JALAPEÑO PAIRINGS

Natives from Mexico. They have a medium-high spiciness.

They can be used fresh, raw, broiled or pickled.

JALAPEÑO PAIRINGS:

VEGETABLES:

  • Ancho Chiles
  • Arugula
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Corn
  • Green onion
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Red onion
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Scallions
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Zucchinis

FRUITS:

  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Mangoes
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

HERBS & SPICES:

  • Allspice
  • Cardamom
  • Chili Powder
  • Coriander/cilantro
  • Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Turmeric

NUTS & SEEDS: 

  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds

MEAT & DAIRY:

  • Brisket
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Chorizo
  • Ground Meat
  • Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Pork
  • Sour Cream
  • Turkey

FISH & SHELLFISH:

  • Anchovies
  • Clams
  • Crab
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • White fish

OTHER:

  • Brown Rice
  • Black Bean
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Fish Sauce
  • Flour tortillas
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pinto Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Sesame Oil
  • Tofu

 

Orange, Grapefruit, Pomegranate Salad with mint and basil

Simple, delicious, vibrant salad to be enjoyed in solitude or shared with others.

This salad is as simple as it can be, but the flavours are fantastic.

Simple slice the orange and grapefruit, and add the pomegranate seeds.

Chop the Basil and Mint together to create an interesting aromatic and top the fruit with them. Mix well and enjoy!

Mushroom, corn tacos

Tacos – a wonderfully messy and nourishing indulgence, made vegan.

This is one recipe that you can assemble with leftovers from the week.m

The most important thing is to season every layer properly. First, cook the mushrooms with chopped onions and salt. I like to cook them to the point they are golden and crispy.

Then cook the spinach with chopped onion and garlic, ones cooked make a cashew sauce and mix it in the spinach.

Cook the corn in the oven. If you have it available, buy the corn raw, wash it and spread it with a mix of olive oil, garlic granules, lime juice and salt.  Bake until golden.

Make the beans prior, if you can’t you can use from a jar, but rinse them first and then season and heat them with chopped onion, and little bit of salt.

Raw Red onion in lime juice is a perfect addition of crunch and acidity to your tacos, and of course, chopped coriander.

Assemble your tacos with all the toppings and enjoy!

 

Sushi

How to Make Sushi Rolls and Perfect Sushi Rice .

 

First, start with SHORT GRAIN SUSHI RICE, but if we pay attention to the shape of the grain, we can also choose other varieties, perhaps risotto rice such as “Roma”.

Wash the rice with COLD WATER to remove any residual starch. Keep going until the water is clear.

Soak rice for 15 minutes.

Follow the rice to water ratio, which is always 1:2.

Traditional sushi has Sharizu (or vinegar seasoning) which is made with 9 parts Rice vinegar, 4 parts cane sugar, and 1 part sea salt. Cook it for 2-3 minutes in medium heat. And is added when the rice is cooked.  First mix the rice so it cools down, then add the seasoning (1 oz per every cup of rice).

Cover the rice with a damp towel. It will keep it moist and ready.

A GREAT TIP: discard the bottom layer of rice, as it is almost always dry.

HOW TO MAKE SUSHI ROLLS:

First, the nori has two sides: Smooth and Rough. The rough side will always go facing up.

Then, the rolls have three parts:

  1. Nori on the outside
  2. Rice  on the inside
  3. Fillings in the center

There are traditional rolls made with fresh fish and world-adapted options prepared with ingredients from each country to make fusions that are very interesting. How do you prepare your sushi?

  • Mexican: The use of chipotle, spicy mayonnaise, cream cheese, different chilis, jícama…
  • Italian: Prosciutto, basil, tomato, mozzarella…
  • Thai: ginger, mango, coriander, peanuts
  • Moroccan: couscous, aubergine, tahini, hummus, harissa…
  • Bahamian: Decadent Conch Sauce atop a crab stack + cream cheese roll
  • Brazilian: Salmon, cream cheese and passionfruit

Roasted Cauliflower Guacamole tacos

Roasted-crunchy cauliflower is mouthwatering, it is sexy and playful.

The idea behind this dish is to mix a now-classic with an old-time favourite: Mexican tacos.

Adding mashed avocado, even guacamole, crunchy chickpeas, fresh cilantro and a dollop of fresh cream or even greek yoghurt ( unsweetened, of course), to the fantastic roasted cauliflower is an epic meal that you will love to make. It is exciting to make and to eat.

You can either cut the cauliflower in steaks and then break apart, or do it as I like it, cut the florets into tiny florets, so the beautiful rub enters all of the cauliflower.

I like making a rub with turmeric, ground cumin, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and a squeeze of lime juice, you can even add a drizzle of maple syrup to the mix to make it exciting.

Roast in the oven at 200ºC for 20-30 minutes, until golden and crispy.

Asparagus Pairings

Asparagus pairings and how to create a recipe from scratch.

“Asparagus works well on the griddle, though I like it best when you have steamed it briefly first. It’s juicier that way, and you get smoky notes from the grill.” – Nigel Slater.

 

 

ASPARAGUS PAIRINGS: 

1. FRUITS:

  • Apple
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

2.  VEGETABLES:

  • Fennel
  • Mushroom
  • Pea
  • Potato
  • Seaweed

3. HERBS AND SPICES:

  • Anise
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Shiso leaves

4. NUTS AND SEEDS:

  • Almond
  • Peanut
  • Pinenuts
  • Walnuts

5. FISH AND SHELLFISH:

  • Oily Fish
  • Shellfish
  • White Fish

6.  MEAT AND DAIRY:

  • Bacon
  • Goat cheese
  • Hard Cheese
  • Prosciutto

7. OTHERS:

  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Lavender honey
  • Truffle

 

References:

º The Art and Science of Foodpairing: 10,000 Flavour Matches That Will Transform the Way You Eat – Peter Coucquyt, Bernard Lahousse, Johan Langenbick
º The Flavor Thesaurus – Niki Segnit

 

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus seem to be the celebration of the new season.

Cook the onion, leek, and garlic. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until translucent.  Add the chopped asparagus and cook for a further 3 minutes, until the asparagus begins to soften.

Add the water or broth,  chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the asparagus is very tender.

Ladle the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender for this.

Pour the soup back into the pot and bring to simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Spiced Tempura Vegetables

Crispy crunchy fried delights, making eating vegetables bright and fun.

In a heavy-bottomed pot, add about 2 inches of oil from the bottom of the pot. Heat the oil to 180 °C degrees.

Dry Ingredients:

In a mixing bowl, add the flour and half of the potato starch and mix thoroughly. Add the paprika and mix again
Set aside the other half of potato starch to coat your ingredients right before dipping it into the batter.

Wet Ingredients:

In another bowl, add the egg and mix in the cold water. You can add a bigger bowl underneath with water with ice cubes to keep the batter cold.
Mix together the flour mix and wet ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl, and beat lightly. There is no need to beat out any lumps.

Coat and fry Ingredients:

Coat the vegetables in a light layer of potato starch.
 Cover the vegetables thoroughly with the batter. Carefully lower the battered vegetables into the hot oil.
The vegetables cook fairly quickly so make sure to watch these carefully. Turn the vegetables every so often so they cook properly. Remove the cooked vegetables. The cooked batter should barely colour. Place them over paper towels on a cooling rack.

Make the mayonnaise: 

Remove the leaves from the parsley, finely chop them, then add them to a mixing bowl with the capers, then stir them into the parsley together with the mayonnaise and the juice of 1 lemon.
Accompany them with lemon juice, and some Maldon salt.

Creamy Salmon with Spinach

Behind every mouthful, there is a mysterious and soothing bite.

Pre-heat your oven to 200ºC.

In an oven dish place the salmon fillets, previously seasoned with salt and pepper, and the spinach leaves.

In a hot pan, sautee the onion and garlic until softened. Add the cream and the mustard. Season with salt and pepper and let simmer. Once it has simmered for a few minutes, add the sauce to the salmon and spinach, coating everything very carefully.

Put in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the salmon is perfectly cooked.

Beet Hummus

Beet hummus – a dazzling appetizer that will please everyone.

Drain the cooked chickpeas and add them to a blender with the garlic cloves, lime juice,  olive oil, sesame seeds or tahini, salt, and the cooked beetroot.

Blend until everything is smooth. Add ice-cold water if needed. (it will make it smoother)

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Sour Sauce

Little gems of crunchiness with a delicious sauce on top.

 

Clean and cut in half the Brussel Sprouts.  Place them in an oven-safe pan and drizzle with olive oil and salt in a pre-heated oven at 200ºC

While the Brussel Sprouts are roasting make the sauce by mixing the coconut aminos, honey and lime together. Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed.

Once the Brussel Sprouts are roasted ( around 25 minutes,) take them out of the oven and drizzle with the sauce on top.
You can add some Parmesan shavings on top.

Salad bowl

A lighter lunch,  with amazing ingredients that is super refreshing .

In a bowl place the greens of your choice, the grain of your choice, chickpeas and add the vegetables. Once done, drizzle with the dressing.

It is important to have all the ingredients previously cooked.