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Dictionary of Greek foods

by Deborah Manos Live longer – be healthy. Eat like a Greek. The Mediterranean diet has been studied and found to be the healthiest way of eating on the planet. Here’s a listing of the unique flavors that may peak your curiosity and stimulate your imagination. If you are traveling to Greece make sure you eat your way through the country!    If you are nearby Citrus County Florida then come to our Taverna and sample some of the different foods listed below.  Of course, we do not have all of these things, but what we do have we are sure you will  ENJOY! FETA: A traditional brined curd cheese that fits in with every dish. It is eaten in various forms – plain, with olive oil and herbs such as oregano, best with freshly baked bread, in a salad, with tomato, or in cheese pies. HORIATIKI: This is the

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Greek Salad Recipe – Traditional Favorite

by Deborah Manos This is a classic and is served everywhere throughout Greece.  Easy to make – fresh and quick.  This was eating “raw” before it became a fad. Traditional Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and Kalamata olives. Horiatiki is also typically seasoned with salt and oregano. In America, most Greek salads come with Greek dressing, but the traditional horiatiki is just simple olive oil. Greek Salad Ingredients: 3 tomatoes cut into wedges 1 large green peppers cut into rings 2 sliced cucumber 1 Sliced onion 6 tablespoons Greek virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons vinegar Salt Pepper 1/3 lb. Real Greek feta cheese (goat Feta is authentic) 2 dozen black Greek olives – Kalamata are the Taverna’s favorites Chopped or crumbled dried oregano or parsley Directions: Place the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and peppers in a large salad bowl. Shake together the olive oil, vinegar, salt and

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Bread -One of the Many Healthy Secrets of a Mediterranean Diet or is it?

by Deborah Manos Ah, the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.  Volumes of information posted on Google, Facebook and Twitter should make us be living longer, right?  That’s just not the case.  Here’s one potential factor: During a recent trip to Athens, Greece, I may have uncovered one of the secrets to why they live longer and we don’t. Outside Athens, my cousin George took me to the Manos Bakery.   A Yia Yia (old lady) was completing her purchase.  I watched her as she left the bakery – cane in one hand – bakery bag in the other.  She literally sprinted up the hill totting her goodies.  As I watched her, I couldn’t help lament, “How can she eat that?” – and more importantly “how can she walk up this hill that fast?!” My father was a baker.  I used to love eating bread.  Now I shy away from it.  Often times, I pass

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT THE TAVERNA!

BY DEBORAH MANOS Holiday parties are booking quick!  Don’t get left out.  We can provide meals to take home for the holidays – whether your party is 10 0r 100 – we can make your holiday party painless and simple. Call Nick at 352-564-0078 to discuss you needs.  We can specialize your food according to your dietary needs and to your budget.               Thanksgiving – we are open from 12 noon to our last seating at 4:30 pm. Our menu is fixed and reservations are booking quick. Choose from these selections:   TRADITIONAL TURKEY Succulent Brine and Herb Encrusted Roast Turkey 19.95 APPLE PORK LOIN Brandied Apple Bone-in Pork Loin 19.95 SIRLOIN STEAK 8 oz Choice Angus Sirloin 24.95 HOLIDAY DUCK BREAST OrangeMarmalade Glazed Duck Breast 29.95 Above served with sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry relish SEAFOOD PORTOFINO Sea

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