The internet is an all powerful resource when it comes to pinterest-worthy pies and genius make ahead work lunches. Food blogs are amazing and abundant! But sometimes if feels good to reach into your own private library and cook a favourite from a stained and tattered cook book. Especially when you live on a remote island and the internet, aka portal to inspiration, is down. 😉 Read on to find out which cookbooks we’re reaching for this New Year to inspire and invigorate our daily bread.
“I have a rather diverse cookbook collection, as I buy cookbooks when I travel, (that may not be published in the States), and my friends bring them to me from their travels. But, my favourite cookbook is actually…mine. Well. Not my recipes, but my compilation.
Have you ever been reading a Food magazine, whilst at the Doctor’s office, or getting a mani-pedi, and there was a page torn out? Sorry. That was me. My cookbooks are filled with recipes from family and friends, kind Chefs that have generously scribbled the magical ingredients to a meal I have adored, newspapers, and, food magazines.
As this season will require at least two bottles of Mojo, I went through “my” cookbook and found a recipe that will wake up any pork dish. It seems that I tore this from the September 2002 issue of Bon Appétit (page 114). This Mojo recipe was submitted by a chef at Havana Harry’s, a restaurant in Coral Gables, Florida.
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup olive oil
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I use Key Limes.)
3/4 cup orange juice (I use Valencia oranges.)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
8 garlic cloves (Confession: I use more than 8.)
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I actually prefer Sazon)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
Whisk ingredients together
Pre-make as many sauces or freezable things as you can, so that you can actually enjoy the holidays with your loved ones! (And, I’m sorry if I tore out a recipe that you wanted.)”