...sharing food...

i am currently sharing food pictures from Belize and travels in Latin America.... i hope you enjoy!
i have started this blog with a number of ideas in mind. i love to cook, bake, and otherwise play with food, so i thought sharing what i do might be fun. i am also going to use this as a means of recording the various dishes that i do come up with. i try to use all organic and as much local food as possible, and i am vegetarian, although a fish dish or two may pop up on here at some point along the way. i'll try to describe what i do to make the food, but if you want a recipe, email me at cocinadooglasATgmailDOTcom. i will also offer up some restaurant reviews from time to time, and share food that i eat on my travels. otherwise, enjoy, and make some food!!!

oh yeah... i like beer too!

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Devil Lives in Florida Hot Sauce!!!

Alright... this is bound to be a hot sauce that throws some real heat out there. This is almost all hot peppers, and to add a touch of Florida, I threw in the meat of a big old locally grown mango. Again, I'm letting it sit for a few weeks before I give it a try, but I already have the first jar out to friends, so I'm hoping for some other opinions too...
Here's what I did to make it:
I had a bunch of garlic, 4 habaneros, 4 red jalapenos, 5 cayennes, 3 long red hots, and 1 hot red pepper. I used about 1/3 of a cup of organic balsamic, the meat of that mango sitting there, and blended it all together. Once it was well blended, I cooked it on low heat for about 30 minutes, after which I jarred it. Really, this was a simple one, but sometimes simplicity leads to the tastiest stuff. I can't wait to give this one a try. Just taking a little dip o' the finger while it was cooking, and my tongue was on fire. And you know... living down here in the sunshine state, I sometimes think the devil really is incarnate here - he/she could be any number of folks i've run into down here in the last couple of years. Maybe he's all of them!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Guacamole, Ginger-Baked Tofu & Corn on the Cob

A simple, but diverse dinner here, with a small bowl of guacamole, some baked tofu topped with a peanut-soy-garlic-ginger mix, a cob of corn, and a few spears of asparagus. And that's a glass of homemade green & sage tea. And really, this was a simple meal to put together. While I was boiling the corn, I steamed the asparagus on top of the pot at the same time. A slab or two of butter on top, and these were ready to go. The baked tofu is a little more complicate, but remains one of my favorite ways to enjoy this soy product. In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of peaunut butter, 1/2 cup warm water, a few cloves of chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of Braggs (or soy sauce) until mixed well. Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch slabs, place on a baking sheet, and spread the mixture on top evenly. Bake this for about 10-15 minutes (I do it in my toaster oven), or until some of the sauce is sizzling. Next, take a sauce (I have used various barbeque sauces in the past, but for this one, I used the Ginger People's Ginger Jerk Sauce), and pour liberally over the all of the tofu, and bake for another 5-7 minutes. That will be ready to go.
And finally, the guacamole. This is super simple. One avocado, the juice from half a lime, and a tablespoon (or two) of your favorite hot sauce or salsa (I used the "Florida Heat" hot sauce that I have posted previously here) and a few dashes of salt. With a fork, mix and smooth the ingredients together, and voila - a simple, but yummy guac.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sorry for the lack of posts...

I'm in a really busy stretch right now with some work stuff, so posts may be a bit sporadic. I have a couple of things ready to put together for a post, and hope to have a few more come together through this busy period. Keep checking though, as the food, pics, and recipes will continue to flow at some point in the near future.
Thanks for being patient....

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Taste of Summer...

I just made the easiest dinner:
Empty 1 container of homemade tomato sauce into pot. Heat.
Cook 1 bag organic whole wheat pasta (Trader Joes).
Pour sauce over cooked pasta.
A few organic greens, parmesan cheese... Voila!!

The sauce was made last summer from those wonderful tomatoes we can only dream about this time of year here at the river. Nothing fancy: tomatoes, onion, green peppers, GARLIC, olive oil, fresh basil, oregano, parsley, pepper and sea salt - but the flavor just can't be beat! So, this summer, remember to freeze some of those luscious sauces and veggies and enjoy summer's bounty all year long!

As you leaf through those seed catalogs, be sure to order some heirloom veggies!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Pasta and Veggies!

This dish is comprised of two parts: a penne pasta with a simple tomato, mushroom, and garlic sauce, alongside oven-baked vegetables, which included red and sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, garlic, and red and yellow peppers. It was all pretty basic and simple, but with just the right amount of flavor to keep it interesting. For the pasta dish, I used one small diced sweet onion, a handful of sliced baby portabella mushrooms, and a chopped tomato, along with a bunch of rough chopped garlic.
Start the onion and garlic in the pan, and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and tomato, and let it cook for another 4 minutes or so. When it's finished, add it to the pasta. I finished it off with about 2 tsp of sesame oil, which gave it a little bit of an Asian flavor, which worked well with the mushrooms.
While I was making all of that, I had the veggies in the oven baking. I started them in a covered pot with a mixture of olive oil, hot sauce, and braggs (or soy sauce). I took it out every 10 minutes or so, and stirred it up, and after about 45 minutes, I put it on some foil, topped it with poppy seeds and Parmesan cheese, and baked it for another 12 minutes or so. Served together with the penne dish, and I had myself a nice dinner, and a couple of lunches for the week. Yum...