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Litsa Bolontzakis

Litsa Bolontzakis

Children's book and cookbook author Litsa Bolontzakis is an expert on Greek cooking and that culture's easy, simple way of life. Her desire is to help other families learn from her culture how to appreciate the simple things in life and grow to enjoy the seasons and the gifts they bring.

Rosemary a herb with so many gifts!Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Miscellaneous

I was thinking today about Rosemary and how much I love it in my cooking!

Rosemary means “dew of the sea” and it is a perennial plant growing wild in the hills



 of the Mediterranian countries, the shrubs grow very big and they are quite beautiful!

I mean Lamb will not be the same without Rosemary, what do you think?

It thrives in dry conditions, and not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our diet!

But I had to find out what other uses are there for this mysterious herb!

My research left me speechless, to say the least! So many great benefits!

The most interesting health benefits of this amazing herb include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions.


My mother in law a native of the Greek island of Crete used to make a tisane from many different herbs, and Rosemary was always included!

She is gone over 20 years now and I still have her little pouch of her delicious tisane!No one is allowed to touch it, its very sacred to me, I want to remember her as long as I live!

 Tea can be made very easily with a few sprigs of rosemary herb, hot water, and a dash of natural sweeteners, such as honey or sugar. Unlike many herbal teas that require only the leaves to be steeped for a tea blend, rosemary tea is made by steeping both the leaves and the stems of rosemary. This tea can be made with either fresh or dried leaf, and can even be made through powdered leaves, although this is less common.

The more I learn about all the herbs the more I love them and appreciate them!


Halva with Semolina!-Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts

Halva with semolina is a dessert that is loved by the Greek people!

It’s one of these recipes that you have to have available when your sweet tooth strikes and you

Halva with Semolina-Litsa!

Halva with Semolina-Litsa!

have to have something to calm it down!

Not too many ingredients and you can play with the flavors so it can make you happy.

You can use orange zest, lemon zest, vanilla,mastiha, the only thing you have to remember is that it has to compliment the main ingredient, the oil!

It can be done in 15 minutes and it doesn’t require any baking, fast and delicious!

Here is what you will need,

2 cups sugar

1 cup Semolina,medium size

1 cup Semolina, regular size

1 cup vegetable oil

41/2 cups hot water

The zest of 1 lemon

1 cup almonds, blanched, roasted and chopped

Cinnamon for dusting

Here is what to do

In a pan heat the oil and saute the almonds for a few minutes, When light brown add the Semolina and saute until golden.

Dissolve sugar in the hot water and have available.

Remove Halva mixture from the heat and add the hot water in the Semolina, very carefully because the mixture tends to bubble and it can burn you!Stir until all liquid is absorbed and you have a thick mixture! Place the mixture in a cake mold.

Let it rest for about 5-6 minutes and turn your Halva with Semolina on a nice platter.

Dust with cinnamon and it is ready.

You can serve with a dollop of whipped cream!(Optional)

A  traditional Greek recipe, totally inexpensive and a recipe that makes people happy!

Halva with semolina, nice and easy and it comes to your rescue you when you need something sweet fast!

Litsa with Love!



Sweet potatoes ala Greek! Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes, Sides

Sweet potatoes ala Greek, a delicious way to stuff potatoes with all the Greek elements, like Feta cheese, Greek yogurt, dill and to create something so delicious!

Sweet potatoes are a gift from God with all the nutrients, they are little bullets of happiness, health, and so much more!

Please try to have them on a regular basis, they are so good for you!

Sweet potato Ala Greek-Litsa!

Sweet potato Ala Greek-Litsa!

So many ways to stuff sweet potatoes, and here is mine! 

You will need,

2 sweet potatoes

2 tbsp butter

1 cup Feta chunks more if you like 

1 cup Greek yogurt

3 sprigs of dill finely chopped

2 fresh green onions finely chopped

Bacon cooked and cut into little pieces as much as you like

Here is what to do!

Wash the potatoes and dry them well

Pock them with a fork all over

Microwave them for 7 minutes on high

Let them cool and cut them lengthwise but not all the way

With a fork loosen the potato and add the butter and a little salt and pepper

Continue with the Feta, yogurt dill and onion and last add the bacon

Be generous, if your potatoes are very big you might need more cheese

Your sweet potatoes ala Greek are ready to compliment your protein, fish, meat, poultry 

I hope you like them as much as I do!




On a very cold day like today,Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

On a very cold day like today, what do you do!If you are a native Canadian you are happy and you know how to enjoy the day!If you are from another country and from the south, you will spend the day feeling unhappy and you will be dreaming of a warm place in the sun!

For the millions of people that made Canada their home, here is a piece of advice, do your best and enjoy the sun and how brilliant it is today, but don’t let it fool you, it is deadly cold and you better stay inside looking out at the beautiful landscape with the snow pure and fresh like a white blanket,

On a very cold day like today,

On a very cold day like today, Litsa!

covering everything as if to protect life from the extreme temperatures!

 The sun today will try to keep us warm but it will not succeed and then again nothing is in vain because our precious sun gives life to everything it touches!

I feel life is good!

I remember my mother was wintering in the house in Greece and every time we spoke on the phone she would brag about the nice weather and how pleasant it was in Greece!

She would say I only need a little light coat when I go out, it’s so nice!

There is nothing that annoyed me about my mother but this did, and I remember once I told her that in Africa it was even warmer ma, please pray that the weather doesn’t turn crazy on us and you get our weather and we get yours!At least we are so well prepared!But some things never change! People this is Canada!
Winters are cold, very cold! Stop complaining about it and start living!

If you can afford it follow the sun if not do your best with the snow and the cold.

There are so many advantages when the snow falls, it is magnificent!The picture changes and its like you are on another part of the planet!It is clean and fresh and it covers all the imperfections!

On a very cold day like today, Start the fireplace!

To have a fireplace with a roaring fire, a good glass of wine and friends that you can have a stimulating conversation with is a gift!

The cold weather brings you closer to the one you love, think about it! Hugs, kisses, love, perfection!

On a very cold day like today, start cooking!

The kitchen is a magic place to be on a day that the snow is falling and you have all the ingredients to create a new meal! The house smells divine and the family that comes in from the cold is so happy to belong to a house that is alive and inviting!

On a cold day like today gather the kids all around you and read them a good book! You will create a memory that will keep them company for a long time! And please don’t let anyone and anything mess with the moment!

It is all a matter of perception! You do the best you can with what you have!

But people will complain about the cold, about the heat, about the rain about the wind!

It is part of life! It makes them happy, they have nothing else to talk about, so the weather is topic of conversation, but never positive always negative!

May you be the one that finds joy where others find sorrow!

On a very cold day like today be happy you are alive no matter what the weather!

Litsa with Love!

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The glorious taste of Greece is a gift to all who love healthy eating. Cooking with the herbs, spices, and olive oil of the Mediterranean is like inviting the sun in our lives every day. So go ahead have a sunny day!!!!!

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