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Pura Vida Cooking

Pura Vida Cooking

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Recipes for a Pura Vida 
 
 
Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Stew
INGREDIENTS
1 lb top sirloin (or better) cut into large chunks2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)sprigs of fresh thyme1 onion1 lb mushrooms (quartered)yellow mustard (for brushing meat)salt (to taste)pepper (to taste)red wine vinegar (few good glugs)1 tablespoon tomato puree (or tomato paste)1 tablespoon crème fraiche 2 Cups Beef Stockfresh cilantro (chopped)
 
olive oil
DIRECTIONS
The secret to making this dish fast and tasty is to cook everythingin the same pan.1. Add the onions, garlic, and thyme to a large heavy pan andcook until the onions are translucent. Set aside on a plate.2. Quarter the mushrooms and sauté till soft; set aside on thesame plate as the onions.3. Rub the meat with salt and pepper then add to simmering hotoil. Brush the meat with yellow mustard. Brown meat on allsides, then set aside on your plate from earlier.4. Pour some red wine vinegar into the pan and then add tomatopuree. Mix in beef stock and crème fraiche. Stir well and bringto a simmer, then put the meat back into the pan. Pour all of theother cooked ingredients back into the pan and heat thoroughlywhile stirring. Add Cilantro and stir for 60 seconds.5. Serve with rustic bread and enjoy! 
 
 
Costa Rican Raisin Cake
 
Serves 9 
INGREDIENTS
 1
 
tablespoon cornstarch
 
½
cup freshly brewedcoffee
 
¾
cup granulated sugar,divided1 cup seedless raisin
s
½
cup chopped nuts
½
cup butter
 
½
cup dark brown sugar
 
2 eggs, beaten2 cups flour
 
1
½
teaspoons cream oftartar
 
1
½
teaspoons baking soda
 
½
cup milk
 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
DIRECTIONS
 
1. Mix cornstarch and coffee insaucepan until smooth.2. Add
½
cup sugar and cookover low heat, stirringconstantly until thickened.3. Add raisins and nuts and setaside while preparing batter.4. Beat butter until soft andfluffy.5. Add brown sugar andremaining white sugar andcontinue beating until thickand light in color.6. Add cream of tartar andbaking soda together and addalternately with milk.7. Pour half of the batterinto a buttered 8-inchsquare pan.9. Spread with raisinmixture and cover with remaining batter.10. Bake in preheated350°F oven for 40 minutesor until knife comes outclean.11. Cool and turn out ofpan and cut into ninesquares.
 

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