Monday, April 2, 2012

Chimichurri

Chimichurri dressing


Couscous and sauteed vegetables with chimichurri sauce


Chimichurri sauce


Poached perch with chimichurri sauce, a side of a new potatoes and sliced tomato


Legend has it that chimichurri is  "a mixture of several things in no particular order" sauce from the Basque settlers that arrived in Argentina in early  19th century. It was used to preserve meat, and also  as a marinade. 


I was watching No Reservation episode on Argentina, and was intrigued by Anthony Bourdain's comments on chimichurri. 
The very next day I made my chimichurri  from parsley, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, chili pepper, all run through a food processor. 
Actually, I made two versions: thick condiment  to be used for vegetables, couscous, and a dressing version, for which I added an extra lemon juice and olive oil. Both came out with a fantastic flavor and appetizing aroma. 




Chimichuri and ingredients for it (except radish)


How often do you get inspired by a celebrity chef?

See you,
Marina

46 comments:

  1. Delicious, I love the chimichurry sauce. I love to have it on my chicken breast filled with cilantro.

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    1. Do yu use cilantro to make chimichurri? I need to try that version.

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  2. Beautiful, I love the two versions of this wonderful fresh chimichurry! I get inspired to cook by almost anything and celebrity chefs are so fun to watch and get ideas from and then there I go - off to the market to get the ingredients ........

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    1. Isn't it fun to create something new to you?! I always like to explore and experiment with a new ingredients or a new technique.

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  3. I've never made or had chimichurri but Jason keeps wanting me to try making it as we've seen it on plenty of food shows. That's pretty much the only channel I watch LOL

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    1. Heather, go for it, it is very easy to make, there's no mistakes. I played with adding more of oil, lemon juice and came up with a perfect dressing. Let me know how it turn out.

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  4. I do get inspired by celebrity chefs but not if the items are too hard! :P

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    1. Baking is hard for me! I am still intimidated, although I've made a few corn breads. Everyday bread baking I don't consider baking, as it just flows easy.

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  5. This condiment looks fantastic and can be paired with just so many things. So versatile. It reminds me of an Indian condiment called green chutney.

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    1. Yes, I did find it to be versatile: goes with everything I've tried so far: vegetables, fish.

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  6. This looks delicious, I'll probably make this next weekend!

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    1. Great! Let me know how it turn out! Good luck!

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  7. I love the sauce and I also love the perch! Great fish!!
    Couscous and sauteed vegetables are also amazing!

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    1. Yes, perch is great fresh and properly cooked.

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  8. another new dish to me.. love all the healthy stuff u whip up.. the addition of couscous & veggies..niceeee!

    Ongoing Event : WTML

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    1. Thank you Rasi, I don't forget vegetarian meals!

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  9. Aren't the healthiest foods the most colorful? What a beautiful plate! And yes, I am inspired by celebrity chefs and my blog favs like YOU! ♥

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    1. Thank you Diane, you are very kind...:)

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  10. Two of the chefs that inspire me are Gordon Ramsay and Thomas Keller. I have many books with their recipes. Every time I need inspiration I look at them. One book that I really enjoy looking at is French Laundry. Check it out when you have the chance.

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    1. I am with you, Gordon is my favorite chef, and I do love Thomas Keller. I don't have his books yet, one day... Thanks!

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  11. looks awesome i am mostly inspired by blogs and food sections

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    1. Food sections boost my brain too. Thanks Rebecca!

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  12. I love chimichurri! The picture of the couscous and the fish have left my mouth watering. Great job on pictures! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Serena. Teenager approved couscous twice! :)

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  13. Hey Marina, Thanks for dropping by my blog. I love yours. I envy your food photography skills. Much better than mine. :D

    I do get inspired by famous chefs, popular and less well-known. I like to pick up books in restaurants, in fact, I'm notorious for it. After a few wines, I can't help losing another $50 on a fat book with awesome photographs.

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    1. Dear Sara, my food photography skills are far from being where I want them to be, but thank you for the compliment. Look at my earlier posts to see how I started. :)
      Me too, I am a cook book addict! I am a book addict. period. :)

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  14. Very gorgeous pictures! I always learn so much from you! :) When I first read this, I thought you were referring to chimichanga, so I was really confused! It does seem very flavorful.

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    1. I haven't made chimichanga yet. I've seen it, one day may be...:)

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  15. I get inspired everyday and not just by celebrity chef but from other cooks and bloggers as well. The new name and site looks great! I like watching Anthony Bourdain as well : )

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  16. That looks like a great sauce. I make salsa verde quite frequently which I think is a relative of this sauce although it has anchovies and capers as well as the ingredients you mention. I will have to try this version - I have heaps of parsley in the garden at the moment so its great timing.

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    1. Thanks Liz. The same reason I did it because I had a lot of parsley that I had to use before it started bolting.

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  17. Your photos are amazing! They make me want to dive in and start eating...especially that second shot...so yummy~

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  18. I saw that episode; love is show.I have to learn how to make this; your photos make me want a taste.
    Rita

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    1. Welcome to my able and have some!

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  19. I love this mediterrenean looking food. Looks ever so tasty and fresh. Lovely blog!

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  20. all the time! chimichurri goes great with everything! yours looks divine

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  21. So creative! I get inspired not only from chefs but also from friends, family members, bloggers and teenager. I love observing teenagers cook and how they interpret instructions.

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    1. My teenager never reeds instructions, he just "experiments", as he calls it.

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  22. That looks so good. I love Anothiny Bourdain too- but I often dont eat a lot of what he's so excited about. It's his personality and not even the food that I think is so fun!

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    1. Yes, I agree, his personality brings this TV show to the top of my list. And I would eat most of the food he is really excited about (not polite because he is a guest - you can actually see the difference in his expressions when he is polite and when he likes food he eats).

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