Kalimera...kalimera! We begin our journey through the heart of Greek cuisine ... where passion transposes into extremely delicious and appetizing dishes. In Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil is the king and is used in almost all dishes. Known for its outstanding quality, brings many health benefits and vitamins A and E, natural antioxidants, having the property to reduce the cholesterol. Greeks use a lot of vegetables, herbs, olive oil, cereals, wine, fish and several kinds of meat, especially chicken, rabbit and pork. Greek food recipes are also containing: olives, cheese, eggplant, zucchini and yogurt. Cake recipes are made especially with nuts and honey.
We headed toward our Italian friends…che bello! In my mind comes: cappuccino, risotto, pizza with a lot of parmesan, balsamic vinegar and pannetone! What I absolutely adore about the Italian cuisine is its flexibility, juggling the ingredients and diversifies them. The structure of Italian meal consists of: antipasto - appetizers (cold or hot), soup or pasta, dishes based on meat, fish or rice and vegetables, cakes, sweet pastries, ice cream or fruit, coffee, espresso and digestives, such as alcoholic drinks for good digestion.
When it comes to refinement, class, elegance and culinary delicacies…voilà! French recipes are based on citrus, vegetables, herbs and olives, goat cheese recipes, recipes with lamb, beef and chicken. French cuisine uses also garlic and wine for a sharp taste in any dishes. French cuisine is rich in olive oil, vegetables, seafood and fish, some of the healthiest foods we can eat. Cheese is a characteristic element of French meal, served at lunch and dinner on a wooden tray, accompanied with a glass of wine, another key element for the French cuisine.
Bienvenido a España! Particularly tasty and varied, Spanish cuisine produce hearty and spicy food, with many spices ingredients that are specific to erase the taste of the meat. Olive oil, vegetables, rice and garlic occupies an important role in Spanish cuisine. Traditional dishes are paella, tortilla (potatoes, eggs and onions). The finest gourmet dishes contain: fish, shrimp, octopus, seafood and sauces with traditional plates "tapas". One of the most popular traditional drinks is sangria. Although the beer is extremely popular in Spain, being served in absolutely any pub, fame of Spain comes from its aromatic wines. Great wines of Spain as Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Jerez are already famous all over the world.
Baklava…baklava…the tasty dessert found in Turkish cuisine…so yummy! Turks prefer home-cooked food and a traditional family meal includes vegetables, both in food and in salads, minced meat and bulgur pilaf, with a sauce made of yogurt and cucumbers. Eggplants, peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans and tomatoes are the main ingredients in Turkish cuisine. Walnuts, almonds, fistic and other oils used in desserts and more. To flavor a Turkish recipes use parsley, pepper, paprika, mint and oregano, a habit that have all the Mediterranean regions. Turks also consumes kadayif, a mixture of nuts, cereals and honey. They are very well known for their marzipan and Turkish halvah, considered to be the best in the world.