Stroganoff: Brazilian Style

Hey, Beauties!

I hope you are all doing great!

Do you cook very often? Do you always make the same dishes? I for one, love being in the kitchen and try to be as creative as possible, but sometimes I just run out of time, ideas or stamina. (yep, being tired ruins your performance as a cook! ;oP)

That’s why I wanted to bring you a recipe that is not only easy but also delicious! And that will grant you countless “hmmmms” and “bravos!”

I’m not gonna lie to you: of all the places I’ve been to, Brazil is certainly the one that will surprise you because of the quality and variety of their culinary: From meat to vegetarian dishes; from local to international cuisine, Brazil has it all (and it’s all delicious!)

That’s why I’ve chosen one of my favorite “Brazilian” dishes to bring to the blog. The original recipe is not Brazilian, but the twist is:

Without further ado, here’s:

 

Beef Stroganoff

(The Brazilian YUMMY Version)

 

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What you’ll need (for 4 people):

  1.      2 pounds Filet Mignon (cut into small cubes)
  2.      a 12 fl oz jar Marinated Mushrooms
  3.      1 chopped onion
  4.      1 teaspoon minced garlic
  5.      2 (7.6 fl oz) cans  Nestle Media Crema Table Cream  OR 16 fl oz whipping cream
  6.      2 cubed small tomatoes
  7.      2 tbsp Ketchup
  8.      2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  9.      1 tbsp Cognac
  10.      2 tbsp Olive Oil
  11.      Freshly ground Salt and Pepper

How to prepare it:

  1. Put the Table Cream cans into the refrigerator and keep them there until needed (at least 20 minutes).

2. Cut the beef into small cubes and transfer it into a bowl, cover it with cling film and keep it at room temperature (don’t put the beef back into the refrigerator).

3. Wash and slice the mushrooms. Set them aside.

4. In order to sauté the beef properly, the skillet must be preheated on the stove before adding any oil. Medium-high heat is sufficient to warm the pan to the proper temperature. If the heat is too high, the oil will begin to smoke shortly after it is poured into the pan.

Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil into the heated skillet. (Do not place the meat into the pan if it’s not properly heated. This causes the meat to absorb the oil and stick to the pan. Always preheat the skillet first.) A nonstick pan or a well-seasoned iron skillet is best.

Then gradually start adding the beef (if you add the whole amount at once it’ll release its juice and it’ll end up being steamed instead of sautéing.

Use Tongs or a spatula to turn the meat once in the pan (Never use a fork because piercing the meat with a fork may allow juices to escape which will decrease the tenderness and flavor of the finished dish). The meat should take no more than 2 to 3 minutes to cook per side.

 Transfer sauteed beef to a bowl and repeat the procedure until the whole amount of beef is sauteed.

5. Lower heat and pour another tbsp olive oil into the same pan. Add chopped onions and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula. If desired, cook a little longer until edges start to brown. Add garlic and delicately stir for about 1 minute.

6. Add tomatoes. Stir and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes.

7. Add ketchup. Stir.

8. Add sautéed beef and Worcestershire sauce. Stir.

9. Open some room in the middle of the pan and add the Cognac (when in contact with the metal, the alcohol will evaporate, but the delicious flavor of the cognac will remain.)

10. Add mushrooms, Stir.

11. Take the cream out of the refrigerator, drain it and pour it into the pan. Season with salt and pepper, stir and allow it to cook for couple minutes (until the sauce thickens).

Remove from heat and serve with basmati rice (the closest to Brazilian rice) and thinly cut french fries (or, for a more Brazilian feel), use Shoestring Potato Chips

It’s D-I-V-I-N-E!

Try this out and let me know how it turned out! Also, leave comments below telling me what kinds of recipes I should bring to you next!

And as Brazilians would say:

Tchau! (or bye-bye)

 

 


Summer Nights: Dining (The best of Instagram – Summer 2017)

And so it’s been a “century” since I last gave this blog of mine some love! It’s sad… and I hate doing that, especially because I have great expectations for it!

But the truth is: for the past 7 months, I’ve been involved in this “larger-than-life” project, forcing me to publically declare my incompetence managing my time.

HOWEVER, after carefully examining all my possibilities and how sad I have been for not having an outlet for my crazy ideas, I’ve decided that I am gonna find some time and start writing again twice a week.

Therefore, my dear people, brace yourselves, cause I have A LOT in the vault and it starts NOW.

Summer is coming to its glorious end and Fall is around the corner with all its deliciousness (apple cider, hot cocoa, Halloween, Thanksgiving and so on). However, I refuse to see Summer go without a bang!

That’s why I’ve decided to pay homage to the top 6 (in my humble opinion) most gorgeous Summer Tablescapes of Instagram – Summer 2017!

#6 – @antsaavan

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Who could tell!?! Flowers are no longer needed as a centerpiece!

This tablescape makes me want to sit, relax, eat amazing food, and listen to Carmen Miranda! The mix of metallic hues, the refined porcelain and stemware, mixed in with all the colorfulness of the fresh fruit, turn this table into a show stopper!

#5 @hrhduchessofstate

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Credit:@hrhduchessofstate

Navy has never been so chic!

Black, blue, gold, stripes, and tulips. That’s a recipe for success!

NOTE: Attention must be paid to the phenomenal gold Flamingos which work as place card holders. Now the most special thing about this table, in my opinion, is how unusual this combination is. I would have never thought that these elements would work together – and scream Summer – BUT THEY DO!

And it’s gorgeous!

#4 @leonardwilliamnyc

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Credit:@leonardwilliamnyc

William Meyer is New York’s king of good taste!

           If you think you know all about entertaining, it is because you haven’t visited William’s IG profile, yet. He’s serious, he’s fun. He’s traditional, he’s modern. He’s awesome!

I could spend hours on his IG profile every day, without ever getting tired. But again: who could get tired of gorgeous?

Can’t go to the beach? Bring the beach home! Bleu and Blanc is the most iconic color combination if what you’re looking for is: elegance, a touch of traditional, and serenity!

Did you notice the amount of thought that went into the design of this tablescape? From the way the napkins were folded to the capiz shell chargers, this table is a work of art!!!

 #3 @theenchantedhome

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Credit:@theenchantedhome

Chinoiserie Masterpiece!

Her name is Tina and she’s the “Queen of Blue and White Chinoiserie” on IG. She has the most spectacular collection and her items are curated to an extent that there’s NOTHING she posts that I would not like to own! LOL

This tablescape is an example of her amazing skills (and collection): The perfect shades of blue, the symmetry, the brownish tones in the bamboo flatware and in the trellis involving her glasses, AND: this more-than-perfect chinoiserie flower tower arrangement as a centerpiece.

Tina, you are a master!

#2 @eddieross

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Credit:@eddieross

Green and Pink Heaven

Did you ever think that a giant cabbage could make such an unbelievably beautiful tablescape? Eddie Ross can do it!

He’s one of the most talented interior designers in the business and has a keen sense of proportion and style. Plus, Eddie knows how to play with colors and patterns like few!

A clear example is this tablescape: the cloth contains all the colors of the rainbow in the most charming way; its pattern is mimicked by the individual floral arrangements, the shape of the plates and the cabbage leaves. The colors are all complementary and the golds, pinks, whites, and greens take part in the conversation in such a harmonic way that my eyes can’t stop traveling throughout the space! Monogrammed napkins? Gold Bamboo flatware? Milk glass goblets? Is this table even real, Eddie?!?

#stunning

#1 @sashanicholas

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Credit: @sashanicholas

Waiting for Gatsby

If – like me – you are a fan (or more like: why didn’t I live in the 30’s?!?) of the Golden Age, I believe this tablescape is gonna speak to you as loudly as it did to me!

Starting with the table itself: if you have a marble top, why hide it? A gold place mat sets the tone and coordinates with the trimming on the dishes. Silver flatware, crystal stemware, and the gold and red rose centerpiece add the right amount of drama.

Now, the “Pièce de Résistance”: Sasha Nicholas is known for its absolutely spectacular monogrammed dinnerware and Cindy (its lovely founder) does not disappoint!

The stunning monogrammed bowl and napkin ring add glamour and sophistication to this breathtaking table making it absolutely perfect for the art-deco aficionado. I’m sure Scott Fitzgerald would have approved!

If you like the tablescapes above, leave your comment below and please give these wonderful people some love on Instagram! Also, come back later this week, when I’ll post “How to create a dreamy tablescape” – showing tips and steps that can be easily followed!

I’m positive it’ll be “Right up your Ally”!

Kisses!