BREAD, GLORIOUS BREAD, RUSKS AND LOCAL SEEDS! A Cretan mum and a specialist in agro-ecology invite us to the magic world of traditional paximadi

An initiation into the magic world of bread making for cooking, culture and nature lovers. Our aim is to connect the ritual of bread making with the modern lifestyle, in the context of historical continuity from the Stone Age until nowadays. Who would be better to host us, than a local “Mama” who loves what she does and stays in search of ways to evolve and an archaeologist with a passion for nature and agroecology?

This programme is addressed to individuals or to families with children.


In this gastronomical workshop you will have the chance to:

  • Learn about cereals
    Species and local varieties, their characteristics, their evolution and course through time. We will grind some local seeds to make a part of the flour we will use for our bread, while discussing on several products and the benefits of grinding cereals at home.
  • Understand sourdough
    What exactly is this smelly thing? The way to start a sourdough and how to maintain it, how it helps in bread-making, other ways to make the bread rise in comparison with sourdough, and its benefits for our health.
  • Knead your own bread / rusk
    A mystical and purifying procedure. We experiment discussing the little secrets of good kneading and shaping, which boost the rising of our bread. The shaping depends on the type of bread products we want to have.
  • Bake our dough
    After letting it rest for a while in the shape we want, we will put it in the oven, electric for smaller quantities, or wood oven for larger, and take our precious bread. The second baking required to get the Cretan rusk called “paximadi”, will be described thoroughly, but it will be made by our team after the end of the workshop, as it takes a long time. We engage to get your rusks to you before you leave Crete.
  • Taste the local cuisine
    While the bread is rising, we will take taste of the Cretan cuisine, a cuisine simple but not simplistic, full of colors, aromas and vivid, yet distinct, tastes. Simple creations of minimum effort with pure local ingredients, smells that makes you travel, unique tastes in danger of disappearing through time. All the above will be accompanied with warm, fresh baked bread.


The price includes:

  • Experienced archaeologist
  • A local cook
  • Thematic booklet
  • Cooking class
  • Lunch in a traditional Cretan house with a tree garden
  • Ingredients for the workshop
  • Coffee or tea
  • Fresh orange juice or home-made lemonade
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion.
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Duration: 5 hours
Dates: All over the year, with at least 3 days' notice
Location: In a village near Heraklion
Difficulty: None
Languages: English, French, Russian
Cost: Upon request


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