summer recipe

Recipe: Cucumber Cream Cheese Cups

INGREDIENTS

2 English Cucumbers

Herbs: Dill, thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil

1 package of Cream Cheese (8oz)

1 lb Strawberries

TOOLS

Melon Baller (a table spoon also works!)

Mixing bowl and spoon

Knife and cutting board

Vegetable peeler

Piping Bag (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Wash cucumbers and cut off ends. Use peeler to remove strips of skin, or fully peel.

Cut into 2″ sections, use melon baller or spoon to scoop out the top half of the cucumber section. Chill in refrigerator.

Fine chop the herbs and combine with the cream cheese in mixing bowl

Wash strawberries and remove tops. Slice thinly.

Retrieve the cucumber cups, fill piping bag with cream cheese mixture, and fill the cups.

Top with a strawberry slice and serve on a platter!

Recipe: Banana leaf wrapped Halibut

Ingredients

· Banana leaf 1 Pack

· 1lb halibut fillet

· 1 can of coconut cream (12oz)

· 1 whole pineapple

· 1 red bell pepper

· 1 green bell pepper

· 3 lemons

· 1lb jasmine rice

· 4oz mustard seed

· 2 quarts of heavy cream

· 1 cup of chicken stock

· 10 toothpicks

· 1 medium yellow onion

· 1 clove of minced garlic

· 4oz Chives

Directions

FISH

1. Rinse halibut under cold running water, pat dry with paper towels

2. Season with salt and pepper to taste

3. Wrap the filet in the banana leaf, pin in place with toothpicks

4. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes

5. Remove from oven, and unwrap the banana leaf in the middle of the plate

SAUCE

1. Peel and core the pineapple, cut in half

2. Puree one half, set other half aside

3. Dice both bell peppers

4. Mix can of coconut cream with pureed pineapple, diced bell peppers, lemon juice from 1 lemon, and salt and pepper to taste

5. Once fish is plated, drizzle sauce and garnish with chives

RICE

1. Rinse 2 cups of jasmine rice with cool water to remove starch

2. Sautee onion, mustard seed and garlic, until onions are translucent

3. In a 2” half pan, put rinsed rice 3 cups of chicken stock, 1 cup of heavy cream and garlic mixture

4. Cover pan with foil and bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

5. Remove from oven, mix to fluff, and plate on the banana leaf next to fish

GRILLED PINEAPPLE (Optional)

1. Slice the half pineapple into 1/2” sections

2. Season with salt and pepper to taste

3. Grill for 2 minutes on each side, or until marks appear

4. Plate on the banana leaf next to fish