Search This Blog

Monday, June 24, 2013

Risotto Dance





What's Cooking Guys?

When I first starting working as a chef, one of the things I dreaded cooking was risotto because I thought it was going to be so complicated. I was about 17 and I was working at Sandy Lane Hotel.

 One night for a big gala, we had to make a massive vat of risotto. Now I am pretty small, I could literally fit into the pan we were cooking it in. So the chef who was teaching me how to make it said in his thick Italian accent, " no worries, just risotto dance." The risotto dance is the way you stir the rice to create that creamy, luxurious consistency. He made it so easy and fun!

 And so I learned to make one of my favorite dishes. And I want to share the recipe for a butternut squash risotto with you today.


Butternut Squash Risotto 

Serves 3-4 Dinner portions Or 6 Appetizer Servings 

4-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4tbsp butter
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1 cup butternuts squash peeled and diced - approx 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup of arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine (preferably dry)
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste


Method: 

1-Warm the stock and keep on hand. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt 3 tbsp of the butter and cook onion until translucent.
2-Add the rice and cook for about 2 mins to give the rice a slight toast. Then add the wine and stir constantly until wine is absorbed.



3-Add a few ladles of stock; just enough to barely cover the rice. Cook over medium heat until stock has been absorbed. Continue cooking and stirring rice; adding a little bit of stock at a time, cooking and stirring until it is absorbed.


4.After about 10 mins add the butternut squash.Continue cooking until the rice is tender, but still firm to the bite.
 During the last minutes of cooking, add remaining tablespoon of butter and Parmesan. The rice should have
 a fabulous, creamy consistency. Season to taste. 
We served ours with a slice of roasted chicken, a sprig of basil and some herbed oil.
Hope you enjoy! 
Have a delicious day

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Come to this wedding with us!


Hola Luvs!

So a weekend ago we set up a cupcake tower at a wedding at The Crane Resort, in St.Phillip. I always wish I could take you guys with us, so... I did. Please bare in mind that I was on 3 hrs of sleep so I was slightly goofy.. tee hee. Hence the singing. Here is a quick video of the set up.

video

So here are some close ups of the cake and cupcakes.



The cupcakes were dessert for the cocktail reception, the flavors were - Bellini, Chocolate Baileys and Apple Pie. 

 The theme of the wedding was motorcycles. Which was super cool, when we were leaving some guests arrived on their bikes:


Oh! And the favors were motorcycle themed cupcakes by us =)
and mini bottles of rum in treasure chests


The hotel is gorgeous, its right on the beach. We have done a few weddings there now. 
I love it there... 




Alrighty everyone, hope you enjoyed the trip to The Crane. We loved having you. 
See ya later.. and have a yummy day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cheers to Dads!



I love holidays. So of course I was excited that this Sunday was Father's Day. My dad is a huge part of my life and I know I'm honestly blessed to have such a great dad. He even works some events with us. So I love to spoil him on Father's Day.

We were also busy with orders. Check out the goodies we made, our clients totally loved them.

So we made these coffee break packages for dad, which included:

- Coffee mix
- Hot Chocolate mix
- 1 Coffee Mug
- Marshmallows
- 1 Cupcake
-1 Greeting Card




Our other package was our custom cupcakes. The flavors were orange and chocolate. The toppers were sports, business and tool inspired. 


 Here are some carpenter cupcakes for a special order,


Now they are all boxed up and ready to go!

Those were so much fun to make.


As for my dad and grand-dad we had a little beach outing. It was nice and relaxing.
 I think I'm going to do a blog soon with some tips to make planning a picnic easy and hassle free. So stay tuned. 

Cheers for now! 
Hoping all of you dads had a delicious father's day! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sweet & Spicy Sandwich Spread


     

Hi all! What's good?



   
  So Ed is a total sandwich king! This man loves sandwiches. So we love to get creative with our sandwiches. Sometimes typical cheese paste and tuna paste are so boring. I love to make spreads to add some flavors to our heartier sandwiches like subs. So here is a quick recipe of a spread we like to use on our fish subs and sandwiches.

Spicy Lemon Spread

3oz mayonnaise
1tbsp lemons juice
2tsp capers (chopped)
1tsp (chopped) jalapeno
1/2 tsp paprika
1tsp honey
1tbsp chopped chives
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
Salt to taste

Method: Mix all ingredients together in small bowl until combined.
ENJOY!!!

Here is a pic of some yummy fish sandwiches we made for packed lunches for a business training session last week.



Monday, June 10, 2013

Every little girl wants a Pony!



Okay... maybe not every little girl, but this little girl did! And so did the little girl whose birthday party we catered last weekend.  There is just something so magical about horses and ponies, that just makes the little girl in me excited. So off we go to the stables for a happy Saturday afternoon party.


Look at them! The brown one just had too much styles for me. Posing for the cameras and prancing. 

We made lots of finger foods like Hawaiian meatballs: 



Mini Burgers
Mini Pizzas
Sandwiches
Kiddie Doughnuts
Bite sized Chicken Patties
Chicken Fingers
and Cupcakes


It really was a fun party, with perfect weather and the cutest little area for the children to eat and play. 



Hope you enjoyed us sharing this with you 
Until next time, live deliciously!



P.s. Horsey says toodle loo!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fabulously Yummy Wedding Gifts


Hey Everybody!


So today I want to share this super gift that a bride recently gave her bridal party.

When we cater a full wedding, we always give the couple a breakfast basket; with breakfast goodies and some of the food from the wedding they may not have had a chance to try. As a former bride, I know that sometimes there's so much going on that you don't always get to try everything. Also the last thing you want to do the next day, is cook or hunt for a breakfast spot. I also take breakfast baskets to weddings when we are guests and the newlyweds love them!



This bride took it to a new level! She ordered the baskets for her bridal party so that on the day of the wedding they would have some yummies while they were getting ready as the guys and the gals had sleepovers in order to get ready on time. So check it out.


What's inside: 

Assorted Cheeses
Freshly Baked - Muffins, rolls and oatmeal cookies
Juice 
Fresh Fruit 
Coffee 
Baileys Coffee Creamer
Sausage and Vegetable Hash 
Cassava Chips


So feel free to give this a shot or you can always give us a call.

See you soon =)

Monday, June 3, 2013

New slaw, old slaw ... Coleslaw!


What's cooking luvs?

So the 3 most common salads on the typical Bajan buffet are, tossed salad, potato salad and ... you guessed it; coleslaw. Although these are common favorites because they are delicious, it doesn't mean that we can't spruce them up with a little love and try something different.

This recipe adds a little zip and a pop of colour to the traditional coleslaw, enjoy!



Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Toasted Almonds and Poppy Seeds

Ingredients

Serves 2-4 persons
Slaw-
1 cup shredded red cabbage
 1/2 cup grated carrot
 1/4 cup roasted almonds
 1 tbsp minced onion

Dressing
2ozs Mayonnaise
1tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp honey
1 pinch cinnamon
1tsp poppy seeds
Salt & Pepper to taste

Method: 

Mix all the slaw ingredients together in a large bowl (reserving a few almonds for garnish). 
In a smaller bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together until combined. 
Pour dressing over the slaw and toss lightly. 
Garnish with remaining toasted almonds and refrigerate until chilled. 
Serve and enjoy the yumminess!