Fire-broil mackerel with aubergine and tomatoes

Fire-broil mackerel with aubergine and tomatoes

Ready, sweet tomatoes and a garlicky slammed aubergine purée make this an incredible summer’s night dish

Mackerel must be my preferred fish for cooking outside over an open fire. Its skin crisps flawlessly while underneath the slick substance remains sodden and delicate. The fresher the mackerel, the more sensitive and heavenly its flavor will be, so select fish with decent brilliant eyes and energetic, bright skin.

 

Ingredients

4 good-sized, super-fresh mackerel, gutted and cleaned
2 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs of rosemary
250g large, ripe tomatoes, halved
2 medium aubergines
2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
1 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
A pinch of dried chilli flakes
A handful of basil leaves, chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Method:

Prepare your fire; you want to be cooking over glowing embers. When the fire is hot, set a grill over it, making sure it’s clean so your fish is less likely to stick to the bars. You’ll know the temperature is right when you can hover your hand above the grill for a maximum of 3 seconds.

Lay the fish on a board and, using a sharp knife, cut several shallow slash marks on both sides. Trickle 1 tbsp olive oil over the fish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and rub in, getting right into the slash marks. Place a couple of rosemary sprigs in each fish cavity. Set the fish on the grill. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and place, cut side up, next to the fish. Place the aubergines (uncut) on the grill too.

Turn the aubergines every few minutes, to ensure they cook evenly. The fish will take 6–8 minutes on each side, depending on size. Don’t worry if the skin tears; the fish will still taste amazing. Once the mackerel are cooked, remove them from the grill and keep warm. Turn the tomatoes after 10–15 minutes and keep cooking them until they are soft and caramelised, then remove them to a plate.

When the aubergines are soft (this will take about 20 minutes), slit open and scoop the soft flesh out into a bowl. Add the garlic, tahini, chilli flakes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper. Mix and mash the aubergine with the seasonings.

Divide the aubergine purée between 4 plates. Add the tomatoes and fish and serve.


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Classic Chimichurri

Classic Chimichurri

This classic Argentinian sauce couldn’t be more versatile. It’s amazing on flank steak, grilled shrimp, and even veggies like roasted zucchini. Use it as a marinade for beef or chicken, or spoon it over just-grilled meat while it rests on a cutting board. Heck, it’d even be good on fried eggs! Garlicky, super herbaceous, and tangy from vinegar and lemon zest, there’s nothing this genius sauce can’t improve.

Made it? Let us know how it went in the comment section below!

INGREDIENTS

 
1 c. flat-leaf parsley, firmly packed
 
3 cloves garlic 
 
2 tbsp.  fresh oregano
 
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
 
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
 
2 tsp. lemon zest, optional

Pinch red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

 

1. Combine parsley, garlic, and oregano in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until herbs are finely chopped and garlic is minced.

 

2. Transfer herbs to a medium bowl and stir in olive oil, vinegar, and lemon zest if using. Season with salt and a pinch of red pepper flakes. 


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Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Sun Dried Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Here’s a new hummus flavor I whipped up for the family.  It goes great with the Beef Shawarma wraps I make.  It’s very easy to make.  You can use a food processor, but I was too lazy to take out my processor so I made it in my Ninja blender, it worked just as well.
I use sun dried tomatoes I buy in the open markets of Venice.  I store them in the freezer and soak them in water for a few hours before using them.  You can use the sun dried tomatoes they sell in jars at the produce section of your local supermarket.  As for the roasted red pepper I just use the ones in a jar I get from the supermarket.
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
1 cup chick peas – Garbanzo Beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbls. sesame tahini
1 tbls. minced garlic
1 tsp. sea salt
Juice from 1 lemon
Extra Virgin olive oil (optional)
Directions:
Place tomatoes in blender or food processor – blend until finely chopped
Add red peppers – blend until finely chopped and mixed well
Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt – blend until it becomes a soft paste

Add lemon juice – blend  until it’s absorbed

Move to serving bowl or dish.  If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.

You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.

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6 Servings 10 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes in blender or food processor - blend until finely chopped
  2. Add red peppers - blend until finely chopped and mixed well
  3. Add chick peas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt - blend until it becomes a soft paste
  4. Add lemon juice - blend until it's absorbed
  5. Move to serving bowl or dish. If desired drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil before serving.
  6. You can use this hummus as a dip or spread.
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Arroz Valenciana Filipino Style Recipe!!!

Arroz Valenciana Filipino Style Recipe!!!

Arroz Valenciana

Arroz Valenciana is commonly prepared on holidays, Fiesta’s (festival), Christmas, New Year’s Eve, reunions and family gatherings.

Arroz Valenciana is  similar to Paella. The Filipino version makes use of coconut milk, malagkit (glutinous or sweet rice), chorizo and boiled eggs, which is what this recipe is all about.

Arroz Valenciana is a typical Latin American dish, their version is called Arroz a la Valenciana in Spain, and Arroz Valenciana in Portugal. This is my version of Filipino Style Arroz Valenciana Recipe.  You can try different styles of your own to make it look good and more delicious according to your taste buds. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

½ lb. chicken breast or thigh, chopped

½ cup glutinous white rice “malagkit”

1 cup jasmine rice

2-3 pcs. hard boiled eggs

1 cup coconut milk (canned or fresh)

2 cups chicken broth

3 pcs. chorizo de bilbao, sliced diagonally

1 pc. medium tomato, diced

2 tbsp. tomato paste

1 pc. medium red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 tsp. paprika

½ cup raisins

½ cup green peas

2-3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 pc. medium yellow onion, diced

1 tbsp. salt or salt to taste

¼ tsp. pepper or pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Combine the glutinous rice and jasmine rice.

Wash with water twice, drain then set aside.

In a wide pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Saute garlic, onion, and tomato.

Add the chopped chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Add the chorizo de bilbao and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add  the salt, pepper, and paprika then stir.

Then add the chicken broth and coconut milk, stir and let boil.

Add the washed rice then stir and let boil.

Add the tomato paste. Stir. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Then add the green peas and raisins. Cover and  simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Add the red bell pepper and continue to simmer until the rice is fully cooked.

Garnish with sliced boiled egg.

Serve,

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  1. Combine the glutinous rice and jasmine rice.
  2. Wash with water twice, drain then set aside.
  3. In a wide pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Saute garlic, onion, and tomato.
  5. Add the chopped chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the chorizo de bilbao and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the salt, pepper, and paprika then stir.
  8. Then add the chicken broth and coconut milk, stir and let boil.
  9. Add the washed rice then stir and let boil.
  10. Add the tomato paste. Stir. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Then add the green peas and raisins. Cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  12. Add the red bell pepper and continue to simmer until the rice is fully cooked.
  13. Garnish with sliced boiled egg.
  14. Serve,
  15. Share and enjoy!!!
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You can try different styles, different ingredients of your own to make it good looking, more delicious according to your taste buds.

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Kale Chips – Healthy Snack

Kale Chips – Healthy Snack

Kale ChipsI was chatting with my 81 year old Mom the other week and she mentioned that she was having trouble making Kale Chips.  She was snacking on them because they were good for her blood pressure.  According to my Mom a couple of weeks of chomping on Kale Chips her blood pressure went down enough that her doctor allowed her to stop taking her medicine.

She’s become a true believer in the virtues of Kale.  Her only issue was that her homemade Kale Chips weren’t as crisp as the store bought chips.  I’m not sure where she got the recipe from nor do I know why her chips weren’t coming out crispy.  So I decided to try my hand at making Kale Chips if only to give her a better recipe.  Turned out the chips I made were delicious!  My whole family loves them.  Now we’re all making Kale Chips!

This recipe is so easy to make and very inexpensive too!  Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

1 Bunch Fresh Kale

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp. Sea Salt (optional – if you have high blood pressure or are watching your salt intake you may want to skip the salt or ask your doctor before you use it)

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

Directions:

Kale ChipsWash Kale, separate the leaves, pat each leaf dry with a paper towel.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Cut each leaf into 3-4 horizontal sections, when you get to the thick part of the center rib, cut the rib off and discard.

Place Kale into a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss  to distribute oil to all the kale.

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Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over chips.

Place sheet into 225º oven.

Kale chipsCook for 3 hours, turning over chips half way thru cooking.

Kale will shrivel up as it dehydrates.  Test chips for crispiness before removing from oven.  If they aren’t crispy enough leave in oven longer until they are crisp.

Kale chipsCool chips completely then store in airtight containers.

Be sure you keep container tightly closed to keep moisture out.  Moisture will cause the chips to go stale and loose its crispness.  Do not refrigerate the chips, they will loose crispness.  Chips will keep for about a week at room temperature.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]



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  1. Wash Kale, separate the leaves, pat each leaf dry with a paper towel.
  2. Cut each leaf into 3-4 horizontal sections, when you get to the thick part of the center rib, cut the rib off and discard.
  3. Place Kale into a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss to distribute oil to all the kale.
  4. Arrange Kale in a single layer on a parchment covered sheet.
  5. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over chips.
  6. Place sheet into 225º oven.
  7. Cook for 3 hours, turning over chips half way thru cooking.
  8. Kale will shrivel up as it dehydrates. Test chips for crispiness before removing from oven. If they aren't crispy enough leave in oven longer until they are crisp.
  9. Cool chips completely then store in airtight containers.
Recipe Notes

Be sure you keep container tightly closed to keep moisture out.  Moisture will cause the chips to go stale and loose its crispness.  Do not refrigerate the chips, they will loose crispness.  Chips will keep for about a week at room temperature.

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