Dirty Rice Sticks

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Here  is a variation of “Dirty Rice“, this one done with rice sticks. I am a big fan of dirty rice, but I prefer the dirty rice sticks by far, either as a side dish or main course with a couple of fried eggs on top. Serve with soy sauce and chili sauce on the side.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Dirty Rice Sticks

Dirty Rice Sticks

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Chili Beef, Pennoni Lisci & Peppers

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Great  lunch today with a minimum of time and work. I used whole chili‘s because I find the taste better and more intense than chili flakes. Saute them until they change color and have infused the oil with their pungent heat. Remove the chili’s at this point or leave them in the dish for presentation ( I also like to chew on them a bit)

Bon Appettit !   Life is Good !
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Chili Beef, Pennoni Lisci & Peppers

Chili Beef, Pennoni Lisci & Peppers

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Paillard Of Chicken With Broccoli Rabe, Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Here  is Tuesday’s no-fuss, quick, easy, tasty dinner.
Many a moron (unfortunately, there is a never-ending supply of those) will say chicken breast is dry, tasteless and boring. (Yes, if you don’t know what you are doing).
But, put some love and knowledge into your food and everything can be made enjoyable, even a simple chicken breast :-)
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Bon Appetit !  Life is Good !
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Paillard Of Chicken With Broccoli Rabe, Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Paillard Of Chicken With Broccoli Rabe, Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes


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Ingredient’s :

Chicken breast,   pounded thin between two oiled sheets of plastic film
Broccoli rabe
,   blanched
Sun dried tomatoes,  
finely julienned
Red bell pepper
,   finely julienned
Onion,   finely julienned
Dijon mustard,
Cayenne pepper,
Corn meal,
Corn starch,
Garlic paste,
Butter,

Method :

Mix cornmeal cornstarch, salt and pepper. Season chicken with mustard, dredge paillard in mixture, shake of excess and saute in butter until golden brown and medium well  (the carry-over heat will take it to a safe 165F). Remove chicken to a warm serving plate. Saute onions, peppers, tomatoes and garlic until fragrant, add broccoli rabe, season with salt and pepper and saute until heated. Add to the chicken, dig in and enjoy :-)
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Chicken & Tomato Stew With Orzo, Cabbage & Cauliflower

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Saturday  lunch should be quick, light and delicious !
Well, here you go :
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Chicken & Tomato Stew With Orzo, Cabbage & Cauliflower

Chicken & Tomato Stew With Orzo, Cabbage & Cauliflower

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Simmer chicken drumsticks in chicken broth seasoned with kosher salt, maggi, freshly ground black pepper, grated ginger and garlic paste until tender but not falling apart. Add blanched cauliflower florettes, diced white cabbage and diced green bell peppers. Bring back to simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat, add grape tomatoes. Adjust seasoning if required. Ladle over orzo (risoni) and sprinkle liberally with cilantro and finely grated parmigiano reggiano
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If you ever wonder why I add grape tomatoes to so many of my dishes, here is why: First, I love the color accent it lend’s to many dishes. Second and even more important, I love the way they “pop” in the mouth and give you that instant tomato goodness. There you have it  :-)
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Bon Appetit ! Have A Great Weekend !
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Stove To Table: Chicken & Veggies

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Rustic  food does not have to be presented in a pretentious way  to be appetizing and mouthwatering. (I know, most times we professionals are tempted to do so). But not today’s lunch. My friend’s Leo and Griselda knocked on the door unexpectedly, just as I was about to take some more “refined” pictures of  my lunch.
So, here is how it went:
Prep it, cook it, take the pot and put it on the table. Everybody fishes for their favorite chunk’s of ingredient’s as they please.
(I did however fish for Bella and served her separately in her own dish :-)

” Braised chicken with sweet potatoes, potatoes, corn, onion, garlic, scallion, chilis, bell peppers, tomatoes, red wine, chicken stock, kosher salt, freshly grated black pepper “.

Bon Appetit!     Today, Rustic Rules !
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Chicken Braised In Red Wine

Chicken Braised In Red Wine

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Chicken Braised In Red Wine

Chicken Braised In Red Wine

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Chicken Braised In Red Wine

Chicken Braised In Red Wine

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Chicken Braised In Red Wine

Chicken Braised In Red Wine

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Chicken Braised In Red Wine

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Carnitas Of Pork Belly

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Pork Belly  in any form or shape, what’s not to love   :-)
For today’s early lunch,  I prepared these simple yet mouthwatering, great looking  carnitas. (I have been up since 4.00am, so 10.30am  seemed like a good time for a good meal). I enjoyed them with flour tortillas,  guacamole,  salsa mexicana,  sour cream and a cold  “Negra Modelo“. Now, after posting this, a ” Siesta ” in the back of the house under the cool mist of the lake fountain, Bella chasing geckos, I’ll be having a few more negra modelos and a bit of a nap.  Aaaaaa…….Life is Good !
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Carnitas Of Pork Belly

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Ingredients :

Pork belly,   cut into cubes
Tomatoes,
Onions,   diced
Bell peppers,   diced
Garlic,   paste
Chicken stock,   substitute with other stock if preferred
Cayenne pepper,
Cumin,   crashed
Smoked paprika,
Chili powder,
Kosher salt,
Lard,   to saute ( same as you use to make your tortillas)

Method :

Saute pork until golden brown, add onions and most of the peppers, saute until translucent. Add garlic and cumin, saute until fragrant. Add most of your tomatoes, stock and seasoning and simmer until pork is very soft and falls apart under pressure. Now add the remaining peppers and tomatoes for eye appeal (color) when serving . Simmer for two more minutes, remove from heat. At this point you can either pull the meat apart or serve in cubes as is.
Serving suggestions:  See pictures.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Curried Lentil Soup With Pork & Pork

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Curried  lentil soup with pork, vegetables, potatoes, sun dried tomatoes, chilis and chicharones (the other pork) “

Last night it was a bone chilling 68 F  outside, (this is Florida, folks),
so  this one-pot meal provided much needed  heat and comfort  :-)
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Ingredients :

Pork butt,   diced
Chicken stock,
Lentils,   any color will do
Bell peppers,   diced
Onions,   diced
Potatoes,   diced
Celery,   diced
Carrots,   diced
Sun dried tomatoes,   chopped
Garlic,   paste
Chicharones,
Butter,   substitute with olive oil if you prefer
Kosher salt,
Cayenne,
Maggi seasoning,

Method :

Saute onions, carrots, celery, sun dried tomatoes and garlic in butter until onions are translucent. Add curry powder, saute slowly for 30 seconds. Add pork, chicken stock and seasoning. Simmer until pork is tender. Remove pork, set aside, cover so it does not discolor. Add lentils to stock and simmer for 15 minutes. Add potatoes and peppers. Simmer until tender but not falling apart. Blend one quarter of the soup until smooth and thick. Return to pot, add pork and heat through. Adjust seasoning if required. To serve, sprinkle with chicharones.

Bon Appetit !   Stay Warm !
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” Imperial Chow Mein “

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A  Dish I created a few years ago for a chinese restaurant in Bogota, Columbia
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Image by : Hans Susser



Ingredients :

Shrimp,                                                shelled and deveined, tail on, dusted in cornsatarch
Scallops,                                              dusted in cornsatarch
Squid,                                                    sliced, dusted in cornsatarch
Egg noodles,                                       cooked and drained
Cooked ham                                        diced
Lap Cheong (chorizo)                       sliced
Bell pepper, red                                   diced
Bell pepper, green                              diced
Bell pepper, yellow                            diced
Green peas,                                          frozen
Onion                                                    diced
Scallions,                                              finely sliced
Ginger,                                                  shaved
Garlic,                                                    paste
Salt,                                                        to taste
Lime juice,                                            to taste
Cayenne,                                                to taste
Soy sauce,                                              to taste
Sesame oil,                                            to taste
Sherry wine,
Peanut oil,                                             to fry

Method :

Saute shrimp, scallops and squid in very hot pan until halfway cooked.
Remove and set aside.
Saute all vegetables except scallions, deglaze with sherry.
Add noodles, seafood, ham and seasoning,
saute until well combined, adjust seasoning if necessary .
To serve, sprinkle with scallions.

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Sunday Lunch Made Easy ” Chicken & Veggie Soup

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Even if you dont like to spend much time in your kitchen on a sunday,
this soup is well worth the 5 minutes prep time and 30 minutes wait until it’s all simmered to perfection.
Happy Sunday   :-)
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Ingredient’s :

Chicken drum sticks,
Cauliflower,                      florettes,
Carrots,                              sliced
Celery,                                sliced
Leek,                                   sliced
Green peppers,                 diced
Scallion,                            sliced
Cherry tomatoes,             whole
Cilantro,                            chopped
Lime,                                  juiced for soup, sliced for deco
Salt,                                     to taste
Cayenne,                            to taste
Maggi seasoning,            to taste

Method :

Simmer chicken in lightly salted water until cooked through but still firm.
(No falling of the bone here, that’s overcooked)
Add carrots, leek and celery and simmer until just done.
Remove from heat, add salt, cayenne, lime juice, cauliflower, peppers and tomatoes and let steep for another five minutes.
To serve, sprinkle with cilantro and garnish with lime slices.

All about  MAGGI SEASONING

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Beer Braised Turkey Leg’s “

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Last night’s dinner brought out the very best one can get from turkey legs’s:
Tender, juicy, loaded with flavor, accompanied by a wonderful herbed rice.
In my opinion, turkey doesn’t get much better than that  :-)
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Turkey :

Ingredients :

Turkey legs,                bone in
Morcilla,                     diced
Beer,                             a bottle or two of your favorite
Bell peppers,              diced
Onions,                       diced
Garlic,                          paste
Scallions,                    sliced
Oregano                      “Litehouse” freeze dried
Basil                             “Litehouse” freeze dried
Chives                          “Litehouse” freeze dried
Maggi
Grape tomatoes
Tomato sauce            canned
Oil,                               to sautee

Method :

Saute legs in oil until golden, remove and reserve.
Sautee peppers, remove, reserve.
Sautee onions and garlic until translucent, add Morcilla, tomato sauce
and beer, return leg’s and half the peppers to the sauce.
Add salt and pepper and simmer until legs are tender. Shortly before the
end of the cooking process, carefully remove legs into another pot.
Strain sauce onto legs, add remaining peppers, tomatoes and chives.
Bring back to simmer for one more minute and serve.

Rice :

Ingredients :

Jasmin Rice,             soaked for two hours, washed repeatedly
Butter                          melted
Herbs                         fresh or freeze dried
Salt & cayenne pepper to taste

Method :

Cook rice in boiling plain water for approximately 4 minute, or until tender but not mushy (Polo Method)
Strain rice and with a fork mix in the butter, seasoning and herb’s.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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