Food Treats for Greek Clean Monday (Kathari Deutera)

This post is about our Greek Clean Monday otherwise known as Ash Monday or Pure Monday, which is actually today in Greece.  This is the start of Lent which  begins on the 7th week before Easter Sunday for the Orthodox Church. 

Each year on this day we get together as a family and celebrate the day outdoors, either spending the day at the countryside, at the beach (depending on the weather of course), and  enjoying  the traditional food treats that we don’t usually eat on normal days.

Since we are not in Greece and as many Greeks who live abroad are not able to go back for these special feast days, we try to celebrate the best we can, so since it is a working day in Europe we celebrated our Clean Monday a day earlier yesterday.  🙂  

This was our table of  treats, 🙂  Taramosalata, (Fish Roe Dip) Dolmades, (Stuffed Vine Leaves) Black-eyed bean salad, Cucumbers, grilled Octopus, Olives, Shrimp, Halvas, Gigantes (Big Baked Beans) and of course this special bread that is only made on this day called Lagana, a flat oval bread topped with sesame seeds.  Meat is not eaten today, anything that consists Red Blood is not eaten. 

I wasn’t able to make Lagana, but I will some time soon and post the recipe.  🙂  I will also be posting a recipe for Taramosalata (Fish Roe Dip) the next couple of weeks.

Wishing everyone a great week…..:)



Xronia Polla se olous kai Kali Sarakosti!! 🙂



Comments (20)

  • Ben Aqiba 9 months ago Reply

    Wonderful decoration Sophie 🙂

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Thank you Ben…tried my best with what I had 😉

  • Your treats look great, Sophie! I believe it is nice celebration for you. You have beautiful photos! 🙂 <3

  • mistimaan 9 months ago Reply

    Loved it

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Thanks P!!! 🙂 🙂

  • dtills 9 months ago Reply

    What a fun celebration! Looks like a lot of tasty treats too 🙂

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    We also fly a kite on Clean Monday..Traditions.:) Thanks Dee dee. Your back in AZ good for you!!! in the warm weather….will send you an email look out for it. Huge hugs

  • Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 9 months ago Reply

    Lovely photos and I enjoyed learning about Greek traditions. A great week to you, too. 🙂

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Thank you Diana…a day of rest from everything for those back in Greece. 🙂 Hope you are well 🙂

    Diana Tyler (Eccentric Muse) 9 months ago

    I like this day of rest. 👍Yes, I’m well, thanks. Hope you are, too and I trust that you’re having a blessed day.

  • annika 9 months ago Reply

    Enjoy your celebrations dear! Love reading about your traditions.

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Thank you 🙂

  • xchinks 9 months ago Reply

    Lovely recipe! Love the detailing too, you’ve taught me quite a bit about the Greek culture, thank you.

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Awww..thank you and your welcome 🙂

  • jyo 9 months ago Reply

    Whoa kinda presentation ✌✌

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Thank you Jyo simple tried me best with what I had on hand. Huge hugs

  • Wow your spread looks amazing and sooooo tasty mmmmm

    foodzesty 9 months ago Reply

    Thank you Margaret 🙂

    My pleasure Sophie 🙂

    foodzesty 9 months ago

    Hugeeeeeee hugsss

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