Learn how to make typical local specialties from the world-famous Cretan diet in a traditional home with an outdoor kitchen! Learn everything about Cretan cuisine and then enjoy your creations.
• Start with an aperitif and some nibbles, then cook an assortment of vegetarian Cretan appetizers, main dishes, and desserts that you'll enjoy for lunch together • Raki and wine are included • In a small, traditional village close to the town of Rethymno • Communal cooking class and dining for 2 to 10 people • Androniki has a 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
Cretan tea or Greek coffee or Raki Cretan tea is a warm drink, a mixture of wild Cretan herbs Greek coffee (traditional hot or modern cold-frape) Raki is a famous local drink
Cheese pies with honey kalitsounia - Small pies with homemade cheese and honey
During the lesson
Kremidokalitsouna Small pies with onions
Chortopites Small pies with many (10-12) different wild greens
Sfakianes pites Pies with homemade 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)
Daco Traditional Cretan salad with rusk, tomato, cheese, olive oil, herbs.
Tzatziki Strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and olive oil (we will prepare it together)
Greek salad Greek salad with barley rusk, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onion, caper, kritamo, olives, and of course enough olive oil.
Eggplants baked in the wood-oven (eggplants, cheese, tomato-onion sauce ….) (we will prepare it together)
Gemista - Dolmadakia Stuffed vine leaves, zucchini flower, tomatoes, courgettes, peppers with rice, vegetables, herbs, and olive oil (we will prepare it together)
Boureki Chania specialty. Layers of courgettes, potatoes, home made cheese in the wood-oven (we will prepare it together)
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 fruits
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!