Friday, March 4, 2011

Hola Amigos y Amigas

Hola y bienvenidos al blog de hoy! That means "Hello and welcome to todays blog!". I'm excited because we have a special request from a facebook viewer named Mercedes. She is from the Dominican Republic, which is in the Caribbean. It shares a boarder with Haiti.
As you could have guessed, with it being an island surrounded by water, Mercedes has requested a meal with fish. Actually, she requested fish and pasta. Well, I am going to treat her today with two dishes based around fish. One with pasta and the other not. So, grab your cook books and sigueme! (That means follow me).

Fish Pasta

You will need:

    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • cloves garlic
    • 12 or so oil cured olives, de-pitted and chopped
    • 1 pound white fish, like striped bass or snapper
    • 1 tablespoon salted capers
    • half a glass of white wine
    • big and fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
    • 1 packet linguine
    • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped roughly
    • salt and pepper
    You Ready?

    1. Chop tomatoes roughly and dice your garlic
    2. De-skin your fish and chop into tiny chunks
    3. Saute 3 tablespoons of oil and and garlic over medium heat for 2 minutes or so
    4. Add your fish, stirring very carefully (as to not break up the fish) until it is browned
    5. When browned, add salt, pepper and half a glass of wine, then turn up your heat. Stir carefully until the wine is nearly evaporated.
    6. In the meantime, boil salted water in a big pot for your pasta.
    7. Now, back to your other pan with your fish. When your wine is nearly evaporated, reduce your heat, add your tomatoes and cook or 10 minutes or so.
    8. Add capers, parsley and olives; again stir carefully because you don't want to turn this into fish puree. When the tomato juice is released and the sauce is just thickening, turn off heat, you want the tomatoes a little raw.
    9. Cook your pasta Al-Dente (if you don't know what that means, please take a few moments and read over my past blog entries with pasta in them)
    10. Carefully add your sauce to your pasta over medium-low heat and stir gently for a minute or two
    11. Serve!
    Okay. Now, let's take a breather and we will begin on our next dish.

    Arenque Con Huevos
    Herring with Eggs

    You will need:

    • 2 lbs of salted, smoked herrings
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 green bell peppers
    • 1/2 cup of chopped celery
    • 1 small red onion chopped into small cubes
    • 4 plum tomatoes cut into 4 quarters
    • 2 tablespoons of oil
    • 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon of mashed garlic
    • Salt
    NOTE: Buy your herring the day before and soak it in a pot of water overnight

    And here we go!

    1. Begin by boiling your herrings until they are tender
    2. Take a fork and flake the herring making sure to set it aside afterwards
    3. In a pot, heat the oil, add your onions, celery, garlic and tomatoes and saute them.
    4. Pour in your herring and stir everything together
    5. Add one cup of water, reducing your heat to low afterwards and let simmer for 3 minutes.
    6. Break your eggs into the mix and stir, making sure to cook them well
    7. Add salt for flavor and serve
    See? That was easy! Now, you can serve this Dominican dish with tostones (which are fried plantains) or arroz blanco (white rice). Enjoy and see you all soon. Adios!