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Before they fall asleep-Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts, Uncategorized

And then you open your eyes and they are teenagers, and you want to take them in your arms and hug them and kiss them and read them a book but you can’t, game over!Before they fall asleep, where did that time go?

Before they fall asleep! Litsa!

Before they fall asleep! Litsa!

The best time of the day, when you can read them a book and watch them nicely fall asleep, is gone!

Gone and never coming back!

That very special time, just before they fall asleep when you read them something from their favorite book, something happy and positive you reassure them of your love and you make them feel loved and secure! 

Preferably no dragons and bad spirits, we want them to have an undisturbed sleep, so they can get a nice rest!

But if you are in that position, when they are still young, don’t overlook the benefits of spending the time just before they sleep to bond with them!

They don’t like to sleep, but they like to talk, and they ask all kinds of questions and here is what you as a parent want, to get to know what is in the heart of the child so you can help them along, with their fears and insecurities!

Not at that moment, but you are aware of what troubles them and at a more appropriate time you will be able to give them the best help because you are the only one that can, you love them more than anyone in the world!

Our world is hostile, our young ones need all the love, and protection we can give them!

Do your best while you still can, #Read them a book! Before they fall asleep!

And remember, It’s not the book, it’s the special #gift you as a parent will enjoy, the company of your child in the perfect surroundings!Priceless! 

Before they fall asleep, make it happen!

 #Litsa with #Love

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Before they fall asleep!

 

Shrimp Chowder by Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes, Uncategorized

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder by Litsa!

Shrimp Chowder, a soup that hits the spot on a very cold day!Recipe for two!

Easy to make and so delicious, please double the recipe if you want for more than 2 people!

 I love New England for many reasons but the lobster and the chowder are my favorite meals to have when I visit that beautiful part of the US.

I only wish the water of the Atlantic ocean was warmer so we could enjoy swimming, but no, not for me, way too cold!

Here is how I make my Shrimp Chowder and I love it!

You will need,

15 shrimp

2 large potatoes diced

1 large onion diced

1 clove garlic chopped

4 slices bacon cut in small pieces

1 tbs butter

2 tbs oil

1 can corn

2 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth or water

½ cup white wine

1 cup cream

1 cup water

1 tbs flour

Salt, pepper, dry thyme and a few red pepper flakes

Here is how to make the shrimp chowder by Litsa!

In a pan put the oil butter, bacon and cook for a few minutes

Add the onion and garlic and sauté until onion is nice and transparent

Deglaze with the wine, cook for a few minutes.

Add the potatoes, corn and chicken broth, cook for about 10 minutes until potatoes are done, over medium heat.

At this point add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper, dry thyme and red pepper flakes.

Add the cream.

In the cup of water dilute the flour and add to the Shrimp Chowder.

Cook for a few more minutes or until the soup is nice and thick!

Try and adjust seasonings.

Your Shrimp Chowder is ready and it is delicious!

 

 

Shrimp with chickpeas Litsa! 

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Shrimp with chickpeas 

I am looking for easy delicious recipes and this one is exactly that! Creating new recipes is a pleasure, and this one with shrimp and chickpeas is hurty, hits the spot every time!Also delicious and fast!

You will need

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed 

20 shrimp

1 red pepper diced

1 yellow pepper diced

1 onion diced

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

Salt pepper and a touch of sugar

Here is how

In a heavy pan add the oil and sauté the vegetables until transparent

Deglaze with the wine and cook for 3 minutes, add the shrimp and cook a few more minutes until the shrimp changes color, add the chickpeas and season well with salt and pepper! Cook a few more minutes!If you find you need a little more sauce, add a little vegetable broth or a little water! 

Your shrimp with chickpeas meal is ready and it didn’t take long!



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Methoni-road trip!Litsa! 

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Methoni Road Trip Litsa!

Methoni Road Trip Litsa!

Methoni road trip! Litsa!

I left Kalamata at noon and set off for Pylos which is highly famous in the Greek circles. The drive to that place was exquisite. It made me recollect the final stretch from Agios Nikolaos to Sitia in Crete. The ride seems no less than a treasure if made during the daytime.My Methoni road trip looks promising!

Pylos is an amazing little city situated by the water, such a traditional little place! Clean and fresh even though it has not seen many changes over the years. I just wandered around a bit and then left for Methoni which was about 20 minutes away.

I have to remind myself that am riding in olive oil country; because that is all you see for miles and miles, OLIVE TREES! I take such pleasure when I go on road trips, and this road trip to Methoni I will love!I only wish that on a day like today my car was convertible, so I can feel the sun and the breeze on my face!

When there I looked for my friend Sofia who visits Methoni and spends summers every year and found her within no time. This is one of the perks of a small place; everyone knows each other. So I went to her place and surprised her which made her totally shocked. After that, we went to the only hotel located by the water to find a nice room. Though it wasn’t what I am used to, the location provided an ethereal view and that was enough for me to spend time there. Besides I have a plan, you go in only when you are so tired and sleepy and you fall asleep in an instant!

Its location by the water added more to its charm. I woke up to a serene view in the morning, where there were fishing boats going out for the catch of the day, extremely peaceful and clean.

The old fort is so beautiful, it is by the water another indication that it was there to protect the city from the pirates!Fascinating!

The castle of Methoni is a medieval fortification in the port town of Methoni in Messinia!

The best thing about this place is that only locals are present here and Greek visitors who came here for vacation with their families from Athens.

The beach is sandy and the water very clean, to the point of seeing the schools of little fish dancing in your feet! I could not have enough of this amazing day!

For dinner, I decided to go to the little square just a few steps away from the hotel!

I make a mean Strapatsada.

So I decided to try and see how the local Strapatsada is! What is Strapatsada? A recipe of nice ripe grated tomatoes cooked down until all the juice of the tomatoes is gone and adding eggs and Feta cheese to make a delicious dish!A very tasty traditional Greek summer dish!

I ordered it and soon realized it was a bad choice since it was nothing like my recipe of Strapatsada. It was filled with sausage, smoked pork, tomato in huge chunks, cheese and one egg on top with loads and loads of oil. I don’t understand the need of putting an egg on top of everything when it clearly doesn’t taste good. It was so heavy!

Thank god I had ordered a Greek salad and a plate of small fish which were two very delicious items.

 I loved the small square! It was a round one though, with some traditional Greek taverns and coffee shops all around, with the scent of primrose or nihtolouloudo and jasmine covering the whole area and I have to pinch myself once again, so I can really feel the moment…

I am alone, and eating alone is not the best for a lady, feeling something peculiar, and then you look up and you see the stars and it feels that if you stretch your arm a little more your hands can touch the stars and the bright amazing August moon and you realize that nothing matters and you come to your senses and think of the magic moment, you are there and it’s mesmerizing so you might as well enjoy it and have another perfect memory for your precious little chest, the one with the perfect moments and  treasured memories!

And I come to realize that sometimes if you want to take it all in, you need to be alone, with no interactions and no-nonsense talking about sweet little nothings because that specific moment is not coming back!
Breathtaking is the sky with the stars and that August moon, that you can see so clearly….Please do not disturb me! I am having a perfect moment!

The pretty houses made of stones are the main attraction for me in this very part of Greece. People here are so skillful; they have a firm grip on building houses with the natural stones that they literally seem like pieces of art.

Close your eyes and imagine, a beautiful stone house in the midst of all the olive trees your eye can see!! I wouldn’t mind having a small but fine house of stones in Greece. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

I am so happy I had the opportunity to take the Methoni road trip! 

 It was indeed memorable!

Litsa with Love!

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