Monday, February 16, 2009
Mediterranean lifestyle is all about to enjoy the simple things in life the sea, sun and fresh air.They also like to eat well and after centuries of cooking they have developed unique delicious tastes,that are unique.The main ingredients are olive oil,fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of fresh herbs.All that is well complimented by wine.What people are really talking about is a lifestyle based on the lives and eating habits of the people based on the north coast of the Mediterranean coast.From Spain in the West to Greece and Turkey in the East, the various cultures have developed diets based on using large quantities of olive oil, fresh vegetables, fish and the unstinting consumption of wine. For modern western diets that sounds like a pretty good life.You would be may be surprised to know that the first cook book was written for the ancient Athenians,where mealtimes were pleasurable affairs where the spirit as well as the body was nourished.They have continued this mealtime philosophy of relaxation and enjoyment amongst family and friends.
The Mediterranean diet cures of heart disease and lengthens our lives. A Mediterranean lifestyle is something that is not just about the diet or the weather.Having said that the weather with mild short winters and long hot summers is very attractive.This weather is fully enjoyed by the people while sitting and talking in the Mediterranean sunshine,while sipping coffee or having a meal.This long gatherings around the table lead to long philosophical conversations about life.
Mediterranean lifestyle is simple, vibrant,colurfull,sunny and tasty.
Monday, February 2, 2009
So what are the main Greek Foods that the typical Greeks would Eat? One popular Greek dish is kotopoulou lemonato or Lemon Chicken this is just basically a fresh chicken with sliced roast potatoes seasoned with salt pepper Freshly squeezed lemons,oregano drenched with extra virgin olive oil roasted to perfection.
Another tasty Greek Dish is Yemista. (Peppers and Tomatoes stuffed with rice a little onion tomato sugar),roasted in the oven in olive oil with potatoes served with fresh bread from the bakery to dip in the olive oil.
Horiatiki is a Greek tomato salad served with feta cheese and Greek Olives sprinkled with oregano a touch of vinegar and olive oil. One of my personal favorites Souvlaki is another popular Greek Dish it is Pork marinated in a special marinate served in pitta bread. Served with some Greek salad and topped with tzatziki my favorite yogurt and garlic dip it is delicious.
Taramasalata is a dip made from cods roe breadcrumbs, lemon, olive oil which is very tasty eaten with pitta bread as a starter or with fresh bread from the baker.
Moussaka is also very popular though I would say it is one of the few less healthy Greek dishes it comprises of a layer of fried potatoes layer of minced lamb in a tomato sauce layer of fried aubergine or eggplant.Then another layer of minced lamb topped off with a bechamel sauce with cheese before being roasted in the oven for 30 minutes.
A tip for making your moussaka healthier is to fry the potatoes and aubergines in olive oil instead of vegetable oil.
My father used to make a delicious trout stew with olive oil, onions white wine potatoes fresh tomato all thrown in to the pot and some Greek herbs just simmered for an hour. Which was really tasty not to mention healthy This was some of the Greek Food I used to eat as a child and as an adult but when you look at the amount of people eating McDonalds KFC and food from a chip shop filled with cholesterol.
It is easy to feel sorry for them and think there must surely be something better than this.
So if you are looking to live longer and have a healthy diet why don't you give This Greek Cooking a try what have you got to lose.
I have got more information including complete recipes with step by step instructions free recipes and a Greek cooking DVD to be released shortly for more information go to http://www.aristotlegreekfood.com
25 things about me1.I am married to Sotiris and on Valentines day we will celebrate this for the 6th time
2.I am mother of 3 lovely boys-5,4 and 19 months old.They are full with energy and are great company for each other
3.I cherish every moment of my life and try to do my best in every occasion
4.I owe my mother the ability to be strong and my father the ability to look after others
5.I had my childhood in Bulgaria in a very small town during the communistic time
6.I am so grateful to the luck I had so far meeting so many special people
7.I treasure my friends that have been with me for as long as I can remember
8.I want to speak German and Greek and I would love the same for my kids
9.I want to be financially free so I can help others to live better
10.I really love Mediterranean lifestyle-lots of outdoors,fresh produce,nice cofffee and passion for life.
11.I study history for years and this boost my love to other cultures and mentalities
12.I am a beach bum-love the sea,the sand the heat
13.Living in Ireland is great for me.People are so friendly.I love Ireland.
14.I want to be better driver
15.I love philosophy
16.I am so grateful that I have met my husband with whom I had a opportunity to meet mentors and read books that have changed my life
17.I want to accumulate wealth
18.I think that sometimes people under value the importance of good health and nutrition.I want to work on that and help to change that
19.I love classical music
20.I love dinner parties and talking to people
21.I want to rebuild all the hospitals in Bulgaria
22.I love the morning -it gives me fantastic mood for the whole day
23.I was in Virginia Beach when 9/11 happened and I am one of these people,that think that if there was more women with power less people would die
24.I never want to have a pet as I think they need to live their own life
25.I want to invite you to my 100th birthday party at the Niagara Falls