Beef Shawarma my way!

I know it has been a few months since I have posted…but I must begin again. So much has happened. I lost my mother October 2015…and my magic was dormant. I went into a dry spell. How I miss my rock!

I made my favorite Middle Eastern dish last night-Beef Shawarma. On the side is a bed of Basmati topped with sumac..cucumber moons…olives…and cucumber mint sauce. Ohhhhhhh it is.a process to make it,but well worth it.

If you have have never tried it..you need to have it in this lifetime.

I promise to keep posting this time…my spark is a fire! This one is for you MOM.

Chef Chichi

 

 

 

 

Mediterrnean Farro and Grilled Chicken

On November 8,2015, I entered the Art of the Plate contest. I am very happy I did. I was to display my art on the plate of their choosing. I ended up making thyme and parsley infused farro,grilled ย  chicken,sweet onions,grape tomatoes on a bed of baby spinach,fresh chives,orange zest,toasted pine nuts,feta cheese,and a squeeze of lime!

Oh…and on the side,a glass of Chianti….

Chef Chichi

 

Jamaican Oxtail (Rabo Encendido)

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On this particular evening I went shopping for some hearty pieces of oxtail,and I sure came out winning. In the past,my mother used to make the most delicious “Rabo Encendido”. It became one of my favorites for life!

This time, I made it spicier and added some butter beans to simmer them in all the red red wine. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

I will tell you that once it was served, I was in my happy place. I sucked the meat out of each and every one of those oxtails!๐Ÿ˜†

Jamaican Oxtail
Jamaican Oxtail

If you love this particular dish, I will gladly share it with you.

Chef Chichi

Un poco Tropical ๐ŸŒบ

Corvina Filet +peach-pear-pineapple salsa over coconut rice
Corvina Filet +peach-pear-pineapple salsa over coconut rice

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone! It has been raining all weekend long.

I have been quite busy in the kitchen these past few weeks,and to be honest,I have not taken a moment to share a few of my creations. I apologize for that.

This dish right here is quite refreshing and simple. I have grilled corvina with a colorful salsa tossed with peaches,pineapple, and pears. I love some heat,so I diced half of a small jalapeรฑo for the extra kick. To finish it off, I served it with coconut rice. A bit tropical,but I loved it! Stay tuned,I am going to be posting a few more. ๐Ÿ˜Š

With love,

Chef C

My Latin Breakfast

I wanted to share a side of me that some may not know,but yes….I am very cubanized. Is that even a word???? Ha ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ I grew up loving my “croquetas de jamon”. My father taught me how to love it even more. Each time I visit this restaurant it reminds me of him. I must have my cortadito…not so dark…with lots of sugar!

This, my friends, is how I began my day!

Chef Chichi

Croquetas De Jamon con limon y un cortadito
Croquetas De Jamon con limon y un cortadito

The Arroz con Frijoles of Lebanon

This dish is the Arroz con frijoles of Lebanon. (Mujadara) is simple and inexpensive to make. As you can see, I used green lentils. You can also use bulgur wheat instead of rice for this dish. ย Here is some great nutrition facts about (lentils): http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4338/2 You can top this off with Leban which is plain yogurt instead of lemon. I love lemon,therefore I used lemon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also made some Mediterranean pork loins to marry my Mujadara. At the end, I placed caramelized onions, fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon. I am one happy woman.๐Ÿ˜† Chef Chichi

Mujadara with Mediterranean Pork Loins
Mujadara with Mediterranean Pork Loins