BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series — Around the World in 30 days
Country: G for Greece
Dish: Loukoumades (Greek Donuts with Honey syrup)
We are going to Greece today and I just found out that it is officially know as the ‘Hellenic Republic‘. That is my geographic tidbit for the day 🙂 Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia & Africa.
Greece is the home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilization. Greece has a rich culture that has evolved over thousands of years. Modern democracies owe a debt to Greek beliefs in government by the people, by the jury and equality under the law.
Greek cuisine is characteristic of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Greek cuisine incorporates fresh ingredients into most of its dishes. With the rich culture it has, some of the dishes can be traced back to ancient Greece.
The most characteristic and ancient element of Greek cuisine is Olive Oil, which is used in most dishes. Wheat is the basic grain, though barley is also grown. Greek cuisine uses flavorings like oregano, mint, onion, garlic, dill more than other Mediterranean cuisines. They also, especially in the northern parts of Greece, use sweet spices like cinnamon and cloves with meat dishes.
There is an amazing array of vegetarian Greek dishes, but I decided to do a Greek dessert. I absolutely loved the name of this dish, actually I loved the way it is say by Greek — loukoumades with a Greek accent 🙂 They are nothing but yeast donuts that are drizzled with copius amounts of honey syrup and enjoyed hot. They are crispy on the outside and light and airy in the inside. They are dangerously addictive and you can never stop at just one. So make them when you have company, so you can share them.