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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.

Octopus salad – Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes, Salads

Octopus salad -Litsa!

One perfect salad!Octopus salad!

 Octopus salad -Litsa!

Octopus- salad- Litsa!

I love salads and this Octopus salad is one of my all-time favorite salads! It is not difficult to make and when you do if you love Octopus you will fall in love and it will become a recipe you will make all the time!

Serve this amazing Octopus salad when you serve fish, or when you serve mezedakia with Ouzo or some nice white wine!

         You will need:

        1 Octopus 2-3 pounds

         ½ red or yellow pepper grilled, skin removed and cut into  small pieces         

         1 large onion cut up in rondels

          2 sprigs of dill finely cut

          1 green onion finely cut1 tsp of capers

          4 tbsp olive oil

          1 tbsp lemon juice

           1 tsp of capers

Wash octopus and grill over low fire turning occasionally, the grill has to be hot and oiled.You can also boil it in a little water, Octopus will release its own juices and it will be enough to boil until nice and tender.If you like add some spices while the octopus is boiling, a bay leaf, some black peppercorns,1 clove garlic, a little salt, and pepper. 

When done, cut Octopus into bite-size, pieces and place in a bowl.

Add pepper, dill, green onion capers, oil and lemon juice, toss very well together.

On a serving plate, place the rondels of onion as a base and on top place your octopus salad!

Always adjust seasonings according to your taste. That means you have to taste your octopus!

You can serve as a salad or meze.

Where ever you are, make the summer last!


Everyone from a European background when immigrating to North America is complaining about the lifestyle in their new country!

In Europe the south that is, they say life is more fun more relaxed and people enjoy the outdoors  more, and it makes sense because the weather has a lot to do with it, but don’t kid yourselves it’s an individual matter how everyone decides and plans to spend the same 24 hours we all have, no matter how the weather is.

Mezedakia and Ouzaki is a wonderful experience in a taverna by the sea.

But it can also be exciting when friends get together to indulge in the tradition that once was a privilege of men but now enjoyed by women as well!!

So next time you have a few good friends over, why not plan mezedakia that pair well with Ouzo and pretend you are in Santorini or Mykonos! And who knows maybe next summer the dream can be a reality.

Mezedakia can include a salad, a mélange of olives, cheese, octopus, shrimp, fried eggplant and zucchini and I love a Dako a specialty from the island of Crete, so easy and yet so different.

Don’t forget to add to the spirit of the evening some Greek music, Dalaras, Glikeria, Alexiou, are some of my favorite artists and your event with a little effort can be something out of the ordinary!


Almond, the nutty fruit

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

It is beautiful, more than ever, dressed up in white, accessorized in pink and filling the air with a heady fragrance! Although it looks like a bride, this delight best describes an almond tree in full bloom during early spring. It’s full of white blooms with delicate pink centers, ready to produce its delicious fruits. Almond the nutty fruit!

“Fruits?” you may ask. Isn’t almond a nut? Yes and no. Although commonly considered a nut, the almond ( Amygdalus communis ) is a fruit. It is part of the rose family, from which other stone-fruit trees derive their origin. Stone fruits include peaches, apricots, and plums. That’s why the kernels of these fruits resemble very closely an almond shell.


Almond the nutty fruit!

The mediterranean diet

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Are you looking for a healthy yet tasty diet? It exists and it is called the Mediterranean Diet. It is an easy to follow diet and also a dieter’s dream as it requires a high consumption of (monounsaturated) fat and red wine!


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