Whatcha Cooking Wednesday

Hey ya’ll!

What is up?! It’s hump day! Happy Wednesday to you all and I do hope you are having a blast! We are only 2 days away from the weekend (Whoop Whoop). I don’t know if you guys have had the chance to catch up with me on my previous post, but I am so serious about recreating my content for my brand for you all. We are going to have travel talk, foodie goodies, inspirational fashion and so much more!

So, today I am bringing you all Whatcha Cooking Wednesdays! It’ll highlight cooks from small and large platforms to create awareness of his/her business(s) and so you can TASTE the goodness. I’m all about expanding your palate with exotic food and down right southern cooked food but also supporting one another.

Ya’ll the experience is about to be FIREEEEEE!

Today’s topic is all about pasta! Pasta is my absolute favorite thing to eat no matter how its made but I want to share with you 2 different pasta recipes for you and the family to enjoy. SEAFOOD STYLE, oh and a bonus feature too!

Pasta Pescatore:

Linguine Pescatore

Photo: Italian Food Forever

So, when I went to Carrabba’s a while back, I was broken in my eating their Linguine Pescatore and OMG I fell in love. Now, being that I am a white sauce lover, I did have them sub out their red sauce for alfredo sauce.

Man, I am a true seafood fanatic and I danced like a kid in the candy store. Some may say “it’s ok” but ya’ll I was so in love with that dish, I don’t usually get anything else. If my husband orders something completely different, then I’ll munch on his.

Below is a recipe for linguine pescatore that I found on Italian Food Forever that you all can try out!

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Photo: (Dealgeek) Carrabba’s Linguine Pescatore with Shrimp, Mussels and Scallop

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Minced Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Minced
  • 12 Cleaned Clams
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 1/2 Cups Seafood Stock
  • 3 Cups Pureed or Chopped Tomatoes
  • 12 Sea Scallops
  • 20 Cleaned Mussels
  • 12 Large Shrimp, Cleaned
  • 1/2 Pound Fresh Squid, Cleaned & Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Pound Spaghetti Or Pasta Of Choice

Gremolata:

  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley
  • Zest of One Lemon
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled

Directions:

In a large saucepan, heat the oil and then cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.
Add the garlic, and cook another couple of minutes.
Then, Add the wine and fish stock and bring to a boil, then add the clams and cook until they open.
Add the tomatoes, parsley, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and add the remaining seafood, and cook over low heat while the pasta cooks.
Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until it is “al dente“.
Mince the gremolata ingredients together and set aside.
Drain the pasta, top with a scoop of the tomato sauce and toss well.
Serve in four individual bowls, topped with more sauce, and dividing the seafood up evenly between the four dishes.
Sprinkle some gremolata on each dish and serve immediately.

 

Seafood Paella:

Easy Seafood Paella Recipe | The Mediterranean Dish. Recipe comes with step-by-step photo tutorial to guide your cooking! Love this shrimp and lobster nestled in a bed of saffron rice! A must try from @themeddish

Photo: Seafood Paella The Mediterranean Dish

I have LONGED for paella since one of my Puerto Rican besties told me about it. Unfortunately, I have YET to try it out, but I will try it soon. Keep in mind, there are some slight differences I believe with each recipe for Paella, but as long as it satisfies your taste buds, have at it! Personally, I would like a true Paella Native create this dish for me so I can truly taste the authenticity. I found this super simple recipe from The Mediterranean Dish. Check it out below

 

Ingredients

  • 4 small lobster tails (6-12 oz each)
  • Water
  • 3 tbsp Private Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Spanish rice or short grain rice, soaked in water for 15 minutes and then drained
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 large pinches of Spanish saffron threads soaked in 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp Sweet Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp aloppo pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 6 oz French green beans
  • 1 lb prawns or large shrimp or your choice, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Photo: The Mediterranean Dish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 3 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the lobster tails and let boil very briefly (1-2 minutes) until pink. Turn the heat off. Remove the lobster tails with a pair of tongs. Do not discard the lobster cooking water. When the lobster is cool enough to handle, remove the shell and cut into large chunks.
  2. In a large deep pan or skillet, heat 3 tbsp olive oil. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the chopped onions. Saute the onions for 2 minutes then add the rice, and cook for 3 more minutes, stirring regularly. Now add the chopped garlic and the lobster cooking water. Stir in the saffron and it’s soaking liquid, paprika, cayenne pepper, aleppo pepper, and salt. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and green beans. Bring to a boil and let the liquid slightly reduce, then cover (with lid or tightly with foil) and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Uncover and spread the shrimp over the rice, pushing it into the rice slightly. Add a little water if needed. Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the shrimp turns pink. Finally, add the cooked lobster chunks. When the lobster is warmed through, turn heat off. Garnish with parsley.
  4. Serve the paella hot with your favorite white wine

 

Last, but not least, the BONUS FEATURE!

I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberlee Slaughter at Tinzley Bradford’s Settle Free Mixer last year and I believe we hit it off from there.

Kimberlee is a self taught cook who is passionate about what she makes. Her food serves your taste buds with love and satisfaction. She has started her own business and YouTube channel too!

Business Name: Kim’s A La Carte

YouTube: Kims A La Carte

Go like, share and subscribe!

 

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Photo: Kimberlee Slaughter’s Bang Bang Shrimp

 

 

 

Check out some of her dishes and definitely feel free to reach out to her to place your next catered order!

Contact Kimberlee here

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I hope you guys have enjoyed a snippet of more to come!

Make sure you go out and support Kimberlee with her catering business. You can even purchase a personal plate too!

By the way, if you try one of the two recipes, drop your pic below so I can see all of the awesome cooks out there!

Come back next week for more goodies! Whatcha Cooking Wednesday!

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Back Like Never Before

I mean, the picture speaks for itself! I’m back like never before with even more to share! I tell you, I have missed y’all and I have a small explanation as to why I went missing.

So, you all know if you’ve been keeping up…I set out to do a 21 Day Challenge. It was going great. I was on it and proud of myself. BUT, the kicker I didn’t even think about was the fact I had a lot more time on my hands. Now, it’s different. I’ve taken a new step in life along with accepting more responsibility socially and personally. So, my schedule got scattered.

That’s really funny to me because I like to follow things step by step and somehow I feel God always tosses a boomerang my way. NEVER FAILS! 😂

On top of everything else, I just partnered with a dope company too! I won’t reveal that just yet until everything is finalized. But, I’m on the move. I had to bounce back with a post to give an update.

Here’s a few things I have done

  • Attended the Trumpet Awards
  • Took my own pictures as my own photographer 🙌🏽 with a little help
  • Got a better understanding on SEO
  • Put my goal book in use
  • Learning the ropes on building property

I’m Back Like Never Before!

It’s amazing how my life is being prepped for my future. It’s like I planned out “my life” the way I saw fit. I’m doing things I’ve never thought twice about. As I continue through this process though, I notice things I did as a child is starting to circle back around. Memories that I haven’t referenced are coming to the forefront of my mind as a token to show me why I am heading down a completely opposite path.

You know what sealed the deal?!

I was on Facebook scrolling through briefly, and came across a video posted by Georgia Dawkins. I admire this trailblazer from afar and she was speaking about why she left Sister Circle. Georgia worded everything beautifully and I recently had someone tell me things she said verbatim. As I listened, I wanted to shout because I knew I wasn’t the only person who allows their life to be guided by the Lord. It may sound crazy, BUT it’s amazing when you get confirmation in such an obvious way.

I owe you all 5 more posts, so for that, I’m doubling up my sprinkle of inspiration. Know this: Just because you aren’t performing the way someone else wants you to perform does NOT mean you will not succeed. A person can do everything seamlessly and be on time 24/7, never miss a day anywhere, study hard as ever and realize their work is WORTH every step…but wonder why the person beside them gets more of an opportunity. Well, it’s also what’s inside that counts and the willingness. People see the work you put out, but they also want to feel an organic connection.

I gota go but heyyyy, I’m back like never before! Love y’all. ✌🏽

Transitional Season

Ok y’all! I’m dropping in to give you a quick run down with life. I tell you I’m absolutely loving it! You know when you reach a transitional season in your life, it’s absolutely amazing.

To transition is to change from one state or condition to another. A season is broken up into 4 classes. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. So a transitional season is changing from one condition (past) in that point in your life to moving to your next opportunity. Personally for me, I get excited to transition into my next journey. It’s almost as if you’ve conquered something. You didn’t “die” from whatever has happened previously and it’s a new step in life to grow and mature. I think Mario and Luigi got the idea.

Blessings and Overflow

Conquering a challenge

Well, real quick, I stepped into a new opportunity for my life. It has been one of the best changes I could have asked for. It’s also amazing how everything I was looking for to accommodate my life came in one big package. Have you ever imagined of having the motivation, like minds, prayerful devotion and a mental balance when you go somewhere? Well, God has blessed me with this.

I tell you, I don’t accept any negative words to come against me either. I’ll be smiling all my days too because I’ve eliminated pain and grudges to accepting the joy of the Lord.

Here’s to opportunities and abundant blessings. I want to offer the chance to email me what you may need in life. I will dedicate some time to pray for you because I care about you guys! Send me those emails 😘

Relle.rp95@yahoo.com

Hold me accountable as I pray for! Love you guys.

Life Gets Hard

Life Gets Hard and that isn’t an unusual statement for anyone. We as humans all experience a hardship at some point in time. Most times it’s not what we want, but we accept it for what it is and keep moving forward. Life Gets Hard truly isn’t an understatement.

This is one of those short posts again…So what do you do when things seem to tense up and get rough? Do you flip out, pray, talk to somebody or hold it in? Or do you get emotional to the point you don’t know what to do? People have so many reactions to situations it’s pretty hard to pinpoint one universal response. The reason I ask is because it seems as if millennials have a hard time with the painful word…LIFE.

Do you see how many words made up “LIFE”?

I can understand my own question about reactions. Imagine experiencing several of these emotions and they fail at one point or another. You sit back and think Life Gets Hard. Like it really does.

The whole purpose of this post is to simply say, no matter how many lemons are thrown at you, don’t try to make lemonade. Roll the lemon to make sure it isn’t too hard. Afterwards cut it open, then juice it.

Life is a process and you have to approach it delicately. If you grab that lemon and you can barely cut through it, well, I reckon you’ll struggle making some good homemade lemonade. But, if you take time to knead it to get the juices flowing, you just might have a rewarding pitcher of lemonade. Don’t try to steer life in the direction you see fit. It is not always set up for you to be in charge. Understand the process of it and let things happen in rightful order. As long as you trust the process, you will learn to knead through the hard times to have the opportunity to see the reward. It’ll all work out in due time.

When Life Gets Hard, relax. The chips will fall as they may.

FarmHer

I’m learning how to be a FarmHer y’all!

Farm, Farming, Farmers, Organic

Yea, you’ve read that right. I’m learning about farming. Before I get you all gung-ho to believe I’m all that with it…I’m not.

The reason I titled this post FarmHer was for a very specific reason. I love how the topics I write about come to me in all shapes and forms. In this case, it came from a goat.

Today was dedicated to fixing up the farm in preparation for upcoming events. While I was outside moving hay around with everyone, grabbing tools I had no idea the name of and doing as I was told, I glanced over to the goat pin.

Man, I know y’all thinking, really Relle, a GOAT.

You’ll be amazed at what you learn studying animals even if it’s for 5 minutes. Let me get on with the experience.

Well, the goats were huddled together and one was apart from the group. We’ll call that one Goat B. The goats were gathered around a tree to be exact. Well, Goat B, like the one pictured above was hanging off to the side. As the other goats were munching,  Goat B looks over and thinks “I want part of that too.” Following that thought process, Goat B goes and butts all of the other goats out of the way to get ALL of “good food.” They had already been fed.

This is where it hit me

That’s us as humans. A GOAT. It’s honestly sad too. Many times we are apart from the crowd but when we see people flock to one place we demand to be front and center. When you see a street performer…you may not mind anything UNTIL you hear screaming and cheering. What do you do next? Turn back to find out what was going on. That goat wasn’t worried about a thing in the world, but turned around to see the others eating and he/she wasn’t getting any of the share. So Goat B does what? Demands to be front and center and gets in on the fun.

People want a share of TOO MUCH! You want this, this, this AND this, oh and that over there, but WHY?

Can anyone point me into the right direction to find this answer?!

It’s GREED. Yep, you’re greedy whether you know it or not. Don’t deem me as the wicked person calling everyone out. No, for starters we are all greedy in some shape or form. Secondly, if you didn’t know, maybe you can reevaluate yourself. That goat had its share of food, care free, then butts the others to get whatever it is they have.

DON’T BE A GOAT

Come back tomorrow for even more! ☺️