Postcard from a monk chef on Mount Athos, Greece

Father Epiphanios is the author of the book “The Cuisine of the Holy Mountain Athos” which promotes the healthy, stress-free’ lifestyle and cuisine of the monks on Mount Athos, Greece.

Mixing fresh, organic ingredients and slow cooking them over a wood burning fire produces tempting aromas that can have you salivating long before sitting down to eat. There is not an over reliance on strong spies but herbs provide delicate flavour and red onions or tomatoes mean that all meals are presented in a vibrant, colourful manner.

Combined with an excellent wine from his vineyards, the preperation is a pleasure which is almost as good as enjoying the finished meal. Wine is never too far away here and there are perfect choices to compliment the cuisine which typifies this special peninsula.

This appears to be the perfect place to attend a cookery course, at least if you are male. The location is idyllic, the company of the monks is very pleasant and of course the food is delicious.

We received an invite to return to Mount Athos and I am already looking forward to the next opportunity that presents itself to do just that.

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