Baby it’s dry outside: Dehydrated Herbs

Herbs that is! Los Angeles is technically supposed to be a desert . None of the vegetation is natural here… We go through droughts. Herbs cost money. Buy them at the market for $1 and dehydrate or air dry. In supermarkets herbs such as rosemary can cost up to $5-$8. Let’s save a few bucks and dehydrate more… here’s what I have so far. More to come!

 

It’s not weird…Raspberry, dill prawns

I love dill’s surprising versatility. It makes me happy when someone tells me, ‘”That sounds odd. I don’t think that will work” People are very scared of ingredient ideas for some reason. Here I made dill and raspberry love each other oh so well!

4 raspberries
2 prawns
1 pinch of dill
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Set prawns and grapefruit juice aside. (You don’t want to accidentally cook the shrimp with the grapefruit’s acidity.) In a small bag hand mash berries with the rest of ingredients. Place in bag with prawns. Marinate for 30 min- over night. Sautee prawns. Reduce marinade with grapefruit. Enjoy!

 

June’s food holidays! Just to name a few

I’m naming them all, actually. A multitude of holidays such as National Iced Tea Day were listed from the fun site TheNibble.com . Root beer day happens twice?? Ridiculous! Please, keep in mind a former President has taken the time to declare these official. ;-P

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Rye Not?… Whiskey for lunch

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OK say sooo many times while working, people will pick a gin based special over a whiskey special. Why? “Whiskey during the day… I have to go back to the office. (fake giggle) Given this irrational justification. I have designed a cocktail that wraps whisky’s beautiful barrel flavors with a light essence perfect for day time.

 1.5 oz preferred rye whiskey

1 strawberry

3 blueberries

.5 oz honey simple syrup (3 Honey: 1 water)

2 drops cardamom tincutre

In mixing tin muddle fruit , cardamom tincture and honey simple. Add rye whiskey and ice, shake and dirty dump (same ice from shake) into a red wine glass. Add lemon wheels for garnish. YUM!

Multiple MOUTHGASMS: Goldie’s on 3rd

I’ve been kind of bored with Los Angeles’ culinary scene lately. Only so many new “unique” taco places you can get excited about. My mouth hasn’t been blown in a while. Last night… CONTINUOUS MOUTHGASMING! Descriptions on each, but I could not even properly describe how I felt the entire meal. The closest I could get is… Remember that sensation you felt as a child running down the stairs Christmas morning ready to rip open your gifts…. IN MY MOUTH! Not to mention the very attractive bartenders and Executive Chef : Drew Andrade. formerly Executive Sous Chef at Spago Beverly Hills, added to the definition of New American Cuisine. After showering us with a delicious array of small plates, cocktails and an amazing dessert, I could not have left happier.

Menu: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

8422, 3RD ST LOS ANGELES

323-677-2470

Savory got a little sweet: Reconstructed Pico de Gallo

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Today, while strolling the West Hollywood Farmer’s Market, I found this vegetable called an Opo Squash. It look like a vegetable gremlin, but it’s watery and slightly refreshing like cucumber with the softness of it’s quash roots. I have found three things to do with it… this is the first! 🙂

Recipe

1/4 thinly sliced Opo Squash
one tomato (1/4″ slices)
thinly sliced red onion
grape seed oil
Salt and Pepper
Lime Juice

Simply, build items and season. Set oven to 300F, and bake for 10-15 min. The tomato should be slightly softened. Squirt a little lime juice and MMMHMMM!

Happy National Scotch Day!!… Scotch marinated steak sandwich with purple jus

Procrastination station!! So I did my homework and looked up all the food/drink holidays, yesterday. I landed right in time for Scotch Day or Scotch Whiskey Day. This smoky beverage, less sweet than its American counterpart (Bourbon), can create a lovely smoky flavor when marinated with steak. I also wanted to enhance the challenge by adding another bitter element to the mix, red cabbage. Watch this recipe celebrate the Scottish heritage in the most manly, bitchy way possible!

Recipe

8 oz flank steak
one loaf of favorite bread
1 head red cabbage
1/2 large red onion
4 cups water
8oz Scotch Whiskey
5 oz blue cheese
4 tbsp garlic
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp herbs de provance, parsley
salt and pepper

Begin by marinating the Steak in 5oz Scotch for 20 minutes on each side. After Season each side with salt, pepper, garlic and herbs de provance

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As the steak is marinating, in a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Chop red cabbage into 1/2″ strips and place into boiling water. Add remainder of ingredients, sans bread for you dingbats. Let reduce until cabbage is tender and still crispy. Remove cabbage from liquid and let it cool.DO NOT RINSE! Keep liquid boiling until reduced to desired flavor profile. The longer the stronger! 😉

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As sauce is becoming its own, grill the steak to desired temperature, me Med Rare

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PUT THAT SHIT ON SOME BREAD!

Why this chicken tastes like a steak?

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Now for the good stuff… substantial food

We apologize to meat eaters for being to vege. I saw for sale at Ralph’s some ground organic chicken, and realized I never used chicken this way before. I had to learn how to manipulate the idea of a lighter ground meat. LOVE me some burgers!

I decided to not take the easy burger path. Instead, I made a BBQ seasoned chicken steak, and I topped it with kiwi sauce drizzled over bacon… MMMM (Remember that BBQ sauce I spruces up? :-0 )

I began by seasoning the patty. Just because there is sauce all over the place does not mean the chicken doesn’t need internal love. Simply mix the following ingredients and make into preferred size patty’s. Then use lighter oil or give into butter. It’s up to you! I recommend skinnier patty’s since it’s chicken. BTW this ground meat needs to be fully cooked. No Salmonella in herr!! Afterward drench it in my BBQ sauce! topped it with pan-fried bacon (turkey OK). Then slide some of that habanero kiwi sauce on top… YUUUUUMMMM!!!

Chicken Patty

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Ingredients

1 lb ground organic chicken
1 cap of liquid smoke
1 tsp cayenne, spanish smoked paprika, herbs de provence
2 tsp ground sage, parsley
Salt and Black Pepper

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Bitches Love Restaurants: Asia de Cuba and SkyBar

     Yesterday, Sara and I decided to get booshy. We decided to go visit our friend at Karey at  The Mondrian’s SkyBar.  Since we were poolside, eating light was a must. The food (Even the quesadilla) was lighter than expected. Without shame, we left drunk and full. Look at some of this delicious food  their fusion restaurant Asia de Cuba.

SkyBar

Watermelon Mojito… psssst watermelon is in season

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Blueberry and Lychee Mojito

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Asia de Cuba

Wild Salmon and Salted Avocado Helado

Spicy coconut milk | bird’s eye pepper and black lava salt
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 Lobster Quesadilla
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