Potatoes, chickpeas and spinach!Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Sides

Potatoes, chickpeas, and spinach!

Dill is the herb of my choice for this recipe!

OH, life is good, when you can have something so delicious with no effort!

Go ahead and make this recipe you will love it with some nice bread and a glass of wine!

½ cup olive oil

4 Potatoes diced

Potatoes chickpeas and spinach Litsa!

Potatoes chickpeas and spinach Litsa!

1 large onion diced

½ bunch dill

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed

1 bunch fresh spinach

Salt pepper and a touch of garlic powder

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1 cup water

Here is how!

In a pan add the oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes, add the potatoes and continue cooking a little more stirring the potatoes so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the water and the tomato sauce, salt pepper, and garlic salt!

Cook potatoes in medium heat for about 8-10 minutes,

At this point add the chickpeas

 and spinach, add a little more water if needed, and lower the heat and cook until spinach is ready and to your likening.

Plate the food and just before serving add a little good olive oil!

Fresh olive oil is the very best thing you can add to this dish!

 

Mint Mohito?

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts, Recipes

Ah, the temperamental #mint! It grows #wild and out of control, it ignores you and it is stubborn, it takes over quietly and with mint, it’s very hard to win, unless you have some of the same qualities and you are #persistent and you say, these are your boundaries my love, no more space for you!!( Mint Mohito?)

Why is it so #determined to grow out of control?

Mint Mohito?

Because it knows how GOOD it is for us and it wants to be available and plentiful!

There are many different varieties of mint such as peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, and apple mint, all with similar growing habits. Do you like mint in your cooking! I love mint!!

Mint tea is my favorite and a wild Mohito I love!

But how about infused oil with mint and rosemary for perfect hail?  

So many benefits the amazing mint has for us!

Infuse your oil with mint and have it ready for your favorite salad, or cooking! I love infused oils with different herbs for a variety in my cooking! You can create something so delicious and exotic with simple herbs available and happy to give us pleasure! Here is a recipe that mint is the king!http://www.hummingbirdpublications.com/greek-watermelon-salad/

How about a Mint Julep? All you need is bourbon, sugar, ice, and a few sprigs of fresh mint. And if you really want to do it right, a frosty pewter cup.

Mohito you said? Of course here is how! 

In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon superfine sugar. Add the few mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.

AH! This amazing herb is here just to please!

Have fun with a touch of Mint!

Litsa with Love!

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!

 

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

4 1/2 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 your Halva 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!

And don’t forget cinnamon and nuts = perfection!

Litsa with Love!

 

 

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