Daily Archives: May 20, 2014

  • Recipe : The famous Tzatziki with Olive Oil

    One of the most famous refreshing dressings, is the Cucumber and Yoghurt Dip, or as it is commonly known.. Tzatziki!

    Tzatziki is one of the main ingredients on the Greek ‘Souvlaki’, but it can also been found widely in Turkey, under the name Cacik. Apart from the Souvlaki, Tzatziki can also been combined with meats, and fried chips, or as an appetizer with some olives and ouzo. Keep in mind, that due to the garlic, that can been found in its ingredients, Tzatziki is a very healthy and nutritious dip!

    Ingrediends:

    1 kg strained yoghurt (1.1lbs)
    2 large cucumbers (or 3 small ones)
    3 cloves of garlic
    4-5 table spoons of olive oil
    1-2 table spoons of vinegar
    Some salt
    1 table spoon of chopped mint or dill (optional)
    (a couple of olives and some mint, for styling)

    Method

    Firstly peel and grate the cucumbers. If possible, try to squeeze as hard as possible, in order to remove any water, completely.

    Then, mash the garlic with the salt, in a mortar.

    In a medium-sized bowl, mix the strained

    Finally add mint or parsley, and add more salt, if required, to match your tasting habits. That’s all!

    Try to refrigerate it a bit, until it’s ready to use. It will get a very refreshing taste!

    TipA better idea would be not to peel the cucumbers. Most of the nutritional elements of cucumber are hidden there. Plus, it adds a nature color to the Tzatziki.

    Preparation Time5-6 minutes

    Cooking Time1 minute

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    One of the most famous refreshing dressings, is the Cucumber and Yoghurt Dip, or as it is commonly known.. Tzatziki! Tzatziki is one of the main ingredients on the Greek ‘Souvlaki’, but it can also been found widely in Turkey, under the name Cacik. Apart from the... 
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  • Olive Oil, Honey Could Help Lift Greece Out of Recession

    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is calling on manufacturers of traditional foods and beverages, from fish-roe producers to honey makers, to play a bigger role in transforming the country into an export economy.

    Greece, which saw exports fall 0.2 percent to 27.3 billion euros ($37.5 billion) in 2013, needs food and beverage companies to catch up with export-oriented industries like fuels and do more to help pull the country out of a six-year recession, Samaras told industry representatives on the island of Lesvos May 13.

    More Greek food companies, some of whom were forced to look for sales outside their traditional home market as the crisis shrank the economy, should focus “on processing agricultural produce in order to bring Greek products to international markets,” Samaras said. “Today, 200 large companies account for 85 percent of production while 17,000 small and medium-sized companies have huge potential.”

    Greek exports of agricultural products including food, beverages and vegetable oils rose 3.5 percent by value in 2013 to 4.75 billion euros, according to the Panhellenic Exporters Association. At around 17 percent of the total value of Greek exports, the food and beverage industry trails fuels and industrial goods like machinery and chemical products as the country’s top export category.

    Greece’s economy contracted at its slowest pace in four years in the first quarter, the Hellenic Statistical Authority said May 15. The European Commission forecasts that Greek GDP will grow 0.6 percent this year, its first annual expansion since 2007.

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    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is calling on manufacturers of traditional foods and beverages, from fish-roe producers to honey makers, to play a bigger role in transforming the country into an export economy. Greece, which saw exports fall 0.2 percent to 27.3 billion euros... 
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