Why Goddess of Gourmet chose Greece for the crisis (if she had to)

Skopelos, our Mamma Mia island, turned out to be a real challenge on 14 Aug. Anna and Savvas had been spoilt rotten by their yiayia food wise. Emma and I had desperately tried to “re-intoduce” to them healthy eating, but, in vain. Any argument about the crisis, poverty and definition of abundance, just wouldn’t work. Until Anna asked the platinum question; “daddy, when are you going to lose some weight?”

That was it. I said: “listen, if you want me to lose some weight, eat healthily, etc. we all have to contribute to that. I’ll give you a project. You have all our garden has, all we take from our relatives and 30 euros to create the perfect diet for me for a week. Pre-requisites:

  •  we use staff from our garden
  • we use staff we have at home already from our own and relatives’ produce (olive oil, flour, feta cheese, etc.)
  • only 30 EUR for butcher, fish monger, etc.
  • make sure daddy consumes not more than 1800 Kcal per day

The “other front” was Emma, Anna and Savvas. Emma helped them do all the Internet research.

The following came from our garden:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Watermelons
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas (for humus)
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Figs
  • Cucumbers
  • Artichokes
  • Courgettes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Okra
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Pomegranates
  • Herbs

The following came from our relatives’ produce that we exchanged:

  • Eggs
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons
  • Whole-meal flour
  • Red wine

We had to buy:

  • Meat from my cousin in Vassilika
  • Fish and seafood from the neighbourhood fish monger’s
  • Rice
  • Beer
  • Seeds

The result:


  • 2 eggs in one sp. Olive oil
  • 1 glass pomegranate juice
  • 1 slice multi grain whole meal bread
  • 6 mushrooms sautéed
  • 1 tomato
  • 12 almonds
  • 2 apricots
  • 2 green peppers staffed with beef mince, rice, onion, tomato and herbs
  • 30 gr of feta cheese
  • Fresh lemonade
  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • Okra cooked in tomato, olive oil, onion and herbs with scallops
  • Red wine

Cost: 3 EUR



1 slice of multi grain whole meal bread with butter and honey

30 gr of feta cheese

1 glass of pomegranate juice

2 figs

Lentil soup

Black rice

100 gr melon

4 grilled sardines with olive oil, garlic, oregano and parsley

1 rye rusk lightly soaked

Tomato, cucumber and onion salad

Red wine

Cost: 3 EUR



2 eggs poached

5 sesame sticks

1 glass of apple and apricot juice

Grilled mushrooms and home made humus

Black-eyed beans salad with onions, parsley and olive oil

Black rice

1 beer

1 peach and grapes

Tuna melt open sandwiches on multi-grain whole meal slices


Red wine

Cost: 3 EUR



Trahano soup

1 glass of pomegranate juice

12 hazelnuts

1 glass of fresh tomato juice

Artichokes, potato, carrots and dill in egg and lemon sauce


Dandelion and rocket salad with roasted turkey, mushrooms, pine nuts, olive oil and lemon

1 slice of multi grain whole meal bread

Red wine

Cost: 3 EUR



6 sesame sticks with home made humus

1 glass of melon, peach, apple, orange smoothie

1 Greek yoghurt with a spoon of pumpkin seeds

Peas stew in tomato, olive oil and onion with dill

1 slice of multi-grain whole-meal bread

30 gr of feta cheese

2 figs

Whole meal spaghetti with courgette, shrimp and shallots

Red wine

Cost: 3 EUR



3 smoked salmon bruschettas

1 glass of pomegranate juice

Celery with homemade taramosalata

Green beans with sole fish in lemon and olive oil sauce

1 slice of multi-grain whole-meal bread

6 walnuts

Cauliflower and broccoli soup with Greek yoghurt topping

Parmesan cheese

1 slice of multi-grain whole-meal bread

Red wine

Cost: 9 EUR



2 eggs fried in one spoon of olive oil

6 mushrooms sautéed

1 glass of orange, carrot and apple juice

1 handful of sunflower seeds

2 beef souvlakia (skewers)

Black rice

1 spoon of homemade mayo

Lettuce and spring onion salad with olive oil and lemon juice

Melon sorbet

Homemade couscous with peppers and courgettes

Goat feta cheese

Red wine

Cost: 4 EUR


What’s even more fun is that their suggestions would form a great gourmet menu, just anywhere else in the world J


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