The popular vegetable in Crete is okra (also called bamie), which can often be found in local greengrocers. Although it looks a bit like a green chili pepper, its skin is not as smooth and it is covered with a tiny fleck. This very healthy and low-calorie vegetable is unfortunately virtually unheard of in Poland. If you would like to try it, it's worth doing it while in Crete. Just look for one of the local taverns, which serves dishes prepared on the basis of okra. You can of course prepare it yourself, especially if you have a decently equipped kitchen on site. When choosing a food circle, one should be guided by its size. In the case of this vegetable works the rule that the smaller it the better. Large, over-sized copies are not suitable for food because they are hard and bast. So it's best to choose pods no more than about 8 cm. The smallest 5-6 cm will be ideal.
1. Rinse the collar and cut off stalks, or the characteristic cap at the end. Then let it soak for about an hour in water with a tablespoon of salt and 2-3 tablespoons of wine vinegar. This treatment will remove sticky juice from the okra, which after passing into the sauce later could change its consistency. After this time, we drain off the pods.
2. In a large pot, fry the finely chopped onions in olive oil and after a few minutes, add a chopped clove of garlic. Put onion into the onion, tomatoes grated or finished, ground from a can, chopped parsley and some water.
3. Bring the dish to a boil and then reduce the heat. The dish is stewed under cover for about half an hour. It should be soft, but it should not be overcooked. At the end of cooking, season with salt and pepper. Our dish was especially tasty with fresh bread and chilled retsin.
Ladenia is a traditional olive cake popular on the island of Kimolos and neighboring Milos, although we happened to eat it in Crete. It looks like an Italian pizza, but ladenia is a bread cake with oil, onions and tomatoes. There is no cheese, and the cake should not be thin.
We will not cheat you. Imam Bayildi is not a diet and it should not be like that. A large amount of oil is needed here to produce a delicious sauce, in which the eggplant will almost swim. We also ate such a delicious "floating" Imam in Matala, Crete, and he was the prototype for our recipe.
When you ask a local resident in Greece what a delicious dish you can do with green peas, the answer probably will be: Αράκας Λαδερος! This dish from the first moment has also become one of our favorites. At the outset, it is worth noting that to prepare it you do not need many products and time-consuming preparations. In addition to fresh or frozen peas, only onions, carrots, potatoes, good home-made tomato puree (or fresh tomatoes) and dill will be necessary.