As mentioned in the Everyday Greek description, some classes, such as this, need to be further explained. Although vegetarian food is part of the everyday Greek cooking repertoire, this class concentrates purely on vegetarian – some dishes are even vegan. Some dishes can be eaten as a side dish, while others can be eaten as a main.
We will be making a combination of dishes such as Burghal pilaf with yoghurt, spanahorizo (spinach pilaf), gemista (stuffed Vegetables), Vegetarian moussaka, a Cypriot style frittata (egg and potato), runner bean casserole just to name a few. Dishes will be dependent on seasonal ingredients and will vary in each class.
Greeks are huge on vegetables and vegetarian dishes – there will almost always be a vegetarian dish on the table every night. Our diet can be purely vegetarian for a 1/3 of the year, as we fast for religious reasons – and within that period, part of it is purely vegan. This is a huge part of our lives and what constitutes part of The Mediterranean Diet.