Are you hosting your first family Christmas dinner? Or maybe you just need a few winning recipes to solidify yourself as one of the adults who can prepare a tasty dish for the family function?
Don’t fret because Chef Cordell Robinson “The Culinary Diva”, has two recipes that can get you the elder aunties’ approval and ensure your dish isn’t left untouched at the family Christmas gathering.
The Making of “The Culinary Diva”
Originally, The Culinary Diva began his cooking journey at the age of 7 years old, exploring various quick meals in the kitchen as a means to provide for himself while his mother was away at work. He would watch his aunts and great aunt cook in the kitchen and attempt to mimic what they were doing. Coincidently, as he grew older, he started perfecting more complex meals such as meatloaf, spaghetti, and fried rice. Soon after, when he went to college he would cook for friends in exchange of them buying the groceries because he couldn’t afford them.
Chef Cordell later joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Spain. This is where “The Culinary Diva” says he learned to enjoy the process and that cooking became a labor of love for him. Eventually, Chef Cordell would become a renowned celebrity chef that has cooked for the likes of The President of Zanzibar, Jermaine Dupri, Bobby Brown and more. Nonetheless, he has also cooked for prominent corporations such as Aston Martin, Dolce & Gabbana and Bentley.
Jamaican Infused Holiday Recipes
Given that he is of Jamaican descent, “The Culinary Diva” likes to prepare a Jamaican dish at least every other week. With a passion to take people on a food journey to experience cuisines from all over the world, here are two recipes from Chef Cordell that will infuse the rich taste of the Caribbean with cultural staples that must be at your dinner table this holiday season.
16oz- Fresh cranberries
2- Teaspoons of vanilla
1- Cup of sugar
1- Cup of water
2- Cinnamon sticks
In a medium saucepan pour in the cranberries. Afterward, zest two oranges and then juice them. Add the zest and juice to the saucepan. Next, add the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla. Soon turn the burner on to medium and bring to a boil. After, let the mixture cook for 10-15 min (while stirring) or until most of the cranberries have popped. Thereafter, let cool and then place in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight until you are ready to serve.
1- Cup of Kosher salt
1- Cup of sugar
1/2- Cup of culinary diva jerk seasoning (or dry jerk seasoning that you can find in the grocery store)
1- Gallon of water
In a large stock pot, heat the gallon of water. Next, you will want to add the salt, sugar, and jerk seasoning. Stir this mixture until salt and sugar has dissolved. You will then let this cool. After, take a 16-20lb turkey, and spatchcock it. Put the turkey into a container and pour over the jerk brine. Let the turkey brine for 24-72 hours. The longer the better.
To follow take the turkey out of the brine, and pat it dry. Now take 1/2 cup of jerk sauce and 2 sticks of softened butter and blend together. Rub underneath the skin and all over the turkey to ensure a well balanced and seasoned coat. Finally, place the turkey in a smoker or oven (whichever you prefer). For the Smoker cook at 275 for 6 hours or until the temperature of the turkey reaches 165 degrees. For the Oven – Roast at 325 for 4 hours or until the temperature of the turkey reaches 165 degrees.
1 1/4 – Cups of mushroom soy sauce
1- Onion (medium)
12- Sprigs of fresh thyme
6- Scallions (green onion)
8- Garlic cloves
8-10 – Scotch bonnet (or habanero peppers)
Fresh ginger (A knuckle amount)
1/4- Cup of ground allspice
1- Teaspoon of salt
2- Tablespoon of brown sugar
1/4- Cup of honey
1/2- Teaspoon of nutmeg
1- Teaspoon of cinnamon
1- Teaspoon of black pepper
1 1/4- Cups of orange juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4- Cup of canola (vegetable or olive oil)
Blend together in a blender and when ready serve with the turkey for best results.
If you want to see more recipes from “The Culinary Diva” he can be found cooking around the globe on Youtube at Cordell Robinson and on Instagram @cordelltheculinarydiva. Step- by- Step recipe guides can also be found on his website at adeliciousexperience.com.
May these recipes have you leaving the family function with bragging rights and an empty serving dish! Let me know in the comments below if you plan to use Chef Cordell’s recipe’s this holiday season.
Happy holidays and may you remember the reason for this season.
In Wordly Love,