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


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

  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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  1. Great post! That was an interesting interview, Chef Ameera is an inspiration!

  2. Wow, Great guest, Sandra! E great recipe! :)

  3. Very awesome guest post! Loved reading the interview, Chef Ameera is awesome, it shows how passionate and driven she is. Beautiful dish by the way, stunning presentation! Thanks for sharing! =]

  4. What a fabulous post Sandra. Great interview and those crab cakes look divine!

  5. Wonderful interview, Sandra!! And what amazing crab cakes...I have instantly become a Chef Ameera fan!

  6. Gorgeous crab cakes and what a wonderful interview!

  7. So nice to meet you Chef Ameera. Your interview was very enlightening.
    I wish you continued success in all of your ventures.

  8. Great post and interview Sandra! Thanks for introducing me to Chef Ameera!

    Also, congrats on the dish you made... it looks so good and professional! Great job!

  9. I enjoyed reading this post about the journey of Chef Ameera in her career. Also, the recipe looks exceptionally delicious. Great post

  10. Thanks for introducing me to Chef Ameera. I will have to visit her blog and spend some time getting to know her. The recipe sounds perfect and you did a great job making them, of course! Now I'm going over to check out those stuffed mushrooms I can see at the bottom of my screen that also look delicious!

  11. Wahhh! Celebrity Chef!! Sandra thanks for introducing such a wonderful person to this food community. I really enjoyed reading the interview as always and get to know her. Chef Ameera, nice to meet you! Your crab cake looks really delicious and beautiful.

  12. Thank you all, I am so glad that you enjoyed reading more about Chef Ameera..she is like one of you said a real inspiration to all of us!

  13. I loved the interview. Those crab cakes look irresistible.

  14. Loving the crab cake pictures and the recipe itself! Thanks for posting up the recipe :)

  15. What a great guest post Sandra! I love the interview and the recipe, what a talented person she is. Thanks for sharing!

  16. What a great post, I love the interview and recipe

  17. GREAT guest post!! And what a wonderful recipe to share! I love me some crab cakes!!

  18. Fantastic post, Sandra! I do agree that love is the number one ingredients that makes food taste great. Drooling so much on the crab cakes.

  19. Great interview and fun post! The crab cakes look delightful :)

  20. Such a great guest, and an awesome recipe to go with it! LOVE me some goooood crab cakes. :)

  21. Awesome interview and these crab cakes are making my mouth water. We have been loving crab cakes lately!

  22. Nice to meet you Chef Ameera.
    Great interview Sandra and those crab cakes look indeed delicious!

  23. Aww thank you all, I am so very pleased about your comments, and because you welcomed my guest so well! Thank you!!!

  24. What a delicious post and recipe! Congratulations to you both!

  25. Nice to check out your blog and meet Chef Ameera here!
    Crab cakes are one of my favorite appetizers and this recipe looks just delicious;-)

  26. Sandra, this is amazing! A celebrity chef..what an inspiration and I LOVE crabcakes. Going to get me some when I have my hands on some nice fresh crabs. Thanks for your constant support. No word is enough for me to express my gratitude my friend. Hugs, Jo

  27. How wonderful that you had the chance to interview Chef Ameera! Thanks for sharing her recipe for crab cakes - and good luck with all your projects, Sandra :) You're amazing!

  28. Lovely post!
    Ameera (beautiful name) seems like a very 'down to earth person'.

  29. i tried making crab cakes once from a food network recipe! definitely bookmarking this for the next time i have company :D

  30. Great post and beautiful recipe :) Great to meet you Chef Ameera :D

  31. Lovely post and great interview Sandra...
    Thanks for introducing us to chef Ameera...
    And that crab cake looks divine... yumm
    Totally bookmarked.

  32. Thank you for the love everyone! I am so passionate about my love for food and am blessed to do what I love to provide for me and my girls. Thank you Sandra for introducing me to your community and that picture is beautiful!!!.You all are amazing and I hope to connect with you on my different platforms. I am working hard at blogging frequently but my schedule doesn't always permit. I'm very active on twitter and Facebook so please come say hi! You ladies and an amazing day and remember it is NEVER to late to follow your passion. xoxo

  33. Lovely informative interview. And I am always up for a crab cake!

  34. Great and fabulous post, Sandra! ;D
    Wow! A celebrity chef and beautiful crab cakes recipe! Thank you for sharing with us! ;D

  35. Ahh! Loved this guest post - and these crab cakes sound absolutely divine!

  36. this looks AMAZING! what a perfect end-of-summer dish. :) thanks for sharing!

  37. Nice to have Chef Ameera to showcase her light and beautiful dish. Very inspirational to read her life story.

  38. brinkka2011 says: Real wonderful info will be found on website here.

  39. hi sandra, the ingredients and the photos look very interesting and appetizing to make me want to try out this recipe.

  40. Nice post & gorgeous crab cakes!

  41. Fabulous interview and I am literally blown away by your food styling and photography Sandra. So amazed. What a gorgeous dish and I am salivating right now, wishing that crab cake was here to enjoy.

  42. wow, great guest post Sandra! Those crab cakes look like a big bite of heaven!!!

  43. Great guest post, so well written. That being said, the crab cakes are gorgeous!

  44. Chef Ameera is really a wonderful person...thanks for sharing the interview. The crab cake looks so wonderful!! Definitely buzzed for this wonderful post!!

  45. I like it very much, delicious recipe!

  46. Interesting interview and a nice recipe. :)

  47. Wow what a wonderful interview. Thank you for intorducing us to Chef Ameera, I'm headed over to her blog.

  48. Sandra ;) Nice interview and mmm! mmm! on the recipe share. I just made homemade egg rolls with lump crab, which definitely kicked them up a notch!

  49. This really makes my mouth watery
    , I can't wait to make the recipes. Thanks for sharing your talent, it's also like sharing your blessings.

  50. I was just looking for this information for some time. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your site. I wonder what is the Google's problem that doesn't rank this kind of informative websites closer to the top. Usually the top websites are full of garbage.


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