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Amy and Michelle became instant friends because of the common interests they share in their love of fashion, food, music and traveling. In This A.M. Amy and Michelle will share recipes, thoughts on eats, their unique fashion style and lifestyles from Toronto to Tampa...... 1,098 miles apart!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Demuir's Kitchen

This A.M. the smell of bacon, eggs, smoked salmon, Montreal bagels and french roast coffee fills the air in what you might consider the typical kitchen. Perhaps this is what you would expect in any home across the continent, however, this particular kitchen has an above average cook.   In fact this kitchen bears the fruit of a true artist...Demuir.

Under his label Mikita Skyy, Demuir has artistically crafted a range of music that fulfills a wealth of categories ranging anywhere from filtered funk to techno. 
 " ...Playing a wide range from Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, and Disco. The house music bug caught him in the advent of techno, where he found the fusion of various forms of music molded into one. As a result, he began searching for new sounds, writing, and producing tracks to include musical influences he enjoyed playing. This developed a unique sound with a heavy dose of funk and rhythmic percussion to compliment his house appeal. His production style is also reflective of his musicianship playing keyboards, bass, congas, guitar, drums, and various percussive instruments". 

 Not only is Demuir skilled at writing, playing and producing music, he also has mastered a love of food and he showcases this love in the kitchen. His attention to detail, culinary knowledge and food industry experience drives his passion for food at almost a comparable level to that of his love for music.

Today I share with you two of my absolute favourite recipes, his Pistachio Crusted Chicken and Mac & Cheese Recipe.

Demuir started Djing at the age of 13 and cooking at the age of 26

Cooking Facts about Demuir:
What age did you start cooking?
Demuir started cooking at the age of 26.  
Growing up, who influenced you in the kitchen in your family? 
His father was his family's main contributor in the kitchen and source of inspiration and his mother was the baker. 
What is your favourite meal you have prepared?
Lamb shoulder and shank.
What are you kitchen fears?
"being complacent, I don't want to plateau.."
What are some inspirations for your next recipe?
Using Scotch has always been something I would like to try.
What is your favourite kitchen tool?
 A garlic press

Demuir's Crispy Chicken with Pistachio Nuts

Demuir loves organic meat and  fresh herbs  

Demuir's Mac & Cheese

Demuir's Pistachio Crusted Chicken

6-8 Organic Chicken legs
Trini style hot sauce
1/2 cup crushed pistachios
4 tblsp honey
3 cloves of garlic
2-3 sprigs of rosemary
sea salt
pepper to taste

Season chicken overnight for best results or at minimum half an hour
Bake for 400 degrees for 20 min.
Reduce to 350-365 degrees and bake for another 60 minutes.  Remove the chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes. Serve.

Demuir's  Mac & Cheese
8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Kraft Italian 4 cheese (mozzarella, emmeti, parmesan, provolone)
1 1/2 - 3 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 drops of truffle oil

Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. 
Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. 
Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. 
Add 2 1/2 table spoons of butter. Stir well.
Pour 1 table spoon of olive oil and and truffle oil into a skillet at medium heat. 
Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika (optional)
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve.

To hear the latest music by Demuir visit Beatport.  
His record label MikitaSkyy

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