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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.

Lamb Shanks, Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Lamb shank, and the fascination we have with that delectable piece of meat! Whichever way you decide to prepare it, it will make your life easy!

The only thing you need to remember is that you need time! Because you want to cook them well so the meat falls off the bone, and that is the secret!

I have many recipes, but the latest one is simply one of the very best! It pleases the eye and of course, the taste is unbelievable!

It takes courage to take a dive into the unknown,but trust me you will love this delicious results!
Here is the recipe for 2

2 Lamb shanks

5 cloves of garlic

3 potatoes quartered

2 carrots sliced

Salt and pepper

2 ounces of butter

1/4 of a Pound of Greek Kefalotiri cheese in cubes

2 sprigs of Rosemary

For the home made Phyllo

3 cups flour

1 egg

1 pouch instant yeast

4 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp milk

salt and a touch of pepper

1 tsp sugar

 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Here is how

Add the yeast and sugar in a little warm water and mix well to dissolve the yeast!

Ina bowl add flour, egg and the rest of the ingredients and knead the dough, let it rest for a few minutes!

Prepares the meat and vegetables by seasoning them well!

Open your phyllo for a “12 pie plate, it has to be thick. Place the potatoes and carrots as a first layesr and on the top place the meat, add the butter and cheese and some fresh rosemary!

Cover with the next phyllo and bake for 2 1/2 hours at 350.when you see that the color of the pie is golden,cover with foil and continue to bake!

You will have an amazing way to serve lamb!

A Green salad will compliment this dish!

Why one Heart!

Written by litsa. Posted in My thoughts

One heart Litsa Bolontzakis
One heart Litsa Bolontzakis

Good morning, taping today, delicious recipes are coming your way, recipes with a past, and a future? Absolutely!

My Moto, take the control back and let’s teach our young ones how to make healthy meals. If we love them and we definitely do, we will do just that!

Remember feed your engine well and it will take you further! No parts available, you have to take care of and protect the ones you have!❤️

Sometimes when I have a conversation with my maker, I ask him, why one heart my father! You know it breaks Easy! Maybe, just maybe you could have tacked one away in a secret place and replace the broken one when the need arises! Do you know how many broken hearts are out there, of course, you do, and you are doing your best to mend them! One by one you heal them! We have to do our best to protect our heart since we only have one!

Eat well, rest and get good sleep, drink a lot of water, the heart needs hydration to keep working well, try to be happy, happy thoughts are important, get some sun and laugh, dance and do things that give you Joy! In other words, disperse the dark clouds and find what makes happy, when you do hold on to it! This is your medication for a healthy heart!

Here is something I think about often, if you have a giving heart,be prepared to get hurt,because not everyone has a heart like yours and you will be in pain sometimes!Please do things in moderation and never expect something in return,only then you will be OK!

LOL with a touch of Parapono!

Litsa with #Love!❤️

My love for Animals depends on you!

Written by litsa. Posted in My thoughts

Litsa Bolontzalis
Litsa Bolontzakis

Don’t take me wrong, I love #animals and dogs I adore!But my love for animals depends on you! My kids love animals, and when older they exposed me to wonderful dogs, that I loved to the very end!
I was away when Meli, our little Pomeranian Toy died and it broke my heart when I heard that she went in her favorite little place next to my side of the bed and died!

Dogs are a gift to humans, a very thoughtful gift. But I have a problem with some animal owners, actually more than one!
1 Love your animals but don’t #worship them! They have their place and they enrich our lives! But they should never take the place of humans!
2 Treat them with love and protect them. If you abuse an animal, you will not be very kind to humans as well!
3 Don’t chew their food and #feed them in my presence, I detest that!
If you love them don’t feed them human food, they have food just for animals and it is the best for them!
4 Don’t kiss them all over, they use their mouths to clean themselves up.
5 If I have to stay over at your house I will not sleep with your dog! And don’t wonder about that, it has happened to me! The dog is the king of the house and it can sleep wherever it wants, even with the guest!
6 Don’t mind me if I don’t like animal hair on me. I have an issue even with my hair on my clothes!
7 Show the same love and #affection to humans as you give to your animal! Love children and humans the same way!
9 Respect that some friends might not like animals, don’t make a choice and reject the friend! You need both in your life! I have experienced all that and much more but I never blame the animal! You know who I blame! And I say, it is up to you, the owner if I will like your animal or not, and you too!

The animal will be like you are,if you are calm,it will be calm,if you are all over the place and nervous,the animal will be just like you!They are so smart and I love them and respect them ,but I have balance and keep them in their place,and that place is a good place!

My love for your animal depends on you!

Litsa with Love❤️

Potatoes, chickpeas and spinach!Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Main Dishes, Sides

Potatoes, chickpeas, and spinach!

Dill is the herb of my choice for this recipe!

OH, life is good, when you can have something so delicious with no effort!

Go ahead and make this recipe you will love it with some nice bread and a glass of wine!

½ cup olive oil

4 Potatoes diced

Potatoes chickpeas and spinach Litsa!

Potatoes chickpeas and spinach Litsa!

1 large onion diced

½ bunch dill

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed

1 bunch fresh spinach

Salt pepper and a touch of garlic powder

1 cup prepared tomato sauce

1 cup water

Here is how!

In a pan add the oil and onion and sauté for a few minutes, add the potatoes and continue cooking a little more stirring the potatoes so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the water and the tomato sauce, salt pepper, and garlic salt!

Cook potatoes in medium heat for about 8-10 minutes,

At this point add the chickpeas

 and spinach, add a little more water if needed, and lower the heat and cook until spinach is ready and to your likening.

Plate the food and just before serving add a little good olive oil!

Fresh olive oil is the very best thing you can add to this dish!