Caribbean Cooking in Grand Cayman: Wahoo Escovitch Ceviche Recipe

In a recent cooking class at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, I learned new Caribbean recipes including jerk chicken, a mango and avocado salad, conch fritters, wahoo escovitch ceviche and a pineapple rum cake. My favorite dish was the Wahoo Escovitch Ceviche. Below is the recipe and some pictures from the class. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. of Wahoo cut (lengthways in 2 inch squares) 2 oz. of each yellow and red bell peppers 2 oz. often onion 2 sprigs of thymeRead more

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Orange Almond Cake

One of my favorite cakes to make is Martha Stewart’s Orange Almond cake with swiss meringue buttercream icing. It is an elegant cake with a delightfully refreshing taste. http://www.marthastewart.com/334197/orange-almond-cake-with-swiss-meringue-b INGREDIENTS Icing 1 1/2 cups sugar  6 large egg whites Pinch of salt  1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar  2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temperature  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Cake 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pans  1 1/2 cupsRead more

Homemade Hierbas in Ibiza

When I was recently in Ibiza I went to Sa Capella, a delightful restaurant in San Antonio. The restaurant is cozy and romantic – a nice break from the non stop party that is Ibiza. The restaurant is in a converted church which makes dining there a unique experience. The food is delicious and the atmosphere charming. The restaurant provides all patrons with their complimentary homemade hierbas. Hierbas is an aniseed-flavored liqueur made of local herbs. It’s very strong andRead more

French Toast

What do you do with all of that left over Challah bread? Make french toast, of course. I like to use Martha Stewart’s classic french toast recipe. http://www.marthastewart.com/333918/classic-french-toast INGREDIENTS 6 large eggs 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon  Pinch of ground nutmeg  Pinch of salt  6 slices (1-inch-thick) bread, preferably day old  4 tablespoons unsalted butter  4 tablespoons vegetable oil  Pure maple syrup, for serving (optional) DIRECTIONS Whisk togetherRead more

Homemade Challah

Making Challah is fun and challenging. The first time I ever made it I used this recipe: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-challah-bread-181004 How To Make Challah Bread Makes 1 loaf (about 20 slices) What You Need Ingredients 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast 1 cup (8 ounces) lukewarm water 4 to 4 1/2 cups (20 to 22 ounces) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) white granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 large eggs 1 large egg yolk (reserve the white for the eggRead more