All posts filed under: seafood

Barefoot Contessa’s fennel & garlic shrimp

I recently received “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” as a gift and have been waiting to try a new recipe. I love going through cook books, staring at the delicious looking food, and book marking recipes. Foolproof dishes are deeply satisfying, recipes that you can trust and as Ina Garten wrote: “when a recipe becomes truly foolproof, you feel that you can almost make it with your eyes closed.” That is how I feel about Ina’s recipes– they are always reliable and you want to make dishes over again. I chose this recipe for fennel & garlic shrimp because I needed a fairly simple dish to make at a friend’s house. It’s super easy and oh so delicious. I did not end up using Pernod or fleur del sel and the truth is, I didn’t feel like buying them. Pernod is an optional ingredient anyways and I just used kosher salt. It’s a dish perfect for sharing. I recommend eating with toasted baguette to dip in the sauce or with basmati rice. My only warning is that …

seared scallops with pea puree

I always get random thoughts in my head about what to eat.  The other day, I thought about scallops and some kind of sauce to go with it and thought it might be interesting to try making a pea puree.  Two things I decided after making this:  better to cook with fresh scallops & always go with the jumbo scallops.. bigger is better right? 🙂  I went with the smaller scallops at the market and they were still a little frozen so they didn’t sear as well as I wanted but it was still a pretty tasty dish.   I have always hated peas– I was the girl who picked peas out of fried rice but for some reason, I like split pea soup and have been peas here & there.  This pea puree is pretty good– a nice combination of garlic, cheese & mint.  Try it & let me know what you think!  🙂 My recipe for seared scallops with pea puree serving for 1 Ingredients: scallops (I eat alot so I bought 6 …