Ginger Mayo

Dressings, Healthy, spicy

Spanish Version

Many times my friends get frustrated with a reduced calorie diet and that makes them fail on trying, others on the contra ire think that buying industrially processed salad dressings bring flavor to their salad without realizing the quantity and quality of the fat and other ingredients not so good for your body.

This is why this week im going to dedicate it to publish some salad dressings, easy to make  and with an ideal caloric content to put up some flavors to the salads without exceeding daily limits allowed on a reduce calories diet.

We have done traditional mayonnaise, now let’s spice thing up, and what better way to do it than with ginger. Ginger oil brings great aid in heath as  digestive,  antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, stimulating and even aphrodisiac properties. It can be found in asian markets or in the asian section at your local grocery store.

This dressing suits great to roman lettuce, mustard greens, or even bitter greens such as radiccio or chicory.

INGREDIENTS

1 Egg yolk<
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp Mustard Powder
1 Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Ginger Oil

PREPARATION

In a glass bowl mix the egg yolk, salt, pepper and mustard powder until the salt is dissolved.

Add the lemon juice

While whipping, gradually add the ginger oil to make the dressing.

The ginger oil is very spicy, use moderately, this dressing keeps well in the refrigerator up to a week

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
Serving: 1 Tablespoon

Calories 50
Carbs 44 g
Fat 3 g
Protein 3 g
Sodium 49 mg
Sugar 1g

Mayonnaise

Honey Mustard

Dressings, Healthy

Spanish Version

Many times my friends get frustrated with a reduce calorie diet and that makes them fail on trying, others on the contra ire think that buying industrially processed salad dressings bring flavor to their salad without realizing the quantity and quality of the fat and other ingredients not so good for your body.

This is why this week im going to dedicate it to publish some salad dressings, easy to make and with an ideal caloric content to put up some flavors to the salads without exceeding daily limits allowed on a reduce calories diet.
I met the honey muster dressing when I started to work in advertising back in the late nighties, the agency I worked at was in an office building with a Bagel and Salads mint the ground label, my best friend and I have lunch there frequently and she introduced me to this dressing.

Honey its an excellent sweetener, even if it has a similar caloric content that refined sugar, it doesn’t have any refining process which allows it to keep antibiotics and nutrients, thats why that sometimes people have honey and lemons for cold. If we combine this with a nice mustard, it can be dijon or plane yellow mustard from any grocery store, you will get an excellent mix of flavor.

INGREDIENTS

4 Tbsp Honey

4 Tbsp Yellow Mustrad

1/2 cup Olive Oil

Sea Salt

PREPARATION

In a bowl mix honey, mustard and sea salt and whisk it until the salt is completely disolved.

Slowly incorporate the olive oil to make and steady illusion, this means mixing it until all the ingredients come together without separating.

Once donde bottle it up and storage it, it will last for a whole week

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
For Each Tablespoon

Calories 76
Carbs  4 g
Fat 7 g
Protein 0 g
Sodium 57 mg
Sugar 4g

The Mayonnaise can be healthy

Dressings

Spanish Version

Many times my friends get frustrated with a reduce calorie diet and that makes them fail on trying, others on the contra ire think that buying industrially processed salad dressings bring flavor to their salad without realizing the quantity and quality of the fat and other ingredients not so good for your body.

This is why this week im going to dedicate it to publish some salad dressings, easy to make and with an ideal caloric content to put up some flavors to the salads without exceeding daily limits allowed on a reduce calories diet.

Mayonnaise its an emulsion that contains a high content of fat, however, when home made with extra virgin olive oil you get the benefits of a unrefined cold pressed oil which is healthier for you and great for a reduced calories diet, in difference with the retail version which is usually done with vegetable oil (the olive available for that company or a mix of many different oils) and another ingredients that allows it to keep shelf stability for six months without spoiling.

You don’t have to feel intimidated by this recipe, its super easy to make and delicious.

INGREDIENTS

1 egg yolk from a large egg
1/4 tbsp sea salt
1/4 tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PREPARATION

In a glass bowl mix the yolk, mustard and sea salt whipping with a whisk until salt is completely disolved.

Add the lemon juice and the vinegar whipping vigorously.

Whithout stop the beating add a thin strain of the Olive Ol and whisk until having all the ingredients well mixed.

Once done bottle it up and storage it, it will last for a whole week

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
For Each Tablespoon
Calories 106
Carbs 0 g
Fat 12 g
Protein 0 g
Sodium 49 mg
Sugar 0 g

Cheesecake

Gaby’s Cheesecake

Desserts, Memory Lane

Spanish Version

When I was in my twenties I turn myself into dog breeding, this gave me the knowledge about dogs, breeds, behaviors and the worst thing a dog can have, the owners!

From that group of breeders and owners I have Gabriela, descendent of a German mother and a Venezuelan father, she has that dark twisted German humor and strong will and the party spirit of a Venezuelan, once on her kitchen she told me this cheesecake recipe that I promise not to ever reveal.

However, keeping my promise, I have made a few adjustments to improve the caloric content and for the shortage of some of the original ingredients, its done with passion fruit, but you may chance the fruit depending of what you like or the season, but be aware that not all the fruits have the same liquid content.

One of the hardest things of writing this recipe was make it without brands so you can do it anywhere in the world, so please try it and let me know!

INGREDIENTS

For the crust
225 g graham crackers crushed
100 g unsalted margarine

For the filling

250 g unsalted ricotta
395 g condensed milk (1 large can)
1 cup passion fruit pulp
15 g flavorless gelatin

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 350 ºF

In a food processor put the crushed graham crackers and process until obtaining a fine powder

On a pan melt the margarine and remove from heat

Mix the graham cracker powder it’s the melted butter in the pan and then pour and compact over a pie dish, this will be your pie crust so try to have it as even as possible

Bake until slightly brown.

Remove from oven

To make the passion fruit pulp remove the pulp for the fruits and blend it without adding water on a blender.

Pass it throug a strainer so all the seed separate from it and just have the “juice”

Wash the blender jar so it doesn’t have any seeds left and then put back the passion fruit juice, add the ricotta, the condensed milk and blend until obtain a creamy silky mix, add the gelatin and blend for approximately 2 minutes.

Pour the cream over the still hot crust, and let it cool for at leas 1 hour then place it into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours until the cream is completely solid.

Portion it and share the joy!

There is many kinds of flavorless gelatins the vegetables and the animal ones, when you use any flavorless gelatin read on the label if it can be used with fruits, some gelatin made of colapis (fish tail) don’t work well with some fruits like the enzymes of the pineapple.

Frozen Mango Martini

Drinks

Spanish Version

It’s Mango season, which means well have mangoes for a few weeks now, one of the most wonderful things of living in caracas its the quantity of fruit trees all over the city, which makes it great to walk around and pick up mangoes or rose apples or spanish limes.

Even when mangoes are a delicious fruit, high on fiber and extremely sweet, theres things that can be done with the unripe green fruit, sweets and savory.

It’s Last day of mango week and what a best way to finish it up than with a drink, when you get very ripped mangoes they turn tender and very sweet, in that case it’s very juicy and sweet and makes great mango juice, so lets celebrate mango season with a refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS

Ginger Syrup

1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
1 Ginger root Peeled and coarsely chopped

Drink

4 Ripe Mango Peeled, Pitted and pureed
1 Cup Vodka
Triple Sec
Ice Cubes

PREPARATION

Ginger syrup (it can be made ahead)

Combine sugar, water and ginger in heavy small saucepan.

Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, cover Cover and let steep 1 hour.

Strain ginger syrup. Cool.

The cocktail

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add:
1 part of vodka
1 part of ginger syrup
1 part of mango puree
splash of triple sec

Shake and strain on a cold cocktail glass.

Garnish with a piece of mango