Perhaps the best part of the Mediterranean cuisine is the importance given to snacks and starters that can be served any time of the day. The Spanish tapas are renowned. So also is the sumptuous selection of appetizers called meze that the Greeks, Turks and Moroccans enjoy so much.
The Mediterranean Sea makes it possible to include an endless variety of fish and shellfish preparations. Each country has its own distinct flavour but one thing common is that they insist on fresh catch – practically taken from the sea straight into their kitchens. The classic Seafood stew delicately flavoured with saffron is something to die for. However seafood is not the only non-vegetarian ingredient one can enjoy on their menu. Veal, lamb, pork and chicken are also cooked in plenty.
There is a wrong notion that the Mediterranean food is all about non vegetarian. You can find some of the most luscious and flavourful vegetarian fare here cooked with sun ripened eggplants, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes that not only add flavour and taste to the dish but also tremendous visual appeal. Salads feature quite prominently on a Mediterranean menu. Colourful vegetables with simple dressings make ideal first course and even serve as great accompaniments to the main course.
As is anywhere else in the world, a Mediterranean meal too ends on a sweet note. A peep into their repertoire will reveal a mind boggling selection of sweet treats. From the gorgeous looking gateaux’s to dainty cakes, from crisp biscuits to delicate tarts, the Mediterranean sweet dishes are known for their fabulous falvours and textures. The glorious selection of seasonal fruits such peaches, apricots, melons and cherries give that royal touch to the sweet dishes. Dates are widely used throughout the region, either served filled with cream or ricotta cheese or as a delicious filling for mouth-watering tarts.
Mediterranean food, while simple to cook, is delicious and healthy too. So just sit back and enjoy the extremely robust and delicious fare!