June 26, 2015

Gallo Pinto

  • Black beans
  • Rice
  • Onion
  • Serrano chilly
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Chilero sauce, habanero sauce or other hot sauce.

Inspired from a trip to Costa Rica where we ate it everyday! Wash black beans thoroughly. Soak for a couple of hrs or over night. If not soaked, use a pressure cooker. Boil black beans with water and salt. Add three times as much water as beans.

Chop half an onion, one clove of garlic and one Serrano chilly and some ginger.

Brown on pot with some olive oil.

Add steamed rice. Use a rice cooker to cook rice or use a large bowl and microwave for 15 minutes at high temperature. Add twice as much water than rice when cooking regardless if using a pot, rice cooker or microwave.

Add salt and pepper.

Add cooked black beans without bean liquid.

Add bean liquid if needed to make soft (not too liquid).

Garnish with cilantro.

Enjoy as a side dish with chilero sauce - must have!

May 27, 2015

Shrimp Paella


  • Tomatoes
  • Serrano chiles
  • Onion
  • Raw shrimp/vegetarian without shrimp
  • Peas
  • Tumeric Powder
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • White wine
  • Rice


Finely chop tomatoes, onion and chiles.

Stir fry onion until brown.

Add tomato and chiles.

Add garlic powder, salt and tumeric powder.

Add white wine.

Add raw rice. Let it boil for 10 minutes or until rice is a bit tender.

Add raw frozen shrimp.

Add peas.


April 28, 2015

Almond Butter Vegan Cookies


  • Bottled almond butter (or you can make your own by blending almonds, sugar and olive oil)
  • chocolate chips
  • sugar
  • 2 eggs 
  • for vegan option use 1 tbs of flax seed to 3 tbs of water=1 egg; refrigerate for 15 minutes
Mix  manually almond butter, sugar egg and chocolate chips. Amounts are based on taste. Taste the almond butter and sugar together before adding egg to determine sweetness. 

Add 2 eggs or egg substitute (flax seed).

Mix eggs well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Garnish with chocolate chips before baking. Shape and bake for 15-20 minutes.