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Cauliflower and Potatoes with Ajwain

September 16, 2018

Cauliflower and Potatoes with Ajwain

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 2 large Idaho potatoes, cut into long wedges and par boiled
  • 1 large cookie sheet
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons ajwain
  • 3 teaspoons salt

Place the cauliflower and potatoes on to the cookie sheet. Drizzle the oil and sprinkle the ajwain and salt. Mix well with fingers. Brown under a high broiler for ten minutes, or till vegetables are golden brown. Take out and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a wok like pan with the olive oil. Add the onions, ginger and garlic. Saute on a medium high heat, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and potatoes. Add the turmeric, cayenne pepper, coriander and garam masala. Mix gingerly making sure not to break the vegetables. Check for seasonings and add salt. Garnish with cilantro.

Latin Style Roast Chicken

September 11, 2018

Latin Roast Chicken1

  • One 4 to 5 pound whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Zest and Juice of a Navel orange (save the oranges)
  • Zest of 1 Lemon (save the lemon)
  • 3 garlic cloves, mined
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican rub (or smoked paprika)
  • Salt

Mix the butter, zests, juice, garlic, salt and the rub in a small bowl. In the meantime, place the chicken in a roasting pan on a roasting rack. Spread the butter mixture on top and under the skin. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper inside the cavity as well as outside.

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour the chicken broth at the bottom of the roasting pan. Add the sliced onion. Place the juiced orange and lemon into the cavity. Tie the chicken legs together and tuck the wings in. Roast the chicken until the dark meat registers 160 degrees F. Take the chicken out and cover with aluminum foil.

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Take the onions out and keep aside to serve with the chicken. Take the liquid out and get rid of excess fat. Heat the roasting pan on the stovetop and add the olive oil and the flour. Stir and cook the flour on medium heat for a minute and add liquid and orange juice. Bring to a boil and let the liquid thicken. Check for seasonings and serve on top of the sliced chicken and the onions.

Latin Roast Chicken

Steak with Nectarine Guacamole

August 28, 2018

A delicious play on regular guacamole…

  • 2 large Porterhouse steaks (between 1½ to 2 lbs each)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic, cilantro, smoked paprika and salt into a mortar and pestle. Pound the mixture till the garlic and cilantro are mushy. Add the olive oil and mix well (you can process the mixture in a food processor as well). Marinate the steaks with the mixture in the fridge for 5 to 6 hours.

Grill the steaks according to desired doneness on an outdoor or indoor grill.

Nectarine Guacamole

  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1 white nectarine, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice of one to two limes

Mix the avocados, nectarine, cilantro, chilies, smoked paprika, salt and lime juice in a medium bowl. Serve on top of the steak.

Hamburgers with Thai Flavors

August 27, 2018

Burgers (Makes about 16 to 18 patties)

  • 3 pounds ground chicken (dark meat)
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 inches ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 2 serrano chilies, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • Salt

Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and divide into 16 to 18 patties, depending on the size.

Thai Style Burgers

Garnish

  • 4 cups wild arugula
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 small red onions, sliced
  • 12 to 16 brioche rolls, sliced

Mango Pineapple Chutney

  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 big shallot, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 cup mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup canned pineapple
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup mango lemonade
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt

Heat a small frying pan. Add the olive oil, shallot, garlic and ginger. Saute on medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the mango, pineapple, pineapple juice, mango lemonade, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes covered. Turn the heat off and blend the mixture till smooth in a blender. Taste for seasonings and add salt if necessary. Take out in a bowl and let it cool before using it for the burgers.

To assemble the burgers, place a burger on the sliced brioche. Spread the chutney on one side with the arugula, slice tomatoes and onions.

Grilled Skirt Steak

August 20, 2018

 

  • 1 to 2 pound skirt steak

Marinade

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic, cumin, salt and smoked paprika into a mortar and pestle. Pound and crush the garlic and spices. Add the cilantro and continue to pound smooth. Add the lime juice and olive oil. Mix well and marinate the steak in a zip lock bag for 2 to 3 hours.

Grill the steak to desired doneness. Let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with jicama salsa and guacamole.

Fresh Peach Salsa

August 7, 2018

Peach Salsa

    • 4 to 5 medium peaches, chopped into ¼ inch squares
    • 4 green onions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Juice of a large lime
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the peaches, onions and garlic in a small bowl. Add the lime juice, honey, paprika, salt and cilantro. Mix well and keep aside for at least an hour before serving.

Minced Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

August 6, 2018

Minced Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

  • 1 pound minced chicken (thighs)
  • 1 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Add the chicken to a medium bowl. Dissolve the corn starch in the rice vinegar and tamari. Add the corn starch mixture, mix well and marinate for 2 to 3 hours. Keep refrigerated.

 

 

Sauce

  • ¼ cup black bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

Mix the black bean and sweet chili sauce. Keep aside.

  • 2 to 3 bunches broccolini, cut the tops off and chop; cut the green stalks and chop, keep aside
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated

Heat a wok like saucepan with the olive oil. Add the broccolini stalks, ginger and garlic. Saute on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the minced chicken and cook while separating on high heat. Add the broccolini greens and mix well. Add the black bean sauce and mix well. Bring to a boil and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Check for seasonings and serve with rice or noodles.