Caribbean Night

 

Sun Cocktail

I was completely free styling with this one but it immediately brought the sun back into the house.

1 part limocello

1 part white rum

1 part fresh lime juice

4 parts fruity aromatic white whine

Mix everything together, decorate with a slice of lime, clothes your eyes and taste the sun.

Salad with smoked chicken and yogurt

2 hands full Baby leaf salad

2 tomatoes

½ red onion

½ red capsicum

2 tablespoons Turkish yogurt

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 smoked chicken breast

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon fresh coriander

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

1 peach

1 handful cashew nuts

Pepper and salt

Cut the chicken, onion, garlic, coriander and parsley small. Mix it together with the yogurt, lime juice, pepper and salt.

Cut the tomatoes and the peach, wash and dry the salad and mix it together. Put the chicken with yogurt in the middle of the salad and decorate with the nuts.

Bacon Rice

½ red onion

1 garlic clove

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

200 gram bacon in cubes

½ red capsicum

1 carrot

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 stock cube

1 cup brown rice

Water

Pepper salt

Cut the onion, garlic, carrot and capsicum. Warm oil in a deep pan and sauté the onion and the carrot after a couple of minutes add the garlic and the capsicum, sauté for 5-7 more minutes on medium high fire. Add the bacon and the tomato paste and bake everything together for another 5 minutes. Keep stirring so the tomato won’t stick to the pan. Add the rice, cover it in the sauce and add the stock cube and water up to 2 cm above the rice. Cook until the rice is ready, check if there is enough water, if the water evaporated before the rice is done, add some more water.

Serve with nice Caribbean music and a sun cocktail.

 

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Perfumed Rice

If I could remember where I found this recipe or at least the inspiration for it I would share it with you. What I do know is that I adopted it and never let go of it again. If you need a recipe that makes something special out of an ordianry rice dish, try this…

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2 cardamom pods

1 cinnamon stick

2 cloves

Pinch of saffron

Pepper/ salt

1 cup of rice

1 onion

Sun flower oil

100 gram Pistachio nuts

Cut the onion in half rings. Rinse the rice under water until the water coming out is clear.

Warm a nice layer of sun flower oil in a heave based pan, put in the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Let the oil suck up the perfume of these spices for a minute or two. Add the onions and caramelize them until nice and brown.rice

Cook water; add the rice and the pinch of saffron, cook until done.

Take out some onion of the pan to garnish. Take out the spices and pour the rice in the pan with onions. Add some cut pistachio nuts and mix together well.

Dispatch on a nice tray and top of with some caramelized onions and some more nuts. Voila, a nice and easy version on perfumed rice.