– So, I cook a lot of different
foods, I love to cook. One of my issues however, is that I don’t
measure, I just season until my ancestors
tell me to stop. (upbeat music) – As far as washing meat,
I never used to wash meat, I would just throw it in the
fryer, the pan, whatever, oven. She got so upset one time. You gotta wash the chicken
before you put it on the stove. – Yeah.
– So ever since then I said, well you
take care of it. – He’s only cooked twice in
our entire four years together. – Do you wash that meat? – But, in the one time
he did wash the meat. I wash his meat, yes, of course. – It’s not a policy. Suppose to wash my meat. – Okay, relax. – Sometimes when I
cook I wash the meat and sometimes I don’t, it really depends on
what kind of meat it is. – Dominican’s wash every
thing, especially meat because there’s this fear
that you’re gonna die if you don’t wash meat. – But I wash my meat. Well, okay, I wash some meats. Things like ground beef,
ground that you can’t wash ’cause that’s weird to do that, I just hope that the
heat will kill off whatever germs that are there, but a steak, fish, chicken,
especially chicken, chicken, it’s like a
whole ordeal with chicken. You gotta soak that thing, you
gotta put some lemon in it, you gotta put some vinegar, you gotta kill that
chicken smell from it. – And I read that
actually washing the meat, washing chicken for instance, is actually not a
good thing because– – It spreads the germs all over. – You’re spreading more germs. – I don’t believe that. – Growing up I never saw
anybody washing meat. Nobody ever told me to do that. – Well I know why I wash meat ’cause growing meat your
meat comes from the farm, it’s not packaged in
a supermarket, you
know what I mean? You need to wash it off, there could be a
lot of things on it. – Well that makes total sense. – I always wash my
meat before I cook it. – No.
– You never wash the meat? – Sometimes I do,
depending what meat it is. – You didn’t put it under water? – Because you cook it, and I think it has also to
do with the meat in Germany’s really good and I probably
didn’t think about how bad the meat is here. I always wash my vegetables. – In America just
wash everything. (upbeat music) – Kevin doesn’t really
season his food very well, so it literally is
just salt and pepper, that’s not seasoning, that’s
the main thing that you do to kind of coat the meat, or whatever it is
you’re cooking, so it needs to have a little
adobo, adobo is a must. The yellow lid, the red lid,
doesn’t matter, whatever, but adobo needs to be in there. Everything I make has garlic
powder, lots of garlic powder, sometimes some cumin, but if the meat looks the same
as it came out of the package it’s not seasoned enough. So my meat is
always nicely coated and has a really good flavor. – But I mean, you want the meat
or vegetable, whatever dish that you’re making to
be the star of the show. You don’t want it to
taste like everything to taste like adobo right? – Adobo taste good so it
makes everything taste so much better. – So I think I use more spices and her food is more bland. – Yeah.
– But now it’s better. You said yes, I can’t
believe you agree with me. – It’s true.
– It’s bland? – I can’t handle food that has
too many different flavors. – I think my staple seasons are. – [Both] Salt and pepper. – Nothing else.
– Well no, I use other ingredients too.
– Salt and pepper. – But when she cooks, she uses
everything in the kitchen, I mean it’s– – Because, let me explain. Dominican’s make
many different dishes with the same kinds
of seasonings. That’s just the way we cook, so we use salt, pepper, oregano, we use cilantro,
onions, peppers, those are the main ones. Sometimes at his house
there is no red pepper or there’s no
onion, and I’m like, how do you not have
onion in the house? That’s something that we
never not have onions, we won’t have milk for cereal because we cook a lot of
the things that we eat. – But you’ll have 10
onions and peppers. – We’ll have 10
onions and peppers. (upbeat music) – Kevin and I take
turns cooking, we alternate every other day. Everything we do in
the house is 50/50. And when it’s his turn to cook I just say a prayer
and I just say, please don’t make me sick,
everything’s gonna be okay and I will be fine. – And have you been fine? You have, right, so.
– Yeah, for the most part I’ve been okay.
– I don’t wash the meat at all.
– I know, I know. Please don’t remind me of that. – Nothing to worry about.
– Yeah, okay. But that’s why I like
my meat well done, cooked, charred, nice
and hard, (laughs) so that I know whatever
germs are in there have been killed off. Except when I go
to a restaurant. I don’t know why when
I go to a restaurant I’m okay with it
being a little bloody, but at home the thing has
to be rock solid cooked. He doesn’t, he doesn’t. Still mooing.
– Still mooing, I like stuff raw even sometimes, but it has to be, to
make sure that yes, it passes any government– – And how’s that
worked out for you? – Good for the most part. – No it has not,
you always get sick. – Not always. – (laughs) You’re
always sick. (laughs) – It’s all relative. To me it’s just a part of, I don’t really call it it sick, I have to just
flush out my system. – Yeah, so he flushes
out the system a lot, and that’s why I wash my meat. – He thinks we
overcook everything, which we do, but it’s
because back in the day my grandma would cook on a
(speaks in foreign language) which is this round
thing, it was outside and you had fire and
you put the food, you use sticks, like if your
were making shish kebabs, it was a struggle, so
they wanted to make sure because they were
getting their own meat, killing animals for it
and making it themselves. So, I mean, if you don’t have
the proper cooking tools, I’m sure they didn’t
had vinegar and stuff, they made sure they
overcooked everything, which he has a problem with. He even overcooked
steak the other day. I think it’s because of me.
– It was completely by accident.
– He has his steak medium rare and I, when we first
started dating, I used to have my
steak well done and now I have it medium. (mumbles) Yeah, I use to ask for steak, hey can I have a well done
steak, a little burnt. He’d look at me,
what’s wrong with you? – When I did it was rare. Rare, medium rare. – Yeah, when he would dig steak. I remember the first time, I think, we went to market.
– Market, yeah. – And he got a steak there. I’d never seen someone
eat steak there. – Raw meat.
– I thought it was nasty. – He said he was gonna throw and now he eats steak.
(speaks in foreign language) – I’ll have steak (speaks
in foreign language) on top of my steak,
it’s so good, I love it. (upbeat music) – So, my family’s German,
we eat a lot of German food, that’s one of our
favorite cuisines to eat. So, there’s this dish called
(speaks in foreign language) and it’s like a sour meat beef, marinate the beef in
vinegar for like a week to two weeks, and
when it comes out it’s got this sour taste to eat. – Taste like meat and vinegar. Like beef and vinegar.
– Kind of but it’s really good. We make a gravy out of the sauce and that’s what really
puts the cherry on top. It’s really good. She doesn’t like it at all, she’s thinks it’s really
weird, it just tastes sour. – It is. So the very first
time that I went over, I think like the first actual
dinner that I had with Ted and his family was
for his birthday and that’s when his family made
(speaks in foreign language) and it’s a sour German meat
and they made mash potatoes and they made the sour gravy and then they had the purple
cabbage with sour sauce, potato pancakes with
apple sauce and sour cream and I was just like. – What is this? – I’m gonna be
hungry after this. – So, I haven’t cooked
Dominique any Jamaican dishes that I know as of yet. – Hold the chicken
feet, hold the cow feet, anything else, we’re good to go. – Honestly, I think I
might cook him chicken ’cause people sleep
on chicken feet, I understand that the aesthetic
of it isn’t that great, I get that, but it’s
so good, it’s so good. So now I’m on a mission. – Well you’re gonna be
cooking that for yourself and it’s gonna be sitting
there looking at me ’cause I ain’t gonna touch it. That’s like eating chitlins. – No, no. – I’d rather eat
chitlins than a cow foot. – Chicken foot. – Chicken foot, cow foot,
cow tongue, all of that, I’d rather eat chitlins
before I wat that. – We’ll see.
– okay. – So I think the
German food place with (speaks in
foreign language). So we eat for example,
a lot of potato salad, but then the potatoes are cold, or pasta salad, and
the pasta is cold. You don’t like food
that is suppose to warm in your mind, like pasta
or potatoes to be cold. – No, no, no. If I’m gonna have a hot meal, I want everything on the
plate to be hot, that’s why. – But we would eat,
for example, as a side, the potato salad, and
that’s cold, and then meat. – There are people that I’ve
seen that eat potato salad as well in the black community,
and it’s still wrong. – But we play with, or
we even mix some dishes where one part is cold
and the other one is hot. Like for example,
pie with ice cream. – But that’s just a
dessert, that doesn’t count. We’re talking about dinner. You know what I mean? Even breakfast, you guys
will have, and it’s so odd. – Cold sausage. – You’ll have cold sausage and then you’ll hot boiled
eggs and then jelly. – Delicious.
– First off, those don’t match. – Yeah, but we just have
a whole feast basically. – Yes, but it’s just like
your stomachs are broken. – No. (both laughing) – Thanks for watching,
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