Let's Talk About Palava Sauce

When you get to travel for work you almost feel like it’s an opportunity to do some research. Meaning, take advantage of what’s around you, ask questions, think deep, and write write write— I’d forget otherwise! I take my food journeys very seriously. It’s almost a given in this space, right? So when I was helping to brainstorm show concepts and segments for this trip to Ghana I couldn’t wait to see the fruition of this cooking class with Aunti Esi.

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Here’s just a little sneak peek from footage I taped while she was making an amazingly delicious and traditional sauce called Palava. It’s typical to eat all food here -as well as most surrounding countries-with your right hand. Palava is scooped on top of and eaten with plantains.

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The Speckled Lychee

Photo credit: The Women’s Cocktail Collective

Photo credit: The Women’s Cocktail Collective

The event turned out successfully! I have been waiting to share these recipes with you for a few months. My cocktail was going to be this pineapple basil-infused simple syrup concoction and I thought, well this doesn’t quite fit the bill for me! Instead, the drink turned out to be a refreshingly sweet, floral bubbly beverage. Feminine and light for summertime, just as I would drink year-round. The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley and Pomp and Whimsy Gin in partnership with The Women’s Cocktail Collective were awesome enough to offer their product for my creations.

I was even asked to create another recipe using what I chose to be the Pear Puree from The Perfect Puree of Napa. With that, I created a ricotta pear crostini with smoked sea salt and candied ginger. A little zing and a little ping! And of course, everything was topped with a micro mum flower.

The event comprised of female-driven brands like Babbo, Felidia, and Lupa Osteria who was tossing fresh tonnarelli in cacio e pepe. Dinner reservations were made there shortly after my first bite!

Summer Fresh-I am ready!

It’s memorial day weekend which means summer is pretty much here! Lots of exciting things are happening and I can’t wait to share them all with you. I have another pasta recipe with Benedetto Cavalieri pasta coming your way!!! Here is a sneak peek below:

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I am also working on a collaboration with Perfect Puree and Pomp and Whimsey Gin! This July I will be attending the Les Dame d’ Escoffier scholarship gala and as a former scholarship recipient, I was offered the opportunity to partner with these brands to create an innovative delicious cocktail! AND I will be creating a savory food item with a Perfect Puree product to go along with it.

I’m thinking flavor profiles of lychee, vanilla bean, elderflower, and key lime! This is NOT the final drink, but something I am reaaalllly adoring!!!

I’m thinking flavor profiles of lychee, vanilla bean, elderflower, and key lime! This is NOT the final drink, but something I am reaaalllly adoring!!!

PowerHouse Production News:

This summer I will be traveling far and wide. I want to tell you where, but for now, that’s my best-kept secret… more of a reason to stay in the know of The Garnished Palate! This time the course is going to be quite different. Since I have been working as a Culinary Associate Producer for nearly 8 months now, my role is changing slightly on this next show we are working on. I am taking on the role of Associate Producer which means I won’t be worrying about swap outs, props, and grocery shopping, nor will I be touching food- YIKES, THIS IS KIND OF SCARY.

I’m still trying to understand the role in its entirety, but I can tell you that I am LOVING it. Associate producing on a travel show comes with its own thrills. Researching locations, making relationships, scouting, interviews, planning and asking lots of questions and being alert for every possible thing that could go wrong. I think it’s important for me to learn every aspect of this media industry and I realize that it doesn’t always have to be handling food.

I hope you are just as excited to hear my stories!

Passion Fruit Tree: St. Thomas—— a symbol for always loving what you do (in my opinion)!

Passion Fruit Tree: St. Thomas—— a symbol for always loving what you do (in my opinion)!

Let's Talk about the Reveal Meal

So it’s been a few weeks since Living By Design aired on CLEO tv and PowerHouse Productions is so excited to continue sharing the love! I am so thrilled to see the bits and pieces of it come together each week. While we were shooting all over LA there were so many moving parts to make this show come together but I was mainly focused on Jake an Jazz’s food scenes! I wasn’t able to watch Jake build or refurbish the most unique pieces of furniture for each candidate. Nor did I get to take part in Jazz’s redesign. But, now that I can sit back and watch the final product, it’s great being able to learn a few new things about building or redesigning in the craftiest of ways. And I hope that’s what others feel about the cooking scenes too!


One of my favorite desserts from the season. Jazz’s Vanilla Rose Pound cake with Strawberry Compote tastes just as beautiful as it looks! This pound cake is dense but it holds up well to its dainty feminine features.

One of my favorite desserts from the season. Jazz’s Vanilla Rose Pound cake with Strawberry Compote tastes just as beautiful as it looks! This pound cake is dense but it holds up well to its dainty feminine features.

It didn’t matter if I was shopping at 10 pm or baking at 3am. It didn’t matter if I had to test, retest, and then cross test a recipe two days before taping.

These spontaneous moments of constant hustle are what bring character to the show!

Premiere: Living By Design

It’s finally here! After multiple trips to the west coast, straight weeks of shopping, prepping, beautifying food, traveling, and shooting tv we have made it! PowerHouse Productions is so thrilled to share this series and I am so grateful to be on the team! A redesign show with a food element is the best of two worlds collided. Design and food connect through creativity and passion for the basic human needs of comfort and joy!

Get more information and recipes by visiting My CLEO TV.com!!! But first check out the promo !!!


Watch their show every Saturday at noon on My Cleo TV! Get more information and upcoming recipes by visiting the mycleo.com