Monthly Archives: December 2012

Greek Snacks

olives Greek Snacks

The Greeks love their food and have a lot of rich traditions and signature dishes. If you’ve been lucky enough to visit, you will have had the privilege of eating Greek snacks and meals. If you want to make them at home or are looking for some inspiration for a Greek themed party or just a dinner party or other occasion where you plan to serve these kind of snacks, you’ve come to the right place. Greek snacks are very different to what people eat in most other parts of the world, so what do they eat?

Corn On The Cob

This is the only snack on the list that is pretty universal and doesn’t necessarily originate in Greece. Served similarly in many parts of Asia, corn is available from street vendors and hawkers stalls who will cook it on the spot for you slathered in butter. Yum! Much more healthy than the fast food options you might find in other parts of the world.

Houmous

One of Greece’s most famous exports, Houmous is a favorite snack in its homeland as well as other parts of Europe and the world. This delicious dip is usually home made when you eat it in Greece, but if you’re planning to serve it up elsewhere then you can buy it on your local supermarket shelves too. Lovely served with pitta bread shredded or sliced (another Greek tradition) or if you want to be even healthier you can serve it with carrots, celery and other cold veg.

Olives

Another food that Greeks are famous for, no snack is complete without olives! Grown all around Greece expect these to be served to you a lot if you visit, they are truly delicious, healthy and will probably be presented to you in the traditional way, that means with the pips!

Honey and Yogurt

It isn’t all healthy of course, and Greek people know how to do sweet as well as savory. Honey and yogurt can be served as a desert or as a tasty snack and can be made more interesting with nuts and dried (or fresh) fruit. Delicious!

Loukoumades

If you’ve not visited, you probably wont have heard of this particular snack. Loukoumades are a sort of mini donuts coated in syrup and served with toppings such as sesame seeds or crushed nuts. A real treat and quite fatty but a delicious sweet snack nonetheless.

 

Greeks are famous for their food and you could do a lot worse than letting their beautiful cuisine enter your snacking routine! Put down that bag of crisps and make yourself some Houmous.

How to Say Thank You In Greek

When in a foreign country, it is always nice to learn a little bit of the language. If the locals are willing to help you out it is always nice to be able to thank them in their native tongue, and trust me, many Greek people are nice enough to do lovely things for you more than worthy of your thanks.

How to Say Thank You In Greek

In the Greek language, “thank you” is written “Ευχαριστώ”. Don’t let that scare you though, the pronunciation is not as complex as it might seem! In English characters it is spelled ”efharistó” and is pronounced ef-hari-sto with an emphasis on the “o” at the end. The short video below shows an example of how to correctly say thank you in Greek.