Since I posted a recipe, I'll fill you in on a secret: I love to cook. I go ga-ga for trying a new recipe out, cooking for friends, and just browsing Williams-Sonoma.
Incredible was once worried that if we moved in together, my anal self would want to decorate the whole house to my liking. I shocked him and told him, he could take full reign of it, as long as I could do what I like in the kitchen. That room is all mine and hate when peeps mess in my kitchen. I don't even like other cooks making me meals in my kitchen. I am very particular, as you can guess. There are specific utensils for specific duties. Certain bowls only used for certain items. The plastic chopping board and the wooden chopping board can not aid in chopping the same ingredients. Cutting knives are for cutting, butter knives are for, well, um...butter! That heavy, industrial mixer is not a mixer...it is a Kitchen-Aid and I love it. It mashes, kneads, whisks, and occasionally mixes. With the right attachment, it'll cut homemade pasta. Uhm hmm.
Right now I am on a Jerking marathon and am jerking anything that I can.
The best meal that I adapted last week was Jerk Pork, spicy sweet mashed potatoes, and a fruit/cilantro salsa:
Jerk Pork (can use: chicken, shrimp, chicken wings, or steak)
I used "official Jamaican" jerk seasoning found in the Ethnic aisle of the grocery store.
Let the pork loin chops marinate at room temperature for half an hour.
Grill 2 minutes on each side, then brush more jerk seasoning onto each chop. Grill another minute.
Spicy Sweet Mashed Potatoes
For a serving of two, I used three big sweet potatoes.
Chop into inch chunks. Boil in mildly salted water (I never go by the sea water rule---eek).
Drain once softened. Added about two teaspoons of butter, 1/4 cup of whipping cream, and three tablespoons of chili powder. I wanted it spicy.
Then mash (of course, I did so with the Kitchen-Aid)
Fruit & Cilantro salsa
One can of Pineapple Chunks (in the syrup)
About a cup of roughly chopped cilantro (to match the size of the pineapple chunks)
one small container of raspberries
Mix all together, including the pineapple syrup from the can. Let sit while the meat is cooking.
Then drain. Serve on top of the Jerked meat.