Cretan Thyme

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Discover the secrets and joys of cooking delicious local dishes, using fresh seasonal ingredients in a relaxed and fun way. Our cooking lessons are designed for those who love good food, wine, good company and nature as much as we do!Key feature of the Cretan diet is the high consumption of extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil has monounsaturated fatty acids, which decrease blood cholesterol levels and protect from cancer (Simopoulos & Robinson, 1998) and cell degeneration, due to its Ω-3 (linolenic) and Ω-6 (linoleic) fatty acids, concentration of vitamins E and A and more than 600 antioxidative substances.Wine consumption is protects against cancer and degenerative diseases and can decrease mortality rates from coronary diseases by 15 to 60% (Cordon 1983, Rimm 1991).
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Kristina K
Norway1 contribution
In the beautiful, authentic village of Lastros, you will find Cretan Thyme, a cooking school housed in a picturesque stone villa, directed by Christos & Tally. With genuine surroundings, atmosphere, cooking and hospitality, nothing more can be asked for. A True Cretan experience! The only thing missing was a Donkey (internal joke the owners will understand).
Written July 2, 2013
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Greater London, UK221 contributions
Tally & Christos, and all their friends and family treated me like family, as I experienced both Cretan life and Easter traditions. Over the course of a week I learned to cook traditional Easter foods like Kalitsounia (sweet cheese pies) from an excellent and lovely cook Anna and her equally lovely daughter. I got to experience important Easter customs like Epitafios, which started at the beautifully decorated church in the traditional village of Lastros. And all the while I stayed at a stunning villa full of history and character, and a view over Kavousi down to the sea.

Cretan hospitality comes from the heart, so while you're with Christos & Tally you won't feel like an outsider but like one of the family. If you want to know what Cretan culture is really like, then I highly recommend Cretan Thyme.
Written May 7, 2016
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Amman, Jordan4 contributions
An introduction to Crete through learning how to cook some of their healthy and delicious dishes has been an experience that I will definitely remember for a long time to come. And to add flavor to the holiday meeting and making friends with warm and friendly locals, the chef instructor Anna was great in teaching me through doing things and I felt as if I'm cooking with my sister and not a real class. Katerina was amazing in making everything flow smoothly and for treating me as a friend, it did not feel that she was doing this for work, in fact it felt that we were just hanging out together. I also met some warm and friendly locals through Anna and Katerina and that was one of the highlights of my trip, such warm, hospitable and friendly people. This is a vacation that I most definitely recommend!
Written July 22, 2015
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Los Angeles, CA23 contributions
What a wonderful week at Cressa Ghitonia with Cretan Thyme in Crete! The location was perfect, peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating. The hotel was everything I could have hoped for and more; great food, relaxed environment, fabulous staff, incredible spa with the best masseuse, and of course the cooking days were the highlight of the week! Sofia who spent the week with us translating and assisting was also a delight!

Anna the chef instructor, is the best! She's absolutely hospitable and a pleasure to spend the day with. Most of all, the food was delicious, and the best dolmades I've had in Greece! Her recipes were also excellently chosen, such that I could easily replicate almost all the ingredients at home as well, and substitute easily for ingredients that are strictly local to Greece. Thank you so much for a fabulous time experiencing the real Crete!
Written August 17, 2014
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Alan S
London, UK1 contribution
I consider myself a traveller rather than a tourist, and when I travel I look always to be with the locals and doing what the locals do, rather than going with the crowd. I have been very lucky than in most of my travels I have locals to show me around.
Well, this is the feeling you will get when you visit Christos and Tally at Cretan Thyme. You will not feel you are in a hostel but that you have been invited by them and hosted as an old friend, and trust me, they are very good at making sure you feel at home. Their experiences before ending in Crete will provide plenty of interesting conversations and their sense of humour is great.. be aware of long "tsikoudia" (raki) sessions with them.
I did not take cooking lessons but I certainly enjoyed all the food they cooked and all the places they took me. I have been to Greece several times but trust me, the food in that place taste different.. a simple salad makes the difference.
The only reason I rated this place with 4 stars instead of 5 is that the place is more suitable for couples (unless you are in a retreat mood) or perhaps for small families. You will also need a car to enjoy all the attractions around, so you will need to consider this before visiting them. Apart from that, the place is bang on the money and will deliver a very pleasant experience. Visit Christos and Tally even only for an eve.. you will not regret it...
Written July 7, 2013
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Martin H
London, UK67 contributions
Tally and Christos are providing a home hospitality and cooking tuition venture which aims to give guests and students a taste of authentic Cretan cuisine and hospitality. They have a comfy double room and a twin room in a beautiful traditional Cretan village, and access to other local accommodation for larger groups. Their cooking programme is flexible and can be adapted to meet any particular needs.

Before deciding on our cooking programme for the week we started with a warm evening walk around the village to pick seasonal herbs - thyme, oregano, sage and capers all of which grow in abundance in the wild. Planning then commenced with a large glass of very good Cretan white while food was discussed, fantasized over and finally agreed on.

Our hosts are very knowledgeable about all aspects of local food and ingredients, how it made and where to find the best. Tuition is friendly and unassuming, suitable for novice chefs or those wishing to expand their knowledge. It’s as hands on and as much fun as you want it to be. We even picked capers which we prepared and pickled.

We spent one whole session planning, preparing and then eating a tester vegetarian celebration dinner for our daughter who was still at home, including local delicacies, dips, and sampling local cheeses.

The sea is warm (21c in June) and beaches are clean and safe, however they are 10 minutes drive away so you might want to take advantage of some of the low cost air conditioned cars that Tally can arrange. There are also plenty of excellent local tavernas, Minoan ruins and other things to occupy yourself when it’s too hot even to think about food.

Christos and Tally have well established careers in hospitality and academia and business respectively. During our stay we met some other connections of theirs who are involved in Cretan archaeology, forensic archaeology of food and re creating the ancient diet of the island, along with wide experience of the Middle East. Everyone in Greece has at least three opinions on Greek politics and the various ineptitudes of their government so conversation flows freely.

Things you need to know. Take a notebook to write down recipes. Christos has a wide fund of tips and ideas which it’s easy to forget by next day. A car is pretty much a must, days start late and end late. It’s too hot to cook or eat much before 9 pm, so plan in a swim or siesta, and possibly a late start. The local custom is that every drink is accompanied by a little snack ‘ for the drink’ and possibly a glass of local excellent Raki. While Cretan food is very low in saturated fat and red meat, don’t expect to lose weight. The village is steep, cars park outside the village and steps are everywhere so it’s probably not best suited to Zimmer frames or buggies.

Would I do this again? Yes. Will I do this again? Yes. When will I do this again? As Soon as my waistline has recovered.
Written July 1, 2013
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