Greek yogurt a gift to the world! Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis on. Posted in My thoughts

My fascination with Greek yogurt goes back to my youth, and my grandfather on my mother’s side.

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Litsa Bolontzakis and her love for Greek yogurt

My maternal grandfather!Oh, what a man he was, a father to 11 children and a house full of help.

I always wonder about my grandmother, how in the world she managed to take care of this large family and a husband, to say the least, a very particular husband. She loved him to the end and back, and that was the crazy glue that did the magic! He was a very special man and he was taking such good care of himself. 

I never saw him smoke, or get drunk, if I learned anything from my grandfather it was balance and moderation, those are the keys to a happy life! And even though I never heard his laughter, only a smile in his face, he had the look, you know the look of a happy man, especially when he was with his beloved wife, my amazing giagia!

One detail that has stuck with me is, that he loved yogurt. Every night the yogurt man will pass by the house with the large flat container that he was carrying on his head, making his presence known by calling out, OLOPAHOS! OLOPAHOS!

  My grandfather would get his nightly portion of the magic yogurt.It was the last thing he had, yogurt at the end of the day to bring some balance into his system, and then of to bed, he went! The name of the yogurt man, get this, was OLOPAHOS,{because this is the name we all remember him by,)to this day I don’t know his given name, talk about branding, he was an expert in marketing and he didn’t even know it.} The word OLOPAHOS means, all the fat is in the yogurt…WOW… Those days are long gone…. (The biography of my grandparents is a book that I am working on.)

The yogurt he was in love with was from the milk of sheep. He died at a very old age with the complexion of a little boy. I think it was his nightly ritual… Yogurt

What is yogurt and why it is so popular?

A yogurt is basically a form of curdled milk with “friendly” bacteria that do the work. The “friendly” bacteria in the milk ferment and coagulate to thicken milk to a creamy texture, adding a tangy, slightly astringent flavor. Heating the milk and keeping it to 100 degrees for a few hours, it would naturally turn to yogurt.Greek

Greek Yogurt can be made from any variety of mammal milk, but the best yogurt is made from cow, buffalo or goat milk. There are several types of yogurt with differing fat levels readily available in the market. In North, America yogurt is generally made from cow milk. Plain yogurt is unflavored and unsweetened. Flavored yogurt has fruit or flavoring added along with plenty of sugar.

Here is how I was taught to make homemade yogurt and it works every time.

You will need 1 large pot, 3 Litters whole milk, 1 small container plain natural yogurt, 1 colander and double cheesecloth.

In a very clean pot, (almost sterilized clean) add 3 Lit. of whole milk and heat until it starts to boil, remove from heat and let it stand covered for 10-15 minutes. At this point feel the milk with your finger; start counting until 10, if you can take the heat, your milk is ready. In a bowl add the yogurt and a little of the hot milk. Mix very well and add to the hot milk stirring vigorously. Cover your milk and place the pot in a warm place, I put mine in the oven overnight. In the morning your yogurt is ready, place the cheesecloth in the colander and put your yogurt to drain. It is going to take some time to drain, keep it in the refrigerator.

And this is the way to make homemade Greek yogurt.

If you like when you add the yogurt you can add some Vanilla and some sugar to make it sweet,or the flavor you prefer!

Why I like to make my own, so I can control the sugar and all kinds of additives. I enjoy it plain and if I want flavors, I add my own. Greek honey and nuts is a very delicious way to enjoy yogurt.Tzatziki is fabulous with that very nice Greek yogurt. I love to make a very delicious dip that goes so well with different fruit and here is the recipe, an excerpt from the book Boukia Boukia, by me of course!

 

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Dip

  • Ingredients
  • 2 cups drained plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp.cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • A little vanilla, a little cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Amaretto liqueur

Mix all the ingredients together and have fun with your favorite fruit.

Agape Litsa!

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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.

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