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CHIPOTLE FISH TACOS WITH PEACH SALSA

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 to 1½ pounds grill-able fish, at least an inch thick  (halibut, Alaskan cod, sea bass, black cod, black rock fish, Mahi Mahi)
  • 8-12 x 6 inch tortillas ( corn-flour mix) Grilled
  • lime for garnish
  • Chipotle Marinade Ingredients:
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 -3 whole chipotles
  • 1 T adobo sauce ( from the can of chipotles)
  • 4 T olive oil
  • zest from one lime
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt ( more to taste)
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  • Cilantro Peach Salsa
  • Ingredients:
  • 2½ C diced -just ripe peaches ( about 3-4 peaches)
  • ¼ C finely diced red onion
  • 1- 2 tsp minced habanero ( or use jalapeño for less spicy)
  • ½ C chopped cilantro ( tender stems ok)
  • ⅛ C fresh lime juice, or more to taste
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a food processor, blend all the marinade ingredients into a fine paste. Rub fish generously with marinade and let marinate at least one hour or over night in the fridge. ( You could also freeze fish in the marinade in a ziplock bag and save for later or take it camping with you).Carmencitta MAgazine - CHIPOTLE FISH TACOS WITH PEACH SALSA 2
  2. While fish is marinating make the Cilantro Peach Salsa. Very gently, rub the peaches with a towel to remove fuzz, keeping the skin intact. Dice and place in medium bowl. Half and seed the habanero, and mince as small as possible. Sprinkle only 1 teaspoon of habanero, over the peaches ( about ⅓ of the habanero). You can always add more, so start conservatively. Add the rest of the ingredients, and gently fold them together. Obviously you want to spread the habanero evenly through the salsa, but at the same time, try not to over mix.
  3. Grill the fish over high heat to get a nice sear on both sides. Make sure grate is clean and oiled and use a metal spatula. After a few minute on each side, move to a cooler spot, or turn heat down to medium, cover grill and finish cooking until its cooked to your desired done-ness. You could also finish in the oven. Give a good squeeze of lime, and salt for taste, adding if necessary.
  4. Give the tortillas a quick sear on the grill.
  5. Either assemble the tacos by placing the fish in the tortillas and topping with peach salsa. Skewer to keep closed. Or serve family style on a platter with stacked tortillas wrapped up in a towel, extra lime and cilantro. You could also serve sliced avocado and/or crumbled queso fresco cheese and your favorite hot sauce. I like Tapatio.

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.

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.

AVOCADO SALSA WITH SALMON

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Carmencitta Magazine - AVOCADO SALSA WITH SALMON 3INGREDIENTS
  • 4 x 6 oz salmon filet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon chile powder
  • —–SALSA—–
  • 1 avocado ( slightly firm) diced
  • 1 Cup diced cucumber
  • ½ jalapenpo
  • ¼ C chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime- juice and zest
  • 2 teaspoons Olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • —–DRESSING—
  • ½ C plain Greek yogurt
  • lime juice from one small lime
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • ⅛ C chopped cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ——-
  • 4 heads little gems lettuce ( or baby romaine) — 1 per person
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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. In a small bowl, make the rub -mix salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin. Rub all sides of salmon with the spice rub.
  3. Make the dressing. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Make the salsa. Mix all ingredients except avocado in a medium bowl. Gently fold in avocado last so it stays in tact, and don’t over mix, you don’t want it mushy.
  5. Quarter lettuce vertically. Set aside.
  6. Grill salmon over medium high heat on a greased grill, a few minutes on each side until desired doneness….preferable medium or medium rare.
  7. To assemble: Toss lettuce gentle with a little dressing, just enough to coat. Lay on a plate, creating a bed for the salmon. Place salmon over top, then spoon avacado salsa over top. Serve with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs.

Crock Pot Asian Beef Stew

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Carmencitta-Magazine-Crock-Pot-Asian-Beef-Stew2Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon (10 g) ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cup (150 g) mini carrots
1/2 pound (230 g) bottom eye roast or bottom round roast, diced into 1″ cubes
2 tablespoons (30 mL) soy sauce
2 tablespoons (30 mL)oyster sauce
1 teaspoon (5 mL) sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon (15 mL) Chinese rice wine
1 cup (240 mL) water
black pepper, to taste
green onions, chopped for garnish (optional)

Carmencitta Magazine - Crock Pot Asian Beef Stew1Method:

In a crock pot, add all the ingredients in the listed order for the exception of the green onions.

Turn the crock pot on low and allow the stew to cook for 8 hours. Halfway through the cook time, stir the ingredients to evenly season the ingredients.

Serve over white rice and top with green onions, if using.

HEALTHY VEGGIE KIMCHI RICE WITH HAPPY EGGS

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INGREDIENTS

  • 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

  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.

Baked Parmesan Garlic Chicken Wings

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Carmencitta-Magazine-Garlic-Parmesan-Chicken-wings-1Ingredients:

2 lbs frozen party chicken wings
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 fresh sweet basil leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 cup bottled blue cheese dressing
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Method:

Rinse and clean the chicken wings. Pat dry with paper towels. Set aside in a big bowl.

Preheat oven to 425 F. Add the oregano, rosemary, cumin and salt to the chicken wings. Toss to combine well so each chicken wing is nicely coated with the spices.

Transfer the chicken wings on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken wings turn to a nice brown color.

In the meantime, mix the olive oil, basil, garlic, parmesan cheese and seasoning salt together in a small bowl.

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.

STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS WITH AVOCADO-CILANTRO SAUCE

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Ingredients
6 whole poblano peppers ( if peppers are very large, use 3, split in half length wise)
1 sweet potato- 2 Cups, small dice
1 corn on the cob, shucked, kernels cut
1 C finely diced onion
4 garlic cloves- rough chopped
1 C cooked black beans
¼ C -½ C crumbled queso fresco cheese, mozzarella, jack, goat cheese or feta (optional)
1 T Cumin
2 tsp coriander
½ tsp chile powder
½ tsp kosher salt
⅓ C chopped cilantro

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Avocado cilantro sauce
⅔ C Avocado
⅓ C cilantro
2/3 C water- plus more as needed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp coriander
⅛ C lime juice
2 garlic cloves
cracked pepper

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Instructions
Preheat oven to 400F. Scrub the sweet potatoes, rinse and dice into very small cubes. The smaller the dice, the shorter the roasting time. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, along with the peppers and roast until golden and tender, about 20 minutes, turning peppers over, midway.

Make the Avocado Cilantro sauce, placing all the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth, adding a bit more water if needed to get the blade going. Set aside.

Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the cob.

Remove peppers and yams from the oven, when yams are tender and golden. Place foil over the peppers for a few minutes so they can steam, to make removing the skins easier. Hold the peppers under cool running water and gently remove skins. It’s OK, if all the skins don’t release, just peel off what wants to come off. Carefully, with a sharp knife, slice off the top of the peppers and rinse the seeds out with running water. Set aside.

In a skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over med high heat, add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Turn heat to down medium low, add garlic and continue stirring until fragrant and golden, about 3-4 more minutes. Add corn. Saute a couple minutes, then fold in cooked black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, spices, salt and pepper, sautéing until warmed through. Fold in cilantro.der and golden. Place foil over the peppers for a few minutes so they can steam, to make removing the skins easier. Hold the peppers under cool running water and gently remove skins. It’s OK, if all the skins don’t release, just peel off what wants to come off. Carefully, with a sharp knife, slice off the top of the peppers and rinse the seeds out with running water. Set aside.

If making both vegan version and cheesy version, divide filling, adding cheese to part as desired. Stuff the peppers. Place stuffed peppers in 350 F oven for 5-10 minutes —or longer to melt the cheese in the filling.

Serve the stuffed peppers over a generous bed of Avocado sauce. Top with cilantro sprigs, crumbled queso fresco ( optional). Enjoy!

Details

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:4-6

Seri Muka

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Ingredients:

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For Bottom Layer:

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300 g glutinuos rice (soak for 30 minutes in water)
200 ml thin coconut milk (100ml coconut milk plus 100 ml water)
2 screwpine (pandan) leaves (optional)
1 teaspoon salt

 

For Top Layer:

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200 ml thick coconut milk or coconut cream
2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
170 g sugar
100 ml pandan/screwpine juice (from 8-10 pandan leaves)
5 tablespoon all-purpose flour + 2 Tablespoon cornstarch

Method:

Mixed all the ingredients for the bottom layer and steam on high heat for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the top layer. Mix the eggs, coconut milk, sugar, pandan juice and flour. Stir until smooth. Cook over boiling water (using double boil method) until the mixture thickens slightly but still runny enough to pour.

After 20 minutes, take out the glutinuous rice mixture, stir and flatten it with spoon or hands. Make sure it is compact. Use a sieve to pour the egg mixture on to the rice mixture.

Steam on medium heat for 30 minutes. Leave to cool before cutting into diamond-shaped or rectangle-shaped pieces.

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