One year ago, I have had the privilege to attend the the celebration of the top ten pastry chefs in the country hosted by Dessert Professional Magazine at the ICE in downtown New York City. Below are some of the many favorite highlights from the amazing pastry chefs. We are very excited to return this year’s event.
It is been awhile since I posted something food related. There were several projects that were going on simultaneously in the last six months. One of these projects was serving as a committee member for my local parish’s Jubilee gala. To celebrate the successful execution of the event, the committee was treated to a four course prix fixe dinner at Villa Erasmo located in Middle Village, N.Y.
Villa Erasmo (69-61 Juniper Blvd South Middle Village, NY 11379) is a secret find Italian restaurant located past Juniper Valley Park.
We went on a Tuesday night and I was 45 minutes, thanks to a broken rail at one subway stops. Anyways, the four course meal was good overall, but have had better versions of each dish. The bread was very very good. Portions of each dish were perfect where there were no leftovers. Service was overall great and very accommodating. I would personally like to return to thr restaurant and explore the rest of the menu.
Here’s the four course meal that I ordered:
Appetizers: Eggplant rollatini and butternut squash agnolotti.
The eggplant rollatini was a good start to the dinner experience. It had a the right amount of cheese and eggplant balance. It hit the spot.
Butternut squash agnolotti was something I did not expect. The dish looked like two ravioli, this was my least favorite dish.
Entree: Veal with mushrooms and artichoke hearts
The veal entree was also unexpected but in a good and healthy way. The taste of the veal, mushroom and artichoke hearts all together in sauce was well balanced especially eating it together in one bite.
The dessert definitely hit the spot with a great balance of whipped cream, cocoa and rum. The dessert definitely went well with a cup of tea to end the night as the restaurant was closing.
Stay tuned for more food adventures both at home and on the road.
On behalf of Tablespoonsandteaspoons we want to wish all mothers are very happy Mother’s Day.
My mother was a main inspiration to creating tablespoonsandteaspoons. When she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2010, we were on a mission to find the best foods that would help treat the disease. This mission led to my thesis in 2014 the assessed current research on health literacy on rheumatic arthritis patients.
This year as requested by my mother she wanted a home cooked meal. So to knock two birds with one stone I did research and found a get gift idea…
These homemade bouquet dumplings. The rose dumplings were made with pork and the leaves were made with vegetables.
The total cost to make this creative gift is under $20.
Two Mondays ago, on March 20, I’ve had the privilege to attend the launch of Assouline’s “Dinner with Georgia O’Keefe” at La Sirena located in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. The event was well attended by local TV personalities and celebrities such as Carla Hall from ABC The Chew, Nicky Hilton Rothchild, Timo Weiland, Prosper Assouline, and Alexandre Assouline.
Artistic and natural images depicting the relationship between art and food were provided by Robyn Lea who was present to sign copies of the book. Recipes from the cookbook utilizes local and traditional ingredients inspired by the artist’s relationship of food and the New Mexican landscape.
More importantly I came there to explore and taste the food created by La Sirena’s Michelin starred chef Anthony Sasso. Cocktails were sponsored by VDKA600.
The food was overall tasty and natural. The recipes provided appear to be user friendly and ingredients are health-friendly and accessible at any supermarket. Unfortunately I was unable to taste everything because of the sacrificial commitment to give up meat for Lent.
For the next two weeks, I will be seeking to test out the meatless version of this recipes such as the spaghetti and pesto Genovese and chickpea and eggplant casserole.
Happy Monday! Happy First Day of Spring! It’s almost midnight and its been weeks since my last post. For the past several weeks I’ve been recovering from a herniated disc where sitting in one position was absolutely painful. On a brighter note, I’ve been working on mastering several dishes and reading more culinary cookbooks and science research for inspiration. But…
Back to business. It’s Meatless Monday and I want to add that since March 1st I’ve given up meat for forty (40) days for Lent. So for the next several weeks, majority of my posts will be mostly vegetarians and/or vegan.
For today, we will be focusing on one of the healthiest potatoes to consume: The Purple Potato. One weekend, I went to Fairway with my parents and came across a bag of small purple potatoes for $2.50 so I brought a bag because I heard really good things about them. During this research journey, I came across this image below from Dr. Axe summarizing the benefits of consuming purple potatoes.
After reading Dr. Axe’s summary on purple potatoes, I did a little investigation on to additional evidence based research within the last five (5) years. The following confirmed:
- Purple potatoes contained high level of anthocyanins, which prevent inflammation and inhibit cancer growth especially breast cancer, gastric cancer and colon adenocarcinoma (Sugata, M, Lin CY, and Shih, YC, 2016).
- Another study showed that baked potato extracts have reduced colon cancer stem cell growth along and lowered the number of tumors (Charepalli, et al, 2015)
- Anti-microbial potential against Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa especially during consumption (Ombra, MN, 2015).
1 bag of small Peruvian purple potatoes = 70 calories for 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons.
8 tablespoons of olive oil = 120 calories/tablespoon (Pantry)
1 tablespoon of dried oregano = 15 calories/tablespoon
1 tablespoon of minced garlic = 15 calories/tablespoon
Dash of ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of dried cilantro = 5 calories/tablepoon
Overall taste of the potatoes were good and very flavorful especially with the olive oil, garlic, oregano and cilantro mixture. Plus all four mixture components carry health benefits as well. This is a very healthy, filling and budget friendly dish that can be consumed more than once. Stay tuned for more!
Happy Thursday! It’s been a week since my last post plus I’ve been getting over a sinus infection/cold/sore throat. As a result my meals has been chicken soup and miso soup.
Anyways today’s Throwback Thursday post will be about a charity event that I am honored to be a part of the Benefit Committee for. It’s the American Cancer Society Taste of Hope. This year, they will be hosting their 12th Annual event on Tuesday May 9, 2017 in New York City. Early Bird tickets start at $175 for general admission, but the best deal is $450 for two premium tickets, which includes a gift bag.
The food options were overwhelming but thanks to one of the honorees who provided direction that I was able to enjoy the best aspects of the food sampling. Obviously I was not paying attention on what was being consumed was healthy.
Another plus is some of the restaurants are also participating in NYC restaurant week. Stay tuned for a post containing my recommendations for this season’s restaurant week.
This past Christmas my cousin made of the best cobblers ever and I’ve yet to order one from a restaurant. This week was the week to clean out the fridge and pantry. As a result, there were still leftover blueberries and strawberries from New Year’s and an old fashion fruit cobbler mix purchased on sale from Aldi. Therefore, a decision was made to made a mixed berry cobbler. Totally not being creative here but we followed directions outlined on the cobbler mix. Therefore, the look and taste definitely does not compared to the freshly made cobbler from scratch. Although this dessert is high on calories it carries some healthy ingredients that have demonstrated resourceful in healing, preventing and evening treating disease, two of which were mentioned in previous posts.
1 box of the old fashion fruit cobbler mix from Baker’s Corner = <$2 on sale = 110 calories/serving
1 large egg = 70 calories
6 strawberries, sliced = 24 calories
16 tbsp blueberries = 85 calories
2 tbsp sugar = 100 calories
6 tbsp melted butter = 300 calories (50 calories/tbsp.
Good news: Cleaned out three leftover products from the fridge and pantry (strawberries, blueberries and cobbler mix).
Mediocre news: Definitely can tell that the taste of the end product came from a prepared mix.
Take home message: attempt to make a cobbler with available fruit from scratch.
For the second Sunday of 2017, we decided to devise this week’s game plan because we discovered that there is no more room in the fridge/Pantry. This week game plan may not be as healthy as one may think because it involves wine, cheese, chocolate brownie mix, cobbler mix and stir fry mix. Below is this week’s game plan of dishes to be made during the week. Two of the six dishes were made for Christmas. The good news is all the items purchased were on sale making the total cost of each meal less than $10. The next goal is to utilize all the New Year’s fruits and come up with different dishes for next week’s game plan. Stay tuned.
Today’s first Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday post of 2017 is a double duo, filled with cultural and food experiences that I can identify with – Pork.
Although pork is forbidden in some cultures, it is also one of the most popular types of meat in eastern Asia especially in the Philippines and Thailand.
Pork, the product of the pig comes in a variety of forms and there are many ways of preparing them for consumption.
In the New Year, one of the lucky foods to consume is pork because the pork is said to be rotund, which signifies prosperity. Since it is derived from the pig, the animal itself “roots forward” symbolizing progress. Not only pork brings good luck it is also healthy.
Health Benefits of consuming pork include:
– Protein for growing and maintaining muscle
So, given this information for the occasion I decided to turn back time to several posts here as well as my own experiences to attempt a healthier yet authentic version of the Filipino adobo and Thai grilled pork (moo ping). Better yet the cost to make both of these dishes was under $10 and it serves 4 people plus leftovers.
Pork Belly Adobo
The pork belly was sliced and marinated in 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 4 tablespoons of tamarind sauce, 4 tablespoons of datu puti, garlic, onions, ginger and bay leaves. The only addition added was star anise. The dish was marinated for 3-3.5 hours at room temperature. The dish was prepared as described in one of my earliest post: Chicken Thigh Adobo.
Moo Ping – Thai grilled pork
One of father’s favorite Thai dishes is moo ping, translated in Thai for grilled pork. Inspired by one of the best pork dishes at Ayada, I attempted to replicate the dish while keeping it healthy.
Pork shoulder was sliced and marinated in garlic, cilantro, fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar for 3-4 hours prior to grilling. Normally this dish is prepared in skewers.
So today we covered a throwback recipe and a flashback dish at a restaurant to make two lucky cultural pork dishes for the New Year. Hopefully this double duo will help Tablespoonsandteaspoons progress to bigger and better 2017. Cheers!