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PINEAPPLE CHIPOTLE SHRIMP SKEWERS

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INGREDIENTS
  • Carmencitta-Magazine-PINEAPPLE-CHIPOTLE-SHRIMP-SKEWERS-2.j1 pound large raw, peeled and deveined shrimp ( 21-15 or 16-20 size)
  • 1 pound pineapple chunks- cut to same thickness as shrimp ( about ¾ inch thick)
  • Marinade:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime – ⅛ cup lime juice and it’s zest
  • 1 orange- ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple
  • 3 cloves rough chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder, more for spicy ( or ½ of a canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce)
  • Garnish – limes, cilantro, Jicama Mango Slaw
INSTRUCTIONS
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  1. Soak skewers if using wood.
  2. Place shrimp in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Blend marinade ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
  4. Pour marinade over shrimp and marinate 30 minutes or overnight. Prep pineapple.
  5. Pre-heat grill to medium.
  6. Drain the marinade from the bag or bowl into a small sauce pan.
  7. Skewer shrimp and pineapple, alternating on skewers ( Skewer pineapple the flat way so shrimp and pineapple are about the same wide, and both lay flat on the grill. That way you will have good grill marks on both. This should make 10-12 x 10 inch skewers.
  8. Give the marinade a quick simmer, until it thickens and darkens a bit. Turn heat off
  9. Grease the grill well.
  10. Lay the skewers down, grilling each side about 3 minutes, or until good grill marks develop, and shrimp is cooked, but not overcooked.
  11. Place on a serving platter. Drizzle with reduced marinade or lime.
  12. Serve immediately.

NORDIC NICOISE SALAD W/ WATERCRESS, SMOKED SALMON & DILL

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INGREDIENTS
  • Carmencitta Magazine - NORDIC NICOISE SALAD W WATERCRESS, SMOKED SALMON & DILL 28 baby potatoes
  • 2 eggs (optional), boiled to your liking
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • 1-2 Turkish cucumbers (or use English)
  • ½ fennel bulb, shaved (optional)
  • 4-6 radishes
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 6 ounces smoked trout, smoked salmon, lox, pickled herring or smoked/cooked sardines (or sub cannellini beans or baked/smoked tofu for a vegetarian option)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • fresh dill
  • Other optional additions: pickled red onions, fresh sprouts, chive blossoms, nasturtium petals, sliced avocado, blanched green beans or other veggies, a dollop of plain yogurt, toasted rye croutons, or rye crisp, crumbled.
  • Nordic Nicoise Dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper (or black)
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated or prepared horseradish
  • pinch sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
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  1. Place the baby potatoes in a pot of water and boil, then simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Add the snap peas in the same water during the last minute to quickly blanch. Drain. Rinse under cold water.
  2. At the same time boil the eggs, either soft or hard – your preference. Peel and halve.
  3. While the eggs are boiling, stir the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork, tasting and adjusting.
  4. Prep the veggies. Using a veggie peeler, shave the cucumber into ribbons (or just slice into rounds)
  5. Slice the radishes, slice the fennel.
  6. Assemble the salads. Lay a bed of watercress on the bottom of two bowls. Top with cucumbers, radish, fennel, fish, eggs, pickled onions, capers and fresh dill. Scatter blossoms around the top. Feel the joy 😉
  7. Dress the salad right before serving.
  8. Add a dollop of yogurt for extra richness if you like…. and serve with rye crisp.

A Restaurant Inside of an airplane

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Imagine getting on a plane without going through all the paper works, and passing by security checks or even buying tickets!! And more importantly, imagine you can have a meal as an addition, and not just airplane boring food, but a fancy dinner!! All of these can happen in the A380 In-Flight Kitchen. In fact, this restaurant looks and functions like an airline in many ways, expect that it serves a regular restaurant menu of Western food, sometimes in plastic trays.

Carmencitta Magazine - A Restaurant Inside of an airplane 2A Great Experience

The restaurant is located in Taipei’s university quarter, In fact, it opened after the owner Yang Mao-hui figured that he could ride some of the Airbus A380’s recent fame in the aviation industry by offering a simulated experience. Ever since it opened, it has been packing in wannabe passengers, who sit in soft speckled blue seats with headrests covered in white napkins and under oval-shaped windows. Locked white baggage compartments hang overhead.

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Once you come in, you will see waitresses who are dressed as flight attendants, and taking meal orders for filet mignon or waffles, as well as the customary fish and chicken. Moreover, once you reach the door, the staff will welcome you with a “welcome aboard”, and give you boarding passes if you must wait for a table. Moreover, the 84 seats are divided, and 20 of them are “first class” or set aside for groups with advanced bookings, and they are often overbooked.

Manager Emily Lu

In an interview, manager Emily Lu has stated the followings: “There are customers who come in and say ‘is this real airline food? Airline food doesn’t taste good,’” “The diner decor cost about T$7 million ($209,000)”.

Customers

As for customers, we have heard those comments: “The kids like flying, so coming here gives them that experience,” said regular customer Wu Shu-hua, 44. “It looks exactly like an airplane, but the food should be a bit more extensive here,” added first-time lunch customer Vivian Mo, 14, who had just ordered a soup and salad.

 

Garlic Herb Sauteed Mushrooms

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
8 oz cremini or white mushrooms, bottom parts trimmed
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 pinches salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon chopped parsley leaves
Parmesan cheese, for topping

Method:

Clean the mushrooms with cold running water, drained and pat dry with paper towels.

Here is a super-easy, healthy, absolutely nutritious and delicious dish that takes only 10 minutes from prep to dinner table. I sauteed the mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, parsley, seasoned with a bit of salt, and topped with some shredded Parmesan cheese. It goes well with simple noodle dishes such as garlic noodles, parmesan garlic noodles, or as a side to your main entrees.

The Best Restaurant in South America 2016: Central

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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:

Water:

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

Mater:

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

Garden:

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’.

Thai Green Curry

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Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

INGREDIENTS

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

  • 1-2 Tablespoon oil (peanut oil gives this great flavor!)
  • ½ cup onion- diced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
  • 1 cup chopped veggies (optional) of your choice: mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini, peas, carrots
  • ½ cup kimchi- chopped
  • 2 cups day-old cooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce (optional, only if necessary)
  • pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ⅛ cup cilantro
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 Tablespoons oil for frying eggs (or poach)
  • Garnish – Sriracha Sauce and fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring, then turn heat down to medium.
  3. Add ginger and veggies. Saute until ginger is fragrant and veggies are tender, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add chopped kimchi, and cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add rice, and continue cooking and stirring until warm and combined, about 3 more minutes.(Add a bit more oil or a little water if too dry.)
  6. Add salt, taste and adjust. *Kimchi adds a lot of saltiness, so add salt sparingly and to taste, as each kimchi is different. If tasting bland, add soy sauce.
  7. Stir in the scallions.
  8. You could also stir in a handful of greens at this point, like baby spinach or arugula.
  9. Divide among two large bowls.
  10. Wipe the skillet out with a paper towel and add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan heat over medium-high heat.
  11. Crack the eggs into the skillet, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.
  12. Cook until the egg white is cooked through and the yolk is just set. (or flip to cook over easy).
  13. Place each egg on top of the Kimchi rice.
  14. Sprinkle with cilantro and a generous squirt of Sriracha sauce.
  15. Serve immediately, breaking the yolk and letting act as a sauce over the rice.

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

 

 

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.

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.

Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)

Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)
Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)
Ingredients:

3 sticks butter (350 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 1/2 oz (100 g) sweetened condensed milk
2 egg yolks
18 oz (500 g) all-purpose flour or plain flour

Pineapple Filling:

2 whole pineapples (8 lbs / 3 1/2 kg) or 5 lbs (2 1/2 kg) pineapple flesh
1/2 tablespoon cloves, optional
1 – 1 1/2 cups (250 – 300 g) sugar, or to taste
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Egg Wash:

2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon oil

Method:

Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)Cut the stalk off the pineapple and follow by the skin. Make sure all divits are removed. Slice the pineapple flesh into pieces and blend in a blender until they become puree. Add the pineapple puree and cloves to a non-stick pot and cook on medium heat, constantly stirring to avoid burning. When the pineapple is almost dry, add the sugar and lemon juice, stir to combine well. Lower the heat to simmer and continue to stir until the pineapple filling turns golden in color and becomes very sticky. Transfer the pineapple filling out, remove the cloves and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Best-Ever Pineapple Cookies (Pineapple Tarts)Cream the butter and condensed milk until light and fluffy. Add in the egg yolk one at a time, and beat until well combined. Mix in the flour slowly to form the pastry dough. The dough is ready when it no longer sticks to your hands.
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