Palomilla Steak+Homemade Red Potatoes+Sweet Onions=Let’s talk Cuban.

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My Handsome Father on our trip to Key West. He will always be My Hemingway. That was his dog (tiny) he used to make jewelry for her.

Bueno…let’s talk Cuban. My father was born in Cuba…and he used to take me to Rio Cristal. El mejor lugar para comerte la mejor Palomilla. Te dan una Palomilla…con cebollitas y perejil….y una montaรฑa de papitas! Que delicia! I remember you each time dad. Even your grandchildren love it to this day.

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But…when I can’t arrive at that destination,and I am craving that in my life…I make it.

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I also use Palomilla Steak..garlic..sweet onions..sour orange and lime juice. Of course you must make “salsita”with the yum yums on the bottom of the frying pan. ย I used red potatoes and sliced them…and let them sit in salted water with “red wine vinegar”…yes…vinegar. ๐Ÿ˜ƒThat is for you (Fatima) hahahahahaha!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ My good friend likes to know some of my secrets. Fry the potatoes until they are golden brown..and serve. I love soaking the french fries on that salsita con limon!

On the side…I sliced fresh plum tomatoes and added basil and balsamic!

Con gusto…

Chef Chichi ๐Ÿ˜†

 

 

 

 

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Hogfish Filet + Jasmine Rice+ Side of Black Beans

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Good day my friends!

I made this dish a couple of days ago because I was truly craving some fresh seafood. Sometimes I love to go out and have it…but I love to make it myself. I dredged the filets in a breading I love ..(Louisiana Fish Fry). I seasoned them with tropical seasonings prior to breading them. Fry the filets until golden brown and squeeze some lime juice on them. I made my favorite jasmine rice with lime…and homemade black beans. This is simple…quick…and one of my favorite dishes to eat.

I am reminded of the times my father used to take me to Bahamas Restaurant…He got me addicted to fresh oysters and conch fritters! Frituritas de cobo y una bandeja con hielo y ostiones! To this day I still eat it…thanks dad…for letting me explore so many things with you.

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Frituritas de Cobo
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Bandeja de Ostiones. Fresh Oysters over ice.

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If my father was alive…I know he would be proud of how far I have come in my life. I miss you dad.

Go make some Pez Perro and have ostiones while you are at it!

Chef Chichi

 

 

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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˜†

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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