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Arugula/Rocket Makes You Sexy

Arugula makes you sexy! Centuries ago Romans discovered an unlikely quality of this leafy green. Finding that those who ate it on a regular basis were more sexu ally energized, it became revered as a powerful aphrodisiac. It has since been used as a sensual enhancer throughout many regions of the world, and often combined with other aphrodisiac herbs like lavender and chicory to create a somewhat of a love potion. Arugula’s aphrodisiac qualities may stem from its stimulating effects on the body, providing power and energy that vitalizes the system. No matter what your reasoning for eating it, Arugula is a fantastic food to add to the diet. Like spinach it is a versatile green too. Don’t limit yourself to salads, try adding arugula to pastas, grains, sandwiches, wraps and soups, or blend it into a delicious spicy pesto! What are you making with your arugula? private chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach info@yadachef.com | 9

Benefits of Papaya

If you are so included, enjoy the papaya. In Chinese Medicine the papaya is used medicinally to: 1 - Moisten the lungs and alleviate cough 2 - Tonify the stomach (a great digestive aid) 3 - Treats dysentery, & indigestion 4 - Clears excess mucus 5 - Soothes arthritic pain (anti-inflammatory) 6 - Helps digest protein (due to papain enzyme) strongest in under ripe papaya and its seeds 7 - Anti-tumor (due to content of carpaine) Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef www.yadachef.com

National Milk Shake Day Recipe

Today is national chocolate milkshake day.  Why not add some spirits! Bourbon, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream?  Don’t mind if we do. 2 ounces/60ml bourbon 2 ounces/60ml chocolate syrup 1/2 cup/125ml whole fat milk 1 cup/138g vanilla ice cream Tools: blender Glass: milkshake or 16 oz. pint Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If too thick add more milk Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef www.yadachef.com

Fresh Herbs and Tomato Crostini Recipe

1/4 cup/60ml olive oil 2 garlic cloves, pressed 1  French bread baguette, cut into 1/4 inch/6.35mm thick slices 3 tablespoons/45ml fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons/30ml olive oil 1/4 teaspoon/1ml salt 1/8 teaspoon/.5ml pepper 1 large tomato, finely chopped 3/4 cup/37g finely chopped green onions Large handful chopped fresh parsley 15 chopped fresh mint leaves 1/3 cup/60g crumbled feta cheese Preparation Preheat oven to 350F/176C/Gas 4 Stir together olive oil and garlic; brush on 1 side of each bread slice. Place bread slices, garlic sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Whisk together lemon juice and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato, onion, parsley and mint; gently toss to coat. Top each bread slice with tomato mixture (about 2 rounded teaspoonfuls/30ml each). Sprinkle with cheese. ** Alternate Recipe ** Green Tomato-Fresh Herb Crostini: Substitute 1 finely chopped large green tomato for red tomato. Proceed with recipe as dire

Polish Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets Serves up to 8 3 cups/1.124 pounds/510g/6 medium beets, roasted and peeled* 1 tablespoon/15ml fresh grated horseradish 8 whole cloves  2 cups/500ml white vinegar 1 tablespoon/15 sugar 2 teaspoons/10ml YaDa Chef Maya Natural Sea Salt In a large glass bowl or baking dish layer the beets with horseradish and cloves.  Boil vinegar with sugar and salt stirring to dissolve.  Pour over the beets, cover for 24 hours.  * make it simple and use canned beets Palm Beach Personal Chef Fort Lauderdale Personal Chef Miami Personal Chef Freelance Chef www.yadachef.com

Potage Parmentier/Vichyssoise (Leek and Potato Soup) Recipe

You can reduce cooking time using a pressure cooker. Add all the ingredients except for the cream. Place the lid and bring to full pressure. Lower the heat to stabilize and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and release the pressure. Take off the cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes uncovered then follow the remaining steps. Serves 4 1 pound/450 grams sliced potato 1 pound leeks, rinsed and sliced including the tender part of the green 2 quarts/2 liters water or chicken stock 1 tablespoon/15ml YaDa Chef Maya Natural Sea Salt 1/4 teaspoon/1ml ground white pepper (optional) 1/4 cup/60ml heavy cream Add the potato, leeks, water or stock and salt to a large pot.  Bring to a boil on hight then turn down heat to medium and simmer partially covered for 30-40 minutes or the vegetables are very tender.  Place the mixture in two (2) batches in the blender or your can sieve through a food mill (smallest disk).  Once pureed pour in the cream. You may season with white pepper if

Kotopouloo Kopita (Greek Chicken Pie) Recipe

Serves 6-8 2 pounds/900g boneless skinless Chicken 3 cups/750ml stock (use the water used in cooking the chicken) 2teaspoons/10ml salt 1 teaspoon/5ml pepper 1/3/80ml cup olive oil 2-3 scallions/spring onions chopped scallions (5-6) 1/3 cup/42g flour 4 ounces/115g crumbled Feta Handful/¼ cup/60mlchopped dill Handful/¼ cup/60ml chopped parsley 2 tablespoons/30ml chopped mint 1 teaspoon/5ml nutmeg 3 eggs beaten 14 sheets filo dough ¼ cup/60ml butter/melted or olive oil Place the chicken in the water and season with 1tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper.  Bring the water to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Remove chicken reserving the water.  Save the “stock”.  Shred the chicken by hand or pulse in a food processor for 45 seconds to 1 minute being careful not to turn the chicken into a puree. Heat 1 tablespoon/15ml olive oil in a large skillet.  Sautee scallions until soft(1 minute).  Add remaining 4TB olive oil to skillet.  Add flour and whisk to combin

CASSIS...Who Knew?

What is Cassis?  It is a town located just east of Marseille in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.  As a tourist destination it is known for falaises (cliffs) and its many sheltered inlets.  Wine lovers know it for its full bodied, herby white wines produced from Clairette, and Marsanne as well as Doucillon Blanc primarily.  It is also famous for its rose wines, but on this it is overshadowed by its neighbor to the east, Bandol. Say cassis to others and immediately Creme de Cassis comes to mind.  To most it is a sickly sweet, thick deep purple syrup that it only made to mix with champagne for the famous “Kir Royale”.  Even the Kir Royale does not have a wonderful reputation.  It is thought to be the drink of old ladies at Sunday brunches.  What a tragedy this is.  Most of us know only of the imitators, the impostors of the most versatile of liqueurs.  If you are lucky enough to take a trip to France and happen to wander into the Dijon region (yes that Dijon) you will encounter the re

Brownie Recipe

This brownie recipe is an adaption of a mid-to-late-19th century brownie or fudge square recipe (it all depends on who you ask). This recipe was written before the invention of baking powder, so no leavening agents are used.. 1/2 cup/115g unsalted butter 1 cup/192g raw granulated sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon/2ml pure Madagascar vanilla extract 6 tablespoons/42g dark chocolate baking (unsweetened) cocoa 2 tablespoons/30ml grapeseed oil 1/2 cup/63g all purpose flour Preheat oven to 350F/176C/Gas 4 Cream butter and sugar well. Add eggs one at a time, stirring well. Add remaining ingredients in order listed, mixing well after adding each. Pour into a generously greased 8 inch by 8 inch/20cm x 20cm glass pan, in a moderate oven, 350 degree fahrenheit, for 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares when cooled. ** You can substitute the raw sugar for regular granulated sugar, regular baking cocoa for the dark chocolate, and vegetable oil for

Tomato Aspic (Gelee) Recipe

24 ounces/ 750ml tomato juice 2 envelopes unflavored powdered gelatin (1 1/2 tablespoons 22ml) 1/2 tablespoon/7ml dark brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon/7ml kosher salt 1/2 tablespoon/7ml pickling spices, ground 1/2 teaspoon/2ml hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon/2ml finely grated lemon zest 1 1/2 tablespoons/7ml fresh lemon juice Vegetable oil, for brushing 1/2 small onion, minced 1/2 small green bell pepper, finely chopped a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the tomato juice with the gelatin; let stand for 5 minutes. In a saucepan, combine the remaining tomato juice with the sugar, salt, pickling spices, hot sauce, lemon zest and lemon juice and heat just until warm. Add the gelatin mixture and stir until it dissolves completely. Return the mixture to the bowl and refrigerate until cold but not set, about 1 hour. Lightly oil eight 1/2-cup ramekins. Stir the onion, pepper and celery into the tomato aspic and spoon it into the ramekins. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until chilled and set. Unm

Salmon Cakes Recipe

After another long day, I found myself hungry and staring at the shelves in the refrigerator.  I looked down and saw a piece of salmon just sitting there, but what to do with it?  I wanted something simple and quick.  Salmon Chipotle cakes were my first thought, but we had no corn OR chipotle, so that ruled out that!  I wasn't about to make a trip to the store.  The problem with Salmon cakes or "burgers" are they often the are dry due to over cooking etc.  You have to add moisture.  Here's how I did it.  The prep took about 5 minutes and cooking time will depend on your penchant for doneness.  I did mine "cooked through", but just. The cooking time was about 8  minutes, just the right amount of time for the potatoes to cook. Serves 4 1 pound 450g skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks 4 baby bella or button mushrooms, cut in quarters 2 shallots or 1 small onion, diced 1 green onion/scallion, chopped Small handful of chopped parsley

Old Fashion Sunday Roast Chicken Recipe

It seems that the concept of sitting down to a nightly meal with the family has gone the way of the Model T Ford for many families.  It was not that long ago that the entire family gathered around the kitchen table, with no television on or phones, and ate.  Along with the eating was the oft dreaded family discussion. The kids all shared what had gone on both during school and after.  It was a time to bond with the parents.  Mind you not everything was discussed (no kids always shared everything).  Now it seems that everyone is running in different directions.  All too often if a meal is provided it is from a “fast food” place or take out from somewhere.  The reasons vary.  It has been my unfortunate pleasure to find out that so many of the “parents” find it unnecessary and even worse do not realise the importance of a good nutritious meal.  This will not turn into a soapbox about the apathy and ignorance of much of the general population, instead it will be what it is meant to be: An

Baked Eggs in Tomato Cups Recipe

  This is a Great dish to do for a crowd of 2 or 20.  Many people over cooked baked eggs and they come out tough.  There are two ways to remedy this. Both methods are shown below. Try both choose the one that works for you.  We have not done either of these in a convection oven.  If you use the fan your times/temperatures will be different.    These are a wonderful first course or even for a main course at lunch drizzled with a bit of balsamic reduction. Serves 4 Preheat oven to 425F/218C/Gas 7 4 large Beefsteak (Beef) Tomatoes Salt and pepper 8 large leaves of basil (4 minced and 4 of the best saved for garnish) Olive oil to drizzle 4 slices of fresh mozzarella or shredded swiss (optional) Slice 1/3 of the bottom off of each tomato, scoop out the ribs and seeds, place upside down on paper towels to drain.  Place into a baking dish. Season the insides of the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Divide the minced basil evenly between the tomatoes.  Break one egg int