My Grandma’s recipes
My grandmother Smaragdi was born in 1927 in Crete (home of the Mediterranean diet). It is where she has lived her entire life. My grandma is 90 years old today and It’s absolutely amazing that she is still living on her own and she’s able to make her meals. One of my favorite things about visiting my grandmother has always been her kitchen. I’m a better person for having her in my life because of these essential life lessons she taught me in her loving, quiet way, what is really important in life… Cretan Traditions.
Every Sunday, long before I was born, Grandma’s family gathered at her house in Chorafakia Village on Sunday afternoons. She used always plenty of Cretan olive oil to cooked us a variety of Cretan meals with natural, traditional and local produce: Tsigariasto, roast with potatoes in the wood fire oven, marathopita, horiatiki salata, boiled wild greens (horta) and dako, staka with eggs, and always, always desserts: kalitsounia with honey and sfakiani pita. She spent all morning cooking and always had the big table and the kids’ table set for a crowd.
She made sure everyone had their plates and glasses filled with red local wine and rarely sat down to eat herself until everyone else was almost done. When she was doing for us, she was truly in her element. My Grandma’s handwritten recipes passed down through the generations and now, the dishes I love and remember are all here. It’s all the inspiration I needed to start through the Cretan Cooking Classes to share our traditions and my Grandma’s authentic Cretan recipes!