Caribbean Cooking Lessons from the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman: Wahoo Escovitch Ceviche Recipe

In a recent cooking class at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, I learned new Caribbean recipes including jerk chicken, a mango and avocado salad, conch fritters, wahoo escovitch ceviche and a pineapple rum cake. My favorite dish was the Wahoo Escovitch Ceviche. Below is the recipe and some pictures from the class. INGREDIENTS: 1 lb. of Wahoo cut (lengthways in 2 inch squares) 2 oz. of each yellow and red bell peppers 2 oz. often onion 2 sprigs of thymeRead more

Orange Almond Cake

One of my favorite cakes to make is Martha Stewart’s Orange Almond cake with swiss meringue buttercream icing. It is an elegant cake with a delightfully refreshing taste. INGREDIENTS Icing 1 1/2 cups sugar  6 large egg whites Pinch of salt  1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar  2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temperature  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Cake 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for pans  1 1/2 cupsRead more

How To Make the Perfect Apérol Spritz

Fresh off the plane from Ibiza, I have apérol on my mind. It's the perfect summer cocktail as it is both refreshing and delicious. I figured I would dedicate a post on how to make the classic Italian aperitif. It's super easy! Remember, 3-2-1. Ingredients: Proseco, 75 ml (3 shots)Apérol, 50 ml (2 shots)Soda water, splash (1 shot)Orange PeelIce1. Add lots of ice to a large white wine glass. Pour in 3 shots of proseco or about 3 shots, thenRead more

Homemade Hierbas in Ibiza

When I was recently in Ibiza I went to Sa Capella, a delightful restaurant in San Antonio. The restaurant is cozy and romantic – a nice break from the non stop party that is Ibiza. The restaurant is in a converted church which makes dining there a unique experience. The food is delicious and the atmosphere charming. The restaurant provides all patrons with their complimentary homemade hierbas. Hierbas is an aniseed-flavored liqueur made of local herbs. It's very strong andRead more

French Toast

What do you do with all of that left over Challah bread? Make french toast, of course. I like to use Martha Stewart’s classic french toast recipe. INGREDIENTS 6 large eggs 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon  Pinch of ground nutmeg  Pinch of salt  6 slices (1-inch-thick) bread, preferably day old  4 tablespoons unsalted butter  4 tablespoons vegetable oil  Pure maple syrup, for serving (optional) DIRECTIONS Whisk togetherRead more

Homemade Challah

Making Challah is fun and challenging. The first time I ever made it I used this recipe: How To Make Challah Bread Makes 1 loaf (about 20 slices) What You Need Ingredients 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast 1 cup (8 ounces) lukewarm water 4 to 4 1/2 cups (20 to 22 ounces) all-purpose flour 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) white granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt 2 large eggs 1 large egg yolk (reserve the white for the eggRead more