Pork loin with almonds – Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Uncategorized

Pork Loin By Litsa!

Pork Loin By Litsa!

 

Pork Loin With Almonds

I have always loved pork loin as it is scrumptious and divine! Not to mention it is relatively effortless to cook and you can feed four people or more if you do it right.

I often wonder about the history of pork loin and how it was taboo to eat pork in olden times because pigs were the least choosy in their eating habits when compared to all the domestic animals. But the world is different now; pigs are reared with special love and care and given a nutritional diet with a plethora of grains and legumes especially canola meal, barley, wheat, lentils, soybeans.

It’s better than what many people get to eat nowadays!

Pork loin is simple to cook because it is trim in fat and has virtually no bone matter stuck in the meat but you need to be specific when you are calculating the time and temperature of cooking because the dish will be no good if the meat stiffens due to too much heat. The best dishes are made from free range pork which comes from pigs which are allowed to move around in habitats close to their natural environment. This kind of elitist meat can really spice up your dinner so ask your local supermarket to make free range versions available. You will be able to taste a world of a difference!

The first rule of cooking pork loin and cooking it well lies in the temperature. On a standard scale, ground pork should be cooked at 160F and whole pork at 145F. This is not just to make it taste better but also to kill germs which reside in raw meat. I am a little picky with the way I want my pork to come out. I don’t want it to be dripping with blood and too rare but just a tad bit on the medium well-done side which is why I will marinate and BBQ after and then cut it up into mouth-watering slices to enjoy. However, I will now tell you about my age-old delectable recipe which gets every person no matter how young craving for more. You could try it the next time you are hosting an impromptu dinner as it is bound to impress!

Here is the recipe is broken down for easy understanding:-

  • Buy two pork loins and slice them up into two pieces each. Use a butcher’s knife for easy cutting.
  • Put the pork in a large bowl and begin marinating with the following spices, balsamic vinegar, paprika, a dash of sugar, a pinch of salt, garlic, and pepper. You can throw in an onion and some olive oil for that extra touch.
  • Make sure the ingredients penetrate the meat and you may need to work it in with your hands. Refrigerate for as many hours as you can spare.
  • Prepare the breading with crushed almond and bread crumbs. Season well with the same spices you used for the meat to add uniformity to the dish.
  • In a bowl add two eggs and whisk them well.
  • Take the meat out of the refrigerator and dip taking turns in the eggs and bread crumbs.
  • Heat up a frying pan and add some olive oil or vegetable oil and fry the pork loin till it turns a lovely golden. Flip once and fry the other side.
  • Serve with garnishing or a side of rice, pasta or salad.

 

 

Brie by Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Meze, Uncategorized

This is an amazing appetizer if you like Brie!

I love Brie and when I make it this way it is a hit all the time.Even if you don’t fancy this French cheese, I can assure you, you will love it!First of all, it is a conversation piece, and after the looks, the taste is fabulous.

When the cheese melts and it combines with the rest of the ingredients it’s like something wonderful happens!

The perfect bread to enjoy this delicacy is a baguette, Have it ready to Be enjoyed with the delicious soft cheese!

A very special recipe done with love will be remembered for a long time!

 

 

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Brie in Phyllo

Here is what you will need,

1 Brie

2 tbsp butter and a little olive oil

2 onions sliced

1 clove garlic

½ cup walnuts

2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar

¼ cup maple syrup

2 tbsp Apricot preserves

Salt and pepper to tasteimg_5965

6 Phyllo sheets

Melted butter for the Phyllo

Here is what to do

In a heavy skillet add butter and olive oil

Sauté the onions and garlic until transparent, for a few minutes

Add the rest of the ingredients and cook a few more minutes

Remove from heat

Butter an ovenproof plate and start layering the Phyllo

Make sure you butter in between each Phyllo

Place the brie on the Phyllo and add the onion mixture on top of the cheese

Cover with the Phyllo, butter well and bake at 350 until nice and golden, about 25-30 minutes

Serve hot with baguette slices, perfection!

Brownies Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Deserts, Recipes, Uncategorized

Here is an easy recipe for Brownies.Why I love them because they are delicious,totally uncomplicated and you can serve them with ice cream!

Also, I love chocolate and these Brownies are chocolate,they don’t have chocolate ,they are chocolate!

Just make sure the cocoa is of a very good quality,the one for baking not the one for chocolate milk…

The American dessert that has become famous all over the world!

Here is what you will need for the very best Brownies!

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

Brownies by Litsa!

Brownies

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 cup walnuts( roasted and crushed )

2 eggs

Vanilla a little chocolate liqueur and a pinch of salt

Here is how to make Brownies

With the rack in the middle position,preheat oven to 350

line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and sift them

Beat butter and sugar for a few minutes

Add the eggs and continue a few more minutes

At this point add the dry ingredients and vanilla,liqueur and salt

Mix well

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

And you have perfection! Brownies made by your lovely hands!

A dessert with no chemicals and preservatives,

Something that you can serve the kids with no guilt! 

Only when we make something at home,only then we are sure of what our children are eating.

Healthy food,no additives and all kinds of preservatives that are so harmful in the long run!

Litsa! With Love!

 

 

Holding On to Our Money Litsa Bolontzakis

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts, Uncategorized

Saving noney

Money can provide protection on a rainy day!

Why is it so hard to manage money and hold on to it? How can we save more and spend less? It has become an issue to make and save money.

The world is geared in such a way that it’s difficult to hold on to our money

Everyone is after money—our money, their money, everybody’s money— because of greed and because they never have enough. They spend years in higher education, in colleges and universities, to master the art of finding ways to get our money with such ease. They have become experts in their field and their field is to find more ways for our money to escape from our wallets faster and faster.

The funny thing is, there is a collaboration between the financial institutions and the commercial world to create more wants than needs. People, in general, are innocent and ordinary. The majority works hard to try to have a life without paying too much attention to the details…and that is when it happens….

I remember when banks were not so greedy. They made it easy and a pleasure to bank with them. Now it’s all about them making more and more billions in profits every year. They charge for every little detail, and we are not done yet, because they have their geniuses looking for ways to get every hard-earned dollar from our bank accounts into theirs—the latest being that, with every transaction at the ATM, if you want a receipt, there is a charge of one dollar.

The government raises taxes, and if you don’t have a good accountant, you are doomed. There is a well-organized plan to find ways for our money to fly into someone else’s nest. Therefore, people will never get out of debt unless they get smart, spend less, and save more. As the saying goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

How about our young ones? Do you think there is more we can do to educate them about money matters, to help them manage their resources, money, time, and so on? I don’t think we do enough to prepare our young people for life and its money challenges!

We teach them history, the arts, geography, economics, and so on. Please, don’t get me wrong, these subjects are important, but I feel it’s more important to teach them practical and smart ways to deal with their personal finances, starting from when they’re young and into their teen years.

It would make such a huge difference in their lives. It would determine how successful they are going to be…or not.

But here is the question: Who is responsible for this task—the school system or the parents? Why do we as parents depend on others, such as schools, to ready our children for life? Isn’t it our duty to make this happen?

Here is my opinion: Parents care more for their children than anyone else does; therefore, they are responsible for teaching their children about personal finances if the school doesn’t do it. Remember, economics is not the same as personal finance. We have to teach young people to spend less than what they make, a lesson that can prove to be as valuable as gold if it’s put into action! It’s a very simple lesson but a very important one.

I wish I knew more about money management. I wish someone had told me early in life about money and how very important it is to save more and spend less…to pay myself first and then spend the rest with no guilt. Life will never be without its bills and expenses. It is what it is, and nothing is free…well, I’m trying to think what things are free—not too many! The air we breathe is still free, but I don’t know for how much longer!

Money matters. Let us be wise about it so we can have it in times of need!

Litsa with Love!

 

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