“Bohemian Bowls”


This week’s COOKHOUSE recipe is being featured in BELLE Mag, so “hello & welcome aboard” to any new visitors from the magazine. If you’re a regular here… pick up the JUNE Issue & check it out. I was so excited when they asked if I would contribute and then it was… “what recipe should I do?” Hmm… it is Summer, so let’s talk about a dish that can send you clear across the world, while still in your own kitchen. I hope you enjoy, what I have named, “Bohemian Bowls”.

Over 15 years ago, before cilantro was “all the foodie rage”
I ate at a Cuban restaurant in Downtown Atlanta with my friend, kevn kinney (of Drivin’ and Cryin’ & the original “kk”). Two taste literally changed my life, Cilantro and Plantains.
Here I was, this Southern gal eating these vibrant flavors unlike anything I had ever had.
I later experienced those same flavors PLUS curry & coconut milk, when this handsome hockey player who took me away to the Bahamas… Oh my!
Don’t worry, It may have been scandalous at the time, but he is my husband.
Years later- while on a business lunch planing my first TV Show with Charter Managment.
I was introduced to a little restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina called, Salsa’s and there those flavors were again… they had found me like a long lost friend! Salsa’s is still a favorite of mine!
From these travels I formed my own dish, my “Bohemian Bowls”.
I see each layer as the years, experiences and taste that live in my memories and I can go back and visit anytime I want with this one dish.
Definitely one of my favorites…. am I crying over food??? I think I am…. how embarrassing.
BTW…. I have a cooking demo coming up August 26th at The Women’s Show (TD Center) in Greenville, SC- please come out, visit & taste. I’ll be talking “Flavor over Fat”
Please as with all food… share this with you’re friends and let me know if you try it!
                 “Bohemian Bowls”
A trip to the Caribbean from your own kitchen
Jasmine Rice (layer 1 in your bowl)
Cooked according to directions for 4 (water & salt)
Add one can of coconut milk (can NOT carton from the dairy isle)
It will make a creamy rice… in this case it’s o’k to have “sticky rice”
Black Beans (layer 2 in your bowl)
1/2 onion (Sauteed)
2 cans of black beans
Curry ( curry is such personal taste ) start with 1 tsp and add to taste
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp raw or brown sugar
salt & pepper to taste
Salmon (Layer 3 in your bowl)
Broiled Salmon seasoned with Lime ( can sub lemon ) and course ground salt
*good tips: 10 minutes per inch thick.
I start on bake and finish 3/4 of the way on broil.
Mango Salsa
3-4 mangos chopped in small bite size or smaller pieces
1/2 Red Onion
3 Jalapenos ( I disguard the seeds for mild, but you can make it spicy )
2 Tbls Agave ( found in the sugar Isle )
2 Tbls Lime Juice (if using fresh lime, use 1/2 the zest here and half on the cooked salmon)
1 cup cilantro ( add or subtract according to taste, I LOVE Cilantro! )
pinch of salt
Fried Plantain ( Nice as a layer or a delicious garnish on the side)
These are those “black Bananas” ( not really ) that you see in the store.
You do want them softer and with black on them.
Cut them in half and then each half in thirds. ( take peeling off )
fry till golden brown and soft ( you can dust w/ powdered sugar or plain )
Don’t let the multiple layers scare you… this is a really easy dish. 

About kimberly kelly

I have been in media my whole life, a decade of Morning Radio Shows & a decade of Hosting Television Shows both cable & affiliate. Food is a passion & after sharing this BLOG with viewers... it kinda' grew a life of it's own. Nothing fancy t's just me - sharing what generation(s) in my family & friends & those in travels along the way shared. Food is an expression of ones self and a humble offering to loved ones. One of the best expressions of love. You get "One Trip"... skimp on the material things in life, food is your lifeline though -never skimp on your food! Food can be a positive affect on your health, but also the power to make one feel love. I hope I can show you some of both. Growing & cooking outdoors, is a reminder where our food should come... the ground & not just a shelf.
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2 Responses to “Bohemian Bowls”

  1. Ralph says:

    Very nicely done Kimberly. Great Fun Flavors ! My son is going to love this! I think we’ll make together Friday on my day off. Love the way you ccok.

    • kimb3825 says:

      Ooo… I always feel good when I get a “chef” approval. Thank you truly! I was afraid the multiple layers would scare some off, but everyone I’ve ever made it for enjoys it. They only modification has been leaving a little Mango salsa off to the side w/out cilantro (for my son). I have another Asheville inspiration to be posted soon

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