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Vegetables in the oven-The Greek tourlou

A wonderful summer food, with fresh vegetables that is now their season! With good ingredients and good Greek olive oil, our recipe takes off! Let’s see what we will need…

Greek tourlou

Greek tourlou

We will need:

4 aubergines

4 zucchini

2 green peppers

3 carrots

3 medium potatoes

2 ripe tomatoes

1⁄2 box of concentrated tomato juice

2 medium onions

chopped parsley

a teaspoon of olive oil

Execution:

Wash and dry the vegetables well. Slice the aubergines, zucchini, carrots, peppers and potatoes. Put all the ingredients in a large and deep pan. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180C. Squeeze the tomatoes with a strainer. Drizzle the ingredients with the tomato juice, oil, 1 cup of water and the prepared tomato juice (you can add less at the beginning and add during cooking, depending on how red you want it). Add salt and pepper, parsley, a little oregano and mix. Bake at 200 degrees C for one and a half hours.

Bon Appetit!

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Delicious chicken legs with spices!

We have a delicious recipe for you, with few calories (it’s also summer after all) and a lot of flavor, since it is full of our favorite spices!

So…how do we make juicy chicken legs with spices? Here is the recipe!

Chicken recipe

Chicken recipe

Ingredients:

10 chicken legs

2 kg parsley

2 kg curry

2 kg garlic (powder)

1 1/2 kg salt

1 kg pepper

2 kg honey

1 tbsp  Greek olive oil

Execution:

Put all our ingredients in a pan and mix, make a mixture and spread on the booties. Bake at 250 ° C for 45-55 minutes. Garnish with a little lemon.

Bon Appetit!

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Delicious sardines in the oven with ouzo and tomato!

Today we present to you an eminently summer food, whose intense smells will keep you asking for more!

This is no other than our favorite sardines that, apart from its amazing taste, have many nutritional properties!

Add spices and ouzo and just love them!

Grilled sardines with ouzo and tomato

Sardines in the oven with ouzo

Sardines in the oven with ouzo

We will need:

Sardines 1 kg

Olive oil 5-6 tablespoons

2 tomatoes, peeled

Sweet paprika 1/2 teaspoon

Salt-pepper

Onion dried 1 1/2 sliced

Garlic 2 cloves, sliced

Ouzo 1/2 glass of wine

Parsley 1/2 bunch, chopped

Execution:

Clean the sardines, remove the heads, wash them, season with salt and drain.

Put the olive oil in a shallow pot to heat, add onion and garlic, sauté for a while and then add the paprika, pepper, salt, ouzo, peeled tomatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Place the sardines in a baking pan, pour over the sauce and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes (depending on the oven). Towards the end sprinkle with the chopped parsley and they are ready to enjoy.

Bon Appetit!

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The greek Dakos

Dakos, also called koukouvagia or koukouvayia is one of the most popular mezedes of the island!

Dakos consists of a slice of cracked barley bread, called paximadi that is garnished with crushed or grated ripe tomato and crumbled feta and oregano.

Let’s prepare Dakos!

Greek Dakos

Greek Dakos

Ingredients

  • 4 large round rusks
  • 3 large mature tomatoes
  • 8 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 150 g feta cheese
  • 10-15 black olives
  • oregano
  • salt

Instructions

  • Grate the tomatoes and drain all the liquids.
  • Pass the rusk under running water (very quickly) and place on a plate. Cretan rusks are very hard but you do not want to soften them too much. It should still be crunchy but easily breakable. Here you could add some salt.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and let it absorb. (Please note that here in Greece we often add much more olive oil, but this amount works fine).
  • Spoon the tomato on top, covering the whole rusk and then add the crumbled cheese.
  • Drizzle with another teaspoon of olive oil, some olives and oregano.

Bon Appétit!

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Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Let’s try this amazing recipe! Our favorite chicken, with some different touches…

Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Baked chicken in the oven, with honey and lavender!

Ingredients

A whole chicken, cut into small pieces

Salt

Chicken marinade

1 tablespoon grated lavender

4 tablespoons of extra vergin olive oil

4 tablespoons honey

juice of 1 lemon

Thyme

Preparation

Mix well all the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Place the chicken in a baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot with fried potatoes or wild rice!

Bon Appétit!

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Basil-the king of herbs!

Basil is aromatic annual herbaceous plant. It reaches a height of 30-40 cm, with many branches It is aromatic, rich in nectar and attract bees. Use as a seasoning for the intense and characteristic flavor.

The plant

The plant

It is closely related to other known herbs such as oregano, marjoram, mint and sage. It is well known and widely used in mild and warm climates. It originates from the tropical regions of Asia and Africa, from where it moved to the Mediterranean countries.

The leaves

The leaves

One species is called a plant of fever and in some areas it is used as antipyretic. It is used as a seasoning for its intense and characteristic aroma.

The name «basil» is attributed to it, according to legend, rose to the point where Grand Constantine and his mother Saint Helena discovered the Holy Cross. The name of the plant was taken from the «king» that is Jesus Christ.

According to this plant, it grew up in the lost tomb of Christ and its intense smell became a cause for its discovery. In Epiphany, the priest takes the believers with sanctity by diving a royal branch into the holy water. At the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th, in the churches basil is shared. Various commercially available varieties are distinguished by the size of leaves.

Basil and Church

Basil and Church

The basil is grown as an ornamental plant in pots and gardens and its leaves are used as a condiment and decoction. The leaves contain an essential oil whose main ingredient is linalool and methylchiclavol.

In Greece basil is connected with good luck!

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Olive the blessed!

The olive was the symbol of the goddess Athena. According to ancient Greek mythology, the home of the olive is Athens and the first olive tree was planted by Athena on the Acropolis. Through our history we discover that the olive tree is not only a symbol of peace, wisdom, fertility, prosperity, glory, but offers us protection, inspiration and food.

The fruit of the olive tree is very important because it produces olive oil. Olives are rich in nutrients. For many years, they have been the most popular snack of rural Mediterranean populations, accompanying greasy food, salads and many appetizing dishes.

It is the absolute Greek «superfood» and for that reason we should consume almost daily olives. 10 olives before a meal can reduce appetite by 20%.

Moderate consumption of olives in a balanced diet is an ally to beauty and human health.

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Organic products in CretanEshop.gr

Organic products, compared to conventional ones, are much healthier because they did not use hormones, vitamin fertilizers or antibiotics.

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The nutrients provided by a biological product can be taken in full without the corresponding intake of chemical residues. They are safe for our health as they do not have fertilizer and pesticide residues that are likely cumulatively and over time can cause a lot of health problems, especially in children.

They also have a decreased concentration of nitrates.Research has shown that about 70% of the nitrate ions consumed by the average consumer come from vegetables and a significant proportion of water.

Useful information to the consumer

Consumers should be very careful when buying organic products.

I) They should prefer packaged foods organic products, while organic products are only sold to organic folk and organic food stores.

II) vegetables and fruits must be sold only in their season

(Iii) there must be, in a conspicuous place available to the consumer, the certificates of the quantity, date and type of each batch of production.

IV) attention to << monkey >> organic products. Traditional products are not always organic unless there is evidence that they are organic farming products.

Biolive

Biolive

In conclusion we can say that products that are grown without chemicals, without fertilizers and on healthy soils are much more nutritious. Scientific research has proven it and the opposite is hard to support!

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The amazing rakomelo!

What is Rakomelo?

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Rakomelo is a spirit drink made from honey by the process of fermenting sugars of honey. The rakomelo can be bought bottled, ready to serve after it has warmed up. It is prepared by combining raki (tsikoudia) or tsipouro with honey and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom or other local herbs. Prepared in Crete and other islands of the Aegean Sea as well as in the Greek mainland, and consumed mainly in the winter months as a hot drink. It should not be confused with the roasted raki, which is a local Amorgos drink and is made from raki, sugar and more spices while it is served at room temperature.

Recipe for rakomelo

What we need:

1 liter of raki

honey as long as we want (the ideal for this quantity is 4 tablespoons)

2 cinnamon sticks

2-3 cloves

How do we do it:

In a saucepan, heat carefully raki, then remove from the fire. Then, pour in stirring honey, cinnamon and carnation … and just getting a boil is ready!

It is served hot and is the best cure for colds. (Because raki contains a lot of alcohol, you should be careful not to boil and pour out of the pot because there is a risk of fire.)

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