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I used  to eat tostadas two or even three times a week when I was living in Cancun.
There was this small bar/restaurant on the beach of the lagoon across from where I lived, about a five minute walk away. (I believe it was on Blvd. Kukulcán KM 21 – I wonder if the place still exists?) On one side of the road is the ocean, on the other side, less than five hundred yards across the street, was this tiny place on the beach of the lagoon with a wooden pier protruding about thirty yards into the lake. Many a night I gave the waiter a small tip to set up a table for me at the end of the pier, to enjoy the night and a few drinks and snacks all by myself, usually while on the phone for a while with Maria who was back in Miami, taking care of things there. On most nights I had shrimp or chicken tostadas and a few “Negra Modelo” .
Happy times ! Aaahhhh, the memories :-)
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Chicken Tostadas

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flour tostadas, chicken in chipotle, salsa mexicana, tomato/onion salad, sour cream, guacamole, pickled chili

flour tostadas, chicken in chipotle, salsa mexicana, tomato/onion salad, sour cream, guacamole, pickled chili

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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Chirashizushi . In my book, sushi does not get better than that!
I am of course aware of the fact that I am in the absolute minority with this opinion, but I just can’t get myself to join the millions of fans of raw fish, so this version of Chirashizushi is my very own ticket to sushi heaven :-)
Great quality / perfectly cooked sushi-rice with smoked eel , poached shrimp and a chili-soy-yuzu dipping sauce – there you go, baby, sushi perfection without the fuss and sky-high price tag of “the other perfect sushi”.
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Please note that some Chirashizushi dishes contain raw fish.
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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

Chirashizushi -Unagi Kabayaki & Ebi

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Salade De Pâtes

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A simple  pasta salad will, more often then not, hit the spot for a simple yet satisfying meal.
And if you add some fruits to it, culinary bliss will be achieved with a minimum of fuss and expense :-)
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Use any protein or vegetable to replace the bologna and Swiss cheese, such as shrimp, crab meat, chicken, roast beef and/or any vegetable and cheese at hand.
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Pasta Salad. Salade De  Pâtes

Pasta Salad. Salade De Pâtes

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Pasta Salad. Salade De  Pâtes

Pasta Salad. Salade De Pâtes

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$ 90 Salad Splurge …………….

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How do you justify an $90 salad for one?
I do by arguing that if I go to a restaurant and spend the same amount or even more, especially here in South Florida, my food will most likely not be as good and most certainly not as ample and luxurious. Three lbs of stone crab claws ($75) is a generous portion but not excessive. Add the shrimp, avocado and the other ingredients and you reach an eye-watering $90 bucks- definitely not something you want to do often, but once in a while for a special occasion ………….  so today I was celebrating my upcoming birthday (December 2nd !) :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Live a Little ! :-)
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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Mafaldine Alla Riccione

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I dedicate  this dish to the city of  Riccione, where I had my first moment of culinary ecstasy.
When I was 16 years old and an cook-apprentice in the  Black Forest  of Germany, I thought life, and particular working life, was too hard for me to handle, so I decided to run away from it.
I hitchhiked through southern Germany to Austria and from there over the  Brenner Pass  in the Dolomiti Alps down to Riccione in Northern Italy in the hopes of finding happiness and love in a life of leisure on the beach (well, I was 16 years of age in an area before the internet – ignorance and naïveté prevailed in 16 year old’s at that time :-).
When I left  Baden Baden  for my adventure I had 26.00 German Marks to my name, most of which I spend the first night on  steins of beer  in the “Englisher Garten”  in Munich. I remember I crossed the border from Austria into Italy with 6.00 DM in my pocket. After breakfast that day, it was four weeks of sleeping under the stars and asking (begging actually) shop owners and restaurant owners for donations to support, in the form of food and drink, my escape from a working life to the bohemian life of my dreams. These were different times altogether. I was a skinny kid without a home, and most people I met had pity and gave me a good meal, most often a sandwich and/or some fruit and soft drinks. Also, everyone offered a free smoke of the good stuff, which made a penny less life on the road so much brighter :-)
However, I remember when I got to Riccione, on the first day I spend there, the chef in a seaside restaurant handed me a simple plate of pasta with shrimp. This was the first time I saw shrimp of that size and had a dish that was so exotic and wonderful, both in its taste and its looks. To this day I remember the awesomeness I felt by smelling this food, feasting on its looks with my eyes and then devouring it all in a happy flash.
After one month of some happy, some frightening but never boring moments, even skinnier than before I left, but maybe just a bit wiser, I crawled back to my apprenticeship at the Hotel Wiedenfelsen, finished it and became a professional cook, never again to regret my earlier decision to follow this lifelong, tough, underpaid, but in so many other  way’s  rewarding career path of a cook and chef.
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Bon Appetit !  See you in Riccione :-)
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Mafaldine Alla Riccione

Mafaldine Alla Riccione

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Mafaldine Alla Riccione

Mafaldine Alla Riccione

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Seafood Salad

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This  afternoon I went to my fishmonger with the intention to get a fresh trout or a small snapper for a light dinner of fish and salad. What I came away with instead were the following:
Caviar, snow crab legs, king crab legs, clams, mussels, shrimp and crayfish. A short trip to the grocer for some endive, iceberg, grissini and a lemon, then five minutes of preparation and BINGO ! – best meal of the month :-)
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I got a bit carried away with the amount of pictures here, but this stuff is just too sexy and beautiful not to show off and drool over :-)
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If you wonder why there is no “fru fru” on this dish – I believe these beauties need no embellishment other than them self.
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Seafood Salad - lettuce in lime vinaigrette, endive in lime vinaigrette, grissini, lemon, caviar on sour dough bread, mussels, clams, shrimp. king crab, snow crab, crayfish, scallops

Seafood Salad – lettuce in lime vinaigrette, endive in lime vinaigrette, grissini, lemon, caviar on sour dough bread, mussels, clams, shrimp. king crab, snow crab, crayfish, scallops

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Seafood Salad - lettuce in lime vinaigrette, endive in lime vinaigrette, grissini, lemon, caviar on sour dough bread, mussels, clams, shrimp. king crab, snow crab, crayfish, scallops

Seafood Salad – lettuce in lime vinaigrette, endive in lime vinaigrette, grissini, lemon, caviar on sour dough bread, mussels, clams, shrimp. king crab, snow crab, crayfish, scallops

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Seafood Salad - lettuce in lime vinaigrette, endive in lime vinaigrette, grissini, lemon, caviar on sour dough bread, mussels, clams, shrimp. king crab, snow crab, crayfish, scallops

Seafood Salad – lettuce in lime vinaigrette, endive in lime vinaigrette, grissini, lemon, caviar on sour dough bread, mussels, clams, shrimp. king crab, snow crab, crayfish, scallops

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Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

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New Post  on ” Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort food ” :
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Week Two – Monday Dinner:

Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth
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MEAL PLAN – WEEK TWO

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Week Two –
“Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food”
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Daily Breakfast Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth”
Tuesday – “Grilled Roman Romaine Feast”
Wednesday – “ Pepperonata & Chicken Parisienne”
Thursday – “Red Beet Delight”
Friday – “Sauteed Pork medallions With Mushrooms And Pasta”
Saturday – “ Karachi Butter Chicken”
Sunday – “Salad Florentine”
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Monday – “Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth”
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Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

Shrimp, Broccolini And Ramen Noodles In Ginger/Garlic Broth

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Tuesday – “Grilled Roman Romaine Feast”
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Grilled Romaine Feast

Grilled Roman Romaine Feast

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Wednesday – “ Pepperonata & Chicken Parisienne”
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Pepperonata & Chicken Parisienne

Pepperonata & Chicken Parisienne

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Thursday – “Red Beet Delight”
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Red Beet Delight

Red Beet Delight

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Friday – “Sauteed Pork Medallions With Mushrooms And Pasta”
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auteed Pork Medaiilons With Mushrooms And Pasta

Sauteed Pork  Medallions With Mushrooms And Pasta

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Saturday – “ Karachi Butter Chicken”
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Karachi Butter Chicken

Karachi Butter Chicken

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Sunday – “Salad Florentine”
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Salad Florentine

Salad Florentine

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Update after my own completion of Week Three :
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So far I have lost 19.5 lbs of weight in three weeks of  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food”  meal plan.
I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions).
I have to admit that I fell off the wagon twice:
– Once in Week One: I had a pizza for lunch :-(
Once in Week Two: I had a couple of strawberry-filled doughnuts after dinner :-(

If you want to read more about my new, very much improved lifestyle, click HERE.

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Salad Portuguese

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This  beauty of a salad will conclude Week One of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan. (There will be an initial 4 week plan)
For everybody not yet interested in a bit of a healthier lifestyle, I suggest you try this salad anyway. Healthier and lighter food in my case does certainly not mean tasteless and boring. :-)  (As is the case with so many other lifestyle food suggestions out there) :-(
Now, I understand that sardines are not everybody’s favorite seafood, but as usual, feel free to replace them with the seafood of your preference, such as shrimp, lobster, sole, salmon, clams, mussels, scallops, crab meat, etc.
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So far I have lost 12 lbs in two weeks of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions).
If you want to read more about my new, very much improved lifestyle, click HERE.
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ChefsOpinion will of course keep its original format, content and attitude :-)
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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

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Today’s post on  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” 

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“Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad”
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At  first I had planned to make a whole-baked cauliflower “Mornay“, but then I decided to prepare something a bit more exiting and I came up with this Beauty :-)
I actually had it twice –
The first time, (inside, with the a/c blazing as usual) freshly prepared, with the slightly warm salad added to the piping hot soup .
The second time, (outside on the porch in the hot sun) both salad and soup chilled and refreshing.
Both versions were very tasty and satisfying, absolutely fit to be added to my list of all time-favorite soups.

Note: In order to be perfect, the soup must be blended until perfectly smooth and silky.
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Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

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Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

Cauliflower Soup With Orzo & Shrimp Salad

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