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My prayers are with the people of France tonight!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Empty the disk 032Anarchy and violence are rampant in our world,

Sometimes it is very discouraging to live from day to day with fear.I feel that the world is like a pot of water that is starting to boil and the funny thing is you don’t know where the next bubble is going to be!

The same thing with the violent acts, we don’t know when and where they are going to happen.How sad the world is,how cheap life has become!There is no respect for life on this planet,all kinds of life, it’s like we have more hate than love.

My prayers are with the people of France tonight!

My heart is hurting for Nice!

Litsa!

 

All lives matter!Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

All lives matter!

Humans have suffered through the centuries in the hands of humans!

I feel that the black people of this planet have suffered so much more,are we surprised that they protest,how long is someone going to take abuse and never complain?

Women have been victims of abuse through the centuries,and even today in many countries the horrible treatment towards women and children continues.As if it was a mistake that they are born women!

Children are abducted every day,taken away from their families .

Animals are abused,is something not abused?

What we see happening today,is the result of eternal abuse and disrespect of human life!Continue in that direction and catastrophe will follow,it is inevitable!

All creation is hurting!Empty the disk 032

My heart is  bleeding!

Because there is no solution that humans can provide!

Who then?

Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo-Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes

 

 Litsa’s Youvetsi with chicken and Orzo

The Greek love affair with Orzo!

Do you have 30 minutes?

Let’s do it!

                                                                                                                        

 Here is what you need                                                                                                                          

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 Litsa’s Youvetsi with 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 10 minutes, uncovered and with your undivided attention, stirring and adding hot water if it becomes necessary.

When done,remove from heat and let the Youvetsi rest for a few minutes before serving.

Your Youvetsi with Orzo ie ready!

Serve with a good quality grated cheese!

Litsa!

 

 

 

 

“Summer the Magic Blanket “review

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Promotions

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.

Litsa Bolontzakis

Publications Hummingbird International Inc.
www.hummingbirdpublications.com

 

 

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