Essentials for Spanish Cooking

I’m Guyanese and Hindu, but I have always been heavily influenced by Spanish culture since I can remember. I enjoyed going to my friends’ house to eat their home cooked food because the flavors are bold, intense, and deliciously similar to Southeast Asian cuisine. I picked up many recipes, tips, and tricks along the way from abuelas, tios, and tias, and madres! And enjoy perfecting my own Spanish dishes at home. You only need a handful of spices, herbs, and mixes to keep the flavors authentic and scrumptious. After years and years of cooking I got my Spanish cooking down … Continue reading Essentials for Spanish Cooking

Puerto-Rican Cubed Steak w/ Peppers (Bistec Encebollado)

I experimented in the kitchen and came up with this recipe (as I do all of my recipes) but I’m proud of this one and I’m going to attempt to do it again soon, but with a few twists. This is my version of cubed steak with peppers. I always saw this interesting cut of meat when I went grocery shopping and I knew it had to be made into something delicious, here is my recipe: Ingredients: 3lbs cubed steak 3 tbsp EVOO 3 tbsp Sofrito 1 packet of Sazon 2 tbsp Adobo 1 medium onion (sliced) 1 red bell … Continue reading Puerto-Rican Cubed Steak w/ Peppers (Bistec Encebollado)

Puerto-Rican Red Beans and Rice (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Habichuelas Guisadas is an easy and quick meal to make! It involves a few staple spices such as: Adobo, Sofrito and Sazon. You can eat this as a side with Spanish white rice and chicken or pork chops, you can even add canned salchichas (sausages) and they are great as an addition!  Ingredients: 2 packets of Sazon 1.5 tbsp of Adobo 1 tsp Oregano 1 tsp Black Pepper 1 8oz can of Goya Tomato Sauce 2 tbsp Sofrito 2 tbsp EVOO 5 potatoes peeled and chopped 1 can of red beans Directions: Heat your EVOO in a large pot, … Continue reading Puerto-Rican Red Beans and Rice (Habichuelas Guisadas)

Puerto-Rican Rice and Beans (Arroz con Gandules)

Rice and beans! Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of authentic arroz con gandules? What I love the most is how simple this rice dish is but the intensity of the flavors! You can add olives, pimentos, and even diced ham.  Ingredients: 1 can of pigeon peas (partially drained) 3 bay leaves 3 tbsp sofrito 1 packet Sazon 3 tbsp EVOO 3 cups white rice 1 4oz can of tomato sauce 1 tbsp adobo 1 tsp oregano 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 packet of ham flavoring or diced ham 4 cups hot … Continue reading Puerto-Rican Rice and Beans (Arroz con Gandules)

Shrimp and Lentils Curry

I enjoy winging it when it comes to cooking, inspiration strikes from a cooking show, a recipe book, or even while I am grocery shopping. I have been living a dairy, soy, and egg free lifestyle for the past three months and it has forced me to change my eating habits and pushed me out of my comfort zone when it comes to cooking. I have been using all of my culinary skills that I learned from my parents, my sister, and even my favorite chefs to create meals that fit these guidelines without lack of flavor. Shrimps are my … Continue reading Shrimp and Lentils Curry

Cinnamon Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping

I have so many apples from our orchard trip that I decided to bake a few yummy apple treats! 🍎 This muffin recipe has been a hit! My boss loved it so much she said “it has the perfect ratio of everything! It was delicious!” ☺️ Cinnamon Apple Muffins w/ Crumb Topping INGREDIENTS: Muffins: – 2 cups peeled and chopped apples – 3/4 cup brown sugar – 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour – 2 1/2 tsp baking powder – 2 eggs – 2 tbsp cinnamon – 1 tsp salt – 4 tbsp softened butter – 1/4 cup coconut oil – … Continue reading Cinnamon Apple Muffins with Crumb Topping