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With a wooden spoon around the world - Greek Cuisine

Did you know that the word gastronomy is of Greek origin? If you do not mind, but Greek cuisine, a cuisine is known throughout the world.

It's hard to tell if it is given pride of the Greeks living abroad and spreading Greek culinary glory or simply Greek dishes are so tasty and really simple, appealing through all continents. In addition, if you cook Greek food using fresh ingredients, many herbs and healthy olive oil. Therefore, many Greek dishes to patients suffering from intestinal inflammation suit.

Greeks are in terms of the number of sick people with Crohn's disease or colitis at one of the lowest in Europe. Number of patients with IBD is even lower than in other Mediterranean country and in Italy. The interesting thing is that the number of patients in Crete is more than twice larger than in the northern part of the country and also the increased incidence of IBD is here seen in men living in cities. If it is caused by a different lifestyle , genetic predisposition or simply missing data from mainland Greece, it's hard to say.

Greeks like lean and healthy sheep meat and beef meat (veal kebab recipe). Among the typical dishes known to us and we can enumerate Greek salad (vegetable salad with tomatoes and feta cheese), tzatziki (cucumber in sour cream and cottage cheese or thick Greek yogurt), souvlaki (kebab usually lamb - recipe) and moussaka (aubergines with pudding and mince meat). In Greece, a typical dish gyros. This is a piece of meat (usually lamb) in the shape of a loaf, which slowly roasts and gradually it a meat offering cuts. We know him from Czech or other states, but with lamb gyros rarely meet as often as just in Greece.

For typical materials can sample some sheep feta cheese and olives. Olives and olive oil are also suitable gift when we visit Greece and want their relatives to bring a little bit of sun in the form of typical Greek products. If you are not afraid to carry holiday and dairy products, so delicious feta cheese is also an excellent choice. He said he also praised the legendary Homer in his epics. Feta cheese is matured in brine solution more than two years and due to the high fat content (which adds flavor to food) is a real delicacy. Work is also one of the most popular vegetarian dishes - to saganaki, a fried slice of cheese coated in breadcrumbs.

For Greek food, we must not forget the seafood and sweet desserts. Greeks like baklava, which is prepared puff pastry (puff pastry sheets are polity honey and sprinkled with nuts) or kataifi (roll with nuts and syrup). However, the nuts contained in these desserts can be a large part of patients suffering from intestinal inflammation big problem, so IBD patients may prefer to put "common" Greek yogurt. Greek yoghurt yogurt, which is straining through the fabric or paper, which is removed whey. It has a very sour taste and Greeks it oslazují honey, cherry syrup or fruit. Greek yogurt is already possible to buy some Czech stores. One of the lesser known desserts is also a honey cake (melopita - recipe). Indicates that comes from the Aegean island of Sifnos, respectively, that melopita is a typical local specialty. Of course, variations of this cake is countless. Do cheese cakes added myzithra, but in Czech conditions, it can replace ricotta cheese.

Not only in Greece, we should not forget the drinks. Greeks swallowed food classic water, but like wine. Already in ancient Greece worshiped the god Dionysus, god of wine. A special wine is wine retsina, a wine with slightly resinous flavor. It is said that this wine had matured in barrels, which remained a little resin . Greeks that taste and smell liked it so much that now add resin to wine intentionally. Although patients with IBD usually give them alcohol (especially the. Hardcore) does not do well, and not in relation to Greece, not to mention national Greek ouzo. It is an aniseed-flavored spirit drink which is often served in restaurants as well as a digestif after a meal. Served chilled and sometimes the usual clear color ouzo is colored beautifully milky white color due to the addition of ice or water. The last world famous Greek brandy Metaxa is alcohol. Always, however, depends on the health status and responsibility not only to the individual patient with Crohn's or colitis, whether and in what amount a taste of these drinks.

The recipe for veal skewer:

The raw materials used (for 4 servings):
600 g of calf liver
Salt and pepper
250 g of bacon

The liver cut into small squares, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slice and dice the bacon, which lightly coat the bread crumbs. Then it napichujeme alternately with pieces of liver spread with butter on the grill needles or skewers. Poised shish kebab then we can bake in the oven or on the grill. Bake for approximately 15 minutes. It is suitable to serve kebabs with roasted potatoes.

The recipe for souvlaki:
The raw materials used (for 4 servings):
1.5 kg leg of lamb (sliced ​​and diced)
100 ml olive oil
1 lemon (juice)
Oregano (2 tsp)
2 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper
According to the taste and tolerance:
Red wine (100 ml)
garlic (1-2 cloves)
onion (cut into pieces)
green pepper (cut into pieces)

In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, oregano and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, or you can mix and red wine and crushed garlic. Do mixtures store meat cut into pieces and leave to marinate preferably overnight in the refrigerator (about 4-6 hours). After napícháme meat on the grill needles or skewers (we can add the chopped onions and green peppers). Meat can be a little dosolit. Then fry the skewers on the grill or in the oven.
Suitable attachment may be tzatziki or Greek salad and pita bread.

Recipe for melopitu:
The raw materials used (for 6 servings):
600 g cheese (or ricotta myzithra)
Honey 150 g
3 eggs
1 tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
Lemon peel (optional - to taste)
Honey and cinnamon (for garnish)

In a bowl, combine all ingredients, clear sheet (suitable to use cake tin with a diameter of 20 cm) and bake at 180 ° C in approximately 40 minutes (baked until golden brown). The cake is the conclusion drizzle with more honey and sprinkled with cinnamon to taste.

Source: Intestinal záně

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