Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Weekend Trip!!!!

Hey Guys!

  So I got a chance to travel with some friends to Clearwater FL for a birthday celebration. It was very relaxing and much needed. Our hotel was right on the beach and everything was pretty much in walking distance.


   The highlight of our trip was a suggestion from one of my friends to go to Sylvia's 's for breakfast. I was not familiar with this restaurant or Ms. Sylvia, however I was assured that it was the best southern food anywhere near Clearwater. Boyyyyyyyy were they right! From Clearwater, Sylvia's is about a half hour taking I-275.  The restaurant brand is very well known and has been around for over 51 years, and this location in particular opened its doors in 2013. For those up north, Sylvia's first location is in Harlem, New York and the restaurant is still there.

The four of us went in and it happen to be a brunch buffet, so that's what we did. This was the best soul food that I have ever tasted! The chicken and catfish was seasoned perfectly and very moist, yellow rice, green beans, collard greens and buttermilk biscuits are just a few of the things that was on the menu for that beautiful Sunday afternoon. Oh and I must not forget the amazing homemade peach cobbler! They also had an omelet station and fresh waffles. A quick tip, when you do go try to get in early like we did, before the church crowd arrives.

  Now **WARNING** If you are on a diet, avoiding trans fats,  or on a low sodium diet THIS BRUNCH IS NOT FOR YOU :) .But if you can indulge if only one time.         
This will not be the last famous food place I venture to on vacation!! Get out, travel and enjoy 
God's goodness!!

Chef J

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Coleslaw Fresca with Prawns


Hello Again,
Long time no post, my apologizes. I've been working and trying to get back into school. However I plan on blogging once a week (God willing) so that I can share and update you all on what I've been doing in the kitchen.
 So the other day I was fooling around at work, and used some fresh ingredients to create this dish!
It's a new take on Salsa Fresca or Pico De Gallo, I call it "Coleslaw Fresca w/ Prawns"

  So what you will need for this dish are as followed:
Prawns marinade:
  • 1 bag of  raw deveined Prawns, another term for shrimp (any size except jumbo will do)
  • 3tbs cumin
  • 1lime juiced
  • 1/2c. oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
First remove all ends from prawns.
Next toss all ingredients in a bowl and put in the fridge for about 10-15min
Coleslaw Fresca:
  • 1 bag of coleslaw mix
  • 4oz of chopped cilantro
  • 2 medium tomato diced
  • 2 onions small diced (I prefer red onion but white is fine)
  • 2 jalapenos deseeded and small chopped
  • 2oz of green onion thinly sliced 
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced 
  • 2tbs cumin
  • 2 pieces of small chopped garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Diced mango for the topping
After chopping all of the vegetables,
Add cilantro, tomato, onion, green onion, jalapenos, lime, lemon, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper, in a bowl and toss a few times
Put in fridge for about 10 min
Remove Prawns from fridge
Heat up a sauté pan
Throw Prawns in  and cook till opaque or pink 
Remove from heat and let it cool down

Toss the coleslaw and the Fresca mixture together, bowl as is and top with prawns and mango.
Another way to eat this is with some mixed greens at the bottom of a bowl, topped with Fresca mix, prawns and mango for a refreshing salad.