Greek Lamb Chops

Vacationing in Greece always offers a treasure chest full of comforts and culinary delights.   A day of Greek cuisine on the island of Crete consisted of a variety of mouth watering dishes. An excerpt from my travel journal of Crete in 2009 revealed the following delicious day of delicacies! How’s that for alliteration? 🙂60160121_e9d1293ba3_b

In Chania, Crete, we ate at Taman Taverna after seeing the outdoor Maritime Museum and going out on the lookout tower. “Giartoula”–I’m going to take a wild guess here that that means “yogurt sauce” because “giaourtee” in Greek means yogurt.

[One son] ordered rabbit in Mavrodaphne (wine) and it tasted like nutmeg.

{Another son} ordered Giartoula–baby lamb in yogurt sauce, feta and tomato sauce.

{Youngest son] ordered french fries in Cretan goat cheese.

My husband and I split “Taman salad”–slaw, tomatoes, shredded carrots, shredded relish, dill, avocado sauce and walnuts.

This video will show you a similar Lamb in Yogurt recipe. (without the feta and tomato sauce)


Later, at the villa, I made us a “pikilia” tray for our happy hour on the balcony.

 My Happy Hour Pikilia at a Cretan Villa: toast with herbs, cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Villa Creta wine and my husband’s frosty mug of Mythos beer. I chopped up some sage, toasted the bread fried the Cretan cheese on butter. I squeezed lemon on it put salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary and wild sage….and olive oil!

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