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Chef Adriana’s Roman Artichokes Recipe

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Fresh artichokes are a delicious and often underrated food. Its preparation is simple and easy to make, making it a great healthy choice. Our October Chef of the Month, Adriana, has shared with us her Roman Artichokes Recipe. Find it below!

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 Baby or 2 medium sized artichokes
  • 2 Tablespoons of white wine (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped mint
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Lemons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a medium size salad bowl and set aside.
  2. Remove the outer layers of your artichokes until you start to see the leaves turn yellow.
  3. Discard the leaves and soak your artichokes in the lemon water.
  4. One by one, remove each artichoke from the water and cut the very top green part of it off, as it is not edible.
  5. Next, you want to skin the stem and cut off any green pieces left around the base of your artichoke (heart). At this point they should look more or less like a lollipop (see photo).
  6. You will then place your cleaned artichokes in a pot with enough water to cover them, along with the olive oil, the juice of the other lemon, the 2 peeled garlic cloves, the wine and chopped mint. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Cover your pot with aluminum foil and cook the artichokes for at least 45 minutes. Check them by poking them in the heart with a fork so see if they are soft enough (they should be very soft).
  8. It might take up to 2 hours to cook depending on the size of the artichokes. Serve with a bit of the water you cooked them in. You can add a bit more olive oil and lemon when you serve them.

Tip: Try to find baby artichokes as they only take 45 minutes to cook and the choke is not spiky yet. The bigger artichokes have a spikier center that takes a very long time to cook (approx. 2 hours). You can see the video on how to peel an artichoke in my YouTube channel (Cooking with Adriana).

 

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Instagram: @cookingwithadriana

Youtube: Cooking with Adriana

Chef Adriana’s Avocado Risotto Recipe

 

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Eating healthy (and delicious) just got so much easier! Our October Chef of the Month, Chef Adriana, has shared her famous Avocado Risotto recipe. This vegan & plant-based recipe is guaranteed to delight & is a great alternative for those who want to partake in cleaner eating or simply try something new! Find the recipe below:

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Cups of Arborio rice
  • 2 Cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 Cup of avocado puree (do it with a blender)
  •  1 Tablespoon of minced shallots
  • ½ Cup of coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • ½ Cup of vegan butter (Miyokos preferred)
  • 1/3 Cup of glass of white wine
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium sized pot, place the minced shallot with two tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Sauté until golden and then add a cup of vegetable broth.
  3. While the broth is boiling, add the Arborio rice and white wine.
  4. Stir adding more broth so that the rice never dries up.
  5. Add the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, vegan butter and cilantro and keep on stirring until the rice is al dente and creamy enough (this should take 15-20 minutes), then add the avocado puree and chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve topped with some cilantro for decoration.

 

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Instagram: @cookingwithadriana

Youtube: Cooking with Adriana

October 2019 Chef of the Month- Adriana Londono

As October rolls around, not only are we pumped for delicious fall recipes, but we’re so excited to introduce our October Chef of the Month- Adriana Londono! Chef Adriana was born in Colombia & now resides/works in sunny Los Angeles and Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico. She is a private, holistic chef that is constantly creating innovative, healthy and plant-based recipes. From Avocado Risotto to Avocado Chocolate Mousse, her creativity and passion for food is inspirational. Find her story below!

 

 

 

 

1. Where were you born?
Colombia

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
Los Angeles and Valle de Guadalupe (Mexico’s wine country). I am a holistic private chef.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
My tomato peeler. As a plant-based chef, there are so many vegetables to peel and the tomato peeler makes life quite easy.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
Smell!

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
Stick to your ideals when it comes to cooking. You want to be able to cook with the ingredients you love so that you can enjoy the process and offer your best creations.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
Pickling! Pickled vegetables compliment a dish very nicely, whether it is plant-based or not.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Healthy, holistic with fantastic flavor.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?
I am a girl, so I want to make sure my waist is highlighted and I also avoid white as I work a lot with beets, avocados and chocolate… hehe.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?
I am obsessed now with cassava flour. It is an amazing substitute for wheat flour as it has some elasticity which is similar to gluten. I bake with it, make pizza crusts, tortillas, cookies, etc.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?
Los Angeles. Amazing plant-based restaurants there: Café gratitude, Plant food + Wine, Crossroads and Gracias Madre.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?
Mmm… that is a hard one, but the one that surprised me the most and is high up on my list is avocado risotto.

12. What do you like to eat most often on your days off?
Vegan pizza!

13. Person you would most like to cook for?
My boyfriend- he is my biggest fan and supporter.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
At 28 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Meniere’s disease. Due to that, I couldn’t go out to restaurants anymore as I had to follow a low sodium diet and since I loved to eat amazing food, I started to cook it for myself and got really good at it.
I never had training of any sort but having lived in Italy and France helped me develop a sophisticated palette.

5 years ago, I decided to give plant-based cooking a chance and I am so enamored by it. I have so much more fun with it than I ever did using animal products. I feel challenged every day and feel very satisfied when I create new dishes that feel, taste and are real food without having to have hurt any animal in the process.

The world of plants is so vast and exciting; I am now learning to incorporate into my dishes many edible flowers, a succulent plant here in Mexico called Salicornia, vegan cheeses and butters, microgreens of all sorts and all kinds of non-gluten flours. Cooking has never been more fun!

 

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Instagram: @cookingwithadriana

Youtube: Cooking with Adriana

CHEF ABYSSINIA’S LOBSTER TOSTADA RECIPE

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When in doubt, go for the Tostada! Chef Abyssinia, our talented September Chef of the Month has shared with us her Lobster Tostada Recipe. Tangy, sweet & fresh, this dish is ideal for any occasion. Get it below!

Poached Lobster w/ chipotle aioli & mango salsa served on a crispy tostada shell w/ guacamole

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Poached Lobster

  • 4 Small lobster tails
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Guacamole 

  • 2 Small ripe avocados
  • 1 Plum tomato, small diced
  • ½ Bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Jalapeño, seeded & minced
  • ½ Small red onion, small diced
  • 1 Lime for juice

Mango Salsa 

  • 1 Ripe mango, peeled & small diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, small diced
  • ½ Small red onion, small diced
  • ½ Lemon for juice
  • 1 Pinch salt & pepper
  • ¼ Bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Jalapeño, seeded & minced

Chipotle Aioli 

  • ¼ c mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chipotle in adobo, diced
  • ½ Lemon for juice
  • 1 Pinch salt & pepper

Tostada Shell

  • 1 Bag of tortilla tostada shells-store brand tortilla chip cups
  • OR 4 corn tortillas to deep-fry
  • 2 tbsp Honey

Directions

Poached Lobster

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add bay leave, salt & pepper to flavor water.
  2. Poach lobster tail 3-5 min until cooked, when done place in ice bath or cold water to cool.
  3. Remove lobster tail from shell & small dice, set aside in cooler.
  4.  In a small bowl, mix chipotle, mayo, lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Add diced lobster tail to the chipotle aioli mixture & place back into cooler.

Mango Salsa 

  1. In a small bowl mix diced mango, diced red onion, diced red pepper, chopped cilantro, honey, lemon juice & salt & pepper to taste, set aside.

Guacamole 

  1. In a small bowl mash avocado using clean hands or fork, add in chopped cilantro, diced tomato, minced jalapeño, juice of 1 lime, salt & pepper to taste.

Tostada

  1. Store brand tortilla shells, open bag & relax.
  2. To make your own tostada, heat a medium size frying pan w/ about 1 cup of oil. When oil is hot place corn tortilla in oil, frying one tortilla at a time for about 30 sec – 1 min. When tortilla is crispy, place on a tray with paper towel & sprinkle with salt.

Assembly

  1.  To assemble add 1 scoop of guacamole to the tortilla chip, top with lobster mixture & then garnish with mango salsa. Enjoy!

 

Connect with our September Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefabyssinia

Website: http://www.chefabyssinia.com/

Chef Abyssinia’s Red Wine Poached Pear Recipe

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Treat yourself to a delicious & fruity dessert with Chef Abyssinia’s Red Wine Poached Pear Recipe! This dish can be served either hot or cold & is guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds! Get the recipe below.

Spiced red wine poached pear w/ spiced reduction & vanilla bean ice-cream

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 1hr 30min
Rest: 2 hrs

Ingredients

  • ½ bottle dry red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp additional sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange zested + orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 4 pears, peeled, keep the stem on
  • Fresh Mint leaves for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients to a medium pot & let simmer on med-low heat for 1 hour.
  2. Continue to turn your pears every 15 minutes to ensure your pears are poaching evenly.
  3. Turn off heat after 1 hour, keep covered and allow pears to sit for 30 minutes until warm.
  4. When pears have cooled down, place them in the fridge & allow them to chill in poaching liquid for 2 hours or more. It is not necessary, but you may let them sit overnight.
  5. Before you serve your pears, remove 1 ½ cups of poaching liquid from your pears & add it to a small sauce pan, add ½ cup of sugar & cook on med-low heat for 5-7 minutes, allow poaching liquid to reduce down into a syrup, this is your reduction.
  6. To serve, scoop vanilla ice-cream into a bowl, top with a poached pear, drizzle with spiced reduction & garnish with mint.
  7. Enjoy!

Note:

Serve poached pears as you’d prefer; warm or cold. I prefer them warm over the cold vanilla ice-cream. To re-heat pears, place the pot back on the stove on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

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Instagram: @chefabyssinia

Website: http://www.chefabyssinia.com/

September 2019 Chef of the Month- Abyssinia Campbell

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We’re happy to introduce our September 2019 Chef of the Month- Abyssinia Campbell! Chef Abyssinia was born in New York, grew up in Florida and now works and resides in New York. She is the proud owner of Chef Abyssinia LLC , a Personal Chef & Catering company that provides services to New York, New Jersey, Hamptons and parts of Connecticut! As a child, Chef Abyssinia has always enjoyed cooking and she now views it as her own form of art. Read her story below!

 

1. Where were you born?
I was born in New Rochelle and partly raised in Mount Vernon, New York until I moved to Florida where I attended middle school, high school & college.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
I am the owner of Chef Abyssinia LLC a Personal Chef & Catering company business based in New York. My team & I provide services to New York, New Jersey, Hamptons & parts of Connecticut. We also travel, most frequently to Florida. The services that we offer are catered events of all sizes, private dining experiences, meal prep & cooking classes!

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
My favorite kitchen tool has got to be my taste buds, without them I wouldn’t be able to create these amazingly tasty dishes. Following my taste buds, I would say my hands, they do all the work.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
I would say that my sharpest sense out of all five senses would be my taste, I can taste a dish and name most of the ingredients that it consists of.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
My advice to aspiring chefs is to remain humble and don’t stop learning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t give up because anything is possible.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
This is a tough question. One thing every chef should perfect is presentation- you want your dishes to look just as good as they taste.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food to me consists of quality ingredients & great flavor. It doesn’t matter how much it costs really, you can overpay for a crappy meal & underpay for a crappy meal, but when it’s good it’s good and that shows that value of the dish, not the $ signs in front of it.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?
When selecting a chef outfit, I like to look sleek, professional & most importantly feel comfortable. Safety is also another factor, something that will protect me from a burn but will not make me burn up in a hot kitchen.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?
My favorite ingredient to work with are vegetables. You can do so much with them. From vegetables to herbs to fruit, all things that come from the earth. They add flavor, texture, color, aromatics, health benefits, you name it! That’s why you will always find them in my pantry. I had a client recently who hired me for a dinner party. One of the guests was an older gentleman. The first course was a full-on vegetable course. Everyone enjoyed it, the wife of the older gentleman came to me and said “Wow, that was good. My husband hates cauliflower, but he loved it!” One thing for sure, that’s an amazing feeling, but that goes to show how you can manipulate & master the fruit of the earth. I’m strongly considering becoming a vegan chef.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?
My favorite city to dine out in would have to be Manhattan, New York because there is a large diverse culture in the city. You can find a wide range of cuisines here in New York, no matter your budget, you will find a gem in the city if you look for it.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?
This is really hard to say because I am always making new dishes and I don’t always write them down, sometimes I just go with the flow of things and work with whatever ingredients I have on hand. As I am writing this, I am thinking of about 3 different dishes I made several months a part that I thought were extremely good. I’m going to go with one of the more recent dishes, Mediterranean roasted chicken with tri-color lentils & spiced butternut squash.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off?
On my days off sometimes, I don’t even like to cook for myself, after being in the kitchen all week I don’t cook lavish meals for myself that often. I eat loads of fruits & vegetables. My favorite food is Caribbean food, I love Ackee & salt fish with sweet plantains & fried dumplings. I also love corn meal porridge for breakfast which is also Caribbean. I have a huge sweet tooth that I didn’t have growing up, now I crave pastries & fresh baked cookies all the time lol, it’s hard but I try to stay away from too many sweets.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
I have been cooking since I was very young, I always liked it. I liked the idea of creating things in the kitchen. One of my favorite subjects in elementary school was art. I really enjoy being able to create & I feel like when I am cooking, that is when my creativity comes out. The plate is my canvas and with the ingredients I like to paint stories. In middle school & high school I was in a Culinary Arts program and that really paved the way for me and helped me to realize that I had a true passion in food & cooking. From there I went to Johnson & wales to study culinary arts & food service management, the rest is history!

Connect with our September Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefabyssinia

Website: http://www.chefabyssinia.com/ 

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