Out of the English newspaper Guardian/Observer februari 2008 fell two little booklets about the food and diet of the monks at Mount Athos, “the world’s healthiest people” – men who fast 200 days of the year, who eat a home-grown, home-made version of the Mediterranean diet, two meals a day, red wine for breakfast. Everyone stops eating when the bell rings – it’s rung when the ringer judges the eating to have slowed down, so no-one eats too much (and visitors, it emerges, are likely not to eat enough, at least for the first couple of meals).
Here is one of the recipes;
300g tinned chickpeas
3 cloves garlic
1 chopped onion
1 handful chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp ground cumin seeds
one beaten egg
olive oil for frying
The monks do this with a knife and a pestle, but we are going to use a Magimix. Blitz the chickpeas with the garlic, onion, parsley, cumin and flour. Pepper but probably not salt. Tip into a bowl and add the egg. Mix into a dough, then rest in the fridge for 10 minutes (more?).
Shape the patties; you want them to be quite thin. Heat the oil, and fry them gently – the heat needs to be low enough to be cooked inside before they brown.
Source: Joanna’s food
I never ate such delicious patties on the mountain. If you want to share your food experiences on Athos please comment. More on food here