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May 23, 2017 / Chris Blum

Ceviche de Camaron Salad

My variation on a recipe from Nopalito.  I’m totally obsessed with taco bowls (maybe that is why I’ve put on a couple 😛. You can serve this a traditional ceviche with chips, but I love it as a salad meal!

Ingredients:
1 lb fresh raw shrimp, peeled and finely chopped
1 c lime juice
1 red onion, minced
1 1/4 tsp slat
1/2 c carrot, minced
1/2 c cucumber, diced
2 jalapenos, minced
1/4 c cilantro choped
3 green onions, sliced thin
1 avocado, sliced thin
4 taco bowls
1 head romaine chooped

In a large bowl combine shrimp, onion and lime juice. Let sit 10 minutes. Then stir in carrots, cucumber, chilies, cilantro and green onion.

In a taco shell bowl, layer with romaine, Avocado and then ceviche.

Serves 4.

May 23, 2017 / Chris Blum

Jose Andres Gazpacho

Wow! So simply so easy so tasty – Jose Andres is a master! This needs to sit in the fridge overnight to get the full flavor.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb of tomatoes
2 persian cucumbers
1 green pepper
1 clove garlic
1/4 c olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender and purée till smooth. Chill overnight.

Blend before serving and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Serves 4.

May 22, 2017 / Chris Blum

Chicken Shawarma Salad

This recipe is from F&W.  Easy, tasty and healthy = winning combination. I made a few minor changes to up the spice. 

INGREDIENTS
CHICKEN
1/3 c olive oil
6 tbsp lemon juice
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sweet paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tap ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsblack pepper
1 lb chicken thighs
2 medium red onions, cut into 8 wedges
SALAD
1 c crème fraîche
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Salt
Pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
4 c romaine lettuce, thinly shredded
1/2 c cilantro leaves
6 scallions, thinly sliced
2 finely chopped jalapeño
Pita bread and green olives, for serving

In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lemon juice, garlic, salt and spices. Add the chicken and onions and turn to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 450°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and arrange the chicken on it skin side up. Add the onions. Scrape any remaining marinade in the bowl over the chicken. Roast for about 40 minutes, until the chicken and onions are browned and the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and coarsely shred with a knife and fork.

Meanwhile, make the salad In a small bowl, whisk the crème fraîche with the lemon zest and 1 tsp of the lemon juice; season with salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining 
2 tbsp of lemon juice with the olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Add the lettuce, cilantro, scallions and jalapeño and toss to coat.

On a large platter, arrange the salad with the chicken, onions, pita bread 
and olives. Serve with the lemon crème fraîche alongside.

Serves 6.

May 18, 2017 / Chris Blum

Lime Cheesecake

I love cheesecake and adding lime juice gives it the perfect tartness.

Ingredients:
2-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 36 squares)
1/2 cup butter, melted
FILLING:
20 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 c sugar
1 c sour cream
3 tbsp flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup lime juice
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.

In a food processor crush the graham crackers, then add butter and pulse to combine. Press into a 10 inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes and set aside.

Best sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream, beat till smooth. Add eggs, beat till smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat till smooth. Pour into pan. Bake for 55 minutes until almost set.

Cool 10 minutes, the run a knife among the edge of the pan. Cool completely and refrigerate overnight.

Serves 10 – 12.

May 17, 2017 / Chris Blum

Asparagus, Ricotta Pasta

Super quick and easy. 

Ingredients:
1 bunch of asparagus, steamed ans chopped into bite size pieces
1 c ricotta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp aleppo pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
8 oz pasta cooked according to pasta

In a12 inch skillet combine asparagus, ricotta, garlic, aleppo and olive oil overlow heat. Cook for 5 minutes then add the pasta and a little pasta water if the sauce is too thick. 

Serve in shallow bowls.

Serves 4.

May 17, 2017 / Chris Blum

Merguez Lamb Sausage with Harissa

This is from Patricia Wells latest book andlike every other recipe I’ve made of hers just wonderful!

Lamb Ingredients:
1 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
1 tsp smoked hot paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp harissa
1 lb ground lamb

Harissa Yogurt Sauce:
1 c greek yogurt
1 tbsp harissa
1 clove garlic, minced

Combine and set aside.

Herbed Couscous
1 c couscous
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp dill, chopped
1/4 c cilantro, chopped
1/4 c flat lead parsley, chopped
Pepper

Bring 1 c water to a boil, stir in couscous ans butter. Turn off heat and set aside for 10 min. Fluff, stir in remaining ingredients.

To make lamb:

Combine fennel, coriander and cumin in a small pan over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute then remove from heat. Grind in a spice mill. 

In a large bowl combine lamb with all the spice and mix to combine. Form 1/4 c scoops into logs. 

Heat a large pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp oil. Cook sausages 5 minutes per side.

Serve with sauce and couscous.

Serves 4.

May 17, 2017 / Chris Blum

Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Tacos

This recipe is adapted from Eating Well. Re spicy Cauliflower is a wonderful and healthy alternative to meat.

Ingredients:
1/4 c lime juice
2 tbsp chipolte chili in adobo
1 tbsp honey
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 head of cauliflowe broken into bite size florets
1 red onion, sliced thin
1 can black beans
Corb tortillas, warmed
Queso fresco
Cilantro
Jalapeno slices
Avocado

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine life juice, chipotles, garlic and salt in a blender and purée till smooth. 

Toss with Cauliflower and spread on a baking sheet. Top with onions and roast for 20 minutes until starting to brown. 

Serve in taco shells with cheese, cilantro, Avocado, and jalapeños.

Serves 4. 2 tacos each. 8 ww pp.

May 15, 2017 / Chris Blum

Roman Egg Drop Soup

This is a quick and easy soup perfect for a week night meal. 

Ingredients:
2 eggs
6 tbsp grated parmigano
Pepper
1 quart chicken stock
4 c spinach, chopped
Salt

Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk in cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring stock to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low and simmer. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Slowly pour in egg mixture while stirring. 

Serves 4.

May 15, 2017 / Chris Blum

Chickpea Crepe with Goat Cheese and Zucchini Ribbons

These make a great light lunch in less than 30 minutes. 

Ingredients:
1 small zucchini, sliced thin
Zest of one lemon
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt
4 oz goat cheese
Pepper
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/4 c red onion, sliced thin
1 tbsp ghee
1 scant c chickpea flour
1 c water
3/4 tsp salt
Olive oil spray
Fresh thyme leaves

Slice the Zucchini thin on a mandoline. Toss  with lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil.

Mash goat cheese and lemon zest together in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.

In a small pan, heat ghee and sauté the onions until carmalized. Set aside.

Whisk to combine chickpea flour, water and 3/4 tsp salt. Heat a 10 crepe pan or non stick skillet over medium heat, spray with olive oil. Pour in 1/2 the crepe mixture and cook 2 minutes per side until golden and cooked through. 

Top with goat cheese, Zucchini and pine nuts. 

Serves 2.

May 15, 2017 / Chris Blum

Pea Soup

This chilled soup is so wonderful and light. 

Ingredients:
1 lb of fresh peas, pods reserved
1 onion, peeled ans halved
3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp salt
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
2 radishes, sliced thin

Rinse pea pods well. Bring 2 c water to a boil, add onion, garlic and pods. Boil, then reduce heat to medium and summer 30 minutes. Strain and discard pods, onion and garlic. Place broth in a blender.

Prepare a large bowl of ice water.

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 tbsp of salt and cook peas for 2 minutes- then drain and place in ice water. Drain and set a few peas aside. Place the reminder in the blender with stock. Puree will smooth and chill.

To serve, pour soup into a bowl and top with radishes, peas and Goat Cheese.

Serves 4.