Wrapped in Indonesian Flair….

I typically arrive home, post-workout around 8:00 or 9:00 pm each night and at times I don’t have a meal readily prepared.  This is a problem because after a long ride or hard run I need food fast.  Perhaps some of you can relate to the following scenario:
Girl works all day.
Girl flies home grabs a banana, water and changes clothes to workout.
Post-workout girl comes home STARVING.
Girl turns into a ravenous crazy woman scanning the cupboard or fridge to eat whatever is quick and appealing….NOT GOOD!
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Ful Mudammas

Throughout college I worked part-time at a local Mediterranean restaurant, The Pita House.  The restaurant locale resides in an eclectic neighborhood with a good mix of college kids, families, hipsters and hippies.  I was able to walk to work everyday, worked along-side my BF Brooke and donned a self-fashioned turban with a kanga from Brazil…it was highly fashionable for my then, bohemian self (and a heck of lot better than a hairnet!)  My uncle humorously referred to me as, Erykah Badon’t…funny guy!
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The Singapore Airlines serves it!

Singapore’s National Dish a local delight….Hainanese Steamed Chicken Rice

Served up to passers-by at food stalls and carts this dish is also easily prepared at home.  It was introduced to me by my co-worker (Sophia) who grew up in Indonesia, she said that her mother would prepare it for her when she felt under the weather…a promise to cure-all ills!
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You can’t stop the “beet”….

As Bill Cosby stated, “nobody ever says, can I have your beets?”  I categorize beets as an acquired taste, something to the effect of your very first beer!  I recall as a child being served the ‘tinny’ taste of beets straight from the can….and I was NOT a fan!  However, I grew up, my tastes changed and I tried ‘real’ beets not from a can and I like them!  Not to knock canned beets….they are useful in a pinch but do have a different taste.
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Jamón Crudo con Palmitos y Tostones!

If you love entertaining as much as I do, then you understand how important appetizers are!  They are a subtle introduction to a meal, a way for guests to mingle and wet their appetite while not getting too full!  The following appetizers would be great accents to a Latin or Caribbean style meal.  Each dish is simple to prepare, look fabulous and most importantly taste amazing.
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A dish with no name

This is one of my go to meals for colder weather months or when I’m short of time….it doesn’t have a name but it’s really, really good!  Not too posh yet not lacking in taste, this dish dazzles by being bright, colorful, crunchy and filling.  I actually borrowed upon the idea from a restaurant down my street called, Gaia Cafe.  It’s a lovely little brunch spot with mismatched tables and chairs, you serve your own coffee and can watch your food being made.  They serve up vegetarian-fare subsisting mostly of stir-frys, scrambles and overall yummy hodgepodges.
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It’s Electrifying!

Who doesn’t love pre-dinner cocktails…much deserved when dinner isn’t on the table until 10pm!  Also a great way to keep company in good spirits and allows the cook to cook! I must remember this detail the next time my grandmother is cooking Thanksgiving dinner and 15 of us are all crowded around her in the kitchen!
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