I am an avid follower of Robert Irvine’s Restaurant: Impossible on the Food Network. I love how this big, tough, fit guy grouses and slams but in the end does all he can to save a failing restaurant and rescue dreams.
So I was intrigued when he teamed with Gold’s Gym to offer recipes that could make backyard barbecue meals less calorie-dense (he says on average we each consume a whopping 3,000 calories in a single BBQ sitting).
Of course, I was drawn to his “Cuban” chicken, which is quite delicious and has some resemblance to Cuban cooking with the lime and grilled onions, though the Cajun seasoning is another matter. You can find more of his recipes at goldsgym.com.
J. J., Miami Beach
Street vendors in Egypt sell paper cones of it along with strips of flatbread brushed with olive oil to be dipped in the mixture. The word comes from the Arabic word for “to pound,” as the mix traditionally was pounded to a consistency that is more crunchy than powder.
You can find dukkah at specialty markets or online, or make your own. The recipe here is influenced by two I found, one by New York Times columnist Martha Rose Shulman and one published in Bon Appetit magazine, but I would encourage experimentation that fits your own tastes.
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To make her rum syrup: Place 4 cups rum, 2 cups brown sugar and 1 sun-dried habanero in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then lower to a hard simmer until reduced by half. Chill and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Makes about 1 cup. To use: Fill a cup with shaved or crushed ice, pour rum syrup on top, add pureed fruit or preserves and add horchata. Serve with a spoon and a straw.
Dávila Boldin also makes her own orange preserves and horchata, made with rice, cinnamon and sugar. You can buy it already made in Latin markets or email me for the full recipe.
Does anyone have the recipe for the chicken at the old Cye’s Rivergate in downtown Miami, maybe 30 to 40 years ago? There are many of us who remember it being the best.
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