes.
The Greek kitchen has amazing salads, fish, and seafood for hot days, but when it is getting colder, Greek people prefer oven dishes, warm soups, and meat.

In contradiction to what you might think, cooking a Greek dish does not always have to be complicated.

Today we will teach you a great example of a simple and tasty dish, which you can prepare on a colder day: “Giouvarlakia”…..or Greek Meatball Soup!
In other words, we will prepare meatballs with egg-lemon sauce. The ingredients are simple and it does not take much more than half an hour to prepare.

Although this Greek dish is not categorized as “a soup”, actually that’s what it is.

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A Delicious Greek Salad : Cretan Dakos

Greece is known for its delicious food, healthy dishes and lots of salads. One of the dishes you can usually find on the tavern menu, under “salads”, is the “dakos”. It is a traditional salad, from the island of Crete. But do not worry, you can now also find it all over Greece!

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The Local Cuisine of the Cyclades

Every summer since 2005, Omilo organizes Greek Language and Culture Courses on Syros, one of the Cyclades Islands. Located close to each other, their beautiful landscapes, bright Aegean sun, clean blue waters and cosmopolitan vibes make them an ideal summer destination. To top this off, the local cuisine of Cyclades is very versatile and delicious. Keen to find out more? Keep reading – and next time you visit Syros you’ll have more confidence ordering from the menu at the taverna!

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Greek Herbs And Spices


Being a natural product, herbs have been used since Ancient times in Greece. The variety of herbs and spices in the Greek countryside gave the Ancient Greeks the ingredients to flavor their food, as well as the possibility to cure people. This reflected in the famous quote of Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), physician and the father of medicine: “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food”.
Click on the button above to read the text in Greek and listen to the Audio text for the correct pronunciation.
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The famous Loukoumi and Halvadopita of Syros Island

“Come on, buy the original loukoumi of Syros”: This is what white-dressed loukoumatzídes (=loukoumi sellers) usually shout when entering the ferry at the port of Syros with their big baskets in order to sell their products.

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Let’s learn Greek while cooking a very typical Greek dish : lentil soup

In Greece, we cook many times pulses. Lentils are one of the most popular and we usually prepare them as soup. It is an easy, tasty and a rather fast dish.  And important as well, also very healthy.
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Greek traditional Christmas Cookies – Melomakarona

Christmas is nearly there and in Greece this means we buy, eat, treat or make melomakarona. With this recipe you can bake your Greek traditional Christmas Cookies, while learning Greek.
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Greek Christmas and New Year Traditions

Looking forward to the Christmas Period? Here below you will find information about some Christmas traditions in Greece.
In the meantime, in order to improve your listening skills,  you can click on the button above, where you will find the text in Greek as well as the Audio
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How to make Greek frappe – the delicious ice-coffee

During warm and sunny days and especially in spring and summer, Greeks prefer to drink the cold Frappe instead of the warm Greek coffee. Also Omilo students many times are crazy about the frappe and would like to continue drinking it back home as well.
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Greek recipe : Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers (Gemista)

“Gemista”, or usually translated in English as “stuffed tomatoes and peppers” is a traditional Greek dish and easy to make food. It also smells wonderful! You will be delighted!

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