When I was in college, I loved to cook, and I don’t mean minute rice and TV dinners. I loved to COOK. I tried and made so many different meals from Chicken Cordon Bleu to Pernil (pork shoulder) to stir fry. Needless to say, the people who lived in my house were please because they got free meals and didn’t have to help prepare it (well most of them). My friend Connie and I used to throw down in the kitchen, and between the both of us, we would create spectacular meals, baked goods included!
This past week, I wondered where my passion for cooking went, so I decided to get back in to the spirit of making dinner! Granted, some of these meals I only helped on, but all of them were ideally made because of my ideas.
**Trigger warning – now commences amazing photos of food. Be prepared to get hungry.
Sunday: Pastelon with Rice and Beans and Avocado on the side.
*Friendly tip- Add salt to the avocado and it extracts great flavors from it!
Monday: Stewed Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Avocado Side Salad.
This is not your average stewed chicken because it wasn’t stewed in a large pot, but rather a deep frying pan, and stewed in oil, vinegar, and spices. You would think that would be a weird thing to do, but it’s actually quite amazing (and not fried).
Tuesday: Short Ribs with Rice and Corn, Guineos Escabeche (pickled bananas) and Avocado Side Salad
Guineos Escabeche is a Puerto Rican dish that usually is cooked with Gizzards and Onions usually for major holidays, but I think it’s great any time, you just need to find green bananas. These bananas were actually starting to turn yellow, so it was a little sweet but nonetheless tasty.
Wednesday: I wasn’t feeling good so I made oatmeal (boring), but I did however make it from scratch and add cinnamon, brown sugar, and raisins to the mix, but I forgot to take a picture.
Thursday: Pasta with Chicken and Mixed Vegetables and Garlic Bread.
I’m actually a pro at making good garlic bread, but what’s interesting about last night is the fact that I made it out of left over bagels we got from a man who owns a bagel shop. I love to add garlic powder and real garlic to give it that extra flavor, but the kicker is adding a little cheese on top, and cover it while it’s in the oven. The inside gets so soft and the outside stays crunchy!
Friday: That’s today! I am not sure what’s on the menu for tonight, but it may include a variation of the above mentioned. The chicken is defrosting, and rice may or may not be cooked again. However, I am meeting my friend tonight for Raw Oysters and drinks at this place called Beebo Seafood & Raw Bar in Bay Ridge (they had a good deal on Groupon). I’ve never been to a Raw Seafood Bar, but I promise that I will take pictures!
Also, you may have noticed that I had avocado in most of these meals, and I will explain why. 1) I love avocado, and 2) Marcus (my boyfriend) got me this huge Florida avocado, and I couldn’t eat it in just one day!
*Another tip: You have to be careful with avocados because if you don’t wrap it carefully enough, or you take the pit out, it can go bad quickly.
ANOTHER THING: This week, Marcus and I went to my favorite bakery by my house and got amazing sandwiches. Las Rosas Bakery is primarily known for the fantastic food they make, but I love their sandwiches. This week, I tried the Steak and Cheese sandwich, and I died and went to foodie heaven.
The bread was just so soft and the steak and cheese were cooked perfectly together. I usually go for their Cuban Sandwiches or Ham and Cheese, but I think I found another favorite to add to the mix. Another great thing about this bakery is that it’s run by Hispanic women, and you know how much I love seeing women run small businesses! If you are ever in Sunset Park, I would recommend going to this bakery and trying their amazing food!
It’s hard out here for a foodie, but life is short, so why not try different things while you’re still breathing?