As somebody who comes from Bulgaria, I am quite aware that the Balkan and Mediterranean food is quite similar. We may not have as much fish, but everything else is quite the same! Of course, I never forget that when I’m in Turkey, I should ask for a Turkish coffee and when in Greece – ask for a Greek coffee.
I am currently reading “Middlesex” by Jefferey Eugenes (it is an amazing book and it you haven’t read it – I recommend it 100%!) and read about the Mediterranean Diet there, once again. And recently I’ve stumbled upon many articles about it, including a recent talk about it on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman and Tina Fey.
So I started thinking about it, and to be fair, I don’t know if such thing as the Mediterranean Diet actually exists. I can’t talk much about it from a first person’s perspective, but I can speak for the Bulgarian/Balkan Diet. We consume a huge amount of yoghurt and cheese (usually Feta cheese) and our meals are quite fatty, full of salt and sugar, and we consume a lot of bread.
On the one hand though, my great grandmother lived to be 120 (this is an approximation, as nobody actually knew when she was born, and poor grandma – she didn’t remember it either) – she lived in the village, so away from the city pollution. I guess that could be one reason how she survived so long. On the other hand though, I know quite a few (very young, I must add) people, who died at a young age because of strikes etc.
What I mean to say is, I am not sure if the Mediterranean Diet is a myth; but either way, I just want to believe in it and hope that I have inherited it, so that my kids can, too! Is that a lot to ask?
Please share your thoughts on the Mediterranean Diet with me! What is your country’s food famous for?
Want to make one of my grandma’s Easter Bread recipes? Please go to my previous post about this yummy and traditional recipe: Traditional Balkan Easter Bread Recipe