Cooking Classes: A Taste of Greece
Greek cuisine shares characteristics with cuisines from across the Mediterranean and Middle East. You will find a wide use of olive oil (the soul of the cuisine!), fresh vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, wine, fish, and various meats. And you will also find that the flavors will vary with season and geography. Nuts and honey dominate desserts with some dishes using phyllo pastry.
The Greek culinary tradition dates back thousands of years. Ancient Greek cuisine was founded on a “Mediterranean Triad” of wheat, olive oil and wine with fish much more common than meat (chicken and other meats are a modern thing…
Greek cuisine uses some flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines do: oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and bay laurel leaves. Other common herbs and spices include basil, thyme and fennel seed. And in the north, you can find sweet spices such as cinnamon and cloves in meat stews. Yum!
Greek food is highly appetizing and healthy. It is based around a variety of colorful and flavorful foods that are high in nutrients and low in animal fats. Fresh vegetables, lean meats and fish, olive oil, and the right wine can be found in most Greek meals.
For “A Taste of Greece” we first learn how to make hummus with its garbanzos (chick peas), ground cumin, tahini, lemon, olive oil, garlic and other subtle flavors. After the hummus is ready, we move on to create the Chicken Souvlaki and Spanakopita taking great care to get the Yougurt Dipping Sauce just right. Finally, we end with making the Chocolate Pistachio Phyllo Rolls to ensure a sweet closing to the day. Enjoy and Yasou! (Your Life!).
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