Learn how to cook traditional Cretan dishes in an outdoor kitchen with a wood-oven using the host's homegrown vegetables and olive oil, then sit down for a typical Cretan dinner!
• Cook and taste a variety of local pies, traditional Greek appetizers, main dishes and desserts • Raki and local wines and liqueurs are included • Communal cooking class and dinner for 2 to 10 people • Don't miss the host's multi-level garden where she raises animals and grows fruits and vegetables
About your host, Androniki: "I've been cooking in Loutra for my family and friends for many years, and my husband grows our vegetables and fruits. We take care of our land, produce our own olive oil and love cooking, tasting and sharing the magic of traditional Cretan cuisine with our guests!"
See the menu
Raki or Greek coffee Raki is famous local drink
Cheese pies Small pies with home made cheese and honey (kalitsounia)
DURING THE LESSON
Kremidokalitsouna Small pies with onions
Chortopites Small pies with many (10-12) different wild greens
Sfakianes pites Pies with home made cheese. Sfakia specialty (Sfakia is a village on the Cretan mountain) (we will prepare it together)
Home made cheese Homemade cheese with fresh milk from sheep and goats (we will prepare it together)
Tzatziki Strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic and olive oil (we will prepare it together)
Greek salad Greek salad with home made barley rusk, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion, caper, kritamo, olives, and off course enough olive oil.
Pepper stuffed with cheeses Pepper stuffed with feta, home made cheese, kefalotiri baked in the wood oven
Dolmadakia Stuffed vine leaves, zucchini flowers with rice, vegetables, herbs and olive oil (we will prepare it together)
Keftedakia Fried meatballs (we will prepare it together)
Moussaka The famous Greek dish (potatoes, zucchini, aubergines, minced meat in tomatoes sauce, béchamel) in the wood oven (we will prepare it together)
Giouvetsi Rooster with orzo in the wood oven (traditional Sunday dish)
Greek yogurt or homemade ice cream with sweet spoon or a local sweet Strained yogurt or homemade ice cream with homemade fruit-sweet
Raki - Home made liqueur - Fresh seasonal fruit
Red Wine, White Wine, Digestif, Water
What to expect
Absolutely amazing cooking experience. The food was fantastic and niki was incredible- so informative and made the experience. Their home is stunning and such a fantastic setting. We would highly recommend.
We also bought our 6 month old son and they were brilliant with him and made the experience so relaxing for us.
Androniki and their friend and family were so welcoming and warm with us. The cooking lesson was great and the food exceptional!!! Thank’s for everything!!! echfaristo!!!!
Amazing cooking class, we’ve already made one of the dishes! This is such a wonderful experience! Beautiful environment and people. Absolutely love that a recipe print out is provided at the start so you can take notes. We actually drove 1.5hrs (each way) for this cooking class and it was worth it!
We were hosted by Androniki, her husband, and a friend (Herika?) who assisted with translation as needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and would highly recommend joining them for lunch. Androniki and her crew did a wonderful job of handling all the prep work before we arrived and we had a great time making homemade cheese and putting together a plethora of Greek dishes — all were incredible. While our creations cooked in the outdoor oven, Androniki gave us a tour of her beautiful vegetable and herb garden. We even stopped to sample a pomegranate and gogi berries freshly picked from the trees! Finally we all sat down together and enjoyed our meal — it was truly heaven in Crete. I definitely suggest going hungry as you'll want to try everything at least once!
Androniki — thank you again for hosting us. We really appreciated your hospitality and sincerely hope to see you again!