I got my red book as it is sometimes affectionately called by many Venezuelan cooks in 1995 - the year I left Venezuela to study abroad. It was given to me by a good friend of my mother's who wanted me to keep my traditions and passed them along to everyone I met in my travels. Since that day, the book has been always close to me. I use it more as a reference book vs. a book to follow recipes to the letter. Why? well because, although his dishes turn out perfectly delicious all the time, I always find that his methods are complicated and take a long time and in general the dishes are not suited for losing weight!
I have set myself a challenge to simplify and dukanize (make them low/zero carb) some of his recipes, so I can get more delicious Venezuelan dishes to my diet. I am planning to reduce as much as possible their cooking times as well as replace all starches and carbs with dukan approved alternatives.
Now I would love to do a Julie and Julia idea and cook a recipe a day, but I need to be realistic with my time and will strive or 2 to 3 recipes a week. I will choose a good variety of proteins and vegetables, and I will also listen to your suggestions. If there is a dish you like just let me know in a comment and I will try to make it for you.
So who is Armando Scannone anyway?
|Armando Scannone - Picture from enlasdosorillas.com|
Tonight, I am making my first recipe: Pork Shoulder with a Creamy Mustard Sauce. Keep an eye on the blog for the recipe!