Back to school Vol.2

New school year has begun, and everyone is trying to organize the daily routine, which requires a lot of time and energy. We gathered some interesting recipes of Greek inspired quick and easy meals, suitable for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, that will save you a lot your valuable time. They’re also suitable both for kids and grownups.

Lack of time, brings lack of creativity sometimes. You can “save” this post, to read it every now and then in times of need!

  1. Greek Burritos!

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The classic Mexican dish with a Greek scent. You can prepare lots of them and put them in the freezer, so whenever you don’t have the time to prepare something new, you can defrost them. It is delicious, aromatic and everyone is going to love the flavors. Suitable for lunch and dinner.

  1. Feta, Olives and sundried tomato Bread

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A recipe for every hour of the day! Hand-kneaded soft bread with mixed in pitted olives, feta crumbles, and sundried tomatoes. You can experiment adding fresh or dried herbs. You can put in the freezer in small balls the size of a hamburger, in order to defrost and bake, so you have fresh bread every time you need it.

  1. Greek Yogurt – Fruit Cake

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http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/03/30/greek-yogurt-fruit-tart/

A really simple and mouthwatering tart with no baking involved. Perfect way to incorporate fruits in a “dessert” recipe. Greek yogurt makes it creamy and fresh.

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A juicy cake recipe with peaches, blueberry and of course Greek yogurt.

  1. The meatless Feta sandwich

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A no meat delicious sandwich, which includes oven baked vegetables, with the addition of feta cheese chunks. A simple alternative to the old fashion cheese n ham sandwich. Use your imagination to create other interesting combos, a sandwich bread is the kind of canvas to paint on! You can even let kids choose their ingredients or make it something like a buffet, with a list of various fillings to pick from.

  1. Savory Feta muffins

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A different recipe for a savory muffin with delicious feta cheese and Greek olives. It’s easy, you make a batch of them and of course you can freeze them in order to use them up on a busy day.

Do you have other Greek inspired Ideas or recipes to share with us?

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A typical Greek dish for March 25th

Tomorrow is a big day for Greece, as like every March 25th we celebrate the Greek Revolution that took place in 1821 and liberated us from the Ottoman Empire.

It is also a big day for Christianity, as it is the day of the Annunciation of Virgin Mary, and it is a classic fasting or fish-eating day, since a long time ago.

Typically in Greece we are used to eating desalted cod. We cut the fish in medium pieces, dip in delicious batter and then fry in hot olive oil. This dish is accompanied with “skordalia”, a delicious garlic sauce made with plenty of garlic. mpakaliarosskordalia

These two tastes represent the simplicity of the Greek cuisine, and prove the fact that you can make magnificent flavors with the most humble materials.

We have discovered an easy, delicious recipe for a successful batter and thus a golden crunchy crust, which is also the important part of the recipe.

Just follow these steps:

Ingredients
1 desalted cod around 800-1000 g.
Olive oil for frying
For batter
1 can of beer
300 g. flour self-rising
1 egg
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Sugar
Pepper

How to:
For the batter
Pour the beer, egg, salt, sugar, pepper and stir. Slowly add the flour to incorporate in the mixture. Mix well until you have a thick, smooth batter. The important thing is that the batter should stay at least an hour in the refrigerator.
For the cod
Cut the cod into pieces. Heat plenty of oil in the pan, dip the pieces in batter, letting the excess batter to run and fry until golden brown on both sides. Once ready place them on paper towels to absorb the many oil and serve with “skordalia” aka garlic sauce.

Skordalia (“garlic sauce”)

Ingredients

3 medium potatoes in pieces, boiled in salted water

1 clove garlic

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil     

2 tbsp vinegar

½ tsp. salt

How to:

Clean the potatoes, peel them and cut in medium pieces. Boil in salted water until done. Pour in the mixer. Smash the garlic and add it in the mixture. Pour the vinegar and the salt, and give it a quick mix. Slowly incorporate the olive oil in the mixture, until smooth. At every point, taste the results until you find the flavor that suits you well.

Good luck!

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Olive oil tastes Greek

32580916_sOlive tree is the most valuable tree of Greece and its value is counted in the numerous generations that have been raised and blossomed with it. It has been strongly connected with the country for thousands of years. It is a symbol of peace, wisdom, fertility and victory. It nourishes, inspires and heals. The olive tree is considered blessed. Along with the tree, our land is also blessed with the millions of olive trees that survive and produce their valuable fruit, even under difficult conditions.

According to the earlier mythology, the first olive tree was planted on Acropolis by goddess Athena in the temple of the Erehtheion and was named Morea olive. Others say it was a gift of the goddess Athena to residents of the city of Athens, when quarreled with the god Poseidon, for the name of the city. Then, citizens gave its name to the city and the goddess taught them the cultivation of olive trees. The Athenians in their currencies depicting Athena with an olive wreath on her helmet and an amphora with olive oil.9720507_s

Athenians considered themselves civilized and were holding olive branches, while the barbarians and slaves kept an oak twig, as more primitive tribes. The messengers of peace held an olive branch. The winners of Olympic Games were awarded with an olive wreath and a large container of olive oil that had so big value that automatically made them rich.

9844105_sHomer in his writings, called it “pure liquid gold”. The Greek philosophers, Dioscourides, Diocles, Anaxagoras and Empedocles studied the medicinal properties of olive oil, while Aristotle revealed the science of oil production. Moreover, Solon created laws that banned the cutting of more than two olive trees, to protect olive growers. In ancient Greece, olive oil has kept the leading part in many commercial action, and it is said to be the backbone of trade in the ancient world.

But olive oil was more than a symbol of virtue and wealth, as it is was also used in other applications. The ancient Greeks rubbed their bodies and hair with olive oil and used it to heal wounds and treat diseases. Apart from the food products that it produced (olives and olive oil) its wood was used for fuel and wood carving. According to mythology, Hercules, in his 12 labors, kept a bat that was made of olive wood, and that when he finished his battles with success, he planted an olive tree in Ancient Olympia. Nowadays, a lot of wooden furniture and tools are handmade from olive wood. The 17603164_sgrowing of the olive tree was also a measure of time. When a child was born, an olive tree was planted. By the time the tree bared fruit for the first time (6 years later), they knew that the child had reached school age.

Altogether, the history of Olive oil is weaved together with the history of Greece. Olive oil can be found in many human activities, and above all in our nutrition. It is beneficial for every age, it is the basis of the Mediterranean diet (wins the first place in medical researches), has multiple applications and is deeply appreciated.

It is now, more than ever, a necessity to highlight Greek olive oil at a global level, as a certified quality product, symbol of the Greek agricultural production for thousands of years.

http://www.greek-olive-oil.com

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Sources:

http://www.greek-olive-oil.com/history.html
http://www.foodbites.eu/j15/food-lovers/istories/1448-
http://elia-eleolado.blogspot.gr/2014/10/blog-post.html
https://theancientweb.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/%CF%80%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%B1%CE%B3%CF%89%CE%B3%CE%AE-%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%AC%CE%B4%CE%BF%CF%85-%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B1%CE%AF%CE%B1-%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B1%CE%B9%CE%BF%CF%84%CF%81%CE%B9/

Greek Olives: Delicious & Unique

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Greek olives are a very nutritious snack for every hour of the day. They’re salty, delicious and come in many variations, depending on the area it grows. They are considered unique at a worldwide level, due to the soil and climate conditions, which are ideal.

The nutritional value of Olives

As a food group, Olives are classified as fat. Depending on their size, 8-10 olives represent an equivalent fat, giving you 45 calories, and as many as 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Olive’s nutritional value considered as high as olive oil’s, but they differ because Olive oil contains only fat, while olives contains, in addition to fat, water, small amounts of protein and carbohydrates. Moreover, olives contain vitamin E and elements such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, while they are also rich in antioxidants. The only disadvantage for olives preserved in brine, is that they contain enough sodium.

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There are many delicious ways to incorporate them in your nutrition, you can find some of them here: http://kalamataolivesgreek.com/kalamataolivesrecipes.html

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The art of making a Greek Salad

454217_sEven if you have not come to Greece already, I am pretty sure you have at least heard what Greek salad is. If you haven’t this is a wonderful opportunity to learn it, and also see how it’s made. First of all, in Greece we call this salad “Horiatiki”. (From the word “horio”=village).The true ingredients of this salad are not lettuce, cabbage, beets or potatoes. Greek Salad’s ingredients were established many many years ago. Workers that were having their lunch break used to eat a tomato, a cucumber, onion and a little bit of cheese as a snack to keep their energy.Later on, someone decided to place these ingredients together in a plate and mix them. That slowly become what we now call “Horiatiki”. It contains tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives, feta cheese, oregano and olive oil. You will also find it with green peppers, or capers, but that varies according to which area/island of Greece you are. It is a typically “summer” salad, because all of its ingredients are fresh at this time of year. If you travel to villages around Greece, you will see that many people grow their own vegetables at their lawns and gardens.

Apart from the quality and freshness of the vegetables, someone must also take care of 2 things when making a Greek salad:8955415_s

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1. The extra virgin olive oil

2. The feta cheese.

They have to be of premium quality because they play a crucial role to the final taste result of the salad, so take an extra care on these 2. This salad has no dressing, only extra virgin olive oil. When you have finished eating the vegetables out of the salad, you will notice that olive oil has mixed with the tomatoes juice. That is the essence of the salad. Do not forget to dip your fresh bread into these juices. Mouthwatering experience. When preparing the salad, do not mix it. Your guests will mix the salad, by cracking the feta cheese into smaller pieces and mixing it well to blend the flavors. That’s their job, not yours!There is no right order for placing the vegetables. But remember to place the chunk of feta on top, along with some oregano. Of course the final step is to pour on top extra virgin olive oil.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂 

A legacy of liquid gold

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In Greece, we are bond together with olive oil, for more than 5 millennia. It’s a piece of our nation’s history, a traditional art, a Greek know-how. Our ancestors left us a legacy that we can not surpass, and is more precious than you may imagine. A legacy of love for olive oil.

Olive tree is a symbol of prosperity and peace, of health, love and creation.

At the same time, it is a synonym for our culture, our nutrition & our tradition.

We are starting to think that maybe all olive trees’ roots end in Greece.

The population of olive trees in Greece exceeds 40.000.000. The populations of citizens in Greece exceeds 11.000.000.        For each one us, there are about 4 olives. 4 olives to grow, 4 olives to water, 4 olives to prune, 4 olives to harvest.

Greek olive trees are unique.

The taste of the olives and olive oil is more than enough to prove it.