Home cooking with chef Manolis
The healthy Cretan diet or Greek dishes
Country Hotel Velani organizes Greek home cooking lessons for small groups allowing them to enjoy the local, fresh produce by creating some wonderful dishes.
The Cretan island with its geographic position in the middle of 3 continents was invaded by many nations and they all had effects on the Cretan cuisine.
The outside world always admired the healthy diet which said to help Cretans live longer, but Greek food is also very tasty as well as fun to create.
No visit in Greece can take place without offering your friends something to eat. It is considered very impolite not to offer guests food. And refusing to accept the offer is just as impolite!
But Greek food is of great importance in gathering family and friends together and plays a large part in all social festivities.
The group lessons are given in our outside kitchen and only with small groups.
We start with a walking tour in our gardens for collecting the vegetables, herbs or fruits needed for today’s dish, we receive the explanations and instructions, and see the chef Manolis cook, after which we will all try to create our own food. Manolis is there for assistance and questions. We finish the lesson by eating what we have created – always a fun part of the lessons!
Examples of dishes that can be prepared during the lessons are Moussaka, Jemista (stuffed vegetables), soutzoukakia (meatballs in red sauce), or tzatziki.
Of course dishes on demand are also possible.
The lessons take place at 10:00am after which we eat the Cretan dishes for lunch together with the other students.
The cooking lessons take 2 hours.
Price is 55 euro p/p
Minimum participants are 4 persons.
Also possible to reserve for vegetarians.