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Chef Luisa and Ted Allen hung out at Nomad!

Wow! The Chopped Champ, Luisa Fernandes, hung with Ted Allen, the host of Food Network, the most aggressive cooking show on television, at Nomad on October 5, 2010!

Ted was fascinated by Luisa’s food, like Duck Pastilla, Braised Lamb Shank with Prune and Fish Au Salt!

Well, who wouldn’t, but especially when it was said by Ted Allen, you don’t want to pass this one!


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Couscous Festival at Nomad restaurant

Couscous is a typical Berber food that has become popular in many countries. Couscous granules are made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat and then coating them with finely ground wheat flour. The finished granules are roughly spherical shape and about one millimeter in diameter before cooking. Different cereals may be used regionally to produce the granules. Traditional couscous requires considerable preparation time and is usually steamed. In many places, a more-processed, quick-cook couscous is available and is particularly valued for its short preparation time. Couscous is traditionally served under a meat or vegetable stew. It can also be eaten alone, flavored or plain, warm or cold (e.g., mixed with Tabbouleh), or as a side dish.

Properly cooked couscous should be light and fluffy, not gummy or gritty; steam the couscous two to three times to achieve this consistency. Traditionally, North Africans use a food steamer (called a kiskas in Arabic or a couscoussière in French). The base is a tall metal pot shaped rather like an oil jar in which the meat and vegetables are cooked as a stew. On top of the base, a steamer sits where the couscous is cooked, absorbing the flavours from the stew. The lid to the steamer has holes around its edge so steam can escape. It is also possible to use a pot with a steamer insert.

In Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, couscous is generally served with vegetables cooked in a spicy or mild broth or stew, and some meat.

In Tunisia it is made mostly spicy with harissa sauce, it is served with almost everything, including Lamb, Beef, Camel, and poultry. Fish couscous is Tunisian specialty, it can be also made with octopus in hot red spicy sauce. Couscous in Tunisia is served in every occasion, it is also made as dessert mostly in Ramadan Masfouf.

In Morocco and Algeria it is also served, sometimes at the end of a meal or just by itself, as a delicacy called “seffa”. The couscous is usually steamed several times until it is very fluffy and pale in color. It is then sprinkled with almonds, cinnamon and sugar. Traditionally, this dessert will be served with milk perfumed with orange flower water, or it can be served plain with buttermilk in a bowl as a cold light soup for supper.

Couscous is among the healthiest grain-based products. It has a glycemic load per gram 25% below that of pasta. It has a superior vitamin profile to pasta, containing twice as much riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate, and containing four times as much thiamin and pantothenic acid.

In terms of protein, couscous has 3.6g for every 100 calories, equivalent to pasta, and well above the 2.6g for every 100 calories of white rice. Furthermore, couscous contains a 1% fat-to-calorie ratio, compared to 3% for white rice, 5% for pasta, and 11.3% for rice pilaf.

Nomad restaurant in East Village will hold the event, Couscous Festival from September 23rd till September 26, 2010. Each night will have ethnic themes as;

Algerian Night, September 23rd

Tunisian Night, September 24th

Moroccan Night, September 25th

Mediterranean Night, September 26th

There will be different menu for each night, a three course meal for $25 fixed, with the complimentary glass of signature sangria.


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Extravaganza by Chef Luisa at Nomad

What an extravaganza at Nomad, prepared by Chef Luisa since 10:30 am for butchering of whole lamb, to 2:30 pm to go in the oven for another 5 hours with constant seasoning and heat adjustment, then to the table for huge fiesta! Yes, the group was to celebrate ending of Ramadan which had been going for a month, and you bet it only took 20 minutes to be fleshless for the entire lamb!



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Cataplana, the Southern Portugese Dish at Nomad

Cataplana is the name for both recipe and utensil in which you cook in. It is a Southern Portugese dish, popular on the country’s Algarve coast. Due to geographic environment, being three quarters surrounded by sea, the seafood is featured heavily, such as clams, mussels, lobster and fishes. Seafood lovers don’t want to miss this!

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Fish Au Salt at Nomad


Salt crusted baked Branzino with grilled asparagus and creole potatoes

Chef Luisa Fernandes‘ top notch signature of Branzino in Mediterranean cuisine.


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Roast Beet Salad with Orange and Organic Micro Greens

Roast beet with orange and organic micro greens from local farmers market by Chef Luisa.

Visually harmonized and nutritionally balanced combination of beet and orange on the bed of micro green.

Well, what you eat is what you are, and I am on for this salad tonight!

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