Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mac and cheese with fried fish, shrimp and Iced tea.

Beaf Stew with acorn squash.


1 pound beef
2 stalk stalks of celery/cut. Season with salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
2 table spoon chopped onion
1 table spoon chopped garlic
1/4 round cut carrots
1 table spoon all porpose flour
1 bay leaf
2 cups of beef broth
2 table spoon olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
1 cup of cube cut acorn squash
Salt and black pepper to taste.


Heat olive oil in a skillet at medium heat
Add and brown beef till a light crust is formed
Add chopped onion, garlic, carrot, parsley and let cook for 1 minute
Add flour, stir gently and cook for 1-2 minutes
Add wine and beef stock
Add the rest of the ingredients
Adjust seasoning, cover and cook in a heated oven for 45 mins- 1 hour
Remove and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Watermelon Feta With Mint Salad


Cuts of sweet watermelon
Feta cheese
Mint leaves


Set cut watermelon in a serving bowl
Sprinkle feta crumbs on water and garnish with mint leaves
Serve cold

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Trader Joe's announces opening date of Woodlands store. Thank Youuuuuuuuu.

Trader Joe's has announced it will open its Woodlands store on Friday, June 15 at 8 a.m. The 13,500-square-foot store is currently under construction in The Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center at the southeast corner of Woodlands Parkway and Kuykendahl Road.

The Woodlands store is the first of two Trader Joe's stores opening in Texas. The other location is in Forth Worth and opening the same day.

Trader Joe's is dubbed as a “unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic,” according to a release. The store carries an extensive array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including fresh-baked artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrees, juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items and basics such as milk and eggs.

The store also offers its private label brand which includes Trader Jose's salsas, Trader Ming's fried rice, Trader Giotto's marinara sauces and specially purchased items.

Fried plantain chunks with sea salt and spicy sauce.

Plantain chunks
Kosher salt
Frying oil

Season cut plantain with Kosher salt and fry in a heated oil at 375 degrees

Chili sauce


1/2 tablespoon crushed chili pepper
1 tablespoon chopped pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce
12/ cayenne pepper
1/2 paprika
1tbs olive oil
Salt to taste


Combine ingredients and cook at low heat in a skillets for 3-5 minutes

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Plantain Cake Recipe::Photos and recipe by Oumou from

I love plantain, I love it fried, I love it boiled, grilled, steam and I even eat it raw. I sometimes love to make plantain cake which is my favorite way to enjoy plantain and here the recipe.
Plantain Cake Recipe


1 or 2 over ripe plantains
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking powder
½ cup Sugar, I prefer to use brown sugar
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil


In bowl, beat the eggs and add the sugar. Then add flour, baking powder, salt and mix well.
In another bowl mash the plantains, do not mash until completely smooth.
Pour the mashed plantains in the egg and flour mixture and mix all together. Then add in the vegetable oil and stir well.
Grease you baking dish or loaf pan with butter and pour the batter in it.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes to 350 degree F.
Let it cool down before serving. Enjoy!!!!

By Oumou from

Friday, April 27, 2012

Grilled beef and shrimp curry.



lbs sliced beef
2 tbs curry powder
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup stock or water
1/2 cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup sliced onions
1 tbs chopped green onions
2 tbs Olive or vegetable oil.
Salt and black pepper to taste.

Optional ingredients:

1 tbs peanut butter1 tbs raisins


Heat up oil in a skillet at medium heat.
Add sliced onions, chopped garlic and let cook for 1-2 minutes
Add curry powder, ginger powder, cayenne pepper, coconut milk and let cook for 2-3 minutes
Gently add shrimp and beef
Add stock or water and let simmer cook for 8-10 minutes
Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Add optional ingredients to add depth and extra flavor if desired