Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops & Tabouleh

This is an easy, light and healthy meal, especially good in the summertime!

Tabouleh

1 cup of couscous & 2 cups of hot water

1 cup of finely diced tomato, 1 cup of cucumber

1 cup of finely chopped parsley, 1 cup of mint

1/4 cup olive oil & the juice of 1 lemon

Salt & Pepper

Put the couscous and the water in a bowl, and cover until the water is absorbed.  Taste the couscous, if it’s still too hard, add some more hot water.

Couscous & Water

Water absorbed

Let it cool.

Chop the vegetables and herbs.  I used 1 medium sized tomato, 1 medium sized cucumber, and ½ of a big red onion.  I used all of the parsley shown in the picture, and half the package of mint.

Clockwise from top right: Olive oil, Salt&Pepper, MInt, Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Lemon, Parsley

When the couscous has cooled down, mix all the ingredients together. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more lemon, salt, or pepper if you feel like it.  Voila! Ready!

You can prepare ahead if you want, it tastes even better in a couple of hours.

Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

5 pork chops

1 cup of balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper & 1 teaspoon of sugar

1 garlic clove & 1 tablespoon of olive oil

In a bowl, mix the vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar.  Put the pork chops in, and let them marinate for at least ½ an hour.

Chops in Marinade

In a pan, over medium heat, add the garlic finely chopped and the olive oil.  Cook for about a minute and don’t let the garlic burn.

I love the aroma of garlic!

Add the chops and cook for a few minutes on each side until nicely browned.

Nicely browned

Lower the heat, and add the marinade.  Cook over low heat until the marinate has thickened a bit, so that the vinegar has caramelized.

Caramelized balsamic, yum..

Enjoy!

Done! So easy! (ignore the fact that my marinade was still a little runny, you cook it longer now young ladies, mmm 'k?)

Do you like cooking?  What is your favorite summertime meal?

Hair Removal Vol.3: Shaving

Pros

–          Fast.

–          Easy.

–          Cheap.

–          Causes the least amount of ingrown hair (excluding laser hair removal).

 

Cons

–          You can cut yourself if you’re not careful.  No problem with the right razor though.

–          Razor burns, again fixed with the right razor.

–          Needs to be repeated every 2-3 days maximum if you want smooth legs.

 

 

 

Tips

–          Remember that shaving also includes methods other than razors, such as epilating creams, mousses, sprays etc.  These also cut the hairs at their base, not removing it.  They tend to have an awful smell, and be a bit pricey, but they won’t give you any cuts etc! Please do an allergy test first.

–          The BEST razors are razors for MEN.  Trust me.  They are sturdy and last long so are a good value for money.   They are fast, really comfortable and rarely cause cuts of the skin or razor burns.  Ditch your pink girlie ones and go for the men section ladies.  You won’t be disappointed!

–          If you run out of shaving cream, the next best thing is your hair conditioner!!!  It softens the hair, conditions the skin, and makes the razor glide on smoothly.

Hair Removal Vol.2: Epilating

Pros

–          Same smooth results as waxing.

–          Equally long lasting.

–          Inexpensive (I’ve had my epilator for over six years now, it has saved me a ton of money! It’s a one from Braun, my mother has a Remington one but I prefer mine.)

–          Not messy.

–          Doesn’t touch the skin, so won’t strip off your tan.

 

Cons

–          The mere sound of it scares the heck out of people.

–          Painful, but I got used to it with time.

–          If you have a problem with ingrown hair, this will definitely aggravate it.

–          Time consuming if you want to get every little hair, and most of us do.

 

 

 

Tips

 

–          If ingrown hair are a problem for you, then regular exfoliating and moisturizing of the skin will reduce them.

–         Some epilators come with little massage heads or ice packs attached to them to reduce the pain.

–         Others can be used in the shower but I wouldn’t recommend them, as being in the shower doesn’t let you be thorough and remove every little hair.

Hair Removal Vol.1: Waxing

Pros

–          Leaves skin silky smooth.

–          Lasts up to 4 weeks (which is an urban myth for most women, I give it 2 weeks tops, but it’s still long enough compared to other methods).

–          Exfoliates by removing dead cells.

 

Cons

–          The hairs need to be quite long to be successfully removed.  This means that you are stuck with hairy body parts in between waxes.  Not the best thing if you have a boyfriend.

–          Can strip off your tan faster.

–          Ingrown hair.

–          Messy if done at home, expensive if done at a salon.

–           Painful.

 

 

Tips

–          Powder the skin beforehand with baby powder, it makes everything so much easier.

–          Use sugar wax, it’s the easiest to handle.

–          Use the cloth strips, not the paper ones.  They grab hairs a lot better.

–          Be patient!!!  Frustration is your worst enemy when handling hot wax!  Practice makes perfect.

Greek Islands

The islands of Greece are one of the big loves of my life.

The serenity of them is like nothing else in the world.

Everything smells better, tastes better, feels better, under the hot sun and the salty breeze of a Greek island…

I’m going to be spending this summer in the US, and I know I will sorely be missing my beloved Greece.

 

The Dreamy Island of Skopelos

 

Have you ever visited Greece and its islands?  Which one?  Did you enjoy it?

If you haven’t yet, then you most certainly have to.

Love,

Y

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