Armonia retreat

Welcome to our kitchen

Caring for your nourishment

Hire one of our purposefully selected cooks who are passionate, caring and able to include your specific needs. 

We can provide three meals per day. You can hire one of our cooks on a daily basis for minimum two meals per day. 

Alternatively you can use the kitchen to provide your own food for your retreat.

Also on some days you may wish to visit restaurants in the surrounding area and you may need to hire a mini bus or taxi for this. Check out our transportation options

Hiring our Cooks

Our cooks are chosen for their flexibility and sensitivity to the unique needs of each retreat. They all use seasonal and regional ingredients. 

When hiring our cooks prices per person per day start at €10 for breakfast, €15 for lunch and €15 for dinner but it can be more depending your requirements. 

Below we provide some indicative menus. However you can speak directly to your cook prior to your retreat in order to tailor the menu to your specific needs and requirements.

Please note that all the drinks and snacks between meals are your responsibility to provide. 

RETREAT MENU BY CLAIRE

Breakfast €10 per head

Breakfast will vary each day but include:

Seasonal Fruit Salad

Fresh ‘Xoraiatiki’ bread and toast with butter and homemade preserves and local honey, Greek Yoghurt and Granola. Fresh Local Eggs (boiled, Scrambled, fried, poached)

Cretan Cheese, Olives, Fresh Tomatoes and Summer Crudites

Every day there will be a freshly cooked speciality dish (e.g. Wild ‘Xorta’ Omelette, Spanakopita, Raw Oat Porridge, Banana Pancakes, Fruit and Seed Breakfast Bars)

Tea, Coffee, Herbal Teas, Fruit and Botanic Infused Waters, Cretan Mountain Tea with be available at our drinks station

DINNER €15 per head

Day 1

  • Gemista: A classic Cretan dish, fresh seasonal vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, courgettes and aubergines), stuffed with rice, and wild herbs
  • Tzatziki: Greek yoghurt with cucumbers, garlic, and 40-year-old village vinegar
  • Dakos: Cretan rusk topped with tomato, feta, olives and capers
  • Mixed seasonal salads with fresh herbs
  • Greek Yoghurt with “koutalia”, homemade preserved fruits in honey. Fresh Fruit

Day 2

  • Chicken Baklava: Chicken marinated in honey and spices, topped with feta, pomegranate, roasted pistachio and mint
  • Cretan Crispy Roasted Potatoes with rosemary, lemon and locally gathered sea salt
  • Summer Coleslaw with fresh ‘anitho’ (dill), yoghurt and local walnuts
  • Beetroot Salad
  • Greek Salad with capers and wild kritamos (a locally sourced samphire)
  • Fresh Bread
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse and Fresh Fruits

Day 3

  • Octopus or sea bass cooked in fresh tomato sauce, village vinegar and black olives
  • Cretan potato salad (no mayonnaise)
  • Feta Saganaki (fried cheese)
  • Mixed seasonal salads with fresh herbs
  • Crusty Sourbread Toast
  • Mandarin Jaffa Tarte: No sugar, no flour, no butter

Day 4

  • Rainbow Spinakoppitta Pie: A twist on the classic Cretan Dish
  • Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) with yoghurt
  • Local chick pea and wild horta curry
  • Hasselback Potatoes with lemon, garlic and parsley
  • Homemade pitta and hummus/aubergine dips
  • Fresh Mixed Salads
  • Baklava stuffed dates with ice cream

Cretan Wine (Boutari) can be sourced and delivered on request and all meals can be altered dependent on how guests feel on the day

Meet CLAIRE

Pierre's typical cuisine

Pierre mixes Greek cuisine with influences from various cultures (Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern). He caters for all dietary requirements. Below are some ideas of what is possible for him to provide. He can tailor his menu in accordance to your needs and preferences.

Breakfast

A breakfast menu can include a combination of some of the following:

yoghurt, fruit and nuts, honey, jams, fresh bread, eggs, cheese, various dips combined with vegetables and pancakes.

Lunch and Dinner

A typical lunch / dinner menu includes salads, Greek meze, a light main dish with soup. He will serve meat but no more than three times per week. The meal is typically accompanied by dessert.

Mezes include fava, hummus, dakos, skordalia, tzatziki, kalitsounia. Typical salad dishes include beetroot with avocado and nuts, cauliflower with carrots and lettuce, greek salad and mixed bean salad. All the ingredients are seasonal and therefore will vary.

Vegan/ Vegetarian
Typical main dishes can include stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, indian dhal, vegetarian keftedes (burgers), vegetable stew, roast sweet potatoes with pumpkin, various tarts and pizza, stuffed aubergines, dishes with legumes, roasted vegetables.

The soups include pumpkin soup, potato soup, lentil soup, tomato soup, various noodle soups. Often soups are accompanied by saganaki (a traditional Greek fried cheese dish).

Meat and fish
The meat dishes are generally based on traditional Greek cuisine such as stifado, kokkinisto, bifteki, roasted chicken or lamb. Additional dishes can include chicken curry or schnitzel, shrimps saganaki (fried shrimps with cheese), tuna noodles. Fresh fish is also possible often at an additional cost.

Dessert
Typical desserts include yoghurt with fruits or honey, pittas, cheesecake and other cakes.

Meet Pierre

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