Blackberry Compote

Blackberry Compote. With blackberry season ending this month I wanted to share this compote recipe again. So if you have a bunch of blackberries leftover in your garden or spot them at your local market you have to try out this delicious compote. But remember when buying blackberries to look for a shiny dark color to them. They are a great snack and are perfect in desserts and drinks. Not to mention chock full of health benefiting nutrients. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and versatile. You can use it on your pancakes, french toast, ice cream, crepes, cocktails and more. My kids love it!. And the best part is that depending on the sweetness of the berries or preference, and you can cut down the sugar. Store it in an airtight jar or container for up to two weeks when it’s done. Substitute with a berry of your choice if you can’t find blackberries or don’t like them.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Blackberry Compote

 

Blackberry Compote

1 Pound blackberries, fresh or frozen (thawed.)
3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Pinch sea salt

In a medium saucepan, add blackberries, sugar, lemon, and salt. Simmer over low heat until berries have broken down and the sauce has thickened. About 20-25 minutes transfer into a jar or container and allow to cool. The sauce will thicken more as it cools down.

Tip- If you’re not a fan of compotes, you can strain the berries and push out all of the liquid. Then you will have a blackberry syrup.

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp. Now In my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” I have a recipe for “Sweet Chili Shrimp Wraps” they are quickly fried and served inside butter lettuce with a jicama salad, and they are oh SO delicious! My condiments of choice are always sweet chili sauce and ketchup. There are always bottles of it stashed in my cupboards and refrigerator. This recipe is a simple pan-seared shrimp that incorporates sweet chili sauce without the frying. It’s a quick and easy recipe when you are looking to have a flavorful meal in twenty minutes or less. (That’s counting the rice cook time!) What is your favorite way to prepare shrimp? (Fried, pan seared, grilled?) Comment below!

Enjoy,

Xo-Ayesha

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

Quick Pan Seared Sweet Chili Shrimp

1 Pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional.
One shallot, minced.
1-2 cloves garlic, minced.
3 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce (I prefer Mae Ploy)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
One tablespoon brown sugar

 

Add spices and one tablespoon of olive oil into a large bowl and mix well until a paste is formed.

Place dry shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat. (You have to dry your shrimp after you rinse them. Shrimp tend to absorb water and will change the outcome of your dish!)

Now in a small bowl, whisk together the chili sauce, soy, lime juice, brown sugar and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add in one tablespoon of olive oil to heat. Add garlic and shallot and cook for about 1 minute before adding the shrimp to the pan and cooking for 1-2 minutes per side. Do not overcook! Remove the pan from heat and pour the sauce mixture over the shrimp and stir to coat the shrimp evenly.

Serve over jasmine rice or pasta and enjoy!

 

Cherry Pulled Pork

Cherry Pulled Pork. This is going to be one of those go-to recipes you can use when you’re short on time. Now I’m a huge fan of my electric pressure cooker. You can literally throw frozen meat into it and have tender meat in thirty minutes. Or in this case 45 minutes. I decided to use some tart cherries in this recipe. I feel like cherries are the perfect complement for this dish. We also have some garlic, ginger and whole bunch of other goodies. Your house is going to smell like you’ve been slaving over the stove all day. Name your favorite way to use cherries in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Cherry Pulled Pork

 

Cherry Pulled Pork

4-5 pound pork shoulder roast
2 cups frozen cherries
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup cherry juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
Two tablespoons dark brown sugar
1-inch fresh ginger, peeled.
3-4 whole garlic cloves
One small shallot, diced.
One teaspoon dry mustard
Two teaspoons black pepper
Salt and to taste.

Cut roast into sections so that it will be covered with the cooking liquid. Then season with salt, pepper, and mustard and place into the pressure cooker along with cherries, garlic, ginger, and shallot. In a bowl mix sugar, ketchup, vinegar, broth, and cherry juice.

Pour over the top of the roast.

Cook for about forty-five minutes in your electric pressure cooker. Please follow the directions on your pressure cooker for complete instructions.

Remove from pot and use two forks to shred the meat. Pour as much or as little of the cherry sauce over the top of the shredded pork. I served it in a bun with a quick slaw. Its also delicious poured over a bowl of rice and steamed veggies. Yum!

Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes

Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes. Who doesn’t love a flavorful but simple side dish of oven roasted potatoes? Not to mention, it can put together in no time. This recipe is a mix of gold and purple baby potatoes that are tossed in olive oil, chopped herbs, garlic, shallot, and simple seasonings before roasted to perfection. The freshly chopped rosemary, thyme, and parsley give it a herbaceous punch that will have your kitchen smelling amazing in no time. You can also easily swap out for your favorite herbs and potatoes that you already have on hand. Dinner time perfection let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy.

Xo- Ayesha

Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes

Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes

Two pounds assorted baby potatoes, halved. (I used Yukon gold and purple potatoes)
Two tablespoons olive oil
Two garlic cloves, finely chopped.
One tablespoon shallot, finely chopped.
One tablespoon thyme leaves, chopped.
One tablespoon rosemary leaves, chopped.
Two tablespoons parsley, chopped.
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a large bowl combine halved potatoes with olive oil, garlic, shallot, and herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste and toss well to coat.

Pour seasoned halved potatoes onto a prepared baking sheet.

Roast for 25- 30 minutes at 400 degrees. You want them to be lightly browned and crisp around the edges. Top with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob. A recipe for all of my steak lovers out there. The marinade is put together with honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a little red pepper flake for heat. Probably all the things that you already have in your kitchen. And in just twenty minutes your ready to go. Just thread your meat onto a skewer and grill to perfection. Perfect for grilling indoors or outdoors. It can also be assembled in advance to save time. And I have both served this as an appetizer and a main dish alongside some rice and a quick salad. Nothing says “fun dinner” like eating yummy grilled kabobs. Your family will love this easy and delicious marinade. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob

Honey And Soy Marinated Steak Kabob

1 1/2- 2 pounds ribeye or sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
One tablespoon Dijon
Two tablespoons honey
Two cloves garlic, minced.
1-inch ginger, minced.
One tablespoon shallot, minced.
Pinch red pepper flakes
Pinch black pepper
wooden or metal skewers

In a bowl or sizeable glad bag combine the soy, oil, garlic, ginger, dijon, shallot, honey, and peppers into a bowl/bag and mix well. Add meat and allow to marinate for at least 20 minutes. Assemble kabobs by threading the meat onto the skewers and grill about 3-4 minutes per side or until you’ve reached the desired doneness. Allow your kabobs to rest before serving. Enjoy!

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta. Heres another quick and flavorful meal to make when you are short on time. And as a busy mom of three, I am always looking for a recipe that can be put together in a flash. I made this for my family this week, and it was a hit.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta

Super Quick Shrimp Pasta

1lb pasta, spaghetti.
1lb peeled, deveined shrimp
Three tablespoons olive oil
One clove garlic, minced.
1 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped. (about a handful)
One tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 stick salted butter (I always buy grass-fed)
1/2 cup white wine (plus more for drinking!)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a large bowl add shrimp and season with lemon pepper seasoning before carefully tossing to coat.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Add in garlic and butter and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Deglaze the pan by adding in the white wine. Making sure to get any bits off the bottom of the pan. (That’s flavor!) Season with pepper and add in chopped parsley. Remove from heat. Now add the cooked shrimp mixture to the cooked pasta and top with parmesan. Gently toss to coat. You can add in reserved pasta water if needed to thin out the sauce. Serve hot and garnished with extra parsley and parmesan is desired. Enjoy!

*Tip* reserve about 1 cup of pasta water to stretch the sauce if needed!

 

Apricot Glazed Salmon And Vegetable Bake

Apricot Glazed Salmon And Vegetable Bake. Hey everyone! Now one of my go-to recipes in my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” is my apricot glazed salmon. The fun thing about this dish is its versatility. You can use almost any vegetable you have on hand. I added a touch of red pepper flake for some heat (optional) before pouring the sauce over the top of the salmon and vegetables. In about fifteen minutes you have a fully cooked meal that takes little to no prep time. You could also use fig jam in place of the apricot. I’ve tried it, and it was amazing. For the full recipe pick up a copy of my cookbook “The Seasoned Life” sold at a book retailer near you. Trust me you’re going to want to try this!

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

 

Pork Meatball Sandwich (Banh-Mi Style)

Pork Meatball Sandwich (Banh-Mi Style). I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food. Especially the Banh-mi sandwich. And If you have never given this cuisine a chance you don’t know what you are missing! I had my first banh mi sandwich at a small restaurant in Oakland and became hooked. Its a hearty sandwich served in a crispy baguette and filled with juicy grilled meats like pork or chicken. Its then topped with fresh flavors and crunchy veggies like cucumber, carrot, and jalapeño. It’s just an incredibly delicious and quickly made sandwich. This version has a ground pork meatball that incorporates all of those flavors. And topped with a crunchy and tangy carrot, jalapeño, and cilantro mix. You could quickly make a tray of these meatballs and set out all the fixings for this at your next gathering. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy,

Xo- Ayesha

Pork Meatball Sandwich (Banh-Mi Style)

Pork Meatballs:

1 pound ground pork
One shallot, finely diced.
Two garlic cloves, finely minced.
Two tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped.
One tablespoon brown sugar
One tablespoon fish sauce
One tablespoon sriracha
Salt and pepper to taste.
One tablespoon canola oil
Mayonnaise, for serving.
Two baguettes, cut into halves. (Or just a crusty roll)
Thinly sliced cucumber slices for serving.
Thinly sliced jalapeño, for serving.
Cilantro, for serving.
Carrot mixture, recipe below.

In a large bowl add the first seven ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Form into evenly sized meatballs and set aside. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Now cook the meatballs in batches until browned and cooked thoroughly. You could also bake these meatballs at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Allow the meatballs to cool slightly. Spread your baguette with mayo on each side. Fill with meatballs, carrot, cilantro, jalapeño, and cucumber slices. Yum!

Carrot mixture:

One cup julienne carrot (Save time by buying it pre-cut)
One tablespoon rice wine vinegar
One teaspoon sesame oil
One tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch salt and pepper

In a small bowl add carrots. Toss in sugar, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper and toss gently. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

Marinated grilled chicken thighs. Fire up the grill or grill pan and get ready to make this delicious chicken recipe. Now I love to use chicken thighs as they are quick to cook, juicy and inexpensive. And how amazing is it that you don’t need a grill to cook out these days. Checkout my grill pan from my new “Ayesha Curry Home Collection” available at retailers nationwide and get your “grill on” from the comfort of your kitchen. This dish is perfect sliced along the top of a salad or paired with your favorite sides. Whats your favorite protein to grill? Share in the comments below.

Enjoy!

Xo- Ayesha

Marinated Grilled chicken thighs

1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
3/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic (Or one if you’re not a garlic lover)
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Two tablespoons Dijon
Two tablespoons lemon juice
Black pepper to taste. (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)

In a large bowl combine oil, garlic, soy, vinegar, lemon, parsley, Dijon, brown sugar, and pepper.

Mix well and remove1/4 cup of marinade.

Place in the chicken thighs and coat well with marinade. Allow marinating for at least 30 minutes. It can marinate for a few hours but I wouldn’t let it marinate overnight as the vinegar and lemon will begin to cook the meat and change the texture.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Grill chicken thighs for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Brushing with remaining marinade while cooking.

Allow resting for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip- Add one tablespoon of liquid smoke to the marinade if you’re missing that smoky taste you get grilling outdoors.