Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Hello Dear Foodies,

You know it is 1st Tuesday of the month, and of course, I have a very special guest today for you. Are you ready? Of course, you are!:)
Today's guest is somebody who is not only a foodie, blogger, mom, beautiful woman but also a celebrity chef. I am super excited to introduce Chef Ameera. She believes in “fresh ingredients with lots of flavors 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 becomes the culinary stylist, private chef and has wide clientele, such as Stevie Wonder, Vivica Fox, Regina King, Rihanna, Eliza Dushku, Lamar Odum, Lil' Waine and much, much 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 the 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. The 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 work 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?

It's 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 into 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? The book, Tv Show..?

I 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 specially branded events. I also am working with both my daughters developing their 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 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs 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 tbs melted butter

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

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