Embrace the leftover rice and alternate takes!

Don’t waste your leftover rice! It’s just as valuable as those alternate takes the cats recorded in the 50’s and 60’s! Is it just me, or were there lots of alternate takes on those recordings? Like, all those Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Cannonball albums?

*Jazz Lingo: For those non musicians out there (an alternate take is when musicians decide to put two different versions of the same song on one recording)

The point is, is don’t let the rice or the alternate takes go to waste! Don’t skip over them. The alternate take can be just as good as the other version of the tune, if not better!!

Like this one for instance..

♫ Freddie Hubbard “You’re My Everything- Alt. Take” 

With my extra brown rice from the Thai place, I made a stir fry with all the leftover veggies I had in my refrigerator. I started with 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan over med heat. I added 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 1 red chili (thin slices- deseeded if you don’t like it too hot) But hey, I like it hot. Sidenote: Be careful what you do with your fingers after touching the chili. Don’t touch your nose.. err.. like I just did. It burrnnnns! Ok back to the cooking:

Cook for 2-3 minutes. Tear a handful of kale in the mix. Add a little water if too dry. Cook for a minute. Add rice. Make a well with the rice. Scramble 1 egg in the middle of the pan. Toss with rest of mix. Add soy sauce. Season to taste. Finish with fresh chopped spring onion. 

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Voila! Super fast meal in five minutes, and you didn’t waste a thing!

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Smoothie Diaries: Adi’s Ultimate Green Smoothie

The beautiful thing about green smoothies is you’ll get a full serving of veggies without tasting them! The key to doing this is adding a sweet frozen fruit. This one’s one of my favorites. It’s packed with so many vitamins, the perfect thing to kick your metabolism in high gear, and gives you a ton of energy to start off your day. On this morning’s listening list is also one of my favorite, most fun and energetic musicians, Cannonball Adderley.

What you need: 

  • 3 cups loosely packed kale
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 3/4 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1inch x 1inch fresh ginger

Method:

Blend!

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What kind of music do you like to start your day off to?

Good morning, baked steel cut oats and Nancy Wilson!

As I’m adjusting to this chilly weather (which I’m loving!) I decide to warm up the kitchen this morning with some oatmeal and Nancy Wilson! This oatmeal isn’t just any oatmeal. It’s baked steel cut oats! It’s a swingin’ twist on regular stovetop oatmeal. I prefer steel cut oats just because they are a bit healthier for you than the instant rolled oats. This breakfast is super healthy, satisfying, and delicious! Just like Nancy Wilson is for the soul:

What you need:

Serves 4-6

  • 1 Cup steel cut oats (the 5 minute cooking kind- see picture below)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • cinnamon

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir together oats, seeds, and cranberries. Whisk together  milk, egg, apple sauce, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir oats into wet ingredients. Pour into a casserole dish (or in my case I just baked it in a skillet). Place sliced bananas on top, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes, do a taste test, and check to see if it’s done. Once tender to the bite and golden,  remove from oven and serve with more honey, cinnamon, or whatever you like. You can serve it just like this or put it in a bowl and add more milk.

You can improvise: 

  • To make this healthy breakfast a little more sweet, top with homemade whipped cream.
  • Try adding different nuts or berries.
  • Use a different type of milk.

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I hope you all have a nice and easy morning!

See you, Australia! Hello, Fish Tacos and home!

Thank you so much Australia and New Zealand! It was yet another incredible leg of the Mrs Carter Show with Beyonce. I can’t wait to visit again, but dang what a long flight! I just got back last night after traveling for 30 hours and to my surprise I was actually able to sleep through the night and so far, (thank goodness) I’m not really that jet lagged! (*knocks on wood*)

I hit the ground running back in New York, running errands and taking care of business today. I went super market hopping today (one of my favorite past times), lugging around my brand new mortar and pestle from Sur La Table, picking up a whole bunch of ingredients for some upcoming recipes.. I could not wait to get back into the kitchen after being away from mine for a month! The first thing that popped into my head was fish tacos with a homemade sweet chili sauce. The tacos are light and fun and the chili sauce is sweet, zingy, and packs a serious punch.. Kind of like the perfect track to pair up with this recipe.. Christian McBride’s “I’m Coming Home” from his “Family Affair” album. It just seems oh so fitting.

Check it out!

You’re going to need a mortar and pestle for this. If you don’t have one, it’s seriously a great investment for the kitchen. Great for grinding up spices, making pesto, guacamole, and much more. (Mine was $25 from Sur La Table)

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Recipe makes 4 tacos

Sweet Chili Sauce:

  • 2 red chilis deseeded and chopped (see Adi’s Tips below)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed and peeled
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped

Method

Combine chilis, garlic, sugar, and salt in mortar and grind with pestle until smoothish. Stir in olive oil, vinegar, lime, onions, and cilantro. Taste. Season accordingly.

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For the Fish:

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb firm white fish (I used 2 basa fillets)
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Black pepper
  • Shredded radicchio
  • 1 small red onion sliced finely
  • Squeeze of lime
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • any other garnishments you like

Warm tortillas in a 300 degree F oven while fish cooks. In a pan large enough to fit the fillets of fish, heat olive oil over medium high. Season fish on both sides. Place in pan lying the fish down away from you so the oil doesn’t splash you. The fish should sizzle, if it doesn’t you need to wait longer for the olive oil to heat up. Cook fish 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip for an additional 1-2 minutes. Once cooked through, cut fillets into 4 servings and construct tacos with sweet chili sauce, radicchio, onion, and lime.

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Can you tell how excited I am to be home and cooking again!? haha

*Adi’s Tips: 

  • In order to de-seed a chili pepper you can pretend you’re the most killin’ drummer on the face of the planet and they are your drum sticks and jam out on your kitchen counter. (I’m serious) By tapping the pepper against a surface you release all the seeds, so once you cut the top off they will all pour out.
  • If your fingers start to burn because of touching the inside of the pepper rinse them with lemon juice. It’ll relieve the burn.

You can improvise:

  • Experiment with different garnishes like cabbage instead of radicchio, or by adding sour cream or guacamole, etc.
  • Use a different type of fish
  • Bread the fish with japanese bread crumbs by first dredging it in beaten eggs, flour, and then panko bread crumbs, then sear.

Stay tuned for more recipes! I’ll be cooking and playing up a storm the next 2 and a half weeks!

Halloween down under with the Mrs Carter Band

Hey Everyone! Here’s some shots and videos from the Mrs Carter Show Halloween party and the band carving watermelons! I didn’t buy a costume so I tore the sheets off my bed and made a toga! It came together with the help of some of Crystal’s birthday flowers.. Always finding ways to improvise over here.. Here’s the stuff!

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I hope you all had a very spooky halloween!

In other news.. Stay tuned for a new episode of Adi’s Jazz Kitchen.. Featuring a very talented special guest!! Take a guess who..

Dun dun duuun!

Fish Tacos down unda with the Mrs Carter Crew!

The lack of a kitchen on the road really infuses a deep sense of excitement (over the normal amount) within me when it comes to good food..  As you can see by this video, I am more than thrilled when our “after show” food is us getting our own taco truck. You can also see, that I’m not the only one! (Both of the Larry’s, Crystal, and Rie seem to agree)!

Been having a blast, Melbourne. See you for show number 3 tonight!

Where’s the guac, Mexico!?

The first stop in Mexico was Monterrey. A whole bunch of us went out for Mexican food and we got some serious guacamole, churros, and tacos. Guacamole was the number one on my list. Mmm mmm mmm was it good!

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After an amazing show last night we packed up and got up for another very early lobby call this morning and took the one hour flight to Mexico City!
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While waiting for our rooms to be ready, Crystal and I headed across the street to get some more tacos and guac. You know, I really do learn something new everyday on the road. It's a beautiful thing. While we were sitting there eating lunch a woman came up to us asking us for pesos.. Me being the New Yorker that I am habitually just said "no, lo siento".. Crystal looked at me and asked if I'd be alright with letting her sit with us for a meal.. So I said… "Well.. okay". Turns out, I made a new friend today, thanks to Crystal.
Her name is Juana. She is 58 years old and has 10 children, 7 still living and 2 died from leukemia, and 1 from asthma. She's only been in Mexico City for 20 days staying with her uncle, just walking around the streets asking for change, because she actually makes more money doing that than actually doing her job back in the town that she's from which is in the countryside outside of Mexico City. She said that her family actually doesn't speak spanish, but rather they speak Mystico (spelling). She says she comes from an indigenous people that live in the country side, and more than anything she would like to come to the states and work there, doing laundry, cleaning houses, or something of that nature. Then I realized how difficult it is for a person in her position to get papers to move to the states, without having to actually marry an American. Then it really made me think, how many other people are in her position? A position in which they are between a rock and a hard place, living in a rough neighborhood, not really able to make enough money to even survive off of never the less try to save up enough money to somehow get to the states.
It really makes you think. I’m grateful to have met Juana today and grateful for my very gracious friend, Crystal for that opportunity.

On a not so heavy note.. Since coming to Mexico City, Mr. Bear has made a friend (I found him in the hotel room) and his name is Panchito.

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Projeto de Meninos/Meninas de Rua

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The whole reason that I do what I do lies in this picture. These kids give me the energy and the inspiration to keep on performing and strive to be a better artist. I cannot thank enough the Projeto de Meninos e Meninas de Rua for visiting with the Mrs Carter Show a few nights ago in Sao Paolo.

Most of the time when I get to the venue, I grab my horn and go straight to a place where I can practice. Usually this means practicing in a stairwell, a bathroom, a loading dock with all of the trucks, or in some cases when the crew let me.. the crew room. I remember in Sao Paolo I went to practice and finished just in enough time to take my horn out to the stage when I ran into the kids from this project. Thank goodness I did, because I didn’t realize the amount of joy that they were about to bring me. Our first meeting went a little like this:

This whole trip to South America is a huge affirmation that the simplest things in life can bring the most happiness. Not money, not fame, not material items, not a huge house, not a nice car.. none of that. The majority of people here don’t have that. They are the happiest, most passionate, most grateful people I’ve ever met in my life. Take note, America.
Here’s a few clips from their performance:

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Translation by Daniele Ribiero

Dear Projeto de Meninos/Meninas de Rua,
I know you guys said that you came to see the Mrs Carter Show a few nights ago, but the way I see it, is I came to work that day to see you guys perform. It was one of the most honest, inspiring performances I’ve ever witnessed in my career. Music can change the world, and I am eternally grateful for who you all are and what you do. Thank you. With much love..

From one of your biggest fans,
Adison Evans

To check out more on The Project of boys and girls of Rua go to their website: http://www.pmmr.org.br/

Sao Paolo/Brasilia goodies!

Thank you Sao Paolo for giving us so much energy! I loved all of your signs and yellow/black balloons! What an amazing night. With the exception of watching my boss almost being dragged off of the B stage.. err…it was a blast! One of the main things that got us geared up for the show was all of the yummy sweet treats backstage waiting for us when we got there! They were graciously provided for us by the lovely, Andrea Guimaraes. She had homemade truffles, chocolates, a CAKE, nutella jars, fun feathers, and disco balls all labeled with Beyonce stuff for us! You know, it’s the little things on the road that really make me smile and give me energy (and it’s not the obscene amount of sugar I ingested in 5 minutes I’m talking about..or..maybe it is. But anyways.. Thank you so much Andrea!

She can be found on instagram at andreaguima5 ! check her out!

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Earlier this afternoon we arrived in Brasilia! It’s unfortunately our last city in the country 😦 I will miss you Brazil!! I have never before in my LIFE met so many passionate, beautiful, heartwarming people in one place before. Thank you again for having us! For my last day off here, a bunch of us decided to go to this beautiful lake and take in the scenery.

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We also stopped for a little pre-dinner snack at Devassa. We had fish sticks (I loooooove me some fish sticks 🙂 ) and we had cod balls. They were very yummy but the kid in me giggles every time I say “cod balls” out loud. But that’s really what they are! Balls of cod. Ok.. I digress. Cody got a yummy looking drink that I had to take part in as you can see below..

As you can also see.. I love popsicles. ESPECIALLY when they are coconut popsicles.. oh man, that alone made my day. I now present to you.. sticks of fish and cod balls 😀

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Thanks for a beautiful day off Brasilia, and I’m looking forward to playing for you tomorrow night! It’s the Mrs Carter Show’s last stop in Brazil tomorrow night so let’s make it an amazing one!

See you there!
Adi

Rock in RIO!

Thank you for being showing such love and support, Belo Horizonte! You sent me home smiling after the show. Unfortunately, we had a very early wake up call to go on to our next city, Rio! No matter how little sleep I got, I was still so excited to explore Rio! I was determined to go see the statue of Jesus Cristo but that’s when my little sleep kicked in and deterred me from going to the tippy top of that mountain; ESPECIALLY after I saw those beaches! My goodness, what a beautiful view with the mountains sprinkled with houses in the background!

My day off turned out to be amazing! We went out with Crystal’s old spanish teacher from high school, Johnathan. He moved down here years ago and did an excellent job of showing us around! First stop was Ipanema Beach (of course) Rie and I, the jazz musicians that we are were humming as many bossas on the way over as we could think of. There were stunning views, amazing weather (cooler than I expected.. it is winter), sunshine, and very chilly water!

But out of all these things, take a guess at what I was most excited about… the FOOD that these guys were walking around the beach selling! I couldn’t wait to check it out! Johnathan got us these amazing globo biscotti cookies.. one bag was sweet, and the other salty (perfect!). They were little round airy puffs of crunchy and crackly cookies (not a typical cookie). They were more like an air popped morsel. Of course, we couldn’t just wash these down with water.. that’d be nuts. We had to get the traditional drink, which was lemonade mixed with mate (pr. “maCHa”) tea! These weren’t just Arnold Palmers people.. these were different. The tea was a little spicy. They should be called Adi Palmers. yeah? lol

After the beach and our delectable late afternoon snack we had to go out to dinner for a traditional Brazilian meal. Johnathan hipped us to the dish, feijaoda which black beans (cooked with pork of course) with different kinds of meats that you stir in. It also comes with ribbons of collards, orange slices, fried yuca (could eat those all day) and powdered yuca which looks like sand. It’s the yummiest and the coolest texture! In addition to this we had a huge fish stew and trout with capers. Naturally, I was in a food coma.

I highly recommend where we ate. It’s a place called Casa de Feijaoda in Rio with beautiful people working there and incredible food! Do I dare say quite possibly the best food I’ve had yet this leg? I think I will!

Wanting to explore a little more, (even though our lack of sleep was kicking in big time at this point) we went to downtown Rio and check out Lapa which is where there are a lot of samba clubs and bars. We heard some local live music and learned a little bit of samba moves in the street with Johnathan, Crystal, and Rie!

It was such a blast and I think (I hope!) I got a good dose of what life in Rio is like! For this trip I decided to leave my phone and everything behind, so I’m waiting for Johnathan to email me all of the pictures of the food I took with his phone, and I had to get to a place where I actually had internet. As a matter of fact, I’m backstage right now writing this post. We’re going on in a few hours for Rock in Rio!

I’m excited to share the pictures with you guys in the next post, and looking forward (as always) to partying with you guys tonight at the Mrs Carter Show! We like to partyyyyy.. heyy heyyy heyyyyy

See you in a few RIO!

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