Giagias recipes!Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Giagias recipes-Litsa!

Giagias recipes-Litsa!

Everybody remembers fondly their grandmother and the delicious food she used to make! My giagia and her recipes I will never forget!

Her food was magical, she made wonderful food with so much less than what we have today!

Seasonal was the food she was making! And the aromas permeating the house and the neighborhood was something to experience!

When we cook today we have the world on our feet, with ingredients that we never knew existed, we have the option to create delicious food from every part of this amazing planet!

The seasons don’t matter so much, there is always summer somewhere, and the planet is not so big anymore, so if we want summer fruits and vegetables no worries we have them, they come to us all rapt up and ready to be enjoyed! And of course we have Google, any questions, no problem they will be answered!

Coming back to grandmothers or Giagia or Grandmama, or Oma! 

Are you one of these fortunate people? Is your Giagia still alive?

If you answer yes, I am so happy for you, you still have time to enjoy her and her gifts!

They never ask for too much, they know how busy we are and they never interfere! That is how my grandmothers were, always to give and never ask anything in return!

But there is a danger here, we tent to forget them. This is such a big mistake! We are under the impression that they are invisible!

Don’t take it for granted that she will be here with you forever!

They are very close to the end if they are grandmothers! That is a very sad thing but nevertheless true!

Every day counts!

Do yourself a favor, get your tablet, and go visit this precious person! 

Ask her to make some coffee and have a nice conversation with a person with experience!

Ask her about her life, you will be so surprised with the things she is going to share, and the things she went through! And if she was a good cook ask her to tell you her little secrets, and what made her recipes so delicious! She will probably say, love and time!

Tell her about the special recipe, the one you love, the one you never have enough of, ask her what is her secret ingredient and see her face light up, and if you have the time, ask her to cook with you so you can have something personal from your grandmother, her recipe to use with your family and this way they will remember her for a long time!

The next step will be for you to go shopping so you can make the meal together! She is on a fixed income after all. Document the whole adventure, in the future you will be so happy you did!

Don’t forget to praise her and thank her for just been your grandmother!

One thing you should have in mind, never go to see your grandma empty-handed, by now you should know what she likes and always bring it to her, little things make her happy at this point, to see you and talk with you been at the top of the list!

Giagias recipes are done with Patience! Giagias recipes are done with Love!

Have a nice visit!

Litsa with Love!

Rosemary- Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Miscellaneous, My thoughts

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

ROSEMARY-Litsa!

ROSEMARY-Litsa!

 in 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.

We already know that rosemary oil has a variety of benefits, but did you know that the herb does, too? Carnosic acid, one of the main ingredients in rosemary, helps protect the brain from neurodegeneration. It does this by protecting the brain against chemical free radicals, which are linked to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s, strokes and normal aging in the brain

Amazing!

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, appreciate them and respect them!

Litsa with Love!

 

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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