The holidays are over. It is bittersweet. My “husband” (so weird to say) grew up in Trinidad and this year Christmas was spent it there. We go every year but every other year we are there for the Christmas holidays. Compromise is the key to marriage right?
We always have a wonderful time. One of my favorite parts, other than his family, is the food. Although, you would not consider Trinidadian food the healthiest… fried kibbie, roti and all, it sure is good!
One of my favorite dishes is a humble, side of the road, eat while standing up type of dish called doubles. It is basically a wrap made of two flat fried breads called “bara” filled with curried chick peas or “channa.” It is topped with a chutney and pepper sauce, if you like. It is typically eaten at breakfast but it is often a late night snack after “liming” and leaving the “fete.” (I learn fast)
As soon as I arrive in Triniland, I always crave this fast food delicacy. My father in law usually has it waiting for us when we arrive but this year, I wanted to see for myself who and where it is made. The Doubles Man was the fastest doubles maker I have every seen….although my experience is very limited. He literally made about 20 in a few minutes.
Nothing like eating food on the side of the road but I decided to take mine home. Yum!
January 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Thanks to Nikki Novo for featuring my recipes on Refinery29.com
Categories: Tips & Techniques.
December 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm
It has been a busy time….wedding, honeymoon, thank you cards and now my favorite time of year, Christmas. It is the time for family, friends, food and cocktails. I am always looking for a healthy option for a cocktail. I just recently came back from my honeymoon…two weeks traveling: Mendoza & Buenos Aires, Argentina and then Agra and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of my favorite breakfast dishes in Rio was frozen Acai with granola. It is a thick smoothie with grounded up granola inside and you must eat it with a spoon..yum! This was the inspiration for this cocktail. So simple but so good and full of antioxidants. Try it for NYE!
2 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Acai Juice
Squeeze of lemon
Optional: Sugar for the rim of the glass
Directions: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine vodka, açaí juice and fresh lemon juice. Shake to combine and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
December 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm
Every year my friends and I do a Holiday Party. It started several years ago and has become a tradition. Each year our group grows and grows….marriage, children, significant others. One thing that never changes is everyone contributes one way or another. This year we decided on a potluck. Everyone was assigned a dish and some sort of beverage (alcoholic of course). I brought a chicken stew but one of my go to dishes for a potluck are these salad wraps. There are many different versions you can try. One thing that must stay the same is that each salad serving is wrapped up in a thin slice of cucumber. They are so cute ….your friends will love it. Try it next time you want to bring something to someone’s house.
4 cups mixed greens
1 English cucumber, sliced lengthwise & thin
1 pear, sliced thin
3/4 cup bleu cheese, crumbled
Handful sliced almonds, toasted
Mustard Vinaigrette, for drizzling (recipe below)
Salad Roll up Directions:
- Take one slice of cucumber and wrap it around a cup of mixed greens. Secure the lettuce wrap with a toothpick. Repeat step 3 more times.
- Place a few pieces pear slices in each lettuce wrap.
- Sprinkle cranberries, almonds and vinaigrette over lettuce wraps. Serve.
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 cup good olive oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Directions: In bowl whisk together mustard, honey and vinegar. While whisking, slowly add olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Categories: Soup & Salads.
December 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm
Raining Sunday…catching up on wedding planning to do list. Now I am to the point where I am getting a bit nervous and overwhelmed. Only three months away and counting. Where does the time go? I feel like I just finished school and few years ago and now I am a few months away from getting married.
One thing that does relax me is whipping up a good meal…believe it or not. I wanted to make a classic, Roast Chicken and Vegetables. Who better to get a recipe from for this classic dish than the one and only Julia Childs.
I dusted off Mastering the Art of French Cooking Cookbook and got to work. I added brussel sprouts and tiny yukon gold potatoes.
1 1/2 hours later..ta-da! Soo tasty!
Now back to work…
Continue for recipe…
Categories: Poultry, Recipes.
August 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm
It has been a while since I posted but life has been a little hectic lately….new job, finishing planning my wedding and finding time to workout and cook healthy….it’s a lot of work.
Nonetheless, I am happier than ever. I always tell myself being busy is good. I am miserable when I have nothing to do.
I am back to documenting my creations. Cooking and photographing food is so much fun. I am committed to at least post once a week.
I made this dish a few weeks ago and it came out amazing. It may look complicated but it is not. For the sauce, the star is bottled clam juice and little bit of greek yogurt. I top it with some toasted pine nuts and parsley.
You can use whatever white flaky fish you can find. I served a simple arugula and fennel salad along with it, dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper.
July 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm
I just got back from a wonderful weekend in the Bahamas with friends. 15 friends, 5 kids and 2 nannies in total. We arrived via 3 boats and we rented two homes for three nights in Bimini Bay resort. The weather was fantastic. There is nothing like relaxing in the sun with a lethal rum punch in hand, courtesy of my friend Viviana. Recipe will be shared as soon as I get it from her. It was, without a doubt, the best rum punch I have had.
I managed to recruit a few friends for a morning boot camp workout one of the mornings. Another morning, I led a yoga class (as best I could… although there were some complaints I was too bossy. I guess I did not turn off the boot camp instructional voice).
The food in the Bahamas, for the most part, is far from healthy. Most items are fried …cracked conch, fried fish, french fries. There are a few healthy dishes, my favorite being the conch salad. YUM! It is basically fresh conch, tomatoes, onions and green pepper with loads of lime juice and pepper sauce. Wash it down with a Kalik Gold Beer and you have a fantastic meal.
Now back to reality.
I made dinner a few days before my trip. I needed a quick meal and something different. I wanted to use up what I had in the pantry. So I decided to make a curry chickpea and artichoke mix with roasted chicken.
Last Christmas, my fiance and I received a garbage bag (it was not given in a garbage bag but you get the point) full of different spices from our friends Steve and Shelly. They are great quality spices from Penzeys. On a recent trip skiing, we stopped by one of their retail stores and I was amazed. There were walls of all the spices you can imagine. I managed to purchase a few items right before my fiance pulled me out of the store. I just can’t help walking into any type of kitchen or specialty cooking store. I can literally browse for hours.
I typically don’t cook with many spices but I decided now is the time.
May 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm
I have been busy revitalizing my garden. It was neglected for a few weeks but I was happy to see a had a few green peppers and tomatoes ready to be eaten.
I just began to grow peas, zucchini, squash and more cucumbers. I have been dying to have stuffed zucchini flowers. It is so hard to find them in the market and the restaurants seldom have them on the menu.
If you can’t find them, grow them yourself. I let you know in a few weeks if I am successful.
Back to my green peppers…I tried this tasty recipe on Monday night. Chicken Sofrito. Sofrito is the base of this rice and chicken dish. (Sofrito = Garlic, Onions, tomatoes and of course I had to add some of my fresh peppers)
The chicken is coated in an ancho chili powder that flavored the entire dish so nicely.
To make it healthy style, I used brown rice and removed the skin from the chicken.
Overall, an outstanding dish!
May 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm
I made this amazing Mexican meal recently. I typically don’t love Mexican food but I wanted to try something new. This pozole recipe is quite easy and took no time at all. There are many variations of pozole, a Mexican stew made of hominy. I recently found this green pozole recipe in an old Food and Wine Magazine (it’s green because of the tomatillos).
To make it this recipe less time consuming, I bought a rotisserie chicken from the local supermarket and pulled it apart. Much easier than poaching it.
Now back to planning my Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. I am looking for inspiration. Any ideas? Please comment. I am thinking an asparagus quiche that Jaime Oliver recently made on TV.
May 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm
Mondays are always a little tough for me. I never know what to cook and I usually leave the decision making until the last minute. Yesterday after my usually South Beach Boot Camp session (it is a great 1 hour calorie burning class and one of my closest friends Viktoria Telek is the instructor) I decided I would dive into the stacks of cookbooks I haven’t touched.
I told myself I was not allowed to buy anymore cookbooks until I at least attempt a few recipes from each. I love cookbooks. They are like novels to me –well maybe they are more like grown up picture books. I read them often–weekends, nights. They are inspirational when your mind goes blank.
Yesterday I cracked open Food & Wine Annual Recipe Book 2009. I chose two recipes that jump off the page for me. Grilled Vegetables Pine Nut Pesto and Sauteed Chicken with Olives and Roasted Lemons.
Categories: Main Dishes, Poultry, Side Dishes.
April 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm