|Other food items from Leros you want to look out for:
Pougkakia: This is a type of dessert offered mainly in weddings. Made with almonds, sugar and bitter almonds.
Svigkoi: This can be confused with Loukoumades but the Lerian recipe produces far softer uniquely textured desserts. The secret is in the fact that egg is the main ingredient and a lot of beating? I will try to find a recipe.
Kserotiana : Flour, olive oil and water are the main ingridients for the dow of kserotiana.
Koukouvades: An easter type of bread, this recipe can take up to two days if properly done.
Favatopitakia: Made from fava beans, finely choped onions , flour herbs and seasoning.
Fouskes (this one is also a dish from Kalymnos): This seafood item is some kind of weird clam it looks dark from the outside and can be cut with a knife, revealing the bright yellow and orange flesh that I find irresistable, having said that I asked some of my English friends to try it and they hated it...so I guess its an aquired taste. Kalimnos fishermen clean the Fouskes and bottlethem in sea water that keeps the fouskes flesh for quite a while, this is called SPINIALO. My little moto is "SPINIALO thelo ki ALLO" meaning I want more spinialo.
Pines: Giant sea clams, can be eaten raw or cooked, excellent with some onion sauce!
Axinous (sea urchins): Yup sea urchins you read it correctly, a pain to open them but once you do, you get to the tiny portion of caviar textured food which has an orange yellow color, and tastes of a marvelous salty/sweet mediteranean adventure.
Kalognomes: I might be wrong saying that these sea shells must be similar to mussels, but a sweter taste and harder texture.
Of course you must try the Fresh fish wich can be fond in any of the tavernas, and aslo when you buy Kalamari make sure to ask if its fresh, its hard to find fresh kalamari in tavernas because the quantity caught can never satisfy demand, but at least knowing its not fresh you can anticipate the time you actually find some really fresh kalamari. The majority you get in tavernas is NOT fresh but if you actually manage to find some squid caught of Leros shores you will instantly know the difference.