Homemade apricot marmalade

How to eat breakfast like a Greek

Greek breakfasts are all about freshly strained yogurt and honey, seasonal fruit, handmade baked treats and uncomplicated tastes… the perfect start to the day
By Zigzag Mountain Art
Greek breakfasts are all about freshly strained yogurt and honey, seasonal fruit, handmade baked treats and uncomplicated tastes… the perfect start to the day
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Breakfast in Greece has its own unique history. In villages around the country, it used to be not only the most important meal of the day in terms of nutrition, but also the most filling. Large quantities of animal fats provided energy for the day’s labours. Meanwhile, in western Crete, country people used to eat the traditional Greek breakfast of eggs with staka – the equivalent of clotted cream – to keep them going, whilst in Epirus and Macedonia, the fare was pies made with cheese and butter. 

A generous piece of homemade bread with some olives, wrapped in a clean kerchief, was the midmorning snack of choice. Farmers and day labourers would carry it with them to the fields or workplace in town. Breakfast as we know it today did not exist, except in some city homes, where it was a habit imported from abroad with French butter and white bread.

Modern variations of Greek breakfast

Today, with the luxury of freshly picked produce and homemade dishes, breakfast has changed for modern Greeks too. At hotel buffets, you will enjoy a wake-up meal with a difference.Traditional spinach pie

Will you be able to choose between Epirot pies, with handmade pastry filled with seasonal goods, a milk pie, cheese pie, spinach pie, a wedge of delicious island or mountain cheeses or a bowl of the creamiest yogurt you’ve ever tasted, perhaps even made with buffalo milk.

Greek yoghurt with honey and walnuts
Or how about a choice of breads just out of the oven, topped with fortifying tahini (sesame paste) and local honey, or sliced Peloponnesian or Macedonian ham or salami, Peloponnesian scrambled eggs with fresh tomatoes, or a rich but fluffy Andriot froutalia omelette with potatoes and sausage? Freshly squeezed orange juice from the groves of Laconia or Argos, mountain tea from Taygetos, Crete or Epirus or even homemade jams from the hotel’s gardens are also on offer.

A memorable Greek breakfast is just the thing to set you up for a day of vigorous exploration or relaxation on the beach.

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