In Greece people don't eat to live, they live to eat !!!
It seems that Greeks' relation to food is quite different, compared to the average European; happy and sad moments, celebration and mourning, all occur around a table laden with food. Hence the question "what's to eat?" is heard everywhere, always. The Greek cuisine reflects the rich agricultural production of our small and yet blessed country and gives us even today indirect information about the land's economy, history, social life, customs and even about the people's religious beliefs.
Gastronomy in Andros is characterized by the main elements of Greek and Cycladic cuisine. Natural products, fresh fruits and vegetables, local cheeses, traditional recipes and delicious desserts will be included in all of your meals during your holidays in this beautiful island.
Even though it's an island, Andros is more famous for its fresh meat rather than for fish. Oil, citrus, fruits meat and dairy products as amexia, chloro, petroti, volaki and kopanisti cheese, pork derivatives as lardia the famous saucage, louza or syglina and sissira, greens as capers and kritama which you can find by the sea, is the local produce of Andros.
Judging by the number of patisseries on the island, the locals really enjoy having desserts! Andros' authentic dessert is almond paste, "amigdalota" , "kaltsounia", "pasteli" with seasame or walnuts, pasterlaries (dried figs with ground walnuts, and seasame) and of course "spoon sweets" made with lemon flowers, babiloni, bergamot and walnut. Local delicacies are not to be missed either.
A dish for the brave is fourtalia', an omelet with potatoes, pork and sausages cooked in a type of animal fat called 'glina' instead of oil, with numerous variations. Specific celebrative foods give a festive tone to all festive days of the year, at Easter in Andros, locals cook in traditional wood ovens "lampriati", lamb stuffed with cheese, eggs, herbs, dill and spearmint.
COOKING ON AN AEGEAN ISLAND!
Discover the Mediterranean flavors of Andros! Ranging from light, leafy salads to rich, aromatic casseroles and local delicacies, many of the best traditional dishes remain yet to be discovered by holiday makers. A dish can be found to satisfy everyone, from vegetarians to meat lovers. All our culinary creations radiate health and a wholesomeness that can only be found in much loved recipes passed down through the generations. Together we will discover the principles and cook some of the recipes which determine what we all know as Mediterranean Cuisine, and, at the end of each day we will enjoy the meal we have created. At the end of your holiday you will return home with some traditional Greek recipes to impress your friends with!
Whether a sophisticated foodie or just a cooking enthusiast, this culinary detour in Andros is certainly yours to discover! The essence of this journey is the route from the nature to the table. Let's enjoy a journey, based on the health and pleasure of taste!