Blog Archives

Ackee & Saltfish Recipe

I have to begin by saying that I have avoided eating ackee and saltfish for the longest. I’m weird about texture, and this dish reminded me of scrambled eggs. I went to visit my Nana, and saw that she made some ackee and saltfish. I built up enough courage, and gave in to trying Jamaica’s national dish. Let’s just say that I regret that it took me so long to try it. Ackee and saltfish is a very simple meal to make. Here’s how I created this dish:

IMG_20130317_132202

Ingredients:

1 Roma Tomato

1/2 Large White Onion

2 tbls Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 lb of Boned Salted Codfish (Saltfish)

1 Can of Ackee in Salt Water

Scotch Bonnet Sauce (Use the pepper if you can find it)

1/3 Green Bell Pepper

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

De-salt the codfish by either soaking it overnight, or boiling it for at least 30 minutes. I boiled it for 25 minutes, drained it, and boiled it again for 15 more minutes. Chop the onion, tomato, and green pepper. During the last codfish de-salting boil, heat up the olive oil. Add the green bell pepper, black pepper and onions. Cook until the onion softens. It should only take about 5 minutes. Then add the codfish and scotch bonnet. Scotch bonnet is a hot pepper. So, I would add at your discretion. Cook for about 5 minutes. About 2 minutes into this cooking process, I would add the tomato. The tomato doesn’t need a long time to warm up, and you don’t want it to be mushy either.  While these ingredients are cooking, drain and rinse the ackee. By the time you’re finished with that, you can add the ackee to the mixture. It doesn’t take very long for the ackee to soak up the flavors you built. However, ackee is very fragile, and you want to try your best not to make it mushy. Constantly stirring it will cause that. I would suggest using two forks to toss the ackee in the mixture. I would cook this combination for at least 5 minutes. Then your ackee and saltfish is ready to serve.

I made rice for my ackee and saltfish, but I think it’s best paired with breadfruit, green bananas, and fried dumplings. Bon Appetit!

Advertisements

Jackson’s Bistro [Tampa]

This is my new favorite restaurant in the Tampa Bay area! I went here for the first time on my birthday. It was amazing! I absolutely loved it.

Jackson’s Bistro is located in Harbor Island, right on the water. Needless to say, the atmosphere was relaxing and the views were beautiful. Luckily for me there was outside seating! It was really nice outside, so this was the perfect arrangement. The outside seating is arranged like a waterside lounge. It was very sexy and suave. It’s definitely an upscale restaurant.

The server was really nice. He was attentive, and very helpful. He was able to provide recommendations, and answer all of our questions. Our table was clear of dirty dishes, and our glasses remained full.

I ordered the Brick Chicken dinner. It was a 12 oz. soy marinated airline chicken breast grilled under a brick, served with garlic green beans, truffle shoestring fries, and tomato demi sauce. The chicken was so good. It was juicy and marinated just right! Every bite was just as good as the last. The green beans were cooked perfectly. They were neither too soft nor hard; they had the perfect consistency. I was a little taken a back by the fact that this meal was served with fries. However, I won’t complain because the truffle shoestring fries were delicious! Parmesan cheese was added, and that just made my day! I wasn’t a big fan of the tomato demi sauce. I thought it was going to be more like a BBQ sauce, but it reminded me of A1 steak sauce. I also ordered a side salad, it was a good size and priced quite nicely. I also tasted a sushi roll, which was really good and fresh. I’d like to go back for their sushi, especially since this is something they’re known for.

The first sentence should have given you a hint as to whether or not I would recommend this restaurant because I certainly would. It’s perfect for a date, or to celebrate a special occasion.

5 Tips for Valentine’s Day [4 the fellas]

love-u-valentines-day-19080940-1024-768

We are all aware that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. Not to mention, this holiday is definitely more geared toward women. Regardless of what we might think of the holiday, it’s not going anywhere. It’s here to stay. Now, I know there are a lot of men who are scrambling, trying to get things in order to show their woman that they get it. So, I’ve decided to help those who are hopeless, and don’t get it. Below, I’ve outlined 5 Tips for Valentine’s Day.


roses1. Flowers & Card

If you don’t do anything else, please send/give flowers to your woman. Nothing says “I love you” like a nice bouquet of  red roses, and a card from the heart. For those who aren’t in-love just yet, send/give pink roses instead. I personally don’t know a woman who doesn’t like flowers, or reading a card that is sentimental. This will be the setup for whatever else you have planned for your lady.

2. The Gift gift

The gift(s) you choose are very important. The gift will show how much thought you put into making sure you’re woman is happy. Fellas, do not, I repeat, do not, get your woman a practical gift. Get her something she wants, not needs. If you were thinking about buying her a coffee maker or a pot set, forget about it; unless she specifically requests something practical. Gift baskets, spa treatments, and jewelry always make great gifts. However, you know what your woman likes. So, get something you know will make her happy. And no, it doesn’t have to be super expensive.

3. Plans picnic

Do something memorable. That’s what these Hallmark holidays are about. Don’t just settle for the old dinner and a movie Valentine’s Day. There are so many things you two can do; try something new. Depending on your budget, you can go on a helicopter ride, or setup a picnic in the park. Whatever you decide, you should try to top the plans you had last Valentine’s Day.

4. Look the Part idris

This should come as a no-brainier. Fellas, when it’s time to go out, make sure you look dapper. I know a lot of women like when their men make a point to look good for them. Whether it be a fresh haircut, or a nice shirt, do come dressed to impress (your woman that is). You already know that your woman is going to look fly, so make sure you do too.

5. Show emotion hands

While, gifts, flowers, and cards are all very nice things. Nothing tops off a romantic evening like passion and heartfelt gestures. I’m not saying you should be a total sap, but you should express your feelings through words, and physical gestures, like hugs and kisses. Little compliments go along way. Trust me on this guys!

Follow these 5 Tips, and you will not fail this Valentine’s Day! Who knows; you might even get lucky. 😉

***NOTE: I know some of you may have just started dating the woman who you’re with. Please don’t think that you should skip out on spoiling your woman on Valentine’s Day. I’m not saying that you have to be as elaborate on your first Valentine’s Day together as you would on your 5th. However, you should do something that is memorable, and shows that you look forward to your future together.

Here’s a couple of links to give you ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts and dates.

http://2013-valentinesday.blogspot.com/search/label/Valentines%20day%20Gift%20for%20her

http://ittybitsofbalance.com/2012/02/07/7-dates-for-valentines-day/

I am THANKFUL

Thanksgiving is just two days away! I definitely look forward to eating, and spending time with my loved ones. In light of the holiday, I decided to make a list of the top 5 things I am thankful for. Trust me, I have a lot more to be thankful for, but for the purpose of this post, I will limit it to 5.

1. I am thankful for the many blessings and mercy God has shown me in my life.

2. I am thankful for my family. They are my backbone, and have provided me with a strong foundation. Our bond is  impenetrable.

3. I am thankful for my true friends. My true friends are supportive of me, and put in as much effort to preserve our friendship as I do.

4. I am thankful for the young man in my life. Love is a beautiful thing.

5. I am thankful for the necessities in life, i.e. a job, car, home, and food. These are the basic things that so many people take for granted. I don’t. Life is unpredictable, and any of these things can be taken away. Cherish the things you do have, and work hard for the things you don’t.

People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. —Richard Carlson

What are some of the things you’re thankful for?

 

%d bloggers like this: