Crock Pot Honey Sesame Pulled Pork

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2 1/2 pounds (1,125 g) pork roast, diced into 6 pieces
1/2 white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife and peeled
1/4 cup (60 mL) soy sauce
1/4 cup (45 g) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30 mL) honey
1 tablespoon (11 g) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon (15 g) corn starch
3 Thai chili peppers, sliced

Carmencitta Magazine - Honey Sesam Pulled Pork 2Method:

In a crock pot, add the pork roast, onion, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey and sesame seeds; stir until the pork is coated with the other ingredients. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and shred using two forks.

In a pot, add the reserved juices from the crock pot and whisk in the corn starch. Cook on medium-high heat until the sauce thickens. Stir in the chili peppers and shredded pork.

Serve the pork over steamed white rice.




  • 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
  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.
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.




  • Carmencitta MAgazine LIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUPLIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUP 24 cups beef, chicken or veggie broth
  • 4-5 thin slices of ginger (OK to leave peel on)
  • 1-2 rough chopped garlic cloves (optional)
  • 4-5 Scallions, sliced, divided into white parts and green parts (or sub very thinly sliced onion)
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 12- 14 mini wontons (or to your preference)
  • 2 cups greens – optional ( chopped kale, bok choy, arugula, mizuna)
  • Splash of soy sauce
  • Splash of fish sauce
  • generous pinch of sugar
  • Garnishes: bean sprouts, lime wedges, jalapeno slices, fresh basil or cilantro, chopped greens, sriracha, hoisin sauce, sesame oil.


  1. Carmencitta MAgazine LIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUPLIGHTNING SPEED PHOTON SOUP 3Place stock, ginger, garlic, scallions (white parts only), 5 Spices, and pepper into a medium pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen wontons and return to a boil.
  3. Simmer 5 minutes or according to directions on the package (perhaps longer for bigger ones).
  4. Add greens (optional)
  5. When wontons float, they should be done.
  6. Add the green scallions, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar.
  7. Taste for salt. Adjust. The broth should taste flavorful and have depth, so adjust with soy sauce,fish sauce or salt, as necessary.
  8. Ladle into two large bowls and top with fresh bean spouts, a handful of herbs, thinly sliced jalapeño peppers. Stir in sriracha sauce and hoisin to taste.

Thai Green Curry

Carmencitta Magazine - Thai Green Curry

1 1/2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons green curry paste, Mae Ploy brand preferred
8 oz chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
4 oz bamboo shoot
5 kaffir lime leaves, lightly bruised
2 red chilies, cut into thick strips
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar or palm sugar (preferred)
1/4 cup Thai basil leaves


Heat up a pot over medium heat and add the oil. Saute the green curry paste until aromatic, add the chicken and stir to combine well with the curry paste. Add the coconut milk and water and bring it to a quick boil.

Add the bamboo shoots, kaffir lime leaves, and red chilies. Lower the heat to simmer, cover the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the curry slightly thickens.

Add the fish sauce, sugar, and basil leaves. Stir to mix well. Turn off the heat and serve immediately with steamed rice.

The Best Restaurant in South America 2016: Central

Carmencitta Magazine - Chef Virgilio Martínez

About The Restaurant

Having a dinner at Central Restaurant in Lima, Peru, starts at 25 meters below sea level, then soars up into the mountains, across the desert, and through the jungle. Furthermore, the experience you will get is the exploration of the diverse Peruvian territory: ingredients, colors, stories and scenarios. In other words, it’s a journey through the extreme climates, altitudes, and biodiversity of Peru. Guests come from all over the world to explore the South American country through the eyes of Chef Virgilio Martínez. He takes his guests on a culinary expedition from the Amazon to Pacific coast.

Chef Virgilio Martínez

He is a Peruvian chef. The chef of Lima restaurant Central earned the top spot at the recent Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. The chef is famed for his beautifully creative dishes that showcase the diversity of Peru’s ingredients. He works alongside with his wife, Pia Leon. In addition to their efforts through their tasting menu to introduce novel ingredients that are indigenous to Peru.

Worth Notes

In Central restaurant all what you find is special and somehow unique. They are careful to each simple detail such as:


The bottle of water filtered and purified using reverse osmosis in the restaurant.


They connect cooking with the earth by traveling across the country in search of ingredients and stories from local producers.


Fresh herbs and spices that accompany the food are always at hand. Their idea is not only to have a garden but also to keep in constant contact with nature.

Country Adventure in 17 Courses

Chef’s efforts at Central show that Peruvian cuisine means delicious meals. Through their courses such the edible Chaco clay of the dry Andes, and the indigenous Amazonian palm fruit called ungurahui. Moreover, you will find the amazing taste in the white freeze-dried potato known as tunta or the fermented potato called tocosh. Furthermore, they serve cooked tuber below the ground on hot stones, an inspiring the dish called ‘Tallos extremos’.

Mini Carrots Cakes

A- Ingredients:
– 1 tin nestlé fat free sweetened condensed milk or 405 g
– 2 eggs
– 4 tablespoons canola oil or 60 ml
– ½ cup pineapple or 135 g, well drained and crushed
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or 5 g
– 2 teaspoons mixed spices or 5 g
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 2 cups carrot or 300 g, grated
– 1½ cups wholemeal flour or 180 g
– 1 cup plain flour or 125 g
– 2 teaspoons baking powder or 10 g
– 1 teaspoon baking soda


For the icing:
– 125 g low fat cream cheese
– 1½ cups icing sugar or 240 g
– 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated

B- Preparation:

1- In a large bowl mix together the NESTLÉ Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk, eggs and oil until creamy. Stir in the pineapple, spices, salt and grated carrot.

2- Combine the remaining dry ingredients and stir into the carrot mixture but do not over beat. Divide into 18 lined muffin tins. Bake in a preheated 180°C oven 25-30 minutes, or until cooked.

3- Remove from tins and cool completely before icing.

4- To prepare the Icing, beat together cream cheese, icing sugar and lemon peel until thick and creamy. Chill well before spreading on the mini carrot cakes.


Baked Pork Chops

6 servings 457 cals

6 pork chops
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
2 egg, beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup white wine


Ready In 2h

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Rinse pork chops, pat dry, and season with garlic powder and seasoning salt to taste. Place the beaten eggs in a small bowl. Dredge the pork chops lightly in flour, dip in the egg, and coat liberally with bread crumbs.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the pork chops 5 minutes per side, or until the breading appears well browned. Transfer the chops to a 9×13 inch baking dish, and cover with foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. While baking, combine the cream of mushroom soup, milk and white wine in a medium bowl. After the pork chops have baked for an hour, cover them with the soup mixture. Replace foil, and bake for another 30 minutes.





  • 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


  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.

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

Carmencitta Magazine - Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat 1

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



Carmencitta Magazine - Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat3Method:

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.

Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons

Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 1
Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 2Ingredients:

5 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly pounded
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
4 pieces bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan


Carmencitta Magazine - Garlic Herb Parmesan Croutons 3Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a small saucepan combine the garlic, parsley, salt, and the oil and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes. Discard the garlic. In a bowl toss the bread cubes with the oil mixture, spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake in the middle of oven for 8 minutes. Sprinkle the croutons with the Parmesan and bake them for 5 minutes more, or until they are golden. Sprinkle the croutons with the additional salt and let them cool. The croutons keep in an airtight container for 1 week. Serve the croutons as a topping for tossed green salad.

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