I recently had the incredible opportunity to visit China. Being half Chinese, I had an amazing time reconnecting with my roots, enjoying the cuisine and connecting with so many people. I had the pleasure of supporting the grand opening of Soul Goods in Beijing which was amazing!
Shanghai is a beautiful city with lots of cool and interesting people and places. I got to visit a lot of new spots and have a few exciting projects coming out shortly I can’t wait to share with you all!
Lets face it, when we hear the words fried chicken we instantly think of our cheat meal quota being filled for the week. Lucky for us the taste of authentic fried chicken is no longer out of reach for those who want to avoid gluten. Creating the perfect blend of crispy yet tender fried chicken is a another one of Chef Catty Boom Batty’s specialties. Marinating the chicken in buttermilk is one of the secrets to making this Southern-style fried chicken so tender and juicy. Paired with a simple salad topped with homemade dressing this is a treat for anyone craving a healthier version of an american classic.
Fried Gluten Free Chicken Strips
1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Chicken Tenders
2 c Gluten Free Flour
2 c Buttermilk
2 T Smoked Paprika
2 T Granulated Garlic
2 T Granulated Onion
2 t Cayenne Pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
4 t + 1 pinch Kosher Salt
If using chicken breasts, cut into 1inch strips. In a medium sized bowl add 1T smoked paprika, 1T granulated garlic, 1T granulated onion, 1t of cayenne pepper, 2t of kosher salt and the buttermilk, together then marinate the chicken in the buttermilk for at least 2 hours or overnight.
In a small electric fryer, add vegetable oil just about 2/3 the way up from the basket. Heat at 375 degrees fahrenheit.
In a shallow pan add the flour and the remaining seasoning. Dredge the buttermilk chicken into the flour and dust off any excess flour. Then add the chicken into the fryer and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain onto a paper towel and season with a pinch of salt.
Market Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing, Cucumber and Avocado
1 head of Butter Lettuce or Market Lettuce
1/4 Medium Diced Cucumber
1 ea Avocado Sliced
1/4 c Buttermilk Dressing
2 T Italian Parsley Leaves
1 T Dill Leaves
1 t Kosher Salt
Makes about 1 cup
1/2 c Organic Mayo
1/4 c Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream
1/4 c Buttermilk
1 T Finely Chopped Dill
1 t Granulated Garlic
1 t Granulated Onion
1 T Lemon Juice
2 t minced Shallots
2 t Kosher Salt
Directions for Buttermilk Dressing:
In a medium size mixing bowl, add the shallots and macerate with the lemon juice. Then add the remaining ingredients and whisk together.
Directions for Salad:
In a large mixing bowl, add the cleaned lettuce leaves, cucumber, buttermilk dressing, dill, parsley, salt and lemon juice. Mix together well and then place on a plate and garnish with the sliced avocado.
Blenders are one of the most important things to have in your kitchen, especially if your goal is to live a healthy lifestyle. Blending food assists in pre-digestion so your body does not have to spend extra energy absorbing the nutrients in your food. The new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender is a favorite of mine! I use the blender to make smoothies several times a week so I need something that can stand frequent use.After my morning workouts a protein smoothie is the first thing on my mind. The blender quickly blends everything from frozen fruits and vegetables and crushes ice! Easy to use, it creates the perfectly blended smoothie with no chunks in sight. Check out one of my favorite recipes below…Power Berry Smoothie
Greek yogurt is high in protein and contains probiotics that aid in digestion, which is especially important in the morning. Almond butter contains healthy fats that improve hair, skin, and provide energy, as well as fiber to keep you full longer. Frozen berries contain antioxidants that allow your body to fight off illness. Finally Hemp protein is an easy to digest source of protein that wont affect the taste of your smoothie. Add honey as a natural sweetener that won’t jolt your blood sugar and you’re good to go!
12 oz Frozen Berries
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1/2 cup Hemp Powder
2 cups Almond Milk
1 cup Ice
2 tbs Honey
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds or until completely smooth. Enjoy!
Tucked away on a remote beach located on the Cycladic island of Tinos, To Thalassaki is nothing short of spectacular! The food is helmed by the highly creative mind and hand of female chef/owner Antonia Zarpa. Antonia artistically flips traditional Greek sea fare on its head, met by her Michelin worthy skill and technique. This is Mediterranean food at its finest; tradition meets innovation and heart…
Bee pollen feta
Vlita with tomato and feta
Razor clams and saffron
There’s nothing like eating linguine with clams (linguine alle vongole) barefoot seaside at sunset. Especially when it’s prepared to perfection at To Thalassaki. You know when eating can be a religious experience? Yeah… This is one of those times. Aided by the organic garden in the back and incredible vista in the front… Docking your boat on the bay for lunch at this tavern is one of the most incredible dining experiences I’ve ever had.
A classic remastered to perfection…
This summer saw the return of 1997’s Greek saint-inspired Nike Air Zoom Spiridon. Built on the principles of comfort, functionality, and performance excellence, the original was a technical running sneaker with a beautiful aesthetic. This time around the authentic color way and mini swooshes make a return. A Sweat The Style favorite whether you’re in Mykonos or not.
Facial Mist has become a must needed product among many people who love the feel and look of dewy skin. Not only does mist set your makeup, but it also helps with calming, hydrating, replenishing, adding radiance, and irritation. Mists are complete lifesavers that can easily take you from looking tired to bright and dewy in seconds!
The Milk Make-up Facial Mist is a magical refreshing face mist! Rice and ginger waters tone and bring the skin back to life while botanical actives calm and nourish. Anti-inflammatory ingredients decrease irritation and redness your skin may suffer from. The bottle is also conveniently sized to quickly drop in your gym bag or purse to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day. This mist is also paraben-free and eco-conscious with minimal to no preservatives making it a great yet safe addition to your daily skincare routine!