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!

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!

 

Mint Mohito?

Written by litsa. Posted in My thoughts, Recipes

Ah, the temperamental #mint! It grows #wild and out of control, it ignores you and it is stubborn, it takes over quietly and with mint, it’s very hard to win, unless you have some of the same qualities and you are #persistent and you say, these are your boundaries my love, no more space for you!!( Mint Mohito?)

Why is it so #determined to grow out of control?

Mint Mohito?

Because it knows how GOOD it is for us and it wants to be available and plentiful!

There are many different varieties of mint such as peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, and apple mint, all with similar growing habits. Do you like mint in your cooking! I love mint!!

Mint tea is my favorite and a wild Mohito I love!

But how about infused oil with mint and rosemary for perfect hail?  

So many benefits the amazing mint has for us!

Infuse your oil with mint and have it ready for your favorite salad, or cooking! I love infused oils with different herbs for a variety in my cooking! You can create something so delicious and exotic with simple herbs available and happy to give us pleasure! Here is a recipe that mint is the king!https://www.hummingbirdpublications.com/greek-watermelon-salad/

How about a Mint Julep? All you need is bourbon, sugar, ice, and a few sprigs of fresh mint. And if you really want to do it right, a frosty pewter cup.

Mohito you said? Of course here is how! 

In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon superfine sugar. Add the few mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.

AH! This amazing herb is here just to please!

Have fun with a touch of Mint!

Litsa with Love!

Litsa with #Love

Rosemary- Litsa!

Written by litsa. Posted in Miscellaneous, My thoughts

I was thinking today about Rosemary and how much I love it in my cooking!

Rosemary means “dew of the sea” and it is a perennial plant growing wild in the hills

ROSEMARY-Litsa!

ROSEMARY-Litsa!

of the Mediterranian countries, the shrubs grow very big and they are quite beautiful!

I mean Lamb will not be the same without Rosemary, what do you think?

It thrives in dry conditions, and not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our diet!

But I had to find out what other uses are there for this mysterious herb!

My research left me speechless, to say the least! So many great benefits!

The most interesting health benefits of this amazing herb include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions.

We already know that rosemary oil has a variety of benefits, but did you know that the herb does, too? Carnosic acid, one of the main ingredients in rosemary, helps protect the brain from neurodegeneration. It does this by protecting the brain against chemical free radicals, which are linked to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s, strokes and normal aging in the brain

Amazing!

My mother in law a native of the Greek island of Crete used to make a tisane from many different herbs, and Rosemary was always included!

She is gone over 20 years now and I still have her little pouch of her delicious tisane! No one is allowed to touch it, it’s

Litsa Bolontzakis

Litsa Bolontzakis

very sacred to me, I want to remember her as long as I live!

 Tea can be made very easily with a few sprigs of rosemary herb, hot water, and a dash of natural sweeteners, such as honey or sugar. Unlike many herbal teas that require only the leaves to be steeped for a tea blend, rosemary tea is made by steeping both the leaves and the stems of rosemary. This tea can be made with either fresh or dried leaf, and can even be made through powdered leaves, although this is less common.

The more I learn about all the herbs the more I love them, appreciate them and respect them!

Litsa with Love!