Chef Jason is currently filming cooking episodes, I am thankful to share his recipes every Friday on my site, this week’s recipe will be shown on episode 4, and I am happy to share it with all of you:
Tamarind & Beer Braised Shrimp
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped celery, stems and Leaves
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter
2 medium green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ Cup of Chopped Tomatoes
3 Tbsp of Fresh Lime Juice
1 ½ pounds large shrimp deveined, tail on
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Tamarind Jam or Chutney
1 bottle beer
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
In a medium bowl combine the garlic, celery, peppers, onions and thyme.
Season shrimp with crushed black pepper and salt.
Heat a medium pot with 3 tablespoon butter and some oil over medium heat. Add the vegetables to the pot, sauté 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beer and tamarind jam and bring to boil and simmer until half its quantity, (About four minutes ) Add seasoned shrimp and toss. Continue to toss shrimp. Add chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce. Mix thoroughly and allow to cook until sauce slightly becomes thick, about 5 minutes. Add chopped chives, remaining butter and lime juice and remove from the stove.
In a medium sauce pan, place the potatoes in with some water to cover, add saffron and 1 Tsp Salt. Bring to a boil and cook half way through while still firm, remove and strain (Do not cook till mushy) Set aside.
Place a large wok pot over high heat. Add the Vegetable Oil and place in the cumin seeds, the dried chili, cardamom pods, and cinnamon stick. Stir in hot oil for 20 seconds. Add the garlic, onions, ginger and pimentos. Cook for two – three minutes stirring quickly until onions are translucent. Add your chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander and pepper flakes. Stir mixing thoroughly into the onions. Add your curry leaves immediately followed by the fresh tomatoes, tomato paste and water. Stir, cover and let simmer on low heat for 6 minutes.
Remove cover and add the par boiled potatoes. Mix thoroughly, cover and let cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove cover and season with lemon juice, chadon beni , black pepper and salt
Serve with Paratha Roti or Chief Brand Tandoori Wings
As long as I could recall, I’ve always enjoyed listening to Bollywood music. It gave me this palpable feeling. Residing in Trinidad I attended almost every concert featured Bollywood singers and even did the same as I resided in New York , talk about a culture baby huh lol. My love wasn’t just for the songs, but for the movies as well. Ironically the first radio station I broadcast on was East Indian and boy oh boy was I a happy camper. As a result of this, I was required me to do a lot of phone interviews with some prolific singers and even meet some really powerful individuals who were attached to the whole Bollywood Industry. Though my love for all genres is there, there is something about Bollywood music that I’m in love with. Last year my friend Lisa gave me tickets to attend a Kumar Sanu concert and fondly by myself sat and sang through the concert .I enjoyed every moment of it and I attended the after party where I DJ and got the great opportunity to meet Kumar Sanu in the flesh.
Months later I saw that he was performing at the West Indian crowd and I knew I had to attend again. My friend Elita and I attended. We had a blast, this time I was able to have a one on one chat with him, and I told him that I wanted to interview him and he agreed to it. I was ecstatic but wondered if it will really happen.
Thanks to a few a people who were instrumental in making it happen the day finally came for the interview. I had three interviews, Kumar ji was the last. I still had doubts as if it were all a dream, then there he was walking into the studio. I was blown away, we chat for a few moments before the actual interview, and then we went right into it. It was fun interviewing him as his aura was inspiring and I got to delve into some of the most precious questions I dreamt of asking him if I ever had gotten the opportunity to do so. The thing was, that great moment came; and as I reminisced of each time I saw him perform whether in Trinidad or the US and marveled at his prowess, I knew one day I would work very hard to secure an interview with him. As I sat on the set with him I knew this day had come.
It’s important to always work towards the things that we dream about as it gives us value for life, encouragement and hope. Whenever we stick to fulfilling these desires, it fuels us with the momentum to conquer and achieve and realize our unconditional positive regard for the things we know we could do. Dreams do come true but at a price of persistence, hard work and dedication.