Sudado de Pollo..( you don’t want to know what this means)

Here’s a Colombian recipe we tried that proves to be a whole lot better than its name translates to, take my word along with a cold glass of white or rose wine and a good loaf of crispy bread. It also gets better the next day…

Recipe:
5 yellow potatoes (peeled and cut in half)      miamifoodphotography_IMG_7875
1 package of frozen yuca
8 pieces of boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1 package of corn on a cob (cut corn in half)
1 red pepper
2 tomatoes
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1 small sweet onion
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp live oil
Goya sazon with achiote
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the chicken in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside when done.
Saute chopped red pepper and onion.  Once the onion is translucent, add the chopped garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes at low heat.
Add 2 cup of water.  When boiling, add yuca, corn, and potatoes.
Add Goya sazon and cumin.
Add browned chicken and cook for another 15 minutes so all the flavors can blend together.

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A Plate of Health or Get’s You Going

This is a different kind of back of camera and camera as well …my Iphone, also one of my favorites , forget the phone part ,who uses that today anyway! I love to cook especially in my new place that offers a great kitchen that opens into a large dining area…great to shoot in,good light … sorry for the plug.

Let’s first say that I have been using Organic items as much as possible and of course affordable. So start off the same in this recipe to really taste the goodness of this earth. I’m not specific on amounts because they can be varied according to taste and preferences… but here is mine for this very simple dish:

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one head of Broccoli ..I use the florets…

( yeah I know, why not use buy the florets instead of chopping? Because like a fish with its head on, the net product stays fresher in the end, not dried out and tasteless like the packaged one)

two Zucchinis ..cut in chunks,not slices…

( why? they stay better firm rather than slices do that will appear like a Salvadore Dali painting)

Half pound of mushrooms quartered… (why? see above Dali )

One red pepper or orange if you prefer…( why not a green one? This isn’t chile amigo,next time)

Half an onion…I first slice then half the slices…( really? see above )

One clove of garlic diced…. ( two or three if you’re over your love life )

A little sea salt or that pink one from Tibet ( yeah sure ) and a little Herbs de Province…you can make your own if you like..(recipe another time )

Swiss cheese shredded or Mozzarella and grated Parmesan (amount to taste )

One cup of white wine,the cheaper the better..

Start by steaming the broc its quicker, and lighter in final taste.Don’t over steam it..keep sticking a fork into it to test…usually 6-8 minutes…but test it. Meantime saute all the other items, adding herbs etc… together in olive oil, a good one, not the 99cent one at GoodGuys..( why? Reality check..) keep stirring them around or flipping them in the pan like a real Saute Chef…feel the food young Jedi. Meantime in a deeper baking dish put a layered amount of cheeses…In about 10 minutes all should cooked…mix all ingredients together and start layering them in dish one layer of mix and one of cheese…

When you run out top it with Parmesan and add one half the cup of white wine…drink the other half. Put into oven ( 325 for those who count) just for a few minutes to melt it all…don’t try to make a baked dish out of this one,it should stay firm with melted cheeses…

Bon Appetite MF…if there’s wine still in the bottle, finish it off !

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Potato Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

Like soup?  Forget cans or frozen bricks of salty bouillon with what was once a veg or meat now a carrier of some chemical experiment gone wrong. This soup is so easy to make you can direct a child to do it while you watch a movie… and real good too.

Potato,Leek Soup with Smoked Salmon

3 potatoes ( red or a good   Idaho  type if there are any left)

2 large Leeks

1 pint of heavy cream ( yes it  has fat so what,if you want a diet, just heat water)

2-3 pints of a good organic chicken broth ( or be brave,make your own)

a package of smoked salmon..not LOX…wild Alaskan is real good..

a slab of butter… mmmm

fresh chives

Parmesan and good old heavy bread…

Video:

peel and cube potatoes…  boil in water till tender…slice all the Leeks up thin…saute in butter about 3-4 min….then add drained potatoes to mix in for 3-4 minutes…add bouillon and cream and turn down heat to simmer for 8-10  minutes. Take off stove use hand or large mixer and bring to a smooth texture…you can save some cubed potatoes to add in bowl after,add pepper to taste, no salt, and stir in thinly sliced small pieces of smoked salmon…stir and top off with Chop Chives in a bowl with Parmesan… Bon Appetite … a nice Pinot Grigio goes well…

 

Hot Dog Rubens…not for the faint of heart

WARNING:  If you’re watching your weight, your heart, your cholesterol, your health, your breath, your religious beliefs, the last notch on your belt,maybe your immediate sexual expectations …DO NOT GO FURTHER!! this is not for you…BUT, if you are an all around person, a belly up to the bar type, thinks belching out loud in public is normal, haven’t seen your toes in a while, or just tired of grazing on rabbit food, trying to convince yourself how good thistles taste, and don’t give a rat’s ass about what Dr.Healthy has to say…proceed, give caution to the wind and try ..

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_MG_0215web  I owe the credit to my ex sister-in-law for this one. She got me started. I passed it on to the family and for the last 20 years or so, we turn to it like a drug. It’s really easy to make and while this example is only for a master of debauchery or if you have suicidal thoughts, I would recommend making only one layer.

Start with great hot dogs, not the greasy kind. Get good Rye bread, Jewish by preference, they know their stuff when it comes to that. This one is a whole loaf that I sliced nice and thick ( the packaged kind with their idea of a slice is for sissies.  Get a good package of sauerkraut, the German kind and good Swiss cheese or sliced Gruyere along with Thousand Island Dressing.

_MG_0130  Mix Kraut ,diced onions, and dressing in bowl. Feeling ambitious? Saute onions first till light golden brown for more flavor….

Slice 2 dogs lengthwise (I know there’s 3 here..in case you’re really brave)

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Put a slice (or two) of cheese on the first layer of bread,then the dogs,then the mix and another layer of cheese on top. Stop there and add the top layer of bread,if you’re a beginner, if not repeat the process on the next layer…Come on,you only live once and isn’t that enough???

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Now the best part, put butter on the bread and some in the pan and saute this beast till the bread gets golden brown…

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Pour a glass of lip smacking beer, did I say a glass?  What’s wrong with me…Share it with your mate, I didn’t say lover cause after this one, you’ll be done for the night!

Matthew Pace is a #foodphotographer working in Miami,South Florida, and Atlanta. More work can be seen at http://www.miamifoodphotography.com   http://www.foodphotographyatlanta.com