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An Insider's Guide to Mykonos

Christmas Food in Greece

Like other holidays in Greece, food is a central part of the celebration. Traditional Christmas food can be found throughout the country on Greek family tables from the mainland to right here in Mykonos.

“The holidays” in Greece is a longer period than just Christmas Day.  For Greek Orthodox Christians, it is the period of Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.

The Main Christmas Dish

When families sit down for a delicious home cooked Christmas dinner, the main course is typically roasted pork. In recent years, many families also opt instead for a Christmas turkey which is a popular main dish in other countries.   However, the real tradition all over Greece is having pork.  In fact, the hog slaughter called hoirosphagia in Greek, is a winter event, including on our island of Mykonos.  Due to this long standing tradition, feasting on a pork meal on this significant holiday has become the natural choice as the traditional meat of the winter season. Continue Reading…

Villa Kitchen Highlights: Homemade Cookies

Part of our Greek hospitality means offering our guests some special treats made with care by our villa staff.  Sometimes, we love cooking up some Greek specialties including Greek savory pitas. Our guests leave Mykonos asking just how to make Greek zucchini pie called kolokithopita. You can find the recipe from our earlier post from this link.  On the sweet side, we love to bake up a batch of our homemade cookies from time to time.

Everyone can agree that cookies are a simple sweet treat that are perfect for any occasion.  Why not a villa holiday stay?  The Villa Hurmuses cookies have just the right touch of cinnamon. Just like our savory pie recipe, our guests ask for our special cookie recipe to take home. Continue Reading…

Villa Kitchen Highlights: Greek Zucchini Pie

Part of our Greek hospitality means offering our guests some delicious homemade Greek food to sample from time to time.  Our savory pitas end up being a favorite among our guests and sometimes they leave Mykonos asking just how to make Greek zucchini pie!

Greek zucchini pie is called kolokithopita. It’s one of the varieties of savory pies featured in Greek cuisine.  Greek pitas are a staple of cooking in Greece because they make great use of in-season vegetables.    Continue Reading…

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