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I am an Armenian-American but I have a lot of Greek friends and I currently work at a Greek restaurant. I don't know how to cook the traditional Greek foods so I am really just waiting tables, but I am fascinated by the cuisine and want to work in the kitchen. I thought maybe if I studies Greek cooking on my own I would have a greater chance of joining the kitchen staff. It is my dream to be a chef, and this seems like a great place to start.

So, I thought I'd make a list of dishes to learn how to cook. Chime in if you think I missed anything:

- Tiropita (cheese pita)
- Spanakopita (spinach pita)
- Greek style rice pilaf
- Kapama (I just saw a recipe in another thread!)
- Greek lentil soup
- Stuffed grape leaves (I can make the Armenian version so I might start with this - it's a matter of getting the Greek flavors)
- Egg and Lemon soup
- Baklava and other Greek desserts - (I can make the Armenian version, I just need to get a handle on the Greek flavors - maybe using honey in the syrup instead of just sugar and water?)

What else do you guys think I should make?
Hmmmm... it looks like you need to add Pastitsio and Moussaka to the list! They're both classic dishes. They're a bit involved with a lot of steps, but totally doable.
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Hmmmm... it looks like you need to add Pastitsio and Moussaka to the list! They're both classic dishes. They're a bit involved with a lot of steps, but totally doable.
Thank you! I looked at a pastitsio recipe recently and it doesn't look bad. Though, it looks like the sauce that goes on the top could be tricky.

Greek Warm Weather Eating

With the warm weather approaching, I've been eager to explore more light and refreshing dishes. I'm particularly interested in Greek cuisine, which I know has a lot of great options perfect for sunny days.

Could anyone share their favorite Greek dishes to enjoy when the weather is warm? I'm looking for suggestions that are both delicious and easy to prepare. Any recipes or tips on where to find authentic ingredients would be greatly appreciated too!

Cumin in Greek Cooking?

When I was in Greece, I bumped into a "spanakopita" in like a turnover style dough. It didn't have cheese and was spiced with cumin. I hadn't realized people use Cumin in Greece until I tasted it in this dish. I was kind of confused.

Do people actually use cumin in Greek cooking? None of the old recipes I have mention it. Could it be a more modern influence?

Greek Souvlaki Marinade Recipe

Now that grilling season is upon us, I thought I would share my souvlaki marinade. I cut the meat in cubes and marinate in plastic bags overnight. I skewer them just before grilling.

Add to a mason jar:
  • 1/4 cup Greek olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Then I cover the mason jar and shake, add the meat to the bags, and pour it over. If I am making a huge batch I double the marinade.

Drinking Olive Oil: Health and Beauty Elixir or Celebrity Fad?

This will I hope generate a healthy discussion amongst the readership here!I have been drinking Pure Olive oil 0.3% Acidity (Not cheap!) for many years, not everyday as I alternate with Pure Organic Sesame oil and Organic first pressed Coconut oil as well....and I also forget to be honest even when all the bottles are staring at me!!😁😁... Since there are many members here I am interested to hear how many drink olive oil and the benefits to their wellbeing?!.... Kalley Mera from Thailand and a heatwave no one can imagine for 5 months without a drop of rain!

List of Different Greek Cooking Techniques

I hope you're all doing well! I've recently developed a deep appreciation for Greek cuisine and I'm eager to expand my cooking skills in this area. However, I'm realizing that I might be missing out on some traditional Greek cooking techniques that are essential for authentic dishes.

Could anyone kindly provide me with a list of cooking techniques commonly used in Greek cuisine? Whether it's grilling, baking, braising, or something more specific to Greek cooking, I'm eager to learn! Any insights, tips, or favorite methods would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to your responses!

Here's what I can think of so far:

  • Frying - usually in olive oil, right? Things like Greek fries and kourabedies come to mind is being fried.
  • Grilling - souvlaki, chicken, etc
  • Sandwiches - gyros, making "toast" that you see on menus in Greece
  • Braising - like braised lamb?
  • On the spot - Lamb, goat
  • Baking - desserts and savory dishes
What have I missed?
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