Food is Love

I have posted in the past about my friend Chef Jimmy.  He has Mojo!  And he sells it too!  It is a really great blend of spices that is very healthy and tasty.

It can be found at Amazon under the food section.  You should give it a try.  It’s great on any kind of protein, and it is really good on peanuts.
He made us dinner the other night and it was delish!
The strawberries were so fresh, and juicy so he decided to incorporate it into a salad:
The candies pecans were a nice addition.  Hey, do you suppose he put some of his Mojo on them?
And it had a super yummy dressing:
It was an overcast day, so some comfort food was the order of the day.
Braised Chicken over fresh pasta.  Yummm.
So check him out at Amazon.com. And chefjimmy.com
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Chicken Vegetable Soup

Celery for chicken veg soup

Nothing soothes the soul like a warm bowl of homemade Chicken vegetable soup.  You can use any combination of vegetables that you like.

Chicken veg soup

1  large onion chopped

3 ribs of celery chopped

1 clove of garlic

4 medium zucchini cut in cubes

3 potatoes, any kind

1 large handful of green bean cut into bite size pieces

3 carrots cut into bite size pieces

2 quarts of chicken stock (or vegetarian if you prefer)

2 cups of cooked chicken meat chopped

salt and pepper

Parsley to finish the dish.

potatoes for chicken veg soup

Saute the onions, garlic, celery and carrots  in 1 tablespoon of oil for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.  Add the potatoes and saute for a few more minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients except for the green beans and parsley.  Simmer until all the vegetables are soft.  Add the green beans and simmer for about 5 minutes.  I like my green beans “al dente”.  Taste for salt and pepper.  Serve in bowls with the parsley sprinkled on top.

Variations:

If you want to make it Mexican, add a chipotle.

If you want to make it French, add a pistou (French pesto sauce).

If you want to make it Italian, add some Parmesan cheese to the top of it.

Chicken soup

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Tia Edwina’s Senegalese Soup

Green Apple

My Aunt was a wonderful cook and a marvelous hostess.  She sure loved to have a party.  This was one of her favorite soups.  It has a very interesting flavor.  You can serve it hot or cold, but it is most commonly served cold.

Chicken Senegalese

2 Tablespoons Onion, minced
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 Granny Smith Apples, chopped
1 Tablespoons Flour
2 teaspoons Curry
3 ½ cups Chicken broth
1 teaspoon Chicken bullion
1/4 cup Cream
Chicken meat, diced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Apples and Onions Saute onions in butter. Add apples and cook for about 5 minutes. Add flour and curry, stir well then add broth. Simmer 30 minutes. Blend at low speed in a blender then put through sieve and chill. Place chicken in the bowls and serve with cream.  There is a variation that adds 2/3 cup of good peanut butter when the soup is blended. You can also garnish it with cilantro.

These same ingredients can be turned into Chicken a la Senegalese.   You just take the Chicken pieces and brown them then add the soup and simmer for about 20 minutes.  You can serve this over rice.

Senegalese soup

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Chicken Tikka Masala

It was amazing to me to find out that a dish that I thought was so Indian is really a British interpretation.  In fact, Tikka Masala is the most popular dish in England.  I guess that just speaks to the influence India and Great Britain had on each other.  This is a bit time consuming, but it is well worth the effort.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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