Sunday, August 30, 2015

Garlic Rosemary Lamb Chops + Crab Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Rosemary Lamb Chops + Crab Mashed Potatoes + Creamed Spinach
Pretty expensive but delicious & worth it. I actually prefer regular mashed potatoes but I just wanted to try something more "exciting." Lol. It was pretty damn good.
Scroll down for recipe.

Here it is:

Garlic Rosemary Lamb Chops
  • 9-12 Lamb chops
  • 5 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tsp rosemary, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Combine salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary. Rub mixture on lamb. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  3. Heat oil- medium heat. Add lamb chops to skillet. Cook for desired doneness. 2-3 minutes on each side for medium rare.
Crab Mashed Potatoes
  • 4 Yukon potatoes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. In a large pan, add enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil the potatoes until fork can be inserted and removed easily.
  2. Strain. Transfer potatoes to a separate bowl. Add butter to large pan, sauté garlic.
  3. Mash potatoes in a separate bowl.
  4. Add heavy cream & potatoes to large pan. Whip potatoes with an electric mixer. Add crab meat, green onions, and garlic powder to potatoes. 
  5. Add salt and pepper. 
Creamed Spinach
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 2 bunches of spinach, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 heavy cream
  1. Heat skillet - medium heat. Sauté garlic & onions for about 2 minutes
  2. Add in chopped spinach and warm
  3. Add salt, nutmeg, heavy cream

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Salmon cakes w/ poached eggs

Sup ya'll. Salmon cake + poached eggs + homemade dressing. Pretty good. They say a serving size is one salmon cake but I ended up eating 3 because IT IS THAT GOOD. I got this recipe from Pinch of Yum.  They serve this with salad but I prefer serving it w/ poached eggs :). I also added cayenne pepper because I love everything spicy.

Salmon Cake

  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley & basil
  • 16 oz salmon
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon all seasoning mix
  • lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced herbs & shallot (reserved from the cakes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
*Don't forget the poached eggs*

Mince the shallot & herbs. Set aside two tablespoons of this for the dressing. Sauté the remaining shallot & herbs in olive oil over medium heat.

Pulse the salmon a few times in a food processor until chopped well. If you do not have a food processor, you can chop it using a knife. Stir salmon, quinoa, eggs, seasoning, lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, herbs, and shallots. Shape into patties. 

Mix dressing ingredients together.

Serve poached eggs over the cakes & add dressing. Done!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cajun Shrimp Pizza

My boyfriend, @Brock.A.Roni, has been obsessed with shrimp lately. All that talk about it triggered my craving for shrimp so I decided to make a cajun shrimp pizza using the left over dough & mozzarella cheese from last week's post.

Pizza Dough
See Previous Post here (or you can use pre-made dough)

Cajun Shrimp

  • 1/2 lb shrimp (cleaned, peeled, deveined) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • olive oil
Combine the herbs & spices. Season shrimp w/ this mixture. Sautée shrimp in olive oil until shrimp is firm & opaque (medium heat) . Set shrimp aside.

Cajun Pizza Sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • A few leaves of fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce 
  • olive oil
Sautée garlic in olive oil, add tomato paste & sauce, hot sauce, and dry ingredients. Stir. (Medium heat)

  • Dough
  • Cajun Shrimp
  • Cajun Sauce
  • Mozzarella
  • Orange bell pepper
  • Green onion
  • Parsley for garnish
Roll out the dough, pour some sauce on that thing (I like a good saucy pizza so I poured a generous amount). Spread mozzarella cheese evenly. Then arrange shrimp, bell peppers, green onions evenly to the pizza. Bake it in the oven at 440 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes. Add parsley for garnish. 
Ta-da! Done.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Breakfast Pizzaaa

Get ready breakfast & pizza lovers--- this got dang pizza is too got dang good. It is way too easy to make. Good food doesn't have to be complicated. All you need are a few breakfast ingredients and dough. Anyway, you know I don't like to talk much on here so here's the recipe:

Oh, by the way-- I'm back! I think... :)

Make Dough (or you can purchase pre-made dough)

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour (Plus a little more for rolling)
  • 1 packet of instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Combine bread flour, sugar, yeast, & salt in a bowl. Mix using an electric mixer or you can work your arms out using a wooden spoon. While mixing, add water and oil. The dough will be a little sticky, so you may need to add a little more flour. Gently knead dough on a lightly floured surface. Coat a bowl with olive oil, add the dough, cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for about an hour in a warm area to let it double in size.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface then divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes. This dough recipe calls for 2 medium size pizzas---I froze the other half of the dough for future use.

Pizza Time
  • 1/2 pizza dough
  • 1 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan & asiago cheese mix
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 slices of Bacon, cooked & cut into pieces
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 4 eggs
  • fresh parsley (for garnish)
  • green onion (for garnish)
  • red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. While you wait for the dough to rise, cook your Bacon & prep the garnishes. Spray pizza baking dish or cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll out the dough. Arrange cheese, Bacon, tomatoes evenly to the pizza. Crack 4 eggs on the pizza and bake for 10-15 minutes. Garnish with green onions, parsley, and add red pepper for some spice.

Shoutout to the homie @rickycribb for the photos.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Smoked Salmon Focaccia Flat Bread

Smoked Salmon Focaccia Flat Bread & Kale Grapefruit Salad (not too fond of the salad--- I have a hate relationship with salads)

A few slices of Smoked Salmon

Dill Onion Cream Cheese:
4 ounces whipped cream cheese
1/8 cup red onion, finely diced
1 tbs dill
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Focaccia Flat Bread:
Recipe pending. The original flat bread that I made was unbelievably disgusting. It tasted like it was once a chair. I used a recipe from a random website--- I ended up having to alter the recipe. The focaccia was MUCH better the 2nd time around but I'm still working on perfecting it. If you want to do this the easy way, score some fresh focaccia from your nearest bakery! Garlic Rosemary Naan would also work. I know you're drooling over the beautiful color palette soooo Try. This. NOW.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

SPICY Lamb Adobo

Chicken Lamb Adobo - Unofficial national dish of the Philippines

I've been craving lamb & my father's Chicken Adobo for quite some time. Ding - why not combine the two? 
Adobo is basically one of the most popular dishes of the Philippines. It contains meat, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. I was raised with chicken and pork adobo--- so I decided to switch up and use lamb (Because I've been craving it for so long + I've never cooked it before). Its slow cooked at a low temperature--leaving the meat extremely tender and flavorful. Its usually served with white rice (I served it with potatoes instead). Anyway, you should give it a try!
Oh yeah, I made it SPICY. Nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) kick.

1 lb rack of lamb
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 bay leaves
1/2 lb red potatoes
Red/green/yellow bell peppers 
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients. You can marinate for 3-4 hours or over night. Bring that bad boy to a boil. Turn to the lowest heat and cook for 2 hours. You can also cook the lamb separately if you like it rare. Look how easy that is. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rare. Sweet & savory steak & eggs.

Hello! Best steak recipe ever. It's not hard to perfectly cook steak!

STEAK MARINADE (my dad's recipe)- sweet & savory
2 servings

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb  filet mignon

1. Marinate your steak 12-14 hours before cooking.
2. Leave your steak at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you cook it.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. In an oven safe (cast iron) skillet over medium-high heat, melt oil. Sear all sides for about 2-3 minutes.
5. Put it in the oven for about 5 minutes. (I only eat my steaks rare sooooooo)

Serve with any side of your choice!
I made kale chips, tostones, and eggs :)

RARE from Melanie Tibayan on Vimeo.
Kale Chips Recipe
Tostones Recipe

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Kale Quinoa Patties Eggs Benedict with Avocado

The SVP of the R&D department brought kale quinoa patties for my boss's breakfast potluck. I've never been a big fan quinoa but because it has good nutritional properties I kind of forced myself to like it. The kale quinoa patties were pretty good considering they were healthy-- I'm a Fatty McFatFat at heart. Anyway, it had potential to be a flavorful party in your mouth breakfast. I decided to make this dish slightly unhealthy (leave it to me to make a healthy dish unhealthy). Kale Quinoa Patties Eggs Benedict with Avocado & Cayenne pepper. 

Scroll down for the recipe :)

KALEQUINOA from Melanie Tibayan on Vimeo.

Kale Quinoa Patties Ingredients
1 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
2 cups kale chopped & deveined
1 egg
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup parmesan
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup chives
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
1 carrot, shredded
Olive oil

1. Combine quinoa, egg, parmesan, chives, pepper, and salt in a mixing bowl.
2. Heat olive oil in skillet - Medium heat - slightly cook onions and garlic then add kale and shredded carrots. (I was too hungry to wait so I cooked all 4 veggies at once)
3. Add cooked veggie mixture to quinoa mixture then add bread crumbs. Mix mix mix.
4. Heat olive oil in skillet - Medium heat - fry patties 4-5 minutes on each side.

Hollandaise sauce Ingredients
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of lime juice
dash of salt, dash of black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of water

1. Choose a small sauce pan and a metal or heat-proof glass bowl that fits securely on top of the pan. Pour some water into the sauce pan (1 inch). Do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Boil the water, turn the heat down to keep the water at a bare simmer.
2. In the bowl, whisk egg yolk, salt, black pepper, until the mixture is slightly thickened. Set the bowl in the pan and whisk slowly but constantly until mixture starts to thicken.
3. Slowly stir in melted butter. The sauce should be thickened. Don't forget to keep whisking! Add 1 teaspoon of water. You're done! You go girl! or boy!

Oh, don't forget the poached eggs. Click here for the perfect poached egg recipe. Courtesy of Alton Brown. 

Add sliced avocado to the patties, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, garnish with chives and cayenne pepper.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Black Bean Turkey Burger & Yummy Guac.

Black Bean Turkey Burger - Click Here
Guac - 2 avocados, 1/2 mango, 1 jalapeño, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 onion finely chopped, a splash lime juice, dash of salt pepper and garlic, & corn. Savory, sweet, and delicious.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


What I'm wearing:

Jacket from Kitson (Had this for a year but never wore it)
H&M skirt
BLQ Basiq Tank from Nasty Gal
Alexander Wang "sweatshirt" shoes from
Bracelet from Cotton On