Chicken Souvlaki in Olive Oil & Vinegar Marinade with Citrus Greek Potatoes

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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

I am sure you all have heard about Aesop’s Fables. Aesop was an ancient fable maker and writer. He is considered to be the founder of a specific type of literature called allegory (symbolism). It is worth noticing that not even one of his fables was written, but they were getting around from mouth to mouth.

He was born in 7th century B.C and it is not known the exact location of his birth. He was presented as a very ugly person who was born by slaves, but with high intelligence and skills in speech. Even though he was a slave all his life, the Athenians made a statue of him to show that no matter what one’s origin or job is, his/her worth must be acknowledged and cherished.

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In his fables Aesop used animals talking and acting as humans. They are small and very concise. All of them convey a message, a moral that can be easily understood even by children. His stories were very educative on one hand, but on the other hand they were that funny and intriguing that caught everyone’s attention up to the last moment. Through his fables he condemned violence, cheat, vanity, betrayal, arrogance, greediness and cunning. People were surrounding him to hear his stories.

The first publishing of Aesop’s fables was in 1479 A.C. in Venice by Damiano di Santa Maria. It is estimated that the fables have been read by a number of people worldwide, as large as that of the Bible.

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Today I am going to tell you the story of the peasant and the hen. So, once upon a time there was a peasant who had a hen. He was poor and gods, in order to help him survive, gave his hen the ability to lay one golden egg per day. The peasant couldn’t believe his fortune. His life was completely changed and improved. He became wealthy and he wasn’t starving anymore. But then he started to be thinking that perhaps inside this hen there was a treasure that was sitting there. Why not knacker the hen and get the treasure sooner rather than later? Thus, one night, while the hen was sleeping in the coop, he went and killed the poor hen and opened her belly to find the treasure. Oh, what a great disappointment, there was nothing extraordinary inside the animal’s belly. Everything was the same as in the other poultry. No treasure, no gold and no eggs. He immediately realized what he has done. Not only did he not find any gold, but he lost the one and only source of his wealth, the hen. His greediness blurred his judgment and made a mistake that cost him eventually his life, since he starved to death.

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As I was preparing this Chicken Souvlaki, I remembered this fable and had the chance to talk about it over lunch with my son. I marinated this chicken for 5 hours, but you can do it overnight as well. Also, if you don’t feel like using skewers you can make it in a nonstick skillet or in the broiler, either in small pieces or as a fillet. It was extremely juicy and delicious and the herbs gave it a very unique flavor. I accompanied it with these Citrus Greek Potatoes. I know many of you love the lemony style ones, but if you feel adventurous enough, do try this version with orange juice. It gives a delicious sweet flavor to them.

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5.0 from 13 reviews
Chicken Souvlaki in Olive Oil & Vinegar Marinade
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For 10 large skewers
  • 1.400 gr / 3 lb. chicken breast skinless, boneless
  • 10 tomatillos
  • 1 green pepper, cut in 3cm. X 3cm. / 1in. X 1in.
  • 1 red pepper, cut in 3cm. X 3cm. / 1in. X 1in.
For the Marinade
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard or any other mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp onion powder, you can use real onion chopped if you like
  • 1 tsp garlic powder, same stands for garlic too
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a non-reactive bowl mix all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Cut the chicken is squared pieces about 4 cm X 4 cm / 1.5 in X 1.5 in.
  3. Add the chicken to the marinade and cover all pieces.
  4. Put a plastic wrap and cover the bowl.
  5. Place in the fridge for at least five hours up to overnight.
  6. If you don’t have stainless steel skewers you can use the classic wooden ones.
  7. Place the wooden skewers in cold water for about 15 minutes before using them.
  8. To make the 10 skewers you have to put 4 chicken pieces, 1 tomatillo and 2 pieces of peppers per skewers interchangeably.
  9. I have a special rotisserie machine that makes them in 20 to 25 minutes.
  10. You can either BBQ them or put them under the broiler.
  11. Time depends on the fire for the BBQ and on the particular oven you have.
  12. For the broiler I would go for 225°C / 435° F for about 15 minutes per side or until juices come out clear, no blood.
  13. For the BBQ, well, that depends highly on the fire so I am not going to guesstimate here.

5.0 from 13 reviews
Citrus Greek Potatoes
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Side Dish
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Serves: 4
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 8 medium potatoes cut in four lengthwise
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, cut in two
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 225° C / 435° F.
  2. In a pyrex or pan scatter the garlic pieces and above them the potatoes.
  3. Add the onion slices.
  4. Salt and pepper them.
  5. In a glass bowl mix the oil, orange juice, honey, basil, oregano, thyme and paprika and mix to incorporate.
  6. Pour the batter on the potatoes, scatter the marmalade and place the pyrex or pan in the oven.
  7. Bake for about 1 ½ hour.
  8. Remove, let them rest for 5 minutes and serve.

5.0 from 13 reviews
Κοτόπουλο Σουβλάκι με Μαρινάδα Μεσογειακή
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για 10 Σουβλάκια
  • 1.400 γρ. κοτόπουλο στήθος χωρίς πέτσα, χωρίς κόκαλα
  • 10 τοματάκια
  • 1 πράσινη πιπεριά, κομμένη σε 3 cm. X 3 cm.
  • 1 κόκκινη πιπεριά, κομμένο σε 3 cm. X 3 cm.
Για τη Μαρινάδα
  • ½ φλιτζάνι ελαιόλαδο
  • ¼ φλιτζανιού λευκό ξίδι από κρασί
  • 2 κ.σ. μουστάρδα Ντιζόν ή οποιαδήποτε άλλη μουστάρδα
  • 2 κ.σ. μέλι
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • 1 κ.γ. ρίγανη
  • 1 κ.γ. βασιλικό
  • 1 κ.γ. κρεμμύδι σε σκόνη, μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε κανονικό κρεμμύδι ψιλοκομμένο, αν σας αρέσει
  • 1 κ.γ. σκόνη σκόρδου, το ίδιο ισχύει και για το σκόρδο επίσης
  • ¼ κ.γ. τζίντζερ
  • ¼ κ.γ. κΚάρδαμο
  • ¼ κ.γ. ξερό θυμάρι
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα γυάλινο μπολ ανακατέψτε όλα τα υλικά της μαρινάδας.
  2. Κόψτε το κοτόπουλο σε κομμάτια περίπου 4 cm X 4 cm.
  3. Ρίξτε τη μαρινάδα στο κοτόπουλο και ανακατέψτε να καλυφθούν όλα τα κομμάτια.
  4. Βάλτε μια πλαστική μεμβράνη και καλύψτε το μπολ.
  5. Τοποθετήστε στο ψυγείο για τουλάχιστον πέντε ώρες ή όλη νύχτα.
  6. Εάν δεν έχετε ανοξείδωτα σουβλάκια, μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε τα κλασσικά ξύλινα.
  7. Τοποθετήστε τα ξύλινα σουβλάκια σε κρύο νερό για περίπου 15 λεπτά πριν από τη χρήση τους.
  8. Για 10 σουβλάκια πρέπει να βάλετε 4 κομμάτια κοτόπουλο, 1 τοματάκι και 2 κομμάτια πιπεριάς ανά σουβλάκι εναλλαξ.
  9. Εγώ έχω μια μηχανή rotisserie που τα ετοιμάζει σε 20 έως 25 λεπτά.
  10. Εσείς μπορείτε είτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε το μπάρμπεκιου ή το γκριλ του φούρνου.
  11. Για το γκριλ θα τα έβαζα στους 225° για περίπου 15 λεπτά από κάθε πλευρά ή μέχρι χυμοί να βγουν καθαροί.
  12. Για το BBQ, εξαρτάται σε μεγάλο βαθμό από τη φωτιά οπότε δεν μπορώ να πω με σιγουριά.

5.0 from 13 reviews
Πατάτες με Πορτοκαλάδα
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Συνοδευτικό
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Serves: 4
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 8 μέτριες πατάτες, στα τέσσερα κατά μήκος
  • 1 φλιτζάνι ελαιόλαδο
  • 1 φλιτζάνι πορτοκάλι χυμό
  • 1 κ.σ. μέλι
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, κομμένο σε φέτες
  • 2 σκελίδες σκόρδο, κομμένες στα δύο
  • 1 κ.γ. αποξηραμένο βασιλικό
  • 2 κ.γ. αποξηραμένη ρίγανη
  • ½ κ.γ. αποξηραμένο θυμάρι
  • 1 κ.γ. πάπρικα
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • 2 κ.γ. μαρμελάδα πορτοκάλι
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 225° C.
  2. Σε ένα πυρέξ ή ταψί ρίξτε το σκόρδο και από πάνω τις πατάτες.
  3. Προσθέστε τις φέτες κρεμμύδι.
  4. Αλάτι και πιπέρι.
  5. Σε ένα γυάλινο μπολ ανακατέψτε το λάδι, το χυμό πορτοκαλιού, το μέλι, το βασιλικό, τη ρίγανη, το θυμάρι και την πάπρικα.
  6. Ρίξτε το μίγμα στις πατάτες, ρίξτε από πάνω και τη μαρμελάδα και τοποθετήστε το πυρέξ ή το ταψί στο φούρνο.
  7. Ψήστε για περίπου 1 ½ ώρα.
  8. Αφαιρέστε, να ξεκουραστούν για 5 λεπτά και σερβίρετε.

52 Responses to Chicken Souvlaki in Olive Oil & Vinegar Marinade with Citrus Greek Potatoes

  1. mjskit says:

    It’s been years since I’ve thought of Aesop’s Fables. Thanks for the reminder and the sharing of a fable. That you also for sharing both of the these recipes. I’m not sure which one I like the most – the chicken or the potatoes. Eating them together sounds perfect!

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  3. Peter says:

    HI Katerina katapliktiko to souvlaki soy

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  5. I looove Souvlaki and this special rotissery machine ist just soo cool!! Where did you get that?

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  7. Glad I found this recipe! My husband and I were discussing this past weekend about how we would like to prepare a chicken souvlaki but we weren’t sure of what ingredients we should use for the marinade! Will be trying it out soon! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. I remember this post from when it was new, Katerina. Congrats, this will be a feature in the next Retro Re-Pin Party starting next Tuesday 8 p.m. ET at
    I’ve also pinned this to the Retro Re-pin Party board.

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  11. Julie Fiato says:

    You are being featured on Redhead’s Kitchen tomorrow! Thank you for linking up to Inspiration Monday Party!

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  13. Dina says:

    this looks so good. I’m going to try it. Thanks for pinning up with us this week. Pinned to our Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesday board.

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  15. Wow, that looks so amazing, Katerina! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Say G’Day Saturday linky party! I’ve pinned it and given your post a +1!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  17. Shanice says:

    This look soo good! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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  19. Diane Balch says:

    Your recipes are so healthy and flavorful. We are celebrating Greek cooking on my Food of the World party next Tues, July 8th. Please share some recipes with us on that day. Pinning this and others of yours.

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  21. I love Souvlaki! So excited to try.

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  23. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    I can’t wait to make both of these recipes, they look delicious, we are going to be in love with these recipes. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. Nici says:

    These look positively delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope to see you again this week!

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  27. Thanks for coming by Let’s Get Real. Love your post and appreciate you taking the time to share.

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  29. I want both, they look so good!

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  31. Louise says:

    Aesops Fables, oh my. It’s been years since I thought of them. I really should introduce my grandkinds to Aesop when they come to visit. I’ve been meaning to do a post about him on my blog. I think he was born on June 4th. Someday, Katerina:)

    Your meal looks awesome! I too can’t decide between the chicken and the potatoes so of course, I will take them both, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing, Katerina…I must check my sidebar your links are not updating:)

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  33. GiGi Eats says:

    The chicken is calling to me! It looks absolutely phenomenal, I am in heaven just looking at it!! :)

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  35. grace says:

    oh katerina. this is some amazing food. seriously, i could eat this every day and never get tired of it. LOVE the seasoning and all the ingredients. bookmarked for sure!

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  37. The chicken souvlaki look mouth watering. And the potatoes are so good, I have had similar and love the citrus flavor.

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  39. Corina says:

    I love the sound of the chicken.

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  41. Susan says:

    A wonderful combination and fable and recipe :) Your chicken, marinade and potatoes all sound wonderful.

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  43. Joanne says:

    I haven’t thought about aesop’s fables in a long time and somehow I don’t seem to remember that one! Love this meal for summer eating!

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  45. Patty says:

    I have been looking for a good chicken souvlaki recipe since I tasted it at a restaurant a few months ago. I tried a couple of them, but they were too dry. Of course, they didn’t have me marinade the meat for as long. I bet that’s the secret. Thank you for posting this recipe. I used to read Aesops Fables when I was a child. I had a set of books. I think there were two that had the fables in them. I loved them.

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  47. Wonderful meal. I love that you added the orange flavor to your potatoes. That sounds delicious! I think you should also consider writing a book! Love your interesting stories!

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  49. Claire says:

    I remember Aesop’s fables growing up! The chicken sounds so good. Chicken Souvlaki is what I usually order at our town’s Greek restaurant. Delicious!!

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  51. rebecca says:

    great moral in the story and one of my favs

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  53. Julie V. says:

    I love Aesop’s Fables! Thanks for the bio.
    I’m pinning this because it just looks so good.
    Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting on the Strawberry Carrot Muffins.

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  55. I do remember the Aesop’s fables and it made me thing of my childhood. However, my family never made such lovely chicken souvlaki. Your chicken looks so moist and delicious and just love that kabob holder, now that is quite ingenious. I am sorry I am trying to catch on all of your delicious recipes. Life has just been crazy busy. Thanks for understand. Take Care, BAM

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  57. Michelle says:

    Oh yum. I’m salivating at the photos. Can’t wait to try this at home. Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Balvinder says:

    Chicken souvlaki is the most ordered geek dish in our home. I will try your vinegar and orange juice version.

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  61. Liz says:

    What a spectacular meal! I love the sound of your chicken marinade! Perfect for summer grilling.

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  63. I do love chicken souvlaki and the citrus potatoes sound fabulous!

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  65. gloria says:

    I love this chiken Katerina!

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  67. I love Souvlaki, and this sounds like an amazing recipe. I’m going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  69. Platter Talk says:

    Another mouthwatering post from you! This souvlaki looks amazing, Katerina. More, please!!

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  71. Goodness…beautiful dishes. I’d like to try both. I love all the spices in the potatoes…
    Thanks for sharing the stories..

    ela h.

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  73. Hi Katerina. I haven;t visited in a while and now that I see your posted recipes I am sorry I haven’t. Kebabs are a favorite with us, especially for patio meals. It all looks wonderful.
    Hope you are well,


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  75. Both dishes are absolutely stunning and mouthwatering! I can’t wait to try both of them which I hope will be very soon!

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  77. This really is a fantastic set of recipes. I am always so thrilled to see what you have posted next on your blog. The recipes seem simple, direct, and easily followed!

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  79. This meal looks amazing. I just love Soulvaki and those potatoes look so good!!!

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  81. Kecia says:

    I adore Souvlaki! This looks fabulous! Then the potatoes! I love the fruitiness you add to them with all the citrus. I never thought of using citrus with my potatoes. I must try this!

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  83. Barbara says:

    Awesome potatoes, Katerina! Such fresh flavors with the citrus and all those herbs. Yum!

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  85. Ότι πρέπει για τις καλοκαιρινές βραδιές μας! Αρωματικό, πλούσιο σε γεύση και οι πατάτες φανταστικές. Έχω σπιτική μαρμελάδα πορτοκάλι που θα συνδυαστεί άψογα!Καλή συνέχεια^^

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  87. Those potatoes look fantastic!

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  89. mjskit says:

    Wish I was sitting down in front of this meal right now! Chicken Souvlaki is something I order once in a while, but the restaurants around always dry out the chicken and it doesn’t have much flavor. Love your marinade with all those great spices! And for the potatoes – what can I say – YUMMY!

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  91. Don’t you have any mercy on us at all??? I’m about to bite into my laptop and it’s like 2 a.m., I should be asleep, not drooling over the keyboard! You’ve got to stop this, you know. It’s just not fair! I can’t wait to ask my butcher for nice chicken cuts to make this delicious souvlaki (potatoes too, goes without saying).

    Keep up the good work my friend!


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  93. Hadia says:

    The chicken souvlaki sounds so good and the orange honey potato dish sounds tantalizing. Mmmmm!

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  95. Sissi says:

    Katerina, I don’t know what is more tempting here: the orange potatoes or the chicken souvlaki… I have no choice but bookmark both :-) Thank you for another fantastic – two!- new Greek recipes.
    (And thank you for reminding us about Aesop’s fables).

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  97. Mari Beika says:

    Υπέροχα Κατερίνα τα σουβλάκια από κοτόπουλο, τα προτιμώ από τα χοιρινά και οι πατατούλες πολύ νόστιμες, μ’αρέσει το πορτοκάλι, το χρησιμοποιώ κι εγώ!
    Πολλά φιλιά!

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  99. Those chicken skewers look mouthwatering.
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and the fable!

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  101. Το σουβλάκι κοτόπουλο είναι το αγαπημένο μου, πόσο μάλλον όταν έχουμε μια υπέροχη σπιτική εκδοχή!
    Αυτό όμως που με εντυπωσίασε είναι οι πατάτες. Έχοντας συνηθίσει τη λεμονάτη τους εκδοχή, τούτη εδώ με το πορτοκάλι -και με μαρμελάδα μάλιστα- μου φαίνεται πάρα πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα!
    Καλή εβδομάδα Κατερίνα μου!

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  103. Kate says:

    I grew up on Aesop’s fables and Rudyard Kipling’s “Just so stories.” I was just telling my son a different “greed” fable the other night – the one about the dog, the bone, and the reflection in the lake.

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