06 October, 2007

Avery's away, the taste buds will play

So Avery's at Becky's house with her beloved Anna for a sleepover, and we have no time to spare: adult evening, which means... food Avery doesn't like. Quick, to the stove.

Seared Scallops with Moroccan spices
(serves two)

8 large scallops, with or without roe as you like (I do not like)
2 tbsps all-purpose flour
1 tsp ras el hanout
1 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tbsps butter

Mix ras el hanout with flour and mustard seeds. Simply heat your skillet until smoking, then add butter. Roll scallops in the flour mixture and place in hot butter, then turn after 1 minute, cook slightly on the second side and serve.


Curried Shrimp with Lemon Grass and Ginger
(serves two if you're starving)

1 pound raw shrimp, shells, legs and tails removed

2 tbsp butter
1 stalk lemon grass, outer layer removed, finely minced
3 medium hot chillis, minced
10 leaves basil, rolled and chopped (chiffonade)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch knob ginger, peeled and minced
3 shallots, minced
1 tsp mild curry powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 soup can-size can coconut milk, thoroughly shaken
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a heavy saucepan, heat butter until melted, then add everything up to curry powder and saute till ginger is soft. Add shrimp and cook till JUST pink, then remove shrimp to serving bowl. Add curry and ginger powders, then coconut milk, and season to taste. Simmer low for 20 minutes while you steam some rice. Before serving, put shrimps back in and bring heat up high to heat through. Done.

Baby Pak Choi and Savoy Cabbage
(serves two)

4 miniature pak choi, halved
1/2 savoy cabbage, sliced thin
2 tbsps vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tbsp soy sauce

Heat oil in a wok, then add garlic and ginger. When hot, toss in vegetables and toss till slightly, just SLIGHTLY soft. Sprinkle with soy sauce and serve at once.


A completely divine dinner. Now there must be an unsuitable movie waiting somewhere...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lovely recipes. I especially like the 'Ramseyesque' 'Done'. Love your blog, it's the best of the American ex pat London blogs. By a mile!