Hello, hello! It is time for a new post today. And since you asked for regional recipes last time, you're gonna get some authentic ones.
But first, a quick introduction (or revision) on what people from the island of Mytilene usually eat. As all Greeks, they love fresh vegetables, herbs, olive oil and fish. But in order to honour their own beloved drink "ouzo", they have it with a lot of appetizers, or "mezedes", as they are called here. Sometimes, there is no main course that follows, and dinner consists merely of an assortment of those yummy mezedes.
In order to give you a better idea on what we Greeks eat, I will provide you with a menu that you would be likely to find in a typical restaurant here. So grab your (virtual) forks and let's go! Beware: Major drooling ahead!
- Giouzlemedes: Little cheese pies, fried.
- Anthoi: Zucchini flowers stuffed with zucchini filling, cheese and herbs.
- Bourekakia: Fried rolls, stuffed with cheese and ham.
- Sfougato: Zucchini omelet, oven-baked.
- Tzatziki: Classic appetizer consisting of Greek yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and (sometimes) dill.
- Kavourosalata: Crab salad with mayo.
- Taramosalata: Appetizer usually eaten during Lent, consisting of mashed fish eggs (sounds weird, but tastes delicious).
- Patatokeftedes: Fried potato-cheese balls.
- Greek salad / Horiatiki: Another classic, made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, feta cheese, and an olive oil-vinegar-oregano dressing.
- Green salad: Various "green" stuff, usually "wild" ones, aka collected from mountain slopes and not gardens.
- Beet salad: With a vinegar and mashed garlic dressing.
- Grilled octopus
- Fresh fish, fried or grilled
- Fried calamari
- Grilled sausages
- Kopsidia: Grilled pork pieces.
- Fried meatballs
- Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts
- "Spoon" dessert: Made with boiled fruit and sugar.
So, that was it... I'll give you some time to dream about all this delicious food, and I will come back with some recipes! I hope you liked it!