Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Guest Post with one Special Foodie


Hello dear Foodies,

You know it is 1st Tuesday of the month, and of course I have very special guest today for you..are you ready? Of course you are!:)
Today guest is somebody who is not only a foodie, blogger, mom, beautiful woman but also a celebrity chef. I am super exited to introduce Chef Ameera. She believes in “fresh ingredients with lots of flavor and of course meals made with love." and quoting her motto : "Everything tastes better with love"  She is owner of Agency7Events and “LA Girls Do Cook” which are very successful, and her blog is full of great tips, and fun articles.
Chef Ameera did many events from film sets, red carpet parties to celebrity homes. She become the culinary stylist, private chef and has wide clientele, such Stevie Wonder, Vivica Fox, Regina King, Rihanna, Eliza Dushku, Lamar Odum, Lil' Waine and many, many more.

I have pleasure recently speaking to her and I got to tell you she is very sweet, and down to earth  woman. You can imagine my excitement when she accepted to be my guest today and I have even more respect because she took time from her busy schedule to share her thoughts, to do the interview with me and of course recipe. I am beyond your imagination honored to have her here today and  want you dear friends to sit back and welcome my guest.







1. In a few words describe yourself?


Food lover, mother, wine lover, epicurean ambassador, sushi lover, flavor creator, and one who believes that everything tastes better with love.


2. I read that you started enjoying cooking at the very young age, however kids changing their mind often what they would like to be when they grow up, what inspired you do become a chef?


I grew up with food being a major part of my life. We dined out regularly at restaurants and my father was a chef who owned his own restaurant as well. When I was younger, I had 2 passions, food and film. Once I got older, I loved food but thought that the restaurant industry was my only option. I decided to go to film school and not pursue my passion of food. In film school my final project was a lifestyle cooking and entertainment show. I told myself I was going to produce cooking shows and star in them. Food was still a part of my life. After I graduated, I worked at Paramount Pictures  and  realized the production life was not for me and after 2 years I was fired. I then started my Private Chef & Catering business and haven't looked back! SO the thing that inspired me to become a chef was my passion for food and my talent. I can't imagine me doing anything else that doesn't involve food and the preparation of it. I hope that I am able to inspire someone to follow their dreams and live passionately.


3. What is your absolute favorite meal or dessert?


Hmmm... I don't have 1 particular favorite dish. I'll have to choose a favorite cuisine and that would be Asian. I've been making egg rolls since I was 9 years old. I love Asian flavors. My favorite dessert would be tiramisu or a malted milkshake.


4. Who would you choose to be your private chef?


When the time comes when I can have a Private Chef, I would probably choose one of my chefs that works for me. I can be picky and they know how I like my food.


5. When you're not cooking for celebrities or preparing for events, what we would catch you cooking for yourself and your family?


When not cooking for celebrities or events, you can find me and my girls flavor chasing at some new restaurant, blogging, or hanging out with my sister friends! We also do a lot of reading. My daughter can read a Goosebumps book in 4hrs! I am pretty spontaneous and go with the flow.


6. If you have to pick 3 persons to be your next clients, who would that be?


Its funny, 2 years ago I made a list of 10 celebrities I wanted on my client roster. On that list was Rihanna and Lil Wayne! So let me think about this carefully, once it's written down, it gets sent out in the Universe. My top three picks would be Beyonce, Oprah, and President Barack Obama.


7. What is next for "LA Girls Do Cook" and Chef Ameera? Book, Tv Show..?


I am have a lot of things it the works so I can't say for sure what is next for Chef Ameera and LA Girls DO Cook. Only God knows but I will tell you a few things i'm working on. I have a line of spices as well as two sauces I am developing. I'm being more consistent with my blog and have some goodies I'm working on for my followers, I have a few things for TV I'm working on and well as some special branded events. I also am working with both my daughters developing there blog. One of the keys to making all of this work is having a great team and support system. I am blessed to have both.





 Chef Ameera's recipe
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes


Ingredients:



1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked free of shells
1/4 cup Panko
2 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped red & yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tbls dijon mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup spanish olive oil
2 tbls melted butter


Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the peanut oil and butter. 
  2. Shape into patties . Put in fridge to help keep mold. If mixture is a little dry, add a Tbs. of mayonnaise.
  3. Combine butter and oil then heat mixture in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  4.  When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. 
  5. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes.


P.S. Since Chef Ameera's hard drive crushed she didn't have any recipe saved up so I found this one on her blog. I've asked her if it would be ok if I make it using her recipe and she gave me permission. I loved this recipe. I followed instruction and used all the ingredients above with addition of 1 cup of crumbs instead of 1/4.  It was bit tricky to cook it, but other than that it was really, really delicious, and I would most defiantly recommend it!
Thank you once again Chef Ameera for being my guest today!



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