Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo
The Greek love affair with Orzo!
6 chicken thighs (all visible fat removed)
1 onion diced
1 clove garlic smashed
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup red wine
1 cup prepared tomato sauce
1 cinnamon stick
½ tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups Orzo, make sure the Orzo is 100% semolina for best results
3 cups hot water + if necessary
Here is how to make your Youvetsiwith Orzo
In a heavy pan add oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes.
Add chicken and garlic and sauté for a few more minutes, turning chicken over.
Deglaze with the wine.
Add tomato sauce, chicken, stock cinnamon stick, salt pepper and sugar. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
At this point add the Orzo, and 3 cups hot water, stir to distribute Orzo evenly!
Adjust heat to medium and cook your Youvetsi another 15 minutes, uncovered and with your undivided attention, stirring and adding hot water if it becomes necessary.
When done, let the Youvetsi rest for a few minutes before serving.
Your Youvetsi with Orzo ie ready!
Serve with a good quality grated cheese!
Here is a really nice review of the book “Summer the Magic Blanket “
By Litsa Bolontzakis!
Summer: The Magic Blanket
Review by Brandi Tesreau
Visit a Greek island in the middle of summer just by opening the pages of the beautiful hardcover book Summer: The Magic Blanket by Litsa Bolontzakis. As the main character reminisces about summers past, readers will be drawn into her world while catching a glimpse of Greek life in the summer.
Litsa writes in the first person, which connects readers to the story. Children will be able to relate to the everyday experiences of the main character, a young red-headed girl, even if they don’t live in Greece. By the end of the book, children will probably be thinking of their own special summer memories and will be able to agree with the story’s message that it really is the simple things in life that make you the happiest!
Daniela Zekina’s whimsical paintings are almost magical, depicting movement on every page. I could almost feel the ocean’s breeze and the soft waves lapping the shore. Her illustrations make this an attractive keepsake! I think girls will especially like this book since the story is told through a young girl’s eyes. The girl also shares many memorable moments with her mother, and the book’s pages are filled with gorgeous, colorful pictures of fruits, flowers, butterflies, and sunsets. I enjoyed reading this story to my 6-year-old daughter.
Included in the back of the book are two Greek recipes you may want to try: Watermelon Salad with Feta cheese and Miniature Koulourakia. The Koulourakia looks fun and tasty, and I can’t wait to make it. I did contact the author to clarify the amount of heavy cream, so if you purchase this book and want to make the recipe, you will need 2 cups of heavy cream beaten into about 5 cups of whipped cream.
I think this is a great mother/daughter book, but it would also complement a unit study about Greece. I was actually able to tie this book into our Bible study on the book of Corinthians since Corinth is in Greece. Perfect timing! Visit Litsa’s website to order her charming book, Summer: The Magic Blanket, for $19.95. You can also view her other children’s books about the seasons and peruse a sampling of Greek recipes.
Publications Hummingbird International Inc.
Here is an easy recipe for Brownies.Why I love them,because they are delicious,totally uncomplicated and you can serve them with ice cream!
Also, I love chocolate and these Brownies are chocolate,they don’t have chocolate ,they are chocolate!Just make sure the cocoa is of a very good quality,the one for baking not the one for chocolate milk…
Here is what you will need for the very best Brownies!
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup flour
1 cup walnuts( roasted and crushed )
Vanilla a little chocolate liqueur and a pinch of salt
Here is how to make Brownies
With the rack in the middle position,preheat oven at 350
line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper
Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and sift them
Beat butter and sugar for a few minutes
Add the eggs and continue a few more minutes
At this point add the dry ingredients and vanilla,liqueur and salt
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
And you have perfection! Brownies made by your lovely hands!
Brownies with no chemicals and preservatives,
Brownies that you can serve the kids with no guilt!