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ROSEMARY GARLIC BEEF ROAST WITH WILD MUSHROOMS

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds Rib Eye roast ( or beef tenderloin, or Tri- tip loin- see notes)
  • ¼ cup Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ cup Garlic, chopped
  • Salt, pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups of a variety of Mushrooms, sliced to about the same size
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup of chicken or beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Tie the meat up with twine if needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F
  3. Season meat generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat up a skillet with cooking oil and sear all side of the meat.
  5. Mix together rosemary and garlic.
  6. Coat the meat with herb-garlic mixture.
  7. Roast in the preheated oven until medium-rare, about 20 minutes. (You could place on a bed of sliced onions)
  8. Saute the mushrooms with butter until cooked through and then season with salt and pepper.
  9. Remove meat from the skillet it was cooked in and bring the pan to the stove top. Add stock to the pan and de-glaze the pan, being sure to scrape the bits on the bottom. Allow to simmer until thick.
  10. Add the mushrooms to the sauce and serve the roast sliced with accompanying mushroom sauce. Garnish serving platter with fresh rosemary if desired.
NOTES
The success of this recipe is really dependent on the quality of beef. Look for “prime” cuts or local, natural, grass fed options. “Choice” cuts are OK, but “select” cuts will just not taste as good.

TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP

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INGREDIENTS

  • TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion- diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves- minced
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder (or 3 teaspoons fresh grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups veggie or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoons chipotle powder or cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lime or lemon juice
  • Optional Soup Additions:
  • Middle Eastern “Minestrone”
  • ½ cup basmati rice (dry) or pasta, quinoa (or 1½ cup cooked)
  • ½ cup little dry lentils (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or canned, drained)
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • cilantro as garnish
  • Chickpea Cauliflower Kale Noodle
  • 1- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or chicken)
  • 4 ounces dry noodles
  • 1-2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 large handfuls chopped kale
  • Garnish with fresh herbs: cilantro, scallions, mint or dill and serve with lime
  • Other veggie options: carrots, celery, fennel, cauliflower, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, greens
  • INSTRUCTIONSTURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP
  1. In a large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, saute onion in 1-2 T olive oil over med-high heat for two minutes.
  2. Add ginger. Lower heat to medium and saute 5 minutes until it begins to brown, stirring often.
  3. Add garlic, saute 2 minutes. Add all the spices and cook 1 more minute.
  4. Add water, stock and salt.
  5. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add vinegar or citrus.
  7. Taste. Adjust salt, acid and spice level to your liking. At this point you will have a flavorful base to add what you like. You can also refrigerate or freeze this in batches for later use.
  8. Remember uncooked pasta and beans will double or triple in size, so add moderately.
  9. Remember to think and be sensible about cooking times for each ingredient you add.
  10. (see notes in post )
  11. Also, if you are cooking the broth for longer periods of time, uncovered, remember it will reduce, intensifying the flavor and salt, so you may need to add more water.

BLACKENED CAJUN TOFU CAESAR SALAD (VEGAN)

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INGREDIENTS
  • 8 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 1-2 tablespoons Cajun Spice ( I like this one)
  • salt
  • oil for searing
  • Crisp Lettuce- romaine, butter, green leaf, little gems – enough for two, about 8 ounces.
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • fresh parsley, or nasturtiums
  • Vegan Caesar Dressing – Makes 1 cup, 4 servings ( Or use your favorite brand or recipe)
  • ½ package firm silken tofu ( 6 ounces) Like Mori- Nu Blue ( firm)
  • 3 cloves garlic- rough chopped
  • ¼ cup lemon juice ( fresh)
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine ( liquid form the jar)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce ( or for even better taste, use fish sauce)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ half sheet of nori seaweed, broken up ( the kind you use for sushi)- optional
  • ½ teaspoon nutritional yeast- optional
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cut tofu into 1inch thick pieces. Place on paper towels, lightly pressing down while blotting dry and then air dry for a few minutes.
  2. Make dressing by placing all ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth and creamy. Taste. Adjust salt, garlic and lemon, making sure you can taste all three, adding more if necessary. It may taste strong but it will mellow out when tossed with the greens. You want it to have a “bite”.
  3. Continue with tofu:
  4. Lightly sprinkle with salt, then generously dust with Cajun Seasoning.
  5. Heat a generous amount of oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, sear the tofu, letting it almost blacken, turning heat down to med. You want a nice dark crispy crust, so be patient and cook for a few minutes each side, adding more cajun spice if necessary.
  6. In a large bowl, toss greens and a little Italian parsley ( optional) with about ½ the dressing or just enough to coat the lettuce. Divide among two bowls. Divide tomatoes, avocado and seared Cajun tofu between the two bowls. Sprinkle with the rest of the fresh parsley. Enjoy immediately.

BREAKFAST STRATA WITH MUSHROOMS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GOAT CHEESE & THYME

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INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 loaf crusty sourdough or french bread
  • 4-5 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion – very thinly sliced into rings
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound mushrooms sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk (or half and half)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4-6 ounces goat cheese
  • thyme sprigs for garnish.
  • 1½ cups grated gruyere, jack, mozzerella cheese
INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut bread in to ¾ inch cubes, lay on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. If adding bacon, spread out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until crisp. (Blot, then cut into small pieces)
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add thinly sliced onions. Saute, mixing often for 2-3 minutes, then turn heat down to medium low, continuing to cook until golden and tender; about 10 minutes. In another large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add fresh thyme and a generous 3 finger pinch of salt and pepper. Add the caramelized onions to the mushrooms and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
  6. In a large bowl, add the toasted cubed bread. To this, add the mushroom-onion-thyme mixture and bacon crumbles if using. Add the grated cheese and ⅔ of the crumbled goat cheese (saving the rest for the top), and gently mix.
  7. Pour in the eggs and give a gentle stir. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir again and pour into a well greased 4 quart baking dish. (At this point you could refrigerate overnight).
  9. Cover with foil and place the 400 F oven and bake 35 minutes, Uncover, lower heat to 375 F and continue baking 20-30 more minutes until puffed and golden. During the last 10 minutes of baking, scatter the remaining goat cheese over the top and let it melt.
  10. Garnish with a few thyme sprigs.

TURMERIC BROTH DETOX SOUP

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INGREDIENTS

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  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion- diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, finely minced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves- minced
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric powder (or 3 teaspoons fresh grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seed (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ – ¼ teaspoons chipotle powder or cayenne, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lime or lemon juice
  • Optional Soup Additions:
  • Middle Eastern “Minestrone”
  • ½ cup basmati rice (dry) or pasta, quinoa (or 1½ cup cooked)
  • ½ cup little dry lentils (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (or canned, drained)
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • cilantro as garnish
  • Chickpea Cauliflower Kale Noodle
  • 1- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or chicken)
  • 4 ounces dry noodles
  • 1-2 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 2 large handfuls chopped kale
  • Garnish with fresh herbs: cilantro, scallions, mint or dill and serve with lime
  • Other veggie options: carrots, celery, fennel, cauliflower, tomatoes, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, greens
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large heCarmencitta-magazine-Tumeric-broth-detox-soup-2avy bottom pot or dutch oven, saute onion in 1-2 T olive oil over med-high heat for two minutes.
  2. Add ginger. Lower heat to medium and saute 5 minutes until it begins to brown, stirring often.
  3. Add garlic, saute 2 minutes. Add all the spices and cook 1 more minute.
  4. Add water, stock and salt.
  5. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Add vinegar or citrus.
  7. Taste. At this point you will have a flavorful base to add what you like. You can also refrigerate or freeze this in batches for later use.
  8. Remember uncooked pasta and beans will double or triple in size, so add moderately.
  9. Remember to think and be sensible about cooking times for each ingredient you add.
  10. (see notes in post )
  11. Also, if you are cooking the broth for longer periods of time, uncovered, remember it will reduce, intensifying the flavor and salt, so you may need to add more water.

WARM POTATO SALAD W/ MUSTARD SEED DRESSING

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pounds tiny baby potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup chopped cornishons
  • 4 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, lightly toasted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups baby arugula
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Chop the scallions and cornishons, and place in a bowl.
  3. Add the blanched potatoes.
  4. Add the mustard, olive oil, caraway seeds and gently mix.
  5. Stir in the salt, pepper and arugula.
  6. Place in a serving bowl and serve warm or at room temp. Salad can also be served chilled.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

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Carmencitta Magazine - Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat 2Ingredients:

1 lb packaged yakisoba
3-4 tablespoons oil
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
8 oz cabbage, sliced
2 oz celery, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce

 

 

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Discard the seasoning packages of the yakisoba noodles. Loosen up the yakisoba and set aside.

Heat up a wok or skillet over high heat, add the oil when it’s heated. Add the onion, cabbage, and celery into the wok, stir fry and toss continously until the vegetables become soft and some of them are sligthly charred. Add in the noodles and stir a few times before adding the soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir continuously to combine all the ingredients in the wok. Dish out and serve immediately.

Have a Seafood Meal in Al Mahara

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Overview

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Al Mahara is one the best seafood restaurants in the Middle East. Moreover, it is one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Also, it is one of the must-sees of the Burj Al Arab. In Dubai, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah locates this themed restaurant.  It is well known for ‘The Oyster Shell’ in Arabic, tantalizing your palate giving an experience that will stimulate all your senses. It is not only superb seafood cooking but also decorated in a great way (Aquarium) that fits seafood restaurants.

Interior Decoration

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It is inside Dubai’s iconic 7-star hotel. In simple words, it is underwater themed restaurant. Although not actually situated under the sea, it certainly feels as if it is. The place is a large, cylindrical floor-to-ceiling aquarium, teeming with exotic fish. This acrylic glass tank holds around 990,000 liters of seawater and stands as the restaurant’s centerpiece.

The Menu

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The guests can enjoy the most succulent selection of Chinese and Western cooking style seafood. Every dish, even the bread, is like a work of sculpted art. Dover sole is delicately wrapped and the sauces are applied to the plate with flair. There is great attention to every simple detail. Actually it is not cheap, but for a one-off special occasion it is worth it. They do not serve only special seafood meals but also delicious desserts such the salted caramel mousse.

Chef Nathan Outlaw

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Al Mahara reopened a few month ago with a new look under the culinary patronage of multi award winning chef Nathan Outlaw. The famous British chef brought his style of simple, yet superb seafood cooking to the luxurious property, combining it with complex flavor blends using local, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. When he asked why he chose Dubai for his first restaurant outside the UK Nathan replied: “Working with Burj Al Arab speaks for itself. It’s the most luxurious hotel in the world, and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  This is my first venture out of the UK, and what an iconic property to partner with.”

 

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TRUFFLE TART ( VEGAN & GF)

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INGREDIENTS
  • Hazelnut Crust
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1¼ cups quick oats
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil- melted ( or butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, rice syrup or honey
  • Filling
  • 3.5 ounces chocolate ( 65% cocoa or less)
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ block silken tofu ( firm or extra firm)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons kahlua ( optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnish with ….shaved chocolate, toasted hazelnuts

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In a food processor, place hazelnuts, oats, and salt. Process until it’s sand-like in consistency. It doesn’t have to be super fine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and maple syrup, and pulse several times until it is incorporated.
  4. Using fingers, press mixture into a 4” x 13.5” tart pan or 7-8 inch round( with removable bottom) taking your time to press into every nook and cranny. It should be ⅓ inch thick.
  5. make sure to clean up edges, with uniform thickness. Pierce the bottom with a fork, and place in the middle of the oven 15 minutes. Check after ten minutes and if edges seem like they are getting too dark, lightly cover them with foil. You do want this to get very golden, to ensure the crust is crispy, so keep in the oven the entire time, just lightly cover if necessary.
  6. While the tart shell is baking, make the filling.
  7. In a small heavy bottom pot ( or double boiler, or microwave) heat the chocolate and water over medium heat and whisk until very smooth.
  8. Rinse out the food processor and puree the silken tofu with the maple, vanilla and kahlua until very smooth, scraping down the sides. Process until smooth and creamy.
  9. Set aside.
  10. Remove tart shell from the oven, let cool 15 minutes, fill with chocolate mixture, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  11. Top with hazelnuts, and using a vegetable peeler, shave dark chocolate over top.
  12. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  13. Crust will surprisingly remain crisp.
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Scallion Oil Noodles

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3 tablespoons oil
2 stalks scallion, cut into small rounds
8 oz fresh noodles
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce or to taste

Method:

Carmencitta-Magazine-Scallion-Oil-Noodles-2Heat up a wok with the cooking oil until it begins to smoke. Add the scallion and stir continuously with the spatula until the scallion is aromatic and becomes moderately burned. (This process will release the full fragrance of the scallion and infuses the scallion oil with the intense aroma.) Set aside the scallion oil.

Heat up a pot of water until it boils. Cook the fresh noodles al dente. The noodles should be cooked through but still somewhat firm and springy. Drain the noodles and transfer into a serving bowl.

Add the scallion oil, oyster sauce, and soy sauce into the noodles. Using a pair of chopsticks, toss the noodles to blend well with the scallion oil and seasoning sauces. Serve immediately.

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