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Greek Sarakosti for Daphnis & Chloe

March 2024

The Great Lent, or “Sarakosti” as we say in Greek, is the period of 40 days leading to Orthodox Easter, a period of fasting during which no meat or dairy is allowed. Vegetables, legumes and seafood are usually consumed, wine and olive oil are allowed only during the weekends and Greeks tend to abide by this diet as a good excuse to detoxify even if one is not religious.

I developed a series of vegetarian, lent recipes for Daphnis&Chloe and on a warm spring Saturday, we gathered at our friend Zoe’s Athenian terrace to cook and eat them. A spring bulgur salad with asparagus, and zucchini for their aromatic mint, a smoky babaganoush for their chili and marjoram, a minty salsa verde for grilled carrots and a mixed veggie pickle, escabeche style, with oregano. You can find the recipes along with Evangelia’s grilled octopus with oregano on the journal page of Daphnis & Chloe website.

Images by Anastasia Perahia.