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Herbs and Spices Used in Greek Cuisine – Good Health – Good Food

by Deborah Manos Herbs and Spices used in Greek Cuisine Thanks to http://www.Visitgreece.gr for reminding us about the beautiful fragrance and tastes the spices give to our wonderful Greek food. The smells and essences of these spices date back to the very beginning of civilization and many brought from Asia on the way to the West. So many of these spices are not only fragrant and flavorful, but they are scientifically healthy as well. For example:  Herbs: Purlsane: Good for raw salads, it protects the heart. Basil: A stomach tonic as herbal tea, it calms the nerves and the headaches. It’s famous for its wonderful aroma and its insect-repellent properties too. Valeriana: The anti-stress element of nature. Anis: As tea it invigorates the digestive and the nervous systems; in dough and drinks (ouzo, tsípouro) it gives a rich taste. Laurel: With antiseptic properties against the catarrh and bronchitis, it adds

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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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