Fava-the Greek secret-Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Fava, a winter recipe that is loved by the Greek people!

Fava beans are very delicious, and when you make them the traditional Greek way, they are very nutritious and filling, perfect as a meal, or a dip, to be enjoyed with olive oil and good bread!

Here is the recipe and it is easy!

Fava by Litsa!

Fava by Litsa!

You will need,

2 cups Fava or yellow split peas rinsed

¼ cup olive oil

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

Salt, pepper and a touch of sugar

Vegetable stock or chicken stock

Here is how to make the famous Fava!

In a pot add the oil the chopped onion and garlic, sauté for a few minutes until they become soft, add the peas and season with the seasonings, add the stock making sure it covers the peas and then some.

Cook in moderate heat for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and purée.

Place on a nice platter and it is ready to use!  

As a topping, I like to use sauté onions and mushrooms, in a little butter and olive oil and it is an addition I like. Adding a little olive oil is a must!

If you like to go the Traditional Greek way, for a topping you will use olive oil, chopped onion, oregano, and olives!

A little reminder, Fava is thirsty and loves olive oil, use it with love and don’t hesitate!

Please don’t forget to have nice bread and a glass of wine!

 

 

 

Shrimp Chowder by Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder by Litsa!

Shrimp Chowder, a soup that hits the spot on a very cold day!Recipe for two!

Easy to make and so delicious, please double the recipe if you want for more than 2 people!

 I love New England for many reasons but the lobster and the chowder are my favorite meals to have when I visit that beautiful part of the US.

I only wish the water of the Atlantic ocean was warmer so we could enjoy swimming, but no, not for me, way too cold!

Here is how I make my Shrimp Chowder and I love it!

You will need,

15 shrimp

2 large potatoes diced

1 large onion diced

1 clove garlic chopped

4 slices bacon cut in small pieces

1 tbs butter

2 tbs oil

1 can corn

2 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth or water

½ cup white wine

1 cup cream

1 cup water

1 tbs flour

Salt, pepper, dry thyme and a few red pepper flakes

Here is how to make the shrimp chowder by Litsa!

In a pan put the oil butter, bacon and cook for a few minutes

Add the onion and garlic and sauté until onion is nice and transparent

Deglaze with the wine, cook for a few minutes.

Add the potatoes, corn and chicken broth, cook for about 10 minutes until potatoes are done, over medium heat.

At this point add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.

Season with salt, pepper, dry thyme and red pepper flakes.

Add the cream.

In the cup of water dilute the flour and add to the Shrimp Chowder.

Cook for a few more minutes or until the soup is nice and thick!

Try and adjust seasonings.

Your Shrimp Chowder is ready and it is delicious!

 

 

Shrimp with chickpeas Litsa! 

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Shrimp with chickpeas 

I am looking for easy delicious recipes and this one is exactly that! Creating new recipes is a pleasure, and this one with shrimp and chickpeas is hurty, hits the spot every time!Also delicious and fast!

You will need

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed 

20 shrimp

1 red pepper diced

1 yellow pepper diced

1 onion diced

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

Salt pepper and a touch of sugar

Here is how

In a heavy pan add the oil and sauté the vegetables until transparent

Deglaze with the wine and cook for 3 minutes, add the shrimp and cook a few more minutes until the shrimp changes color, add the chickpeas and season well with salt and pepper! Cook a few more minutes!If you find you need a little more sauce, add a little vegetable broth or a little water! 

Your shrimp with chickpeas meal is ready and it didn’t take long!



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Cauliflower-potato soup Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Miscellaneous, Recipes

A very delicious soup, easy to make, nice and thick and so filling!Cauliflower-potato soup!

When cauliflower is available, try to cook with it, because it’s very healthy.So many ways to cook Cauliflower and making a hot Cauliflower and potato soup is the answer for a cold day!

Cauliflower potato soup by Litsa!

Cauliflower potato soup by Litsa!

 

Seasonal cooking is the best, and you don’t have any bad feelings as to what you are eating!

Control is of the essence, get the control and eat healthy, for the life of me, I don’t understand how we trust people in the food industry so much! 

Why do we eat with so much ease everything they offer us! We take better care of our car than we do with our bodies, as you can see I am very passionate about the subject!

Ah, the pleasure of cooking and baking our own food, the peace of mind and satisfaction!It is work, I give you that, to decide what to cook, to get to the market, to bring everything home, cook and clean up, yes I know you are tired, especially if you work full time!

But stop and think, for just one moment, nothing worthwhile is accomplished with no effort!

Here is my delicious cauliflower and potato soup!

 

You will need:

1 beautiful head of cauliflower cut in pieces

2 big onions sliced

4 celery stalks cut up

¼ cup olive oil

1 cup tomato sauce

2 cups chicken broth

Salt, pepper, garlic salt, and ½ Tsp sugar

4 cups water

1 cup cream

Here is how to make my cauliflower and potato soup!

In a heavy cooking pot add the oil and the onions.

Sauté for a few minutes just to sweat the onions

Add the rest of the vegetables and continue a little bit longer.

Now add the wet ingredients, except the cream.

Season the soup and let simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.

At this point, if the soup needs a little more water add some more!

Just before it’s done add the cream, cook just a couple of minutes more and you are ready to puree your soup using a hand blender, you need to have a nice creamy consistency!

Your cauliflower and potato soup is ready!

 

 

 

 

 

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