Carl’s Caribbean Marinade

To help get you in the mood for a Caribbean recipe, I decided to post a picture I took last year while traveling:

Yes, the sand is really that white! Right after I snapped this picture, I swam to the shore and went shell and beach glass hunting. Oops, I’m supposed to give you Carl’s recipe, not lose myself in a vacation photo. Here it is:

Carl’s Caribbean Marinade:

Throw into a food processor or a blender:

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 jalapeno cut up (minus the seeds)

handful of cilantro, basil, cut up and thrown into the blender/processor

sm. ginger, skin removed and chopped up

1/2 garlic, chopped

4 limes (first heated in microwave for 1 minute to extract the juice)

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Add the above ingredients into your food processor or blender. Turn the appliance on to your favorite setting until it blends like a lovely green smoothie. It is now ready to add to your meat of choice- I’ve enjoyed it with both chicken and pork. Marinade for 12-24 hours before grilling. Yum!

Carl, born and raised on the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent, is the one who taught me the the lime trick: To effectively extract the lime juice, simply throw the lime into the microwave for 1 minute. Pull out the lime, cut in half, then squeeze. You, too, will be amazed by how well it works.

Carl also uses the squeezed lime half to rub the meat with. He will also save one or two limes to naturally cleanse and disinfection the sink and workspace before disposing of them down the drain to make that fresh smelling, too.

I have served this for both family and guests. They loved it. I served it with curry rice, salad and a vegetable. Nice well rounded meal that you can make ahead for feeding guests.

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Painted Fusible and Latte, Anyone?

This past weekend, I took a few moments to experiment with painting fusible, adhering it to fabric, then over stamping with some permanent ink. You all know I love to experiment, AND, I wanted some interesting fabric to bring along to use in one of my projects.

Here is the finished results, the outcome. By using copper metallic paint and black ink onto black fabric, I was able to obtain an “old world” distressed look. Be sure to click on the thumbnail for a larger look:

fusible-sample.jpg

Next up- Before I packed my bags, I decided to take one more glance at my AFF trade in the finished condition. The final presentation will be as if I were handing out lattes like this:

afftrade.jpg and inside will be the kit. LOL! I’ve had fun getting these ready. My goal is to momentarily confuse the recipients! I know, I have a warped sense of humor!

Finally, a shout out to Kay’s blog for her posting of a yummy homemade chicken noodle soup. I made it last night, thoughI did substitute a few ingredients. The family loved it- and, best of all, we have extra for lunch today! Easy, tasty, just the way a recipe should be. Thanks, Kay!

Hugs, Carla