The Gist……in a Pandemic

Hey guys! It’s been a while since my last post. As our world turns into something I’d never thought I/we’d ever experience. I’m hopeful, and believe me, I came close to losing hope. Thank God for family and friends that kept me encouraged, and talked me off the edge. Life goes on and we have to adjust accordingly.

Although my mind has been bombarded with this new Pandemic lifestyle, that has done a 360 on me. What is getting me through, and functioning at some normalcy in this new world is my cooking. It makes me happy and keeps me distracted (since traveling is a no go right now). For me, keeping busy with my recipes is a really good thing.

I’m a finger food/appetizer freak! Lol, these dishes are easy and fun, but most importantly they’re everything tasty!

Grilled shrimp on Deviled eggs

Ingredients deveined shrimp, boiled eggs, mayonnaise, fresh parsley, corn oil (for frying), paprika, salt and pepper to taste

How:

Hard boil your eggs 10 min.

any number of shrimp you desire, according to your number of guests

For the grilled shrimp, any seasoning you desire, however, for your shrimp to be tasty, it’s safe to stick to flavors or a formula of salt/spicy/sweet.

Delicious Appetizers

Simplicity has always been a way of life for me. With all the shit life can throw at you, I’m always looking to keep things simple and sweet.

Avocado toast on toasted English muffin and sweet plantains with cinnamon

Ingredients Avocados (2), cilantro, olive oil, red onions, garlic (3 cloves), lemon (half)

Breakfast fit for a Queen, that was suppose to be in Mexico

Pina Colada

Ingredients Rum, Ice, frozen Pina Colada mixers

How: Blender 😁

Pina Coollllllaaaaaaattttttaaaaaassssss

I was on a mini quarantine, due to planning a vacation a year ago, but of course due to the pandemic, every thing got cancelled. So I’m home for two weeks, making the best of being trap in my thoughts. I was suppose to be in Mexico celebrating my sister’s retirement. A couple of my recipes may be Caribbean inspired.

BBQ Spareribs with Hawaiian macaroni salad

Ingredients

Spareribs (pork) and BBQ sauce

Macaroni salad ingredients

Elbow macaroni, ham, pineapple, ginger, scallions, mayonnaise, salt & pepper to taste

How: Ribs

Happy Memorial Day! From the living room! 😅

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. I like to boil my ribs for 1 1/2 to 2 hours before putting them in the oven to bake (for extra tenderness), for 45 minutes to an hour. After boiling, season with the salty/spicy/sweet formula, that I mentioned earlier in the article. And, one of my suggestions for a seasoning is the 5 spice, that can be purchased in the Asian isle of most supermarkets.

If you’re having a lazy or just kinda in a rushed day. Getting a pre-made barbecue sauce is just as good as a homemade one.

Once you’ve seasoned, and poured your bbq sauce on the ribs, tighten your baking pan with aluminum foil on top. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

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