Praying for the people in Japan…

 

People gather outside Sendai station after a powerful earthquake hit northern Japan on Friday March 11, 2011. The ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing scores of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

…and all along the Pacific Rim. How horrible and tragic; I hope my mom and relatives are safe in the Philippines and I also hope my former roommate and great friend, Yuhei Miyauchi is okay. He was going to school in Tokyo. Please keep them in your thoughts.

– Anthony

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C.K.’s lunch at El Gaucho.

Salmon fettuccine at El Gaucho. Courtesy of C.K.

There will be more pix coming up from C.K.’s lunch with family and friends at one of Seattle’s renown steakhouses: El Gaucho. He said this dish was truly divine. It totally looks delicious.

Changes.

Aunts, uncle, cousins...

Hey, everyone. My apologies for the lack of written content these past few days. I’m in the process of changing careers, getting new glasses, having a more optimistic outlook on life, and working hard on pursuing better goals this year.

Food will always be high on my list of priorities because you all know this boy has got to eat. But most importantly, 2010 really revealed to me that the value of laughter and family, especially during these trying times, is critical in maintaining one’s sanity and composure. 😉

In a way, you could also say that cooking kind of saved me a little.

As this week draws to a close, I’m going to work on establishing another food blog that will embrace the love of cooking complete with interviews, video, and recipes, lol. Goodies from the Grenadines will return to its original purpose of focusing on Caribbean culture, cuisine, and hopefully the daily ongoings of the bakery that my hard-working cousin and her husband own and manage in Kingstown, SVG.

With that said, here’s to looking forward to the kind of change that gets us back on track to the road to success and happy stomachs.

This was yesterday’s breakfast. 🙂

Shepherd’s Pie & Inspiration from Kori (via ReFresh and Foodbuzz)

My cousin, Alice, cooks up some Shepherd's Pie.

For those of us who are temporarily unfamiliar with this particular piece of food history, Shepherd’s Pie is a dish that originated from the English – specifically, in the 1870s under the lesser used “cottage pie.”

I must admit that this piece took some time to finally post. But the experience of witnessing my cousin Alice bake this on the spot was truly memorable and enjoyable, albeit, nearly a year after the fact. 🙂

From what I recall that night, Alice’s version had a bit of a bite to it. Perhaps the addition of cayenne pepper in the mix?

I’ll have to catch up with her to affirm whether that’s true.

To be clear, I borrowed the recipe below from an established website but the essential ingredients and methodology remain the same. Do enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice

Method

1. Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3. Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5. Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

6. Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Serves four.

(The original recipe is located at Simply Recipes.)

And to end this on a high note, Kori, a friend from Foodbuzz, shared the following quote on her blog ReFresh. I wanted to pay forward the inspiration.

Inspiration for the day…

I just love this quote… and the person who shared it with me! – Kori

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.   (Unknown)