The Greek custom of grabbing a midmorning kolatsio (snack) prevails. What we didn't eat for breakfast, we make up for (often several times over) with a snack around 10-11 AM. If we're working, we stop what we're doing and go to the nearest corner bakery or fast-food vendor for a cheese or cream pie, spinach pie, or some other tasty treat and bring it back to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea. At home, this midmorning break is a great time to share with neighbors, and I often serve Greek coffee with paximathakia or koulourakia, not-too-sweet biscotti and cookie twists.
Out here in the country where crops, livestock, flocks, olive trees, or vineyards need tending, breakfast traditions haven't changed for centuries. A quick cup of something warm at home, and the rest gets packed up and taken along. Because foods have to travel well, they're often similar to my home breakfast: cheese, bread, and olives.
Favorite Greek Breakfast Foods & Snacks
- Greek teas (photos)
- Greek olives (photos)
- Greek cheeses
- Bougatsa - creamy custard pie
- Crusty Greek bread
- Koulourakia portokaliou - citrus and spice cookie twists
- Paximathakia portokaliou - orange sesame biscotti
- Spanakopita - spinach and feta cheese pie
- Sugar-Sprinkled Donuts
- Tyropita - cheese pie
- Yogurt with Honey
Photo © J. Stanfield
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