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Octopus salad Litsa!

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in Recipes, Salads

One perfect Octupus salad

One perfect salad!Octopus salad!

       1 Octopus 2-3 pounds

  • ½ red or yellow pepper grilled, skin removed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 large onion cut up in rondels
  • 2 sprigs of dill finely cut
    One perfect Octupus salad

    One perfect Octopus salad

  • 1 green onion finely cut
  • 1 tsp of capers
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Wash octopus and grill in low fire turning occasionally, the grill has to be hot and oiled.You can also boil it in a little water, Octopus will release its own juices and it will be enough to boil until nice and tender.If you like, add some spices while the octopus is boiling, a bay leaf, some black peppercorns,1 clove garlic, a little salt, and pepper.    

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When done, cut Octopus in bite size pieces and place in a bowl.

Add pepper, dill, green onion capers, oil and lemon juice, toss very well together.

On a serving plate, place the rondels of onion as a base and on top place your octopus salad!

Always adjust seasonings according to your taste. That means you have to taste your octopus!

You can serve as a salad or meze.


Where ever you are, make the summer last!

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Everyone from a European background is complaining about the lifestyle in North America.

In Europe the south that is, they say life is more fun more relaxed and people enjoy the outdoors  more, and it makes sense because the weather has a lot to do with it, but don’t kid yourselves it’s an individual matter how everyone decides and plans to spend the same 24 hours we all have, no matter how the weather is.

Mezedakia and Ouzaki is a wonderful experience in a taverna by the sea.

But it can also be exciting when friends get together to indulge in the tradition that once was a privilege of men but now enjoyed by women as well!!

So next time you have a few good friends over, why not plan mezedakia that pair well with Ouzo and pretend you are in Santorini or Mykonos! And who knows maybe next summer the dream can be a reality.

Mezedakia can include a salad, a mélange of olives, cheese, octopus, shrimp, fried eggplant and zucchini and I love a Dako a specialty from the island of Crete, so easy and yet so different.

Don’t forget to add to the spirit of the evening some Greek music, Dalaras, Glikeria, Alexiou, are some of my favorite artists and your event with a little effort can be something out of the ordinary!

Litsa!

Almond, the nutty fruit

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

It is beautiful, more than ever, dressed up in white, accessorized in pink and filling the air with a heady fragrance! Although it looks like a bride, this delight best describes an almond tree in full bloom during early spring. It’s full of white blooms with delicate pink centers, ready to produce its delicious fruits.

“Fruits?” you may ask. Isn’t an almond a nut? Yes and no. Although commonly considered a nut, the almond

( Amygdalus communis ) is a fruit. It is part of the rose family, from which other stone-fruit trees derive their origin. Stone fruits include peaches, apricots and plums. That’s why the kernels of these fruits resemble very closely an almond shell.

The mediterranean diet

Written by Litsa Bolontzakis. Posted in My thoughts

Are you looking for a healthy yet tasty diet? It exists and it is called the Mediterranean Diet. It is an easy to follow diet and also a dieter’s dream as it requires a high consumption of (monounsaturated) fat and red wine!

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The glorious taste of Greece is a gift to all who love healthy eating. Cooking with the herbs, spices, and olive oil of the Mediterranean is like inviting the sun in our lives every day. So go ahead have a sunny day!!!!!

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