Monday, March 11, 2013

Taking Cues From Ancient Greek Culinary Tradition

Even in modern times, we look for cues from our ancestors for culture, tradition, and culinary know-how. And even now, in Athens, Greece - there are those who thrive learning to cook and eat like the ancient Greeks did at this foodie-lovers workshop where meals are prepared using the same ingredients as the ancient Greeks used, and then a state fair-style sampling of their recipes.

[Andrew Dalby, Food Historian]:
"It was the center of ancient life as it can still be the center of life now. If we take our life and if we take our family seriously, eating can still be the center. It certainly was to them."

Being the premier Dallas Greek Restaurant, we know for sure that the main staples in Greek cuisine are olives, olive oil, parsley, oregano, honey, fish and bread, - and have been for centuries. We also know how healthy Mediterranean dishes are - considering the longevity of Greek people.

Some distinct differences between ancient times and modern were pointed out, however - such as the fact that ancient Greeks didn't eat much meat.

[Andrew Dalby, Food Historian]:
"Meat was not a big item in the ancient diet - and perhaps not so much in the modern diet as in some other countries, but people are getting more and more interested in meat, which is not necessarily good for us."

The three main meals of modernity were observed in old days, though - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast was a bit different, with wine and bread being the fare.

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