The demography and local culture along with the available resources make the food from different places, different. The same is true when it comes to the Mediterranean Food, which revolves around three major ingredients – Olive Oil, Wheat (bread/pasta) and Wine (thanks to the grape yards in the area). Also the surrounding rich cultural heritage seems to have an impact on the Cuisine.
Thinking of food recipes from this area fills up the mind with lots of colors and unique varieties. Where else in the world will one find the Cuisine which comprises of Chicken along with Greek Salad comprised of tomatoes, cheese and mint. Or think of roasted vegetables served along with fish. How about having the roasted meat balls cooked with lentils and served in a bowl filled with locally available vegetables. Much more flavored colors and vegetables/fruits with or without a non vegetarian item, is what makes Mediterranean Food a relishing and yet a healthy food choice. You will get some flavors from the Italian Cuisine, while some will be Spanish style food along with the unique Greek Salad. Yet the authentic and original taste, well mingled ingredients and the colorful natural healthy food, will always make your stomach fill and heart wanting more of it!!
There is a reason behind the typical style of cooking and the ingredients chosen in a Mediterranean meal. This land has been invaded, traders across the world have passed from the same sea and the civilizations have started here, long back in the history. Hence there is a confluence of various cultures – southern European, North African and Western Asian. There the soil is favorable for large varieties of fruits and vegetables. Hence the agriculturally rich land inspires the food to be healthy. Presence of herds and cattle justifies the usage of meat (which is mostly grilled) and also the usage of milk, cheese and yogurt in the food items. Lastly, the abundance of olive trees makes the Olive Oil the extensively used Cooking Oil. The cuisines are mostly a combination of veggies, wheat items (bread or pasta), milk products like cheese or yogurt and meat varieties, accompanied by Wine. Definitely, the South European Culture of Italy, Spain, etc is responsible for introducing wine to the classic Mediterranean Food.
Talking of food, reading about it and just imagining the satisfaction derived out of its consumption, is a complete waste of time, if one doesn’t has the option of ordering the food online. With the advent of technology and ease of using it, online food delivery is no longer a dream but a reality. It is like cherry on the cake, when the option of ordering a Mediterranean Cuisine, online with just a few clicks is made available.
The aroma of meat cooked on low steam, the smile after seeing the colors on the plate being served, the satisfaction on chewing the freshly prepared bread mixed with the variety of spices and the pride of consuming the oldest wine available, can make the best of memories for you, whether you celebrate your solitude or believe in the concept of more the merrier – just once allow a Mediterranean Meal, cross your way. Once, will never be enough!!