Posts Tagged ‘seafood’

17th February
written by Steph

Maple-Glazed Tuna and Curried Pear & Potato Salad

It’s been ages since I posted a recipe on the site, something I apologize for. It’s not that I haven’t been cooking – I have – it’s just that I haven’t been making anything that seems all that blog-worthy. I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut for the past few months (don't the holidays do that to us? Where all you want to do is eat out or order in take-out?), but I think I’m finally snapping out of it. I’ve recently been seeking out lots of new recipes to try, and the thought of cooking is no longer something that makes me feel tired but something that makes me feel excited.

Tony and I are never ones to really celebrate Valentine’s Day because I think it’s a fairly awful holiday. I feel like if Tony and I need the push of a corporate occasion to tell each other how much we care for each other, then our relationship is in trouble. I also dislike how restaurants use this time as an excuse to create special (read: expensive) menus that really break the budget. This year Tony and I decided we would observe Valentine’s Day from the comfort of our own home, where I would cook us a meal that was a little bit fancier than what we would normally make for ourselves (but at a quarter of the price of what we would pay dining out). I decided I would try a recipe I got off of Epicurious that was created by the most recent winner of Top Chef Masters, Marcus Samuelsson. This recipe is his own, and I have to admit that I didn’t stray from it one jot! Shocking, I know, but if you make it yourself, you’ll see it needs no adjusting! Ingredients For the tuna
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp REAL maple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Two 6-ounce tuna fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cilantro sprigs
For the salad
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters or 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup shredded baby spinach
8th June
written by Steph

Open face Shrimp Po' Boy

I am a big fan of sandwiches. On our honeymoon last year after eating out at a variety of fancy-schmancy restaurants for four days straight, my fondest wish was to just find somewhere where I could get a good sandwich to eat.  What can I say? Sometimes I'm a girl of simple tastes. I think I just love that there are so many different flavors and so many different combinations that can arise with the humble sandwich. You're never lost for choice when a sandwich is the meal in question. One sandwich I frequently have a hankering for (but find it rather hard to track down here in Nashville... could it be because we're a landlocked state?) is the Po' Boy. Now, I don't really care for much creole/cajun cooking - often it's too spicy for me - but I love me a good shrimp Po' Boy every now and then. I decided to give it a whirl in my own kitchen and see what I could come up with. The verdict? So long as I can get my hands on shrimp, I'll never have to do without Po' Boys in my life again! Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • oil for frying (about 4 tbsp)
  • crusty bread
  • thinly sliced tomato
20th May
written by Steph

Mushroom & Pea Risotto with Pan-Seared Halibut

A few weeks ago, Tony and I took our dear friend Trisha out to dinner to celebrate her birthday.  We went to a restaurant called, Marché, that specializes in simple – but delicious – French dishes.  That evening, Trisha ordered the halibut and risotto combo, which really captured my imagination.  I decided I wanted to try to recreate it (with my own twists, naturally) at home.

Ingredients (serves 4, generously) For the Risotto
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of diced mushrooms
  • ½ onion, finely minced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine (we used a Bogle sauvignon blanc that was wonderful)
  • 2 – 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed
  • zest from ½ a lemon
  • salt & pepper
For the Halibut
  • 4 4-ounce pieces of halibut (or another firm, white fish)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • juice from ½ lemon
9th February
written by Steph
Shrimp with Snow Peas

Shrimp with Snow Peas

The title of this post is not technically  a misnomer, but it might be a bit misleading, as there is more to it than just shrimp and snow peas.  I often view the stirfry as a great means for cleaning out my crisper and using up veggies.  I figured, why use just snow peas when I also had some green pepper and mushrooms as well?  This meal is fantastic to prepare during the week, as the element of the dish requiring the most time was definitely the rice.  The rest of it came together in about 5 minutes!  And if you have a rice cooker that has a timer, as I do, then the cooking of the rice is not only a no brainer, but is also a non-issue.  For this dish, I essentially followed Rasa Malaysia’s recipe for Shrimp with Snow Peas (including her tips on getting crunchy shrimp!), but tweaked it a little bit.   Apart from adding in extra veg, I also doubled the sauce, while also adding a bit of hoisin sauce to it for extra flavor. Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound shrimp [I have no idea if I used this much; I used about 12 large shrimp]
  • 3 oz snow peas [Again, I just added in about 3 large handfuls and called it a day]
  • some canned straw/button mushrooms [I used fresh button mushrooms (about 6), chopped into quarters]
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil [I used olive oil]
  • 1 green pepper, sliced into medium-sized chunks
  • ½ white onion chopped into chunks
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic [I use the stuff out of a jar because I am lazy]
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 8 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine (shaoxing or rice wine)
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder [I used black pepper]
  • 1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce
3rd February
written by Steph
Fantastic Fish Lasagna... So says Jaime, so say I!

Fantastic Fish Lasagna... So says Jamie, so say I!

For Christmas, my good friend Taryn gave me a copy of Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook Cook With Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook.  It’s a gorgeous book, and each recipe is devoted a full-page picture.  Jamie also covers a bunch of techniques (such as cutting veggies, keeping knives sharp, various popular herbs & their uses, etc.,), and provides recipes for each major course. I first amused myself by flipping through the book, just looking at the pictures to get some ideas for dishes I might make.  One thing I noted was that several of the dishes seemed to be geared to a more European market, because many of the ingredients were not ones you’d find in your average grocery store (whereas I know they’re readily available in standard UK supermarkets).  Also, Jamie has the tendency to use weights for ingredients rather than our traditional measurements of cups, which was also interesting.  Certain recipes in this book I’m sure I’ll never make (sorry, but I doubt I’ll be making my own pasta anytime soon, no matter how good it looks!), but many recipes did catch my eye.  One I couldn’t get out of my mind, so I decided that I would give his Fantastic Fish Lasagna a go.  Some of you might be shocked to read this, because generally I’m not one to go for a fish dish.  Still, it looked mighty good (and called for mild, white fish), so I decided to make this dish in order to break in Taryn’s cookbook.  I think she’d be proud of me (plus, it’s not gnocchi, so she really can’t complain!). Below is my translation of the ingredients used, as well as my own personal method for making this dish.  Elements of Jamie’s method were difficult to follow (e.g., the final dish clearly has shrimp in it, but he never actually mentions when you’re supposed to add anything other than the shrimp heads… which he then throws away.), so I assumed certain things and hoped for the best.  It wound up turning out well, so I think if you follow my notes, you should be fine if you attempt this dish.  I think when Jamie says he will make you a better cook, he is assuming you are already a pretty decent one to begin with!  I will not make such an assumption! 😉 (more…)
30th January
written by Steph
Minty Pea Pasta... with Shrimp!

Minty Pea Pasta... with Shrimp!

If you’ve been following the recipes I’ve been posting here, you may have noticed that a few have them have called for (or suggested the use of) fresh mint.  Luckily there are a few good Asian markets here in town that let us by certain fresh herbs for mega cheap, and mint happens to be one of them.  Of course, for about $1.50, we wind up with way more mint than we can reasonably use, but it seems a shame to let it go to waste.  Ergo, this weekend, I concocted a pasta dish from scratch, inspired by the Brits’ love for buttery peas garnished with mint.  The mint flavor is very mild and subtle in this dish, so if you think this sounds like a weird combination, I urge you to give it a try.  This meal was so simple to make, and came together in about 15 minutes (max). Ingredients (makes two generous portions) •    1/3 cup frozen peas •    1/4 red onion, finely diced •    8 large shrimp, peeled & deveined & thawed •    olive oil •    2 tablespoons of butter •    2 servings worth of spaghetti, linguine, or another tangly pasta •    1/3 cup fresh mint leaves •    juice of 1/2 lemon •    thinly shaved romano or parmesan for garnish (more…)