The Hellenic Post (ELTA) recently revealed four new stamps depicting oven-baked lamb and potatoes, moussaka, octopus and spanakopita (wild greens pie) which are supposed to pay tribute to Greece’s culinary heritage.
“Cooked food hails from ancient Greece, with recipes that are both simple and complex… World-renowned moussaka, an emblematic dish of this country, is not found anywhere else in the world as we make it. It is a dish that unites the West with the East,” ELTA said in a press release.
However, many Greeks have protested in social media, saying that the series embodies many of the stereotypes about Greek culinary culture, stereotypes it has been desperately trying to divest itself of so that it can move forward, evolve and claim a strong presence among other cuisines of the world, with a distinct and modern profile.
One user said that the series reminds him of a menu in a Greek taverna in the 1980s where a customer could find anything from pizza to souvlaki and gemista. Another noticed in despair that the moussaka dish lacked the basic ingredient: aubergines. Yet another complained that tzatziki was not included.
«Με αυτά τα τέσσερα πιάτα, κακήν κακώς φωτογραφημένα με αισθητική κατευθείαν βγαλμένη από μενού ταβέρνας της δεκαετίας του ’80 –όπου έβρισκες από πίτσα μέχρι σουβλάκι και γεμιστά…» https://t.co/3XYcWCkuBm
— Nikos Chrysoloras (@nchrysoloras) September 29, 2020
Έβγαλαν γραμματόσημο με μουσακά χωρίς μελιτζάνα.
Αυτά τα μηνύματα στέλνουμε στην Ευρώπη και στον κόσμο όλο;
— Κανάλι ® (@kanaliotis) September 28, 2020