We are excited to have Belqui to share with us how pivotal moments in her life along with her passion for food fuels her desire to create such delicious recipes.
“Crusty” and why? Because I have had people question the word when I use it in my recipe videos. Like, “serve with crusty bread”... I think it makes perfect sense so now I use it even more! ha!
My grandmother made an amazing yellow plantain dish that I loved as a child. I remember visiting on the weekends and she always had it almost ready for me when I arrived at her home. She showed love via cooking and I felt that love every time she made that effort for me. When it comes to cooking my mom and I take after her.
Ever since receiving and using my Panasonic microwaves, I love to air fry! Prior to that I hated air fryers because I found the baskets to be so small, they didn’t hold enough to serve my family of 4 in a single use. The Panasonic 4 in 1’s basket is huge! And air fries more than I even need. So yes, I have leftovers!
I crave chicken noodle soup and I always make sure I have servings on hand by making big batches of soup and freezing in individual servings. I call that culinary self care! ;)
I usually cook a traditional Dominican dish because it gives me the feeling of home and my upbringing. Not to mention, I feel it's the best tasting food on the planet!
Anything fried but if I had to choose the top one it would be fried chicken.
When I add seasoned meats into hot oil and that perfect initial sear is just starting. It’s the perfect sound.
The smell of a simmering Dominican Oxtail Stew. I don’t think there is anything that makes me hungrier than that smell.
My kids. I love when their faces light up and how excited they get when I tell them what I am making for dinner. Sometimes I keep it a secret until serving just to see the excitement when it’s one of their favorite meals. Nothing more satisfying than that for a mom.
This is a tough one because I have a long list of my favorite icons but I think I would have to go with The Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten. I love everything about her.
When arriving at her dinner party I would love for her to say to me: “I’ve got your favorite bottle of Pinot Grigio” as she gives me a warm embrace. That question means she knows me very well. That would be a dream come true for me.
My cooking style is simple, relaxed and homey.