The Greek melomakarono

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How many of you know what a melomakarono is?

The Greek melomakarono is an olive oil cookie dipped in sugar syrup and sprinkled with chopped nuts. It is a traditional Christmas delight that you can find in every Greek home during Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. Every pastry and bakery shop sells them, and along with kourabiethes -another Greek Christmas delight- are the top 2 delicacies of the season.

A few things about its name (melo= honey & makarono=spaghetti)

Although the first thought that probably comes to mind is the Italian word “macaroni”, the melomakarono name derives from ancient Greece! Specifically, the “macaroni” comes from the Greek word “makaronia”, a funerary dinner based on pasta. The aim of the dinner was to bless and farewell the dead.
The makaronia comes from the ancient Greek word “makario” which means blessed. It was a piece of bread in the shape of modern melomakarono, that was offered after the funeral. Later, when the “makario” was drizzled with honey syrup they named it  melomakarono.

Melomakarono Recipe

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However, if you are an importer or distributor and melomakarona or kourabiethes interests you as a product, do not hesitate to contact us and we promise to bring you some of the Greek Christmas spirit!

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Ambassadors of the Greek Cuisine

Greek Brands is an international company, serving the world with Greek fine Foods, since 1999. Our love for the Greek cuisine has remained unchanged over time. We are keen on tasting new & unique products, made with natural ingredients of the Greek Land.

Traditional Greek cuisine exists for thousands of years. Pure ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, wine, homemade cheese and domestically grown vegetables, were the main materials for many of typical Greek dishes. Over the years, Greek cuisine has altered, and is still transforming, following current trends and matching fusion cuisines etc. Being in the food business for quite some time, we have come to notice that there is an interesting swift. There have been some pleasant changes in quality and raw materials selection, interesting taste combinations and lots of creative inspiration.11602899_s

However, its core has remain unchanged. It still relies on basic ingredients, on healthy eating patterns, fresh vegetables of the season and generally has retained its authenticity.

Greek cuisine has always inspired chefs and cooks, either in the Greek borders or out of them. Being Greek is alone a culinary legacy you can’t ignore. The way you learned to eat will give you the motive to cook, and the love for your food, will inspire you to cook it with passion.

This is a part of the inspiration of Michael Psilakis, a Greek-American chef/restaurateur.
He is the creator, executive chef and owner of Kefi , Fishtag and MP Taverna in New York, Long Island and Westchester. He is starring in the American culinary scene since 2006 and has gained numerous distinctions such as “Best New Chef” & “Chef of the Year”, and also a Michelin star for the restaurant “Anthos”. He also starred in many TV cooking shows like Iron Chef America, No Kitchen Required etc. His mother taught him all about flavors and indulged him into classic Greek cooking.

Mr. Psilakis talked to us more about his Greek origin and how it affected his work and accomplishments:

http://www.michaelpsilakis.com/about
http://www.michaelpsilakis.com/about

Growing up, life revolved around being Greek, it was paramount to the way I was raised. My palate and life were influenced in early childhood. Church and food were center of universe. Both of my parents cooked. For my mom, food was like a gift to her. She was emphatic about sharing meals and having family time to talk and for us to socialize as a group. My father used food to pass down traditions. For instance, roasting whole animals and what food meant to people in those days. Slaughtering animals in order to survive and the life lessons that this taught.”

What do you think is making Greek cuisine popular and beloved, from a  global consumer perspective?

“In simple terms, Greek cuisine is a reflection of time, history and geography. It is a Mediterranean country that puts us in the realm of Mediterranean products and is influenced by history, in particular the Turkish occupation for 4 centuries that fused Middle Eastern and Moroccan, Italian… it makes for a unique flavor profile.”

According to our opinion, Greek cuisine is not only good marketing material. It has been advertised with the most efficient way, from talented Greek chefs that succeeded abroad with Greek inspired dishes. Many of them were so talented & distinguished professionals that have filled us with prizes and pride. Some of them have managed to become very successful, either establishing their own restaurant, or through cooking TV shows etc. The common factor in these examples is that all of them have created staple dishes with strong attributes to the Greek cooking.

It’s obvious that the Greek gastronomical heritage is carried in the mind of every Greek chef. Chefs with Greek roots, treasure traditional taste memories, and transform them with inspiration into new authentic dishes with pure ingredients. This Greek spark is the driving force and the motive, for even more interesting dishes and combinations, ready to be enjoyed from guests all over the world, making Greek cuisine one of the world’s favorites.

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