Within almost swimming distance of Mykonos, the small neighboring island of Tinos couldn't be more different. Renowned for its tradition of marble sculpting and home to some of the most... marvelous...flavors in the Aegean, Tinos is magical. Diane visits a famous local marble sculptor and segues into the island's own sculpted landscape en route to visit an old friend and great cook, where she learns the secrets of pinched sweet cheese cakes, ancient sesame-honey confections and more. Back in her own kitchen, she creates a luscious Tinos-style artichoke bread pudding and red mullet in caper sauce, both Tinos traditional specialties. Anginaropita - Artichoke Bread Pudding; Barbounia me Kapari - Red Mullet w/Capers & Tomatoes; Tsimbites - Pinched Cheese Cakes; Pasteli - Sesame-Honey Confection.
In this episode, Diane meets up with ultramarathoner and friend Dean Karnazes, who is in Messinia to run the Navarino Challenge. She dares to take a run with him, and on the road he helps Diane hone her technique, sharing healthy eating and running tips as they enjoy a jog through nature. Together they make a simple Greek salad with local ingredients and enjoy surroundings that exemplify perfect Mediterranean living. Back in her kitchen, Diane cooks up a very healthy plant-forward Messinian meal, with lots of olive oil, beans and greens. Super Food Cabbage Salad; Classic Greek Salad; Bakaliaro - Salt Cod with Tomatoes, Onions & Raisins; Gigantes Baked with Spinach & Feta.
Locals like to tell you that Christopher Columbus lived here, on this wealthy yet relatively undiscovered island in the Northeastern Aegean, made rich early on by its role in silk processing, shipping, the production of citrus fruits and as the only source of mastiha, a resinous superfood that is one of the Mediterranean's oldest, most significant ingredients. Chios also claims a wealth of food lore and Diane explores everything from beguiling mastiha, to the local pasta traditions to unique tomatoes, dangling like garlands of giant rubies against the renowned geometric patterns on medieval houses in the mastiha village of Pyrgi. She learns to make pasta and the island's tomato sauce from local cooks. The flavors of historic Chios waft into her kitchen inspiring her to cook up a succulent chicken and quince dish and an easy traditional black eyed pea salad with Mastiha vinaigrette. Kotopoulo me Kythonia - Chicken Braised with Quince; Mavromatika Salata - Black Eyed Pea Salad, Mastiha Vinaigrette; Handmade Makaronia Spartou - Greek Pasta.
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