Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Appetizer: Fried Plantain cups + Saltfish filling

You know that feeling of eating too much of a good appetizer and having no room for dinner, or even a desire for any other meal? That happened to me with these delectable little tostones cups. Green plantains are shaped and fried into little cups then filled with juicy sauteed saltfish. They can be filled with all sorts of fillings. The possibilities really are endless. This flavor combination isn't new, however. It reminds me of Guyanese boil and fry, a dish made with green plantain or cassava and paired with sauteed saltfish. The flavor and textural combination is a culinary experience and deeply comforting.  I had some left over saltfish from a batch I made the other day and wanted to use it up. I remembered seeing these awesome plantain cups on Dominican Cooking and thought they would pair perfectly with the saltfish. Total hit with my taste buds, and my husband.  I try to keep them both happy.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stewed Red Snapper fillets

Thanksgiving came and went and left me feeling like the stuffed chicken we had on our table. We decided not to cook a host of dishes this year, but somehow, it still ended up being a lot of food. And I still ended up eating more than I wanted to. I've been feeling for something a little lighter for dinner and had the taste for stew in my mouth. My dad makes this stew really well so we cooked it together and used some red snapper we bought at the market. This stuff is so good y'all. It's so spicy and the gravy really packs on the flavor. The fresh tomatoes makes the gravy nice and light while the fried fish adds texture. I usually have this with paratha roti, but this time I opted for jasmine rice.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Side dish: Carrot & Ginger Rice

I've always loved food blogs that take you through a pictorial story of how a dish is made. There's a sense of empowerment, like, "yea, I got this. I can do this." The Pioneer Woman did that for me. She was also my inspiration for using this style of blogging. I followed her blog back when she didn't have a TV show or products at Walmart yet and I loved seeing every single post even if it was something that I didn't eat. I'm sure she's had this same influence on many food bloggers. Those of us that apply this "how-to" style used her as inspiration and made it our own. She truly was the pioneer. With all that being said, I've come to you with some good news and bad news. I'll start with the bad news first since I prefer to be let down then built back up.