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In Loving Contemplation- Litsa

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

In Loving Contemplation

In loving contemplation -Litsa

In loving contemplation -Litsa

Today I find myself thinking how blessed I am and that my children are an inexplicable gift from God. I remember a lot of little things about my enchanting daughter, which I am afraid will fade away like sand through my fingers if too much time passes. Haven’t you ever loved someone so much that every minute that has passed with them is like a wisp of smoke in the air that you can see but cannot bring back?

When she was but a little child with ringlets caught behind her ear, I would often find her reading oblivious to everything around her. She would curl up on the carpet with her knees tucked up behind her and a book open in front of her with her little fingers twiddling each page delicately as if to not disrupt the fibers. Neil Armstrong could scarcely have felt more wonder on the moon than my little girl felt through the pages of those new books!

There were times when I took her to the beach to swim and play in the sand like children her own age but she preferred to seek the shade and read her book. Her love for the written word always arose from an innate place within her and I could never seek credit for it. When I think about both of my children, they are vastly different. My son likes to create things and be in the outdoors and has no interest in reading but for the life of me, I do not want them to be the same. I am glad God sought to make them different in many wonderful ways! Believe me…I would not have it otherwise.                                                        

On this seemingly silent contemplative afternoon, I do not pretend that I can understand the complexity of God. How he can create immense capabilities for species in the small strands of DNA within us – and how from one couple of human beings or animals, countless different kinds of traits can emerge. Think about when two hummingbirds mate, they do not just create one hummingbird; they can create up to three hundred different kinds over the centuries! It does not take an artist to appreciate the beauty that lies in all these creations, all you have to do is to be looking for them.

Often I have found myself in places where I can just watch people walk by. It is hard to explain my exact purpose except that I find it so surprisingly calming. Many of those people are mixed race or of mixed ethnicities but the union of their parents has created something which can only be described as artistic. Some of them have dusky skin with bright ocean blue eyes and there is a certain synchronicity which you never imagined till you have actually seen it. The beauty is breathtaking!

Nowadays sexual intimacy has been made into something which must be discouraged or despised when it is love in its most basic sense and an act which makes such indescribable beauty possible. But it is true that it must arise from the right place within; from a place of true affection. Embrace this level of intimacy, all the while holding it in high esteem as something that you have been given but not something that belongs to you.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled sweet potato salad! Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes, Salads

Grilled sweet potatoe salad

Love this salad,  different and very delicious! Very healthy to say the least! Dynamite in flavor and taste this grilled sweet potato salad is! Please don’t forget the cinnamon in the salad dressing.The salad becomes a stellar salad, five-star salad!

The health benefits are too numerous to mention, so here are just a few

“Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, are high in carotenoids,”

Sweet potatoes are my best friends, they cook easy, they are very healthy and delicious, children love them, how can you go wrong with sweet potatoes!

They control blood sugar, they have anti-inflammatory properties and the list goes on and on!

In many countries like Greece, they are expensive, but try to have them at least once a week, believe me, worth every penny if you ask me.

They pack so much goodness, it’s unbelievable!

You will love how easy it is to make and the flavor is phenomenal!

Great with a BBQ, add a little protein like a piece of chicken or fish and you have a complete meal!

Beef Pot Roast –Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Beef Pot Roast by Litsa!

 

I love recipes that I can just put in the oven and forget about them, and when the food is done, I have deliciousness! This Beef pot roast recipe is exactly that!

A hearty recipe, that the man love and it is so easy to make them happy with this dish!

And we want to make them happy because it comes back to us many times over…I hear my grandmother, “feed them well and if you ask for the universe they will give it to you!”Yes grandma it works”

It has the past and certainly has a future!

It has been one of my favorites and a family recipe for as long as I can remember, you know the little treasures I usually talk about, one of those!

Meat lovers will always enjoy a good solid recipe, and here is my take on the delicious Beef Pot Roast!

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