Schinoussa produces excellent farming products (beef, pork, cheeses such as ladotyri, xinotyro and kopanisti, and honey) but is especially famed for its goat’s meat, split peas, cow pea pods and its dry farming cucumbers–which have a very particular taste.

They are all served in tavernas but are also available in local shops.

Top of the list of local dishes are patatato (goat’s meat with potatoes and herbs casserole), chtapodi giouvetsi (baked octopus with pasta) and pitaridia (home-made pasta boiled in goat’s milk).

At Easter, lamb is baked in an earth oven with rice and herbs,and is accompanied by melitinia (pies with cream cheese, egg and sugar).

At weddings, they offer pasteli (sesame seed and honey candy), xerotigana (fried dumplings with honey) and rakomelo (raki spirit with honey)–which is also served in local establishments.

Schinoussa fava ... it's delicious!

Fava (split chickpeas)

Wash the fava thoroughly and place it in a pan with two liters of water. Turn the heat on high and whisk the froth once it comes to the boil.

Melitinia a cheese-filled traditional Easter dessert of the Cyclades.

For Easter: Delightful Cheese-Filled Melitinia

09 Apr 2014Recipe for a delightful Easter dessert of the isles of the Cyclades.

It's a Festival of Schinoussa Fava Recipes!

Fava, the puree made from the chickpea, is a staple Lenten dish because it contains many vitamins. Here we provide some great recipes - gourmet and traditional!

Patatato (Goat with potatoes)

Patatato is a popular dish on the isles of the Small Cyclades.

Xerotigana (or Diples) – fried dumplings with honey

Place all the ingredients for the dumplings in a large bowl and knead thoroughly.