Happy New Year!
This weekend, my wife was away on a family trip...
…and while it was extremely difficult to function without her, I managed to put together Sunday dinner for my son and me. I made our favorite meal, oven broiled barbecue jerk chicken wings. The combination of flavors thrilled our taste buds. Along with my dry seasoning and blended fresh herbs, I used three main ingredients that were store-bought. (1) Spicy Jamaican jerk marinade, (2) mild Jamaican jerk seasoning and (3) Hickory Smoke barbecue sauce. Here are a few photos from the kitchen…
No leftovers, lol.
Thick harmonics, tender chunks of impossible meat. One of the best veggie chili dishes ever prepared by Asenath. A must eat, just let us know when you’re dropping by. Fantastic and comforting. I’m not playing with you, her impossible chili sauce is sweet and savory. Superb.
Check out a few pics from the kitchen…
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! This was my first time using a pressure cooker to make my oxtail stew. It was delicious, so I think I did ok, lol. I saved about 3 hours of cooking time using the cooker. It was easy to prepare the oxtail but once you close the pressure cooker lid, that's it, you can't taste or add anything until it’s done.
Oxtail Stew Directions
Served with rice and peas.
3 1/2 pounds of oxtail in lime and vinegar water, wash oxtail thoroughly then drain water. Season to taste, add to the oxtail (1 1/2 teaspoons each garlic salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, basil) along with 1/2 cup each chopped ingredients - onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper, ginger and 2 stems thyme. Then add my recaito recipe mix of blended 1/2 onion, 1/2 green pepper, 1 scotch bonnet pepper, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger, 2 stem thyme, 5 pimento seeds, 2 stem cilantro, 3 garlic cloves. Add your secret ingredients, 2 tablespoons ketchup and 2 tablespoon Gravy Master Browning.
Put gloves on and mix everything together and place in the refrigerator overnight or 1 hour. Sear the oxtail - in a large nonstick pot over high heat, add a little olive oil then oxtail and cook, stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they are dark browned.
Pressure Cooker Directions
Seasoned to taste, marinaded overnight and seared in a separate pot, I placed the oxtail in the pressure cooker and poured in 2 cups of water. Then added chopped carrots before closing the lid. I cooked the oxtail with all its juices in an Elite Platinum pressure cooker for 50 minutes and sat for about 20 minutes without releasing the pressure from the exhaust on the top of cooker. After 20 minutes release the rest of the pressure and carefully open the lid.
Nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, refreshing summer drink. The past two months have been very challenging for me – carrying difficult and unpleasant loads. Trying to recover. Trying to find the time to practice the things I love to do, like drinking my favorite wines and making cool cocktails, lol.
I would like to share with you a homemade drink I call Jade Skirt Mojito. A delicious and satisfying mojito made with fresh mint leaves, lime, Kiwifruit, white rum, sugar, Midori Melon Liqueur and club soda.
Jade Skirt Mojito
6 mint leaves
1/2 lime (freshly squeezed)
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon of Midori Melon Liqueur
1 1/2 shots of white rum
1/2 cup of club soda
Muddle the freshly squeezed lime, sugar, Kiwifruit and mint leaves in a mortar and pestle or you can use the end of a wooden spoon and small jug. Pour into a glass of ice. Add the Midori Melon, white rum, club soda and stir. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
I would like to share a refreshing summer cocktail I put together called Lush Chiaro, lol. When I’m not drinking wine, this is the most delicious thing to drink during my home events or backyard barbecues. The recipe makes one serving, but you can adjust accordingly and make more.
1 cherry (remove stem and seed)
1/2 medium lemon, cut 1 wedge
1 shot of Ciroc Summer Citrus
1/2 cup of pineapple mango juice, or as needed
1/2 cup of ice cubes, or as needed
1. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the cherry, strawberry and lemon wedge. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, use the end of a wooden spoon instead and a small bowl.
2. Remove the lemon wedge from the mortar.
3. Add the crushed cherry, strawberry with lemon juices, 1 shot of Ciroc Summer Citrus and 1/2 cup of pineapple mango juice to the cup of ice cubes.
4. Stir, taste and enjoy!
On nights when I don’t feel like spending a lot of time cooking, empanadas are my go to meal. When I say I'm making empanadas, I usually get a WooHoo! from my wife, lol. I use the empanada dough discs from the local supermarket and seasoned the shrimp with sazon goya, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, oregano and my homemade recaito. Here’s a few pics showing how I made them…
Prepare ingredients. Sweet peppers or scotch bonnet pepper for spice, thyme, ginger root, chopped onions and green peppers, 1/2 cup of pimento seeds, cilantro, peeled garlic cloves.
Ultra blend all the ingredients
Add your dry seasoning along with the jerk blend. Garlic salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano and your favorite dry jerk seasoning.
It couldn't be easier. A great way to cook jerk wings has become my new favorite. Trust me, air fried jerk wings are just as delicious as the traditional ways of cooking them. I'll admit that I was skeptical at first, jerk wings or chicken are traditionally cooked on a grill or smoker. Air frying should at least be in the top 5 ways of cooking wings. I will share with you my jerk wings recipe on my next blog post, here is how I air fried the jerk wings...
Enjoy! ..don't forget to like and leave a comment below when you can.
Happy New Year!!!! and hope you had a great holiday.
“This is goooood”, ...one of the compliments I get from someone when I cook oxtail stew for dinner. I’m not sure if it’s directed to me or the oxtail stew, lol. Although I’ve made oxtail many times before, this time I added ingredients like ginger, basil, cilantro to my usual blended ingredients and herbs (thyme, onion, green pepper, red pepper, parsley, pimento) and a scotch bonnet pepper to the pot while the oxtail is cooking. Oxtail takes a long time to cook, about 4 hours, so plan accordingly and add water to your pot when needed. There’s no official recipe for my oxtail stew and I'm not a chef, lol.
Feel free to serve with rice and peas, collard greens or sautéed cabbage.
3 1/2 pounds of oxtail in lime and vinegar water, wash oxtail thoroughly then drain water.
Add seasoning to the oxtail (1 1/2 teaspoons each garlic salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, basil) along with 1/2 cup each chopped ingredients (onion, green pepper, red pepper) and 2 stems thyme. Then add your recaito mix of blended 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger, 2 stem thyme, 5 pimento seeds, 2 stem cilantro, 2 stem parsley, 3 garlic cloves. Add the secret ingredients, 2 tablespoons ketchup and 1 tablespoon Gravy Master Browning.
Next up: Put gloves on and mix everything together and place in the refrigerator overnight or 1 hour if you're cooking the same day.
In a large nonstick pot over high heat, add a little olive oil then oxtail and cook, stirring, for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they are dark browned.
Lower heat to medium, add 3 cups of water and 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper, cook for 4 to 4 1/2 hours, adding water when needed.
P.S. Leave a comment below about how you make your oxtail stew. Stay healthy and be safe.
So Gigi made the perfect summer dinner we call the "noodle dish" when she came to visit us in June for Ailah's high school graduation. If you've eaten this dish before you know how delicious it is. Poppy said, "I remember eating my mom's noodle dish ever since my sister and I were kids..., it's AMAZING! - a one stop shop type of dish".
I don't think it's Chinese food anymore, the taste is from another world type level, lol. She moved so fast making her noodle dish, no rules on ingredients. She created something of her own. Leave a comment below if you would like me to post Gigi’s noodle dish recipe. Enjoy! 😊
Gigi’s Noodle Dish recipe
Makes 6 Servings
A handful each of broccoli, mushrooms and carrots
Two handful of cabbage
3 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
3 packages of Ramen soup
(optional: 1 pound of shrimp, chopped chicken or beef)
Place broccoli, cabbage, carrots , mushrooms and minced garlic in large wok with olive oil. Saute all vegetables to a firm fix. Season to your taste. Optional - Add your choice of meat.
Add 3 packages of the ramen soup. Boil water in pot then put the noodles in water for about 10 seconds, to loosen them up. Remove noodles and combine with vegetables in the wok. Bon appetite...