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Greek breakfast in the footsteps of English breakfast

13 May 2014 / 11:05:19  GRReporter
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11 hotels from the southern Peloponnese are part of the "Greek Breakfast" programme, which is implemented by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels. Laconia is the first area of the peninsula taking part in the official programme to promote local products and cooking techniques. The programme also involves hotels from other areas of the Peloponnese, namely 5 from the Messinia area, 4 from Arcadia, 3 from Elia, 2 from Achaia, 2 from the region of Corinth and 1 from Argolida.

The "Greek Breakfast" programme was launched by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels in 2010. Its goal is to enrich the breakfast offered at hotels with local food specialties that are the basis of the Mediterranean diet. It, in turn, is not just a modern dietary trend but part of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" as defined by UNESCO.

The Greek breakfast consists of the main products of the Mediterranean diet, namely bread, rusks, olive oil, olives, yogurt, honey, different types of cheese, sausages, fresh vegetables, legumes, pies, sweets and fresh fruit. On this basis, various regions of Greece have developed a specific culinary culture and local cuisine.

The programme creates a direct link between the Greek hotels and the manufacturers of quality traditional products, which in turn has a positive impact on both the primary economic sector and the environmental protection. At the same time, hoteliers seek to strengthen the impression of all tourists from their visit to Greece with truly local flavours, "which will follow them not only as memories but also as a purely consumer habit," as indicated by the Chamber.

The dishes presented in Laconia, which will be offered at the breakfast buffet of local hotels, were the following: singklino - pork tenderloin smoked over fresh sage leaves, which is traditional for the Mani region, kayanas - scrambled eggs with ripe tomato, amigdalota - almond paste sweets, broustoulas pastry that is made with filo pastry, sheep milk, bulgur, salt-free trahanas, honey and savoury as well as petaritses - pancakes with honey and cinnamon or tulum cheese.

By enrolling in the programme, the Laconia region is the 18th standardized destination of the "Greek Breakfast" programme.

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