Moussakás: a delicious Greek dish

“Énan moussaká, parakaló” This is how Omilo students attending Greek courses in Athens, Nafplio, Lefkada or Syros order one of their favorite Greek dishes. When you visit Greece, you will definitely enjoy Greek cuisine and Greek food culture. Moussakas is the symbol of Greek cuisine, a dish you can find in most taverns in any season. Learn its history and try to cook a delicious moussaka, following our recipe.
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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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Parsley dip from Syros island

When we are on the island of Syros for the Greek summer courses, one of the things the Omilo team and students love, are the tavern meals. The taverns on Syros island offer lots of wonderful dishes worth discovering. Today we would like to share a recipe with you of a typical starter from Syros island.
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The Greek Food Culture

Whether you are living in Greece or just visiting, you will quickly notice that food has an important role in Greek society. Greeks consider a meal as quality time with friends and family. It is their way to socialize, to discuss various topics and concerns, to make fun and to offer hospitality. Even in a changing society, where fast food chains pop up everywhere, the traditional Greek kitchen holds the highest position.
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Fish Roe Salad – Tarama

Taramasalata or taramosalata is a Greek appetizer/dip made from tarama, the salted roe (fish eggs) of cod or grey mullet mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a base of bread or potatoes.
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Pork with celery & lemon sauce

Would you like to cook a delicious Greek dish, which is also a great alternative for a Christmas table?  Pork with celery and lemon sauce! (vegetarians can replace the pork with mushrooms! )

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Cooking Giouvarlakia (Meatballs with egg-lemon sauce)

Now that the autumn season 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 soup and meat.

And 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 for a simple & tasty dish that you can prepare on a cold day: “Giouvarlakia”. 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.

So let’s get started!

Ingredients

500 grams minced meat (beef or half-half beef and pork)
1 cup of peeled rice
1 large grated onion
Finely chopped parsley
Finely chopped dill
1 egg
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper

For the egg & lemon sauce
1-2 eggs
Juice from 1-2 lemons

Instructions

1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Make small meatballs.
3. Bring water to boil in a pan.
4. Put the meatballs in the water with some olive oil and salt.
5. Boil them at 100 degrees for about 20 minutes.
6. Take the pan off the fire.

Egg & lemon sauce

1. Beat the egg white(s) (albumen) with a mixer.
2. Add the yolk(s) and beat again.
3. Add the lemon juice while beating the mixture.
4. Pour some hot gravy from the meatballs in the sauce.
5. Pour the sauce in the pan with the meatballs and stir.

Καλή όρεξη! Enjoy your meal!

All about Greek wines: try the amazing varieties

There are 300 varieties of grape cultivated by more than 150,000 farmers in Greece.  Greece produces some outstanding wines, thanks to its climate – rain doesn’t disrupt the harvesting and the endless sunshine allows for maximum ripening. With a little imagination, the future of the country’s wines could be “rosé” (rosy).
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Greek Cheese

Those of you thinking that countries like France and The Netherlands are known for its cheese production, might be surprised how many cheeses are produced in Greece.
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Let’s cook a very typical Greek dish : lentil soup

In Greece we cook at least once per week pulses. Lentils are one of the most popular and we usually prepare them as a soup. It is an easy, tasty and rather fast dish.  And important as well, also very healthy.
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