Koula Barydakis shows us how to make vegetarian grape leaves on the island of Crete.
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When I was researching the Mediterranean Diet on the Island of Crete I interviewed a photographer about the Island and their healthy traditions. In 1950’s Crete, the people of the Island had some of the highest longevity rates in the world. The first researchers who went to Crete could only find one man on the whole island who had heart disease. People lived long, productive lives with very little illness. People mostly died of old age.
Koula’s salad is our favorite lunchtime salad. It’s perfectly balanced w/ protein packed nutty chickpeas and our favorite superfood avocado. You’ll get your greens in with salad, leaving you feeling healthful and fulfilled.
Sometimes when I’m in the produce aisle, certain fruits and vegetables just “call to me.” Yesterday it was the call of cauliflower and blood oranges. A quick web search revealed a technique for roasting cauliflower with olive oil and blood oranges. And, that’s where it all began for this recipe creation. I decided that this beautiful spring day was deserving of plenty of vibrancy.
Anytime is the perfect time to go for a hike. But, as temperatures start to cool and leaves begin to turn we are especially in the mood for a day of hiking! Hiking is a wonderful way to commune with nature and be in the moment. Worries and distractions fall away as we take in the sights, scents and sounds all around us. A cacophony of bird songs, the crunch of leaves and twigs underfoot, waterfalls, and breathtaking panoramic views are just a few of the gifts that nature gives us when we pay attention.
Last weekend, my wife, Christine, and I tried our hand at creating one of the succulent sauces of Morocco. Chermoula, which is often used to top baked fish or chicken has as many variations as there are cooks who have made it. The base usually includes fresh cilantro, freshly squeezed lemon juice, onion, garlic, extra […]
Eat “nose to tail” with fennel. From fronds, to seed to bulb, you’ll find fennel delicious and full of healthful benefits!
Great way to enjoy quinoa! Thanks to our contributor, Laura Alpern, an avid cook headed to The Culinary Institute of America.
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In the 1960’s, the Greek island of Crete had the highest longevity rates in the world, the men lived to be the same age as the women and researchers could only find one man on the island who had heart disease.
In our cookbook, Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World you will find over 110 delectable recipes by Koula Barydakis, a chef and cooking teacher from the island and a guide to eating the Mediterranean diet by Bill Bradley, Registered Dietician.