I went to Iceland in June: jumped all over the place, ate lots of food and drank plenty of Viking beer!

I went to Iceland in June: jumped all over the place, ate lots of food and drank plenty of Viking beer!

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Pan roasted salmon over mixed spinach and herb salad with warm, roasted pears and a pepper-citrus vinaigrette. Summer in a plate!

Pan roasted salmon over mixed spinach and herb salad with warm, roasted pears and a pepper-citrus vinaigrette. Summer in a plate!

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Lomo Saltado: Peruvian Style Stir-Fry!

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Can you imagine a dish that is spicy and tangy, salty but also a little sweet and citrusy? Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Well, that dish is Lomo Saltado! I discovered this dish during my travels in Peru and fell in love with it. It was my first real meal there. Lorraine and I decided we wanted to walk away from all the touristy places our map highlighted and see where the road took us. We ended up getting hungry and walked into this comedor (cafeteria) and I ordered us grilled pork chop for her and lomo saltado for me. 

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And I had it a second time at dinner later on that week. 

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It was delicious both times! It has so many different flavors working together. It was filling but not too heavy. I knew then I had to recreate it once I got back home. So a few weeks ago I decided it was high time I made this. I wanted Emil to taste the deliciousness of lomo saltado. 

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Lomo Saltado: Peruvian Style Stir-Fry!

INGREDIENTS:
1lb pepper steak
1 tbs distilled white vinegar
2 tbs + a splash of soy sauce (I used low sodium soy sauce)
2 limes
1 medium red onion
2 roma tomatoes
1 handfull of perejil
2 garlic cloves
1 small yellow chili pepper - preferable peruvian aji amarillo (jalapeños are ok)
1 1/2 cups frozen french fries
vegetable oil as needed
salt & pepper to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Start by marinating the beef. Place the beef in a bowl or shallow dish and add the soy sauce, vinegar and salt & pepper. Set it aside. 

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Start cooking the fries. While the fries cook, wash and cut the tomatoes and onion into thick slices. 

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Scoop out the seeds of the yellow pepper using a spoon. This dish is supposed to have some heat, but it should not overpower the other flavors. It complements them. 

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Chop the pepper into tiny tiny pieces. 

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Use a mortar and pestle to crush the garlic cloves. 

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Rough chop the parsley and cut the limes.

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Fries should be done by now. Take them out of the oil and let them rest on some paper towels to absorb any excess oil. 

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Cook the beef (without the marinade) in about 1 1/2 tbs of vegetable oil. 

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Cook the beef for about 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and get all your ingredients ready!

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Time for the tomatoes, half of the chopped parsley, onions, garlic and yellow pepper to hit the pan!

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Add the steak (notice on the top left corner of this picture I started cooking my eggs around this time).

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Add a splash of the soy sauce and the juice from the limes. Toss everything together and cook for about a minute. 

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Toss in the fries. 

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Add the remaining parsley and that’s it!

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Top with fresh parsley when you serve and accompany it with rice and black beans topped with a fried egg. 

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There are so many flavors in this dish, and the beef is juicy and tender. As you can see from the pictures, this is an easy and fun dish to prepare. I had the music blasting and a glass of wine to help keep the festive mood hahahaha! 

Oh… by the way, there were zero leftovers, of course hahahaha! Emil loved it! 

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Hope you enjoyed this post and try making lomo saltado at home.  That’s all for now. Thank you for stopping by! 

Hope you are having a great week!

xoxo
Josie

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — 6 notes   ()

Impromptu Sunday Night Dinner Party!!

I went to dinner and drinks with a coworker after work last wednesday. As we were chatting and getting to know each other we discovered we live about 3 blocks from each other and there is another girl from work who also lives in the neighborhood. This was great news, I love the idea of having friends near where I live. So after a few more pints of cider and a whiskey or two I decided it would be a fantastic idea to have a few work friends in my apartment for dinner… that Sunday. Yup… in 4 days… of which I was working 3… great idea. 

Did I mentioned there were a few of these consumed… hahahaha! 

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Thank night I came home and asked Emil (via dry erase board) if it was ok to have a few friends over. It is his apartment as well, so I wanted to check with him first. I woke up on Thursday to find this:

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And just like that, it was official! I was hosting a dinner party! In 3 days!

First step was creating the menu. My friend Tom was online and I knew he would have great ideas for the menu. He gave me a few items and I went from there. I wanted something light and springy. One of the girls is vegetarian so I wanted to make sure there were options for her as well, not just salads.  I had a menu with about 15 items in it by the time I sent out the invite. 

I sent an invite to about 10 people (all work friends), of those only 5 said they would go, 1 said maybe, 2 declined and 2 did not respond. Since my guest list was cut in half, so was my menu. No big deal, it was actually for the best. In the end there were 5 of us here and we ate about 95% of all the food. 

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Here is what I made/served:

Savory: 

  • Dominican Style Potato Salad
  • Mushrooms and Asparagus 
  • Feta, Tomato & Basil Salad
  • Whole Wheat Pita Bread
  • Shrimp & Tomato Stew
  • Jully’s BBQ Ribs

Sweet:

  • Flan (Regular caramel flan, not pumpkin like the recipe says)
  • Bourbon Bread Pudding

Libations:

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Dinner was delicious and almost everything was gone within a few minutes. We ate and drank to our hearts’ content. 

The ribs were, of course, a hit! Jully’s recipe was a success once again.

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Everything else I pretty much made up as I went. 

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For the shrimp I added garlic, parsley, cherry tomatoes,  siracha, canned tomatoes, green onions, celery and olive oil. It was not as spicy as I wanted it to be, but it was still pretty good. 

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I wanted to use as many fresh ingredients as possible. 

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I love veggies cooked in a simple, no fuss style. 

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Take the mushrooms and asparagus, for example. I only cooked them with butter, sea salt, cracked black pepper and chili powder. Simple, yet delicious. 

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The potato salad is my family’s recipe. I used idaho and red skinned potatoes, celery, corn, sweet peas, apples and carrots. I love it, I can eat plate after plate of this thing. 

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Dinner was successful and heaping plates of food were throughly consumed. 

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And then, it was dessert time!! I made flan, which is a staple in any gatherings I host and a bread pudding with a bourbon glaze.  We ate about 20% of each and now I have a fridge full of flan and bread pudding calling my name. Thankfully, there is a new gym opening up in my neighborhood because I have the feeling i will be eating these!! 

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I was scared to host a dinner party with such short notice but it ended up being great. It was a lovely, rainy afternoon with friends, food and booze. We laughed so much and ate so much. It was pretty awesome! 

Now I guess it is time plan (or wait until 3 days before) my next party. Wonder who’d want to come? ;)

Have a wonderful day and even better week. 

Until next time.

xoxo, 
Josie

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 — 2 notes   ()
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