It’s been a good bit of time since I last posted. In that time I’ve been traveling, working, catering, celebrating and creating recipes . Unfortunately it just hasn’t made it to the blog. Where to begin?
First Certain Someone spent a lovely week at Half Moon in Montego Bay to celebrate a friends wedding. It was the best experience Ive ever had in Jamaica. Imagine your own luxury villa, butlers, maids, sunshine, private beaches, and just being spoiled. We really needed it. We will heading to Portugal and Sweden soon for another destination wedding, and to catch up with family and friends.
I’ve been getting some great catering gigs from consulates, a European airline carrier, and just overall great clients. I’m so happy the word is spreading about Coco Cooks.
And last before we get onto the food. Certain Someone turned 40! We decided to have a belated birthday party at the house in July ( In the fashion of the Queen), as its hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules.
I made the whiskey bottle cake, and commissioned the label and cigar from a great friend who has amazing talent. Check her out if you need customized toppers for your cakes.
Now onto the recipe! Yes it another Old El Paso post. I was commissioned to do a total of 12 recipes for them, which are figured on their new website. While I don’t normally use prepared ingredients, I’m not naive enough as chef and career woman, that sometimes shortcuts and convenience are OK, especially when paired with fresh ingredients and creativity. Not everyone has the time nor inclination to make there own spice blends, salsa, tortillas, etc. So accepting the assignment and the challenge , where what motivated me. I love a challenge to think out the box. It’s grilling season and one can create all sorts of good things on the grill, or on an indoors grill, it you don’t have a gas or charcoal grill. I love the sight of grill marks . Check out the recipe and other great ones on the site.
- For Cabbage Mango Slaw
- ½ head of small green cabbage sliced thinly or grated.
- 1 carrot skinned and grated
- 1 mango chopped into small pieces( no skin)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ⅛ cup brown sugar
- ⅛ cup balsamic vinegar
- ⅛ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pineapple sliced
- 2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs.
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Old El Paso Hard and Soft Taco Kit.( Contains taco shells, soft tortillas, Taco Seasoning, and Taco Sauce)
- Preheat oven to 320°.
- In a glass dish or bowl marinate chicken with 1 packet of the Old El Paso Seasoning and 2 tablespoons olive oil contained in kit.
- In a small bowl add grated cabbage, carrot, chopped mango, cilantro, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, olive oil, salt and balsamic vinegar. Mix thoroughly and set aside while grilling chicken.
- Using an indoor or outdoor grill, preheat to higher setting to obtain a good sear.
- Wrap the soft tortillas in the kit in foil and place in oven. Heat for 10 minutes.
- Add chicken to grill and cook several minutes on each side until done.
- While chicken is grilling, place hard tacos shells on a placing sheet and add to the oven with soft tortillas. Don’t overcook. Turn off oven after 5 more minutes and keep warm till serving.
- Remove chicken from the grill and let reat a few minutes.
- Add pineapple slices to hot grill and sear on both sides for a few minutes. Remove from grill.
- Slice chicken on the diagonal and serve on platter with chopped grilled pineapple slices.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro.
- Serve with cabbage mango slaw, soft and crunchy tortillas, and sauce contained in the kit.