Long Island, New York
Kareema creates vibrantly simple dishes that are a reflection of her home…a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures.
IN THE KITCHEN WITH KAREEMA:
Tell us about yourself:
I am a resident of Long Island, NY with my husband and son. I create dishes that are a reflection of the home we have built. It is one big happy melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. I am Jamaican and Indian. My husband is Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.
How did you get involved in cooking?
Cooking started as a cultural experience. I immigrated from Jamaica W.I. at the age of 4. By the age of 7 I was able to create small dishes un-supervised. The passion for cooking started almost immediately. I was always looking for ways to blend my Caribbean style of cooking with other national cuisines I was constantly discovering in this melting pot I called home.
Describe your cooking style:
My cooking style derives from the earth as much as possible. My Jamaican culture is my foundation; it influences my techniques and flavor profile. If I had to give it a name it would be Vibrantly Simple.
How did you learn about grass-fed meats?
The importance of the quality of meats started while I was pregnant with my son in 2013. I saw a Facebook post from “A Tribe Beyond Blessed” (formerly We Are Primal Two). The page belonged to a High School classmate and her husband discussing the Paleo Diet. I quickly immersed myself into wanting to learn how to best feed my husband, myself, and ultimately my son. I currently approach eating buy consuming what is best for our bodies. The food quality is my main focus (i.e. organic, non-gmo, pasture raised, grass-fed, grass finished, local, and growing my own food).
What is your favorite recipe featuring grass-fed/pasture raised meat?
Duck Confit by Primal Palate.
You’re stranded on a desert island; luckily you’re stranded with your top 5 ingredients and must-have kitchen tool:
Ingredients: Ghee, Garlic, Lemon, Lobster, and Thyme
Best cooking secret/tip/piece of advice you’ve learned:
Always double your garlic!
Favorite quote/song for culinary inspiration:
All things Gordon Ramsay.
Anything else you want to share?
The question I get asked the most is, “how do I find the time to cook gourmet meals after working a full kick-ass day of Accounting”
simply put… cooking is my glass of wine after a long day!
I share my food creations by taking pictures with my iphone 7.