Best of Eleuthera – chef in my kitchen – Heaven !

From left to right - Amanda Rodrigues, paul Simmons, chef Stephanie Mariscal, my lovely husband Bob, Ricardo Knowles, me- Kathy Colman, and Judy Simmons

This week’s Best of Eleuthera post highlights a chef in my kitchen – cooking a meal for Bob, myself and friends.

I love to entertain but sometimes the pressure of work can make what should be a pleasurable experience into a tiring exercise. So when I heard that talented chef Stephanie Mariscal – formerly Burrows – had moved back to the island I was thrilled to ask her to come and cater for a small dinner party.

Stephanie and Jonathan Mariscal
Stephanie and Jonathan Mariscal

Stephanie is a native Eleutheran – she is the youngest daughter of Kathy and Sidney Burrows of Burrows Food Store and trained as a chef in the US. She will soon be joined by her husband Jonathan – also a chef – who she met and married while they were both working in California. How great to have 2 chefs in the family.

Bob and I with guests Ricardo Knowles and Amanda Rodrigues
Bob and I with guests Ricardo Knowles and Amanda Rodrigues

They have moved back to Eleuthera to enjoy a simpler and less stressful way of life and to raise their beautiful baby boy Gabriel. Like most chef’s their dream is to eventually open their own restaurant – but in the meantime Stephanie is available for private catering.

If you are coming here on vacation and would like the benefit of enjoying a delicious healthy meal in the comfort of your holiday home then do get in touch with Stephanie…..

From left to right - Amanda Rodrigues, paul Simmons, chef Stephanie Mariscal, my lovely husband Bob, Ricardo Knowles, me- Kathy Colman, and Judy Simmons
From left to right – Amanda Rodrigues, paul Simmons, chef Stephanie Mariscal, my lovely husband Bob, Ricardo Knowles, me- Kathy Colman, and Judy Simmons

Now lets cut to the chase and I’ll tell you all about our dinner party…….

My brief was pretty loose – no meat, just fish and vegetarian food – and healthy and nutritious please with a decadent desert for those with a sweet tooth ! I wanted to reign in my own control freak standards and allow the talent to shine through and show us what was in her mind and heart……

Oh boy – how good was this food !

Cucumber with cream cheese and dill
Cucumber with cream cheese and dill

We had three appetizers – cucumber rounds with cream cheese and dill, warm mushrooms stuffed with goat’s cheese – sorry we ate them all before I remembered I hadn’t taken a picture – oops –  and finally pot stickers ! I looked this up on google to find out how they get their name – and found out it is the popular name for Jiaozi – a kind of Chinese dumpling – the literal translation is pot stick – and is a whole lot easier to pronounce than Jiaozi !!  These were served with a dipping sauce – so good and surprise surprise I ate way too many of these – but they were irresistable.

Pot stickers just getting cooked !
Pot stickers just getting cooked !

The main course was beautifully plated up and consisted of olive and herb crusted salmon fillets , fondant potatoes and a very tasty mix of shredded roasted carrots and leeks – leeks from our own vegetable garden.

Olive and herb crusted salmon, with dill sauce, fondant potatoes and carrots and leeks - grown at Governors Estate !
Olive and herb crusted salmon, with dill sauce, fondant potatoes and carrots and leeks – grown at Governors Estate !

Desert was individual melting chocolate cakes with raspberry sauce and ice cream  – absolutely a first class meal – thank so much to Stephanie – so thrilled you are back home here in Eleuthera…….

Individual chocolate melting cakes .......
Individual chocolate melting cakes …….

So don’t forget – whether it is an intimate special meal for 2 – a large party or anything in-between – get in touch and take all the stress out of eating a delicious lovingly prepared meal. Plus your kitchen will be absolutely immaculate afterwards……

Email Stephanie with your enquiries at   –   stephburrows@hotmail.com

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