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Nutella Stuffed Wontons with Banana Foster topping

February 5, 2016

Nutella Stuffed Wontons with Banana Foster topping

Wontons

  • 4 each wonton Skins
  • 2 Tbsp of Nutella
  • One Scoop of Ice cream

Banana Foster

  • 1 Large Banana ( Slice length ways and cut into four )
  • 1 ½ Oz of Butter ( Unsalted )
  • 1 Oz Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp of Lime Juice
  • 1 Oz or Dark Rum
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying
  • Confectioner sugar for Dusting.

Method

In a small sauté pan, place butter, brown sugar on medium heat. Stir until the butter and sugar mix together ( about 1 minute ) Add lime juice and then add bananas. Cook gently spooning the caramel atop the bananas. Then add the dark rum. Remove from heat and let sit.

Place a sauce pan on the stove on medium to high heat with enough to oil to fry the ravioli.

Take the wonton skin and place 1 tbsp of Nutella inside. Then lightly dip you finger into some water and run the end of the wonton skin with your finger and fold over the opposite end of the skin as to make a triangle to stick.

You oil should be at a temperature of 325 Degrees Fahrenheit . Place the ravioli in the oil and fry 10 seconds on each side.  Remove from oil to drain on paper towels. Dust with Confectioners sugar immediately.

To plate, Place one ravioli on a dessert saucer, place the bananas foster atop it, spooning the remaining caramel over and then top with a scoop of ice-cream. Garnish with a leaf of mint and a drizzle of strawberry sauce.

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A surreal experience

February 1, 2016

I’ve always had a keen interest in enrolling in a pole dancing class; so when I was gifted one I was ecstatic about it. To make it even more comfortable, only girls were present at the class. We all had to sign disclaimers as it related to any circumstance of injury, then it was off to the class room or rather the Pole Room lol. A sexy and well shaped professional dancer walked and spoke ever so articulately to us, relating to us the format and some of the activities that we were about to embark upon. Some of us a bit coy but yet curious giggled as she told us further about some of the dance moves. As I looked around me, I could see women of varying ages all eager about the lesson and hence this made me feel more comfortable and excited.

The class started off with the lap dance and boy was it fascinating to learn. We all had chairs that were supposedly guys. The moves that we learnt had some of the women blushing. Stemming back from the fact that the teacher was well spoken, her instructions and skills made it easier for us to learn. After learning our lap dance moves we had to do it on our own with accompanying music.

Ten it was learning to dance on a pole. Being flexible is definitely one of the major criteria to perfecting dancing on a pole. Arm’s length, legs up, boy was it challenging for me, it sure did look easy but wasn’t, however I did my best. Doing it a few times helped. Alas ! The teacher walked around and gave us a one on one, her criticism helped.

At the end of the class, we all had the opportunity to choose a Sobriquet or a dancer’s name for ourselves,  “which was then written on an ID card certifying our session.

It was an experience that I will never forget, however I think I need a few more lessons to perfect the pole. If you are thinking about it, I’d say got for it.

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Caramelized Pumpkin Tortellini

January 29, 2016

Caramelized Pumpkin Tortellini

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of Pumpkin ( About Three Cups ) Cubed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 1 Tsp Freshly chopped Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp of Freshly chopped Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • 2 large Onions, ( About 1 Cup ) Julienned
  • 4 garlic cloves, Slivered
  • 1 cup whole milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Multi Grain  Crackers, crushed (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 Pack wonton Skins

Beurre Noissette  Sauce

Ingredients

  • 5 Oz Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Sage Leaves, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or Apricots.
  • ½  Tsp salt
  • ¼  Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp of Fresh Basil, Chopped
  • ¼  Cup Parmesan cheese, Grated

Method

To Prepare the tortellini, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place cubed pumpkin in a bowl and drizzle 4 Tbsp of oil, fresh rosemary, thyme, salt and black pepper onto the pumpkin. Liberally massage those ingredients onto the surface of the pumpkin and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake in the oven until soft and golden, about 25 minutes until pumpkin has caramelized in color.

While pumpkin cooks, place a medium sauté pan over high heat and add Two Tbsp of oil and sauté one cup of julienned onions. Sauté for about four minutes until onions have turned a golden color and has a slight caramelized brown hue. At this point you can season the onions for additional  flavour.

In a food processor, combine the butternut squash mixture, the Sautéed onion mixture, and the ricotta cheese and pulse a few times to blend. Add the crushed Multigrain crackers, the nutmeg, and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pulse until smooth.

Mixture should be smooth but firm (Not Runny)

To make the tortellini, lay out a wonton skin, as you would do if making traditional wontons, and place 1 tablespoon of your pumpkin filling into the middle of each skin. Dip a pastry brush in a little water and wet the edges of the skin. Gently fold the square wrapper into a triangle, making sure the edges are securely closed and there are no air pockets inside. Dampen the two bottom corners of the longest side of the triangle and gently bring them together, pressing lightly to secure.

Complete all of your tortellini’s and place on lined baking sheet with parchment and refrigerate for later use or freeze for long extended periods (Up to 8 Months)

To cook immediately, place a pasta pot on the stove above high heat, add an average amount of 3 Tbsp of  salt according to the ratio of water and about 4 tbsp of oil.

Bring to a boil. At a boiling point , gently place your handmade tortellini’s  into the water and allow to cook for about 4 Minutes or until they float buoyantly atop the surface of the water.

Remove with a Perforated spoon and place in shallow bowl. (Cover, Keep warm)

To make the Beurre Noissette Sauce, melt 8 Oz of butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add the chopped sage, walnuts and cranberries and let cook until the butter starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat off and season with salt, and pepper.

To serve, gently place three tortellini’s on a plate and carefully spoon your beurre noisette atop. Sprinkle your basil and dash the top of the tortellini’s with parmesan cheese.

Music Picks My Videos

Rachel Platten – Stand By You

January 28, 2016

Rachel Platten – Stand By You

A meaningful song, the lyrics reminds me of what true love should be.

Singer Rachel Platten, whose track ‘Fight Song’ went double platinum in 2015, recently shared the news in an interview with MTV. She said that being a singer was the furthest thing from her mind but things changed when she came to Trinidad in 2002 as part of her studies in International Relations. Platten said she became a back-up singer in a soca band that performed before “80,000 people”, an apparent reference to the International Soca Monarch competition. “I fell in love with it,” she said, as she recalled her “first gig”. “I wanted the microphone at the center of the stage so badly, I realized then that I needed to follow this. Source – Trinidad Express

Gallery Personal

Hoover Dam through my eyes

January 25, 2016

I took some pictures while touring the Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.

The view of Lake Mead is captivating – Lake Mead, when full, is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of maximum water capacity. It is on the Colorado River about 24 mi (39 km) from the Las Vegas Strip southeast of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is 112 miles (180 km) long when the lake is full, has 759 miles (1,221 km) of shoreline, is 532 feet (162 m) at greatest depth, with a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet (372.3 m) above sea level, and has 247 square miles (640 km2) of surface, and when filled to available capacity, 26.12 million acre feet (32.22 km3) of water. However, the lake has not reached full capacity since 1983 due to a combination of drought and increased water demand.[1][2][3] Owing to current low water level,Lake Sakakawea holds claim over Lake Mead in terms of America’s largest reservoir by total area and water in reserve.

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Gift Idea

January 11, 2016

Although we’re fresh out the holiday season, there are always some occasions that calls for a gift.

I wanted to purchase gifts for everyone that held a special place in their homes. I think this is rather sweet so as to subtly remind them of the said sentiment whenever they look at the gift as they pass by or use it. These gifts therefore prove to be special tokens of utility as they were specifically and carefully chosen with their needs in mind.  So when I courageously set off to do some late Christmas shopping I knew I was on a mission. I started on one end of the store call Things Remembered and worked my way to the other end. Yes it work strategically lol. I was happy to find a wide range and selection of gifts. I took my time and selected three gifts for three very special people. Then it was time to figure out what I wanted to have imprinted on the items. I glanced at a book they had with special written statements to help you out, but ultimately I came up with it on my own. These specific prints were $8 for the first word and $3 for any other words after.

I walked around the mall and then collected my gifts about an hour and half. They all turned out beautifully.

Dessert Yum

Recipe for Banana Rum Raisin Bread Pudding topped with Ponch De Crème Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

December 24, 2015

Banana Rum Raisin Bread Pudding topped with Ponch De Crème Ice Cream and

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients Needed

For The Bread Pudding

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 Bananas Medium Diced
  • 6 large beaten eggs
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 Tsps vanilla extract
  • 1/3 Cup of Dark Rum
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp of nutmeg
  • 5 cups cubed bread
  • ½ Cup of Raisins

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 6” baking Dish with Oil
  • In a large bowl whisk together granulated sugar, eggs, and milk, add vanilla. Then add cubed bread into custard egg mixture  together with Raisins, Bananas Cinnamon, Dark Rum, Nutmeg. Combine  and let sit for 1 minute.
  • Pour bread mixture into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven, cool and serve warm.

Caramel Sauce

Ingredients Needed

1 Cup Sugar

¼ Cup Water

¾ Heavy Cream

3 ½ Tbsp Butter

Method

Place Water and Sugar in pot over medium heat until sugar dissolves, then increase heat and bring to boil without stirring. Bring sugar solution to deep amber color (About 5-6 Minutes ).

Remove from heat and whisk in cream and butter. Cool

 

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The Consequences of Teenage Pregnancy

December 21, 2015

The Consequences of Teenage Pregnancy:

Sexual Development – the visible signs of puberty occurs in a different sequence for boys and girls. In boys, the initial sign is growth of the testes at around age 11 ½. In females, around age 11 the breasts begin to develop and pubic hair appears. And the first menstrual period occurs about a year or so later at age 12 ½ for the average American girl. The onset of menstruation does not necessarily mean that a girl is biologically capable of becoming a mother.

Despite a one-third decline since the early 1990s, the US still has the highest teen birth rate in the industrialized world: more than five times the rate in France and eight times the rate in Japan. With that being said, the consequences of teenage pregnancy can be devastating. The future of a young unmarried mother is in jeopardy, particularly if she has no parental support, less likely to improve her economic status, and less likely to get married and stay married than a girl who postpones childbearing. The babies of teen mothers are more likely to be of low birth weight, which is associated with learning disabilities and later academic problems, childhood illnesses, and neurological problems. In addition, children of teenage mothers are more likely to be neglected and abused than are children of older mothers.

Please young ladies and gentleman avoid giving in to peer pressure and partaking in what’s considered the “norm” and always think before you act.

Source: Understanding Psychology Book