Tropical Tastes

By Chef Jonil

Since the age of seven, I have been working hard to perfect my craft, which I want to share with all of you as you experiment in your kitchens. 

I chose these two recipes because my Caribbean heritage and culinary experiences from around the world stand out in them. I really like the mango ceviche because it is a quick and refreshing recipe for those steamy summer nights! I am also sharing my lime charlotte recipe because, for some of us with a sweet tooth, a meal is incomplete if it not ended with a delicious and refreshing dessert.  

Mango Ceviche

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp (make sure it’s peeled and deveined)
  • 6 limes
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2/3 cup fresh mango, diced (1 mango)
  • Bell peppers (1/2 red, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 orange), diced 
  • 1/2 cubanelle pepper 
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (feel free to add more)
  • 1 avocado, sliced (for garnish) 
  • Optional: 1 diced jalapeño 

Instructions:

Hack: Place the raw shrimp into boiling water for one minute, this speeds up the lime juice acid “cooking process”, once removed from the boiling water, cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to mix in all the other ingredients. 

  1. Now that you’ve chopped, diced, and sliced all of your ingredients, you’re ready to mix in all that and your bag of shrimp! 
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes or so, just until chilled.
  3. Devour with taro chips
Shrimp ceviche is a surprisingly simple recipe for restaurant-quality food at home. Credit: Chef Jonil.

Lime Charlotte 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can heavy cream
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 150g cream cheese package
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 400g Marias cookies
  • Lime zest (as much as you prefer)
  • Milk/orange juice (just enough to dip the cookies)

Instructions:

  1. Place the heavy cream, condensed milk, lime juice, cream cheese, vanilla essence, salt, and lime zest in your blender. Process in the blender for 30-40 seconds until it has a smooth and thick texture.
  2. On a square or round pan, put a layer of the mix. Dip full cookies in milk or orange juice and then cover the layer with these cookies. Repeat the process and the last layer must be the mix.
  3. After finishing the process, cover the pan with saranwrap and leave in the fridge for a minimum of four hours. 
  4. You can decorate it with grated white chocolate and lime zest at the top. Serve and enjoy!
This lime charlotte is the perfect tropical end to your meal. Credit: Chef Jonil.

Chef Jonil

Chef Jonil is the passionate human being who started Flavors of your Palate. As an LGBTE Certified
food business he is here for our community. Flavors of your Palate recently reopened for delivery. More
information can be found on their website at https://flavorsofyourpalate.com.