Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries
Summer Newsletter, 2008
Bounties of Summer
Let the garden
do the cooking!
It's officially hot and sunny in Crete until further
notice. The weather forecasters can take a
few months off. The current temperature of
32C/90F is bound to rise until the fall. The
occasional strong winds (meltemi) will provide
relief to some and trouble for others.
The cicadas have taken center stage in the Sounds of
Summer concert. The children are on the beach from
morning to dusk ...until their parents plead with them
to break for food and sleep.
On the docks, the fishermen are weary from working
double time in an attempt to supply demand for fresh
seafood. The stream of visitors seem unaware of the
crisis of dwindling fish stocks (or that the huge hotels
serve farmed seafood from the other side of the
In our organic garden, the heirloom tomatoes,
eggplant, peppers, and cucumbers are holding up to
the usual summer threats of bugs, wind, scorching
sun and drought. It's survival of the fittest in the plant
world and we appreciate their efforts. These
conditions magnify the flavor of fresh produce --
intensely sweet tomatoes, peppers and melon, to
name just a few of Crete's summer bounties.
The refreshing cucumbers balance out perfectly with
tomatoes in our usual horiatiki (aka village or Greek
salad). If we do not have to cook in this weather,
there's no reason to bother!
and the CCS Network
Fall 2008 Programs
Join the CCS Network for an exciting range of small-
group seminars. Limited space still available:
September 1 – 2: Cretan Cuisine Goes Global:
Daytime cooking classes on the gorgeous coast.
We'll collect our ingredients from the fishermen and
gardeners a few meters away.
September 15 – 19: Culture and Cuisine
Travel with us to the coast and mountains to explore
ancient sites, organic farms, vineyards and tranquil
villages. Cooking demos are on the menu.
October 12 – 18: Professional Series:
Traditional, Sustainable Foodways
An intensive seminar for professionals from the
culinary, agriculture and sustainable development
fields. Program presented by organic farmers,
vintners, botanists and historians. Scholarships
available. 35 CDR and ACF CE hours. Registration
Deadline August 18, 2008.
Full details are on our Schedule Page
| Recipes in this Issue:
R&E Favorites (Rinse and Eat)
|The New Agritourism, by Barbara Berst Adams.
The Jungle Effect: by Dr. Daphne Miller
Sustainable Tourism News:
CCS in National Geographic Adventure's Blog
CCS is a Finalist in the NGT Geotourism Challenge