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Yogurt is one of the oldest and most loved fermented foods. It is known around the world for centuries. In ancient Greece the precursor of yogurt was oxygala, a dairy product that must have tasted somewhere between modern sour cream and yogurt.
The yogurt has been altered and tweaked over the centuries to suit our tastes, from breakfast preparations with fruit and honey to the famous tzatziki dip, meat marinades and many other savoury dishes. The yogurt we love the most in Greece is strained yogurt, full or low fat. It is very popular the world over and coined as Greek yogurt or Greek style yogurt. Undoubtedly, yogurt is the star in many traditional Greek meals. Let’s face it; souvlaki would be so boring without tzatziki. And how about making a pie with feta cheese and yogurt?
Greek feta is in close competition with Greek yogurt as to fame. Its tangy flavour has been cherished in so many different dishes, from elaborate bakes to simpler dishes like fried feta with honey. Together with yogurt, they make for an absolutely delicious cheese pie.
This cheese pie is known as the ‘lazy pie’. Contrary to the traditional style pastries that you knead and roll out your own dough, this pie requires no pastry. To make it, you only need a bit of flour, some eggs and of course Greek yogurt and feta cheese. Combine the ingredients in under five minutes, bake and enjoy.
1. Melt the butter and beat the butter with the eggs.
2. In a large bowl combine eggs and butter mix with the crumbled feta cheese and yogurt.
3. Fold in the flour and breadcrumbs as well as the mint.
4. Transfer to a lightly buttered baking tray.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 35-40 minutes.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It’s a meal we often skip as we rush out of the door to start the day. But as the saying goes, we must ‘Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’. A light and quick morning meal is a simple and very effective way to keep a balanced diet and get all the energy you need to kick off your day. A Greek breakfast bowl is all you need.
Stevia is a natural sweetener that has been used in South America for centuries. In Argentina and Brazil it has been widely used since the 18th century, the Guarani tribe in Paraguay has long used the fresh stevia leaves as a natural sweetener to hot beverages. Greece picked up on the trail relatively recently. From 2011 onwards, producers in mainland Greece decided to innovate their crops. The fields that used to grow tobacco changed to the leafy green stevia plant. It has been a huge success story. Stevia is loved both for its great taste and of course the amazingly low calories.
Greek Traditional Recipes
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