Eating around Skiathos – 2018 Edition

You may have read my previous post (also titled ‘Eating Around Skiathos‘) but as this was written a couple of years ago now and we discovered so many yummy new places this time around I thought it was worth an update!

If you haven’t been, you must go visit this beautiful island. Skiathos Town is so pretty with taverna after taverna of authentic Greek cooking, and twinkling cocktail bars as far as the eye can see.

The island is also home to quite a few kitties, some of who are even friendly enough to sit on your lap!

We nicknamed her Maple.

We stayed at La Piscine Art Hotel as we have done in previous years, this is such a wonderful boutique hotel just 10 minutes walk from the main town. It’s also home to one of the top rated restaurants on the Island, Crazy Cow, which was every bit as wonderful as the last time we went, though is a much more expensive and ‘proper’ meal than you’ll find in the local tavernas.

Anyway let’s get into the food…

Taverna Folia

Ok so we eat at this lovely little family run restaurant pretty much every time we go but this was our first time trying their feta saganaki, recommended to us by the waiter over the fried feta. I’m definitely going to do this at home, from what I could tell it’s simply feta melted in the oven with some onions and peppers, olive oil and lots of oregano.

We were a bit disappointed with the mains as they seemed to have changed the way they do their kleftiko, it came wrapped in vine leaves and had had a very heavy hand with the lemon. It was still nice though and extra points for the street kitties that came out from every shadow as we started to eat.

Lo&La

Now rebranded as Lola on the outside this Italian is one of the top rated on the island. We enjoyed wonderful friendly service (kisses and hugs when we left!) and the best Carbonara ever! Just up the street from here was a tiny puppy playing. One of our best meals during the time we were here!

1901

We hadn’t eaten here before and on the Tuesday night were confronted by a huge thunderstorm which was causing really heavy random rainfalls every couple of hours. We had a reservation at The Windmill which was closed, so had to go out on a limb. We’d seen this place with queues the night previous and thought we’d try our chances as we guessed not many others would be risking the rain. We were right! We got a cosy table inside, although we had to dash through heavy rain and streets awash with 3 or so inches of water to get there.

We both went for the special which was this wonderful oven cooked lamb shank with wine and lemon and came (surprisingly, for Greece) on a bed of garlic mash with gravy. On a rainy night it was just what we needed!

To Polouki

Again a new one on us, this was just down from 1901 in some of the nestling little side streets. We had the best tztatsiki and hummus starters, both deliciously garlicky.

This was followed by swordfish for Gary and then the hottest moussaka I’ve ever eaten, it was a real struggle!

Overall though this was a delicious meal and extremely cheap. Would highly recommend this one if you’re trying to get into 1901 and it’s too busy! They also had a lovely resident cat and free limoncello at the end.

We did eat at some other places but those were the main highlights I’d say. We’re back home now sadly but determined to visit Skiathos again (again), do let me know if you’re visiting and need any recommendations!

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Greek Feta and Spinach Quiche

I’m on a quiche binge at the moment, I’ll admit it. The Salmon and Broccoli Quiche  I made recently for Mother’s Day was so good, and made such easy lunches that I was spurned on to make another!

I had some leftover feta to use up and we always have frozen spinach in the freezer (soooo much more economical than fresh) so a spinach and feta combo seemed like a no brainer. I wish I’d had some dill to add to it as it would have been the perfect Greek flavour, but I had to work with what I had and went for basil and nutmeg instead.

Four eggs and fourty minutes later and I have my lunches sorted for the rest of the week! The feta adds a really delicious creamy texture to it making it feel richer than it actually is. I’ll be eating this with salad for a tasty desk lunch.


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A taste of Greece: Eating around Skiathos

Yes, I went to Skiathos like almost a month ago. Yes, it’s taken me a month to write this (I’ve been busy, ok??!). So Skiathos is one of the most beautiful places I’ve holidayed (is that even a verb?). If you’re looking for something fairly inexpensive, authentically Greek and NOT full of stag and hen dos, Skiathos is a great choice.

Stay as close to Skiathos Town as you can. The island itself is only 20 miles or so big, so you’re never very far away from anything – but it would be tricky to get into the town at night when the island bus stops running. Skiathos Town itself is a treasure trove of lively little bars and shops spilling out onto streets, and tiny cobbled passages and back ways to explore. Like any Mediterranean city, it wakes up at dusk, offering amazing food, cocktails and gelato until late.

I’m not going to go through every dish we ate but I had some personal highlights below – excuse the photography quality, most of these meals were a bit dimly lit!

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Greek Cannelloni – Aubergine Rolls Stuffed with Feta, Spinach and Ricotta

Aubergines might just be my favourite vegetable. After tomatoes. And asparagus. Ok, ok, they’re just up there. They’re delicious, really filling and not that bad for you if you don’t soak them in 1000 litres of oil while cooking them.

Aubergines really do absorb a lot of of oil, to avoid it one of the best ways I’ve found to cook aubergines is on a griddle pan, and that’s what happens in this recipe. Thin slices of aubergine are griddled, before being stuffed with a creamy cheesy spinachy filling and topped with tomato sauce. DELIGHTFUL.

If you don’t have a griddle pan you can fry the aubergines or bake them in the oven, but they do need to be cooked before you can roll them or they’ll just break apart.

I call this Greek Cannelloni because the feta, ricotta and spinach mix feels distinctly Greek to me, and they’re kind of cannelloni-like in being tubes baked in a tomato sauce. I guess the basil isn’t very Greek, but call it what you want, it’s really tasty.

 

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Easy Greek Bean Salad

Easy Greek Bean Salad

Beans! Beans are great. They’re protein-y (so I’m told) and really cheap. And they keep in your cupboard for ages if you buy them tinned and forget about them like I did.

Until today. Hello, mixed bean salad tin. You are going to be something wonderful.

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Don’t be misled here – this is an easy Greek bean salad in the sense that it is a Greek salad with beans in. Recipe after the jump!

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