The Cooking Odyssey http://www.thecookingodyssey.com A culinary television series that showcases the wondrous sights, sounds and tastes of Greece. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:57:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=499 Recipes of Loutraki (s03e07) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-loutraki-s03e07/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-loutraki-s03e07/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:16:04 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=2389 The post Recipes of Loutraki (s03e07) appeared first on The Cooking Odyssey.

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mushroom pita
Mushroom Pita
tahini halvas
Makedonikos - tahini halvas
Karavithes yiouvetsi langoustines & orzo
Karavithes yiouvetsi langoustines & orzo
Fava With Smoked Eel And Truffle Oil
Fava With Smoked Eel And Truffle Oil

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Recipes of Ermioni (s03e06) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-ermioni-s03e06/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-ermioni-s03e06/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:51:49 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=2386 The post Recipes of Ermioni (s03e06) appeared first on The Cooking Odyssey.

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tsipoura with lentil risotto
Tsipouro with lentil risotto
shrimp and hilopites pasta
Shrimp And Hilopites Pasta
orange tart
Orange Tarte (portokalopita)
olive bread
Olive Bread

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Recipes of Pylos (s03e05) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-pylos-s03e05/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-pylos-s03e05/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:33:37 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=2383 The post Recipes of Pylos (s03e05) appeared first on The Cooking Odyssey.

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Warm vegetable salad with olive and feta cream vinaigrette
Warm vegetable salad with olive and feta cream vinaigrette
Striped sea bass ceviche with greek coleslaw
Striped sea bass ceviche with greek coleslaw
Herb butter rooster and broccoli mash
Herb butter rooster and broccoli mash
Greek carbonara orzo with dried salami and calamari
Greek carbonara orzo with dried salami and calamari
Cinnamon biscotti with sea salt
Cinnamon biscotti with sea salt

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Recipes of Kalamata (s03e04) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-kalamata-s03e04/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-kalamata-s03e04/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:21:11 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=2379 The post Recipes of Kalamata (s03e04) appeared first on The Cooking Odyssey.

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Warm potato salad with greek yogurt
Warm potato salad with greek yogurt
Rosemary lamb chops with balsamic cream
Rosemary lamp chops with balsamic cream
Kalamatiani poutaneska
Kalamatiani putanesca (cured pork over greek pasta)
Cheese filled diples
Cheese filled diples
Batzaria with siglino
Batzaria with siglino pancetta with roasted beets and goat cheese
Balsamic cream strawberries over greek yogurt
Balsamic cream strawberries over greek yogurt

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Recipes of AFS / Thessaloniki (s03e03) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-afs-thessaloniki-s03e03/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-afs-thessaloniki-s03e03/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:05:49 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=2375 The post Recipes of AFS / Thessaloniki (s03e03) appeared first on The Cooking Odyssey.

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Spicy oxtail with pita
Spicy oxtail with pita
Skordomakarounes onion garlic pasta with greek yogurt sauce
Skorpinomakarounes (onion garlic pasta with yogurt sauce)
Rooster with greek egg noodles
Kokkoras krasatos with hilopites (rooster with greek egg noodles)
Bougatsa
Bougatsa

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Recipes of Marathonas (s03e02) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-marathonas-s03e02/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/recipes-of-marathonas-s03e02/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:52:09 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=2371 The post Recipes of Marathonas (s03e02) appeared first on The Cooking Odyssey.

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Pork-Chops with Fennel Pesto Crust
Pork chops with fennel pesto
Pistachio homemade spread
Pistachio nutella
Grouper with pistachio crust
Pistachio crusted grouper with quinoa salad
Greek Style Panacotta
Ouzo panacotta with red fruit
Fennel Fritters
Fennel fritters with greek yogurt dip

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Best of season 3 (s03e13) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/best-of-season-3-s03e13/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/best-of-season-3-s03e13/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:00:11 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=1954 Join Chef Michalis as he highlights his collection of recipes and locations from his Cooking Odyssey journey.

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Season 03 – Episode 13

Join Chef Michalis as he highlights his collection of recipes and locations from his Cooking Odyssey journey.

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Crete (s03e12) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/crete-s03e11/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/crete-s03e11/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:59:16 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=1949 Join Chef Michalis as he hikes the most-walked footpath in Greece, tours a traditional dairy product farm, explores a Municipal Market that dates back to 1913 and visits two companies dedicated to creating all natural and organic specialty products.

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Season 03 – Episode 12

Join Chef Michalis as he hikes the most-walked footpath in Greece, tours a traditional dairy product farm, explores a Municipal Market that dates back to 1913 and visits two companies dedicated to creating all natural and organic specialty products.

Crete

Origin History – Crete

The island of Crete: a unique cultural and geographical crossroad. Crete is the 5th biggest Mediterranean island, renowned for the diversity of its landscape and the combination of the new alongside with the old.

A scenery of stark contrasts, the island of Crete combines mountains and sea, in a majestic manner: from rugged mountains to endless beaches; some of which are among the best in the world. The island’s turquoise seas are just few miles away from a stunning countryside and some captivating sites – including areas of unique biodiversity, numerous indigenous plants and rare species of fauna.

Crete’s culture dates back to ancient times, been shaped from different cultures, ethnicities and influences. The island is dotted with archaeological sites and palaces of the Minoan civilization; one of the earlier European civilizations. At the same time, the economic and intellectual developments during the island’s Venetian era, remind the grandiose past of the island. Modern Cretan culture is distinguished, among others, for its particular folk music, while certain parts of the local economy show significant advances, since Crete is the home of important research institutes and universities.

The island’s unique ecosystem together with the locals’ hospitality and enthusiasm contribute to some of the world’s most special and rare gastronomic products. After all, this is the island of the celebrated Cretan Diet, internationally recognized for its nutritional and health benefits, and as the most typical and qualitatively superior example of Mediterranean diet.

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Mykonos Easter (s03e11) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/mykonos-s03e12/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/mykonos-s03e12/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:58:58 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=1952 On today’s episode, Chef Michalis shares the traditions of Greek Easter, learns how to make mayeritsa, the customary soup of Easter, the traditional Easter bread called Tsoureki, goes horseback riding and even takes a turn at roasting the traditional Easter lamb

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Season 03 – Episode 11

On today’s episode, Chef Michalis shares the traditions of Greek Easter, learns how to make mayeritsa, the customary soup of Easter, the traditional Easter bread called Tsoureki, goes horseback riding and even takes a turn at roasting the traditional Easter lamb

Mykonos

Origin History – Mykonos

The iconic island that bewitches and enthralls its visitors!
Mykonos is a scenic Aegean Sea island that belongs to the Cyclades island cluster, southeast of Tinos and north of Paros and Naxos. In Greek mythology, legend has it that Mykonos (roughly meaning in ancient Greek “a mass of stones”) was formed by the petrified bodies of the Giants killed by Hercules. A later legend attributes the name to the hero Mykonos, son of Anios, King of Delos. The traditional and scenic beauty of Mykonos is such that, as early as the 1950’s, Mykonos has been one of the most popular and most visited tourist islands of the Mediterranean, synonymous with entertainment. Its cubed-shaped, stark white houses that reflect the magnificent light of the sun, its countless labyrinthine alleys galvanize visitors at first sight. Its iconic windmills standing immobile in line, and the red domes and belfries of its innumerable churches, compose a picture of unrivalled beauty. In its harbor, a small motley “fleet” of caiques and small fishing boats put the finishing touches to a fantastical feast for the eyes. Dreamy beaches with crystal waters can be found everywhere around the island, drawing Mykonos visitors like a magnet. Equally famous is Mykonos’ cuisine and traditional products such as delicious Mykonos kopanisti cheese spread and melt-in-the-mouth louza cured pork meat. Mykonos wines, confectioneries, and almond pastries complete a gastronomic picture that is as traditional as it is enticing.
Visitors to Mykonos should not miss out on the opportunity to visit the tiny island of Delos nearby considered the Aegean Sea’s most sacred place since, according to Greek Mythology that’s where the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis were born. Today, Delos is an extended archaeological site where once a vibrant ancient town stood, a town of awe-inspiring temples, magnificent public buildings, luxurious abodes, and bustling markets.

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Lamia (s03e10) http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/lamia-s03e09/ http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/lamia-s03e09/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:57:21 +0000 http://www.thecookingodyssey.com/?p=1947 The historic bridge of WWII’s Operation Harling, the battleground of Thermopylae and the history of rice cultivation in Greece are explored while Chef Michalis makes a wild greens risotto, sun-dried tomato crusted veal roast and rice pudding.

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Season 03 – Episode 10

The historic bridge of WWII’s Operation Harling, the battleground of Thermopylae and the history of rice cultivation in Greece are explored while Chef Michalis makes a wild greens risotto, sun-dried tomato crusted veal roast and rice pudding.

Lamia

Origin History – Lamia

Lamia, hailed as the Noble Lady of Roumeli, is the capital of the Regional Unit of Phthiotis, Region of Central Greece. Mythological accounts are unclear as to the origin of the city’s name. One account says that it was built by Lamos, son of Hercules and Omphale, Queen of Lydia who was the one to purchase Hercules from Hermes after Hercules had been sold as a slave per Zeus’ command. Another account maintains that it was built by mythological Lamia, daughter of Poseidon and Queen of the Trachineans. Whatever the legendary case may have been, the founders of the city chose its location very carefully: Situated as it is at the foothills of Mount Othrys, near Sperchios River, Lamia acquired great strategic significance. Archaeological studies have revealed that the area has been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age (2800-1100 BC). Due to its strategic position, Lamia’s past is an illustrious one. Silent witnesses to that past are Lamia’s ancient monuments, churches, and historical locations which unravel the city’s history before the eyes of visitors to the area’s lovely sights.

Lamia’s Medieval Castle is the most famous one. Built on a rocky hill, it towers over the city and affords a panoramic view of the enchanting Valley of Sperchios River, the peaks of Mounts Oiti, Kallidromo, legendary Othrys, Parnassos, Ghiona, and of the Malian Gulf. Lamia’s historical Bridge of Alamana retains unaltered the collective memory from the battle fought there and the tragic defeat of Athanassios Diakos and his men by the Ottoman troops in 1822. A visit to the nearby site of historical Thermopylae is “must” as it is the location of the Battle of Thermopylae known the world over. In 482 BC, at the narrow coastal passage that existed there in antiquity, 300 Spartans under King Leonidas of Sparta clashed and held off King Xerxes’ considerable Persian forces until betrayed by Ephialtes. The last historical stop is Anthele, an early centre of the Delphinian Amphictiony and the place of origin of the Greeks’ civil history. The breathtaking sights around Lamia, its cultural heritage, and the warm hospitality lavished by Lamia residents on the area’s visitors have made the city a pole of well-deserved tourism attraction.

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