lime juice

When Life Gives You Avocados……..

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Somebody : “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
Hans : “When life gives you avocados, make avocado spread” 🙂
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So, I had this huge Florida avocado sitting there for a few days and today I felt like having a quick and tasty snack…………..
Coarsely mash avocado, add grape tomatoes, olive oil, lime juice, chili paste, kosher salt, garlic paste, a few drops of  maggi seasoning  and chopped cilantro, mix and serve on/with whatever tickles your fancy 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Live is Good !
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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Avocado Spread

Avocado Spread

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Easy does it # 26 – Char Siu Bao

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Dear  Friend’s,
Although most of my followers are culinary professionals, there is also a large segment of followers who are just starting to enjoy cooking on a slightly higher than basic level. I have therefore decided to publish, under the moniker “Easy Does It“,  from time to time some very basic recipe variations of dishes (and even pre-cooked dishes) which otherwise might seem too complicated to some folks. I will break them down to the easiest, most simple instructions, so that those of you who are intimidated by elaborate recipes will be able to prepare these dishes properly, adjusted to your taste and liking, right from the get-go. After all, just because you are not (yet ?) a professional chef should not prevent you from enjoying great food at home. 🙂
Enjoy !
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If only  Char Siu Bao (Cantonese barbecue-pork-filled buns) would be as easily available as our western buns in any restaurant, supermarket, bar and dive ! I would devour them at least once a day, everyday :-).
In the not so distant past, I have made Char Siu Bao many times from scratch. After all, over the years (decades), I was in charge of a few Chinese restaurants and even cooked in one on a daily basis (in Pakistan), so I am lucky enough to know the basics of some delicious Chinese food preparation.
However, with a great international/Asian food market close by, there is no need to do all the work by myself anymore. In fact, some of the prepared, frozen food items such as Baozi , Shumai or many other baked, steamed and boiled dumplings which are available frozen at  “Foodtown Supermarket” in Davie are better than what I can get in most of the Chinese restaurants around here. And, as a quick dinner after work or a lazy lunch or just a snack in-between, these frozen marvels are unbeatable for convenience, quality and price. So I suggest that if you want to have another great standby for a rainy day, surprise guests or just a quick “different” meal, put some of these into your freezer and be prepared for anything. 🙂
Foodtown Supermarket” has many varieties of steamed buns, filled with all kind of fillings, but I always come back to the Char Siu Bao which are my favorites.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Char Siu Bao

Char Siu Bao

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Char Siu Bao

Char Siu Bao

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Char Siu Bao

Char Siu Bao

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Preparation :
To read instructions, hover over pictures
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Roasted Red Snapper

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Many  folks have asked me why I don’t feature more fresh fish on my blog, since I live right by the ocean.
Well, maybe you’ll understand when I tell you that the featured snapper below has actually cost $ 24.00, head, tail and guts included! I bought it at my favorite neighborhood Asian market where all seafood is extremely fresh and at the same time much cheaper than anywhere else around here, but still…..
So, there you have it, I love fresh seafood, but with the prices nowadays, I can’t afford it as often as I wish 😦
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Expensive !
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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Preparation :
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gut and scale the snapper, season inside and out with lime juice, soy sauce, sriracha and kosher salt, bake at 430F until  cooked through but still moist, approximately between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the fish

gut and scale the snapper, cut off fin’s, season inside and out with garlic oil, lime juice, soy sauce, freshly  ground black pepper and kosher salt, bake at 430F until cooked through but still moist, approximately between 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the fish

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to serve, drizzle with lime juice and accompany with roasted tomato salsa

to serve, drizzle with lime juice and accompany with roasted tomato salsa

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Roasted Red Snapper

Roasted Red Snapper

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Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll



After being sick as a dog for the past few day’s, today I can at least walk again without fear of falling on my behind because my legs could not hold me up. So, as any sane person would do, the first thing to do was to prep a meal that would make me feel better. Shrimp and mayo might not seem very smart as a first solid meal in three day’s, but I am happy to report that three hours later I am still ok 🙂
(In case you wonder how I posted the last post about the fish in black bean sauce:
I usually have one or two post’s on stand-by for situations like this and all it needs is the push of a button, the rest takes care of itself)
Anyway, I hope my recovery is going to last for a good time to come and things will be back to normal, at least healthwise.
So here we go, today’s early, delicious lunch:

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll



Preparation :

mise en place

mise en place

shrimp, green peas, golden grpe tomatoes, radish, scallion

shrimp, green peas, golden grape tomatoes, radish, scallion

mayonnaise, sriracha, ketchup, brandy, horseradish, dijon mustard, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, lime juice

mayonnaise, sriracha, ketchup, brandy, horseradish, dijon mustard, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, lime juice

slice italian garlic roll in half (toasting optional)

slice italian garlic roll in half (toasting optional)

top with romaine leaves in  lime vinaigrette

top with romaine leaves in lime vinaigrette

top with generaos amount of shrimp salad

top with generous amount of shrimp salad, garnish with fennel leaves

serve with lime wedges and arugula in french dressing

serve with lime wedges and arugula in french dressing

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll

Old Fashioned Shrimp Roll



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Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

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Comfort food  at it’s easiest, it’s quickest and it’s best. Once the spinach has been blanched  (I always keep some in the freezer for occasions like this),  the whole shamukus does not take more than fifteen minutes to prepare, ideal for a lazy day-off  lunch while watching a good movie ( Captain Phillips )

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

Click here for  Creamed Spinach  recipe

 

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach



Preparation :

season chicken and shiitake with kosher salt, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic, grill until internal temperature has reached 162F, remove from grill and let rest for fife minutes, carryover heat will cook chickento a perfect 165F

season boneless chicken tights  and shiitake mushroom with kosher salt, cayenne pepper and granulated garlic, grill until internal temperature has reached 162F, remove from grill and let rest for fife minutes, carry-over heat will cook chicken to a perfect 165F

place creamed spinach on a serving dish

place creamed spinach on a serving dish

top spinach with chicken and shiitake, drizzle with lime juice, sprinkle with sliced scallion

top spinach with chicken and shiitake, drizzle with lime juice, sprinkle with sliced scallion

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach

Grilled Chicken, Grilled Shiitake & Creamed Spinach



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Wings Glazed With Fermented Black Bean Sauce

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Wing’s  (like life itself) can become a bit boring if you don’t change the method of preparation once in a while, so last night’s wings got a different twist of flavor by marinating them for 24 hours in fermented black bean sauce, lime juice, hoisin sauce, sriracha, soy sauce and granulated garlic. Then roasted at 385 F for ninety minutes, basting often with the marinade. Good Stuff 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Wings Glazed With Fermented Black Bean Sauce

Wings Glazed With Fermented Black Bean Sauce

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Asian Inspired Fiery Lamb With Egg Noodles And Vegetables

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This  is comfort food at it’s finest.
What quick, easy and affordable food can be more comforting than spicy, juicy noodles with ground meat of any type, vegetables of any sort, seasoned to that just slightly burning mouthfeel that feel’s oh so good and satisfying after your taste buds have adjusted to the heat after the first few bites.
Tonight I have used lamb, egg noodles , cabbage, peppers, onions and scallions, but you could use any protein, such as pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, scallops. You  could also substitute the egg noodles with any other type of pasta, as well as use the vegetables of your choice/ availability. This is such a versatile dish that only your fantasy  limits your choice of ingredients.
Experiment for a bit and you will arrive at your very own favorite version of this dish 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !

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Fiery Lamb With Noodles And Vegetables

Fiery Lamb With Noodles And Vegetables

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Saute Fine diced Onions, Garlic Paste And Grated Ginger

Saute Fine diced Onions, Garlic Paste And Grated Ginger

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Add Lamb, Saute Until All Lumps Are Broken Up

Add Lamb, Saute Until All Lumps Are Broken Up

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Add Salt, Hoisin Sauce, Soy Sauce, Sriracha, Maggi Seasoning, A Bit Of Corn Starch Slurry And Chicken Stock. Simmer until Meat Is Tender

Add Salt, Hoisin Sauce, Soy Sauce, Sriracha, Maggi Seasoning and Chicken Stock. Simmer until Meat Is Tender

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Add vegetables, Simmer For One Minute

Add vegetables And A Bit Of Corn Starch Slurry , Simmer For One Minute

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Boil Egg Noodles, Drain, Mix With Sesame Oil

Boil Egg Noodles, Drain, Mix With Sesame Oil

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Add Freshly Cooked Egg Noodles And A Splash Of Lime Juice. Adjust Seasoning If Necessary. Mix Well.

Add Freshly Cooked Egg Noodles And A Splash Of Lime Juice. Adjust Seasoning If Necessary. Mix Well.

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Fiery Lamb With Noodles And Vegetables

Fiery Lamb With Noodles And Vegetables

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Banana & Vermouth Cocktail

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A great end to a long and hard work day.
A cool drink, light reading and Madam to watch over me.  (Actually, begging to share my drink 🙂

Cheers !   Life is Good !
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Bananas
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Yoghurt,   1 cup
Cinzano extra dry white vermouth,    
2 cup
Ice,  
1 cup
Lime juice,  
from one lime
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Mix in blender until smooth. Drink .Enjoy.
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Banana & Vermouth Cocktail

Banana & Vermouth Cocktail


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Banana & Vermouth Cocktail

Banana & Vermouth Cocktail


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Banana & Vermouth Cocktail

Banana & Vermouth Cocktail


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Bella watching over me

Bella watching over me


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Bella begging to share my drink

Bella begging to share my drink


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