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Traditional Pizza (Pictorial)

Basic Points For Traditional Pizzas

  • Tomato sauce is a modern tradition.
  • Cheese is not always used. If used, cheese is added to the pizza half way through cooking.
  • Garlic olive oil sauce (with oregano) is used to brush the pizza base and the baked pizza.
  • Bake on high temperature; the baking takes about 10 -15 minutes – often longer.

Ingredients for Onion Anchovy Pizza 

  • Garlic olive oil sauce
  • Anchovies
  • Olives
  • Onion
  • Oregano

Ingredients for Vegetarian Pizza

  • Garlic olive oil sauce
  • Chopped chilli
  • Capsicum
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano

Ingredients for Artichoke Pizza

  • Garlic olive oil sauce
  • Artichokes
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Chees

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The traditional Mediterranean Diet

The traditional Mediterranean diet (i.e. the diet of this region before the 1960’s) is promoted as healthy and protective against disease. The Greek diet is regarded as the prototype Mediterranean diet. Traditionally, due to their dietary and lifestyle practices, the Greeks have very good health and life expectancy – without an expensive health care system. In Greece, the people of the island of Crete have a better health record and perhaps not surprisingly, the highest consumption of olive oil (25 litres per capita) in the world.

The Greek traditional diet is based largely on fresh, unprocessed seasonal plant foods. It is low in saturated fat and high in dietary fibre, starch, antioxidant vitamins (from cereals, fruit and vegetables) and polyphenols (from wine and olive oil).