Cazuela de moriscos is a Colombian Seafood Stew common in the city of Cartagena which has a strong Caribbean vibe to it. My wife and I visited multiple cities (Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena) in Colombia earlier this year. I was impressed by the appreciation for culture andh heritage as evidenced by its visual and performing street artists. Food-wise we had so many great experiences from street food to restaurants. This seafood stew recipe was inspired by a dish at had there and I plan to make others that I experienced during my visit. Stay tuned! This one tastes like I spent all day cooking it, but in reality, it was just 30 minutes.
Fun vibes with this Okra Fried Rice. It’s a fusion of cultures that results in high flavor. The best part is it comes together easily for a quick weeknight dish. But it’s also fancy enough to serve to guests at a weekend celebration.
Quick and easy take on an American classic recipe. I make this Cuban twist on sloppy joes. The sauce is based on a spiced ketchup that is elevated with smoky paprika and cumin. When I’m feeling nostalgic or need to get something of substance on the table fast this is a go to. This ain’t your momma’s sloppy joe recipe though. It’s straight-up homemade with a sauce that’s over the top. In keeping with this month’s TR808 music production theme, Daft Punk’s “Doin It Right” powered this recipe.
Doctored up ketchup with Cuban flavors. Making doctored sauces is one of my meal prep hacks. I made a big batch of this and used for homemade sloppy joes and Cuban Fritas (burgers) plus its a great everyday condiment.
As simple as desserts can get in the form of these roasted plums. The spiced syrup topping gives the dish its dessert status. Agave, honey, or maple syrup depending on your preference is spiked with cinnamon and chili powder to make this a more fun and interesting dish.
A salad you can eat with your hands in the form of a watermelon wedge salad. Fresh, ripe watermelon is cut into wedges and topped with chimichurri style sauce featuring fresh mustard greens, cilantro, and lime juice.