Maggi’s Trinidadian Tomato Chokha

Tomato chokha is a roasted/ spicy version of a Trinidadian salsa. It is really easy to make and tasted great with roasted tomatoes but you can even use overripe regular tomatoes if you don’t have time to roast them.

Here is Maggi’s recipe for her chokha.

 

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Maggi’s Boil n Fry Spicy Sweet Potato

Maggi makes the most unbelievable Trinidadian food. Her recipes are simple and really tasty.

Here is a dish called “Boil n’ Fry” Sweet potato which can be eaten with rice or roti. It is extra yummy when topped with “Chokha” which is a spicy tomato salad.

 

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Atsuko’s Potato Salad

My mother-in-law makes the best potato salad ever!

It is chock-full of vegetables and really super tasty. Here is her simple recipe.

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Passang’s Tibetan Spicy Chicken Soup

This might be one of my all time favorite soups! Passang makes this really simple, flavorful Tibetan version of chicken soup which has a really nice hit of spice to it.

She hand makes fresh noodles and adds them in but in my lazy version however I use any broad flat noodles or pasta I can find.

I find that glass noodles or any broad pasta works really well. You can vary the leafy greens you add in the soup. I use anything from spinach, boy choy, swiss chard to kale.

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Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

I had the best tomato soup recently at my friend Stephanie’s home.

It was so yummy and bursting with fresh flavors of basil and tomato.

She used a really simple recipe from the Barefoot Contessa. I recreated the soup the very next day at home and it was a super hit.

You can choose to reduce the amount of cream in this soup or even use milk instead. This soup freezes really well so whip up a big batch and freeze some of it for later.

 

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Apple-Blueberry Oat Crumble

 

I love crumbles! They are easy – always a crowd pleaser and can be made with a myriad of combinations of fruit. Here is one with apples and blueberries that I particularity enjoy making. The recipe is inspired from the Food Network Magazine.

 

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Stir Fried Sesame Cabbage and Bean Sprouts

A dish does not get easier than this. This quick stir-fry is my go to anytime dish. I use cabbage and onions as a base and then add in any crunchy green vegetables I have lying around.

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Herb Roasted Potatoes

One of the easiest ways of cooking potatoes is roasting them. All you do is slather them with some kind of flavoring, put them in an oven and voila – you have a delicious side dish to go with any meal.

I always have some kind of pesto handy in my fridge – my favorite one being a parsley pesto. You can use a store bought one or click on this link to use my recipe.

I prefer to roast the potatoes a little longer as I like them crispy but you can adjust this recipe to your taste.

 

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Parsley Oil

My friend Peter Paniccia spoils me silly with fresh vegetables from his organic garden. When he brings me parsley, he doesn’t bring it in bunches – he brings it in bushels!!

Here is a wonderful recipe for parsley oil from Yottam Ottolenghi, which can be used as a dip, a sauce, a condiment and pretty much goes with anything. I put it in sandwiches, roast veggies with it, use it in salads, pastas and so on.

It keeps for a few weeks in the fridge but once you start eating it – don’t expect it to last quite that long.

 

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Zaalouk Salad (Eggplant) at La Maison Arabe

Zaalouk is a scrumptious cooked salad made with eggplants. It is one of my favorite salad dishes in Moroccan cuisine and I was thrilled when we learned how to make it at my cooking class at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech.

Zaalouk is most delicious when eaten with warm, crispy slices bread (Khubz). Zaalouk keeps for many days in the refrigerator, tasting better as time goes by. In fact it is recommended that you make this salad a day ahead.

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