April 04, 2004


On Friday night, my wife and I had a new shrimp and scallop dish, along with a French baguette and artichokes bigger than my fist with garlic butter on the side:


This seafood recipe is a new creation of ours; we had brought scallops and shrimp home from the grocery store on a whim and just made it up from ingredients we happened to have on hand. This recipe is a work in progress, and there’s still some tinkering to be done, but as we continue to experiment with it I’ll post more entries on our progress to track the creation and development of this new recipe.

It’s a fairly simple recipe actually. The seafood was first cleaned and dried. We decided to stirfry the seafood, but in a moment of fusion inspiration we decided to stirfry it in a combination of roasted garlic olive oil and chili olive oil. First we heated the wok over high heat until it was very hot. Then we added the oils and swirled to coat the wok. Then we added the shrimp, scallops, and broccoli to the wok:

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Once the seafood was nearly cooked, we seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and Trapani sea salt from Sicily. The broccoli was an excellent choice because it holds the flavours quite well. Some of the modifications we’re planning for the next iteration of this recipe to add a splash of vermouth and to include a more even balance between the shrimps and scallops and an adjustment to the cooking time for the different ingredients, since we found that the shrimp cooked much quicker than the scallops.

My pre-dinner cocktail on Friday was a vodka martini, which, as with gin martinis, I prefer with a 3:1 ratio of vodka to vermouth and garnished with three olives:


My favourite vodka, by the way, is Ursus, made from an Icelandic recipe in Holland. Anyone else want to chime in with their favourite vodkas? Madhava, perhaps?

Posted by Mark at April 4, 2004 07:18 PM

The chops look good, but this artichoke/seafood combo has to be my favourite.

By the way, on Joy, I dislike the fact that it doesn’t have any very simple white cake recipes that don’t use whipped egg whites and separated eggs. Purity is best for that!

Posted by: Susan at April 5, 2004 09:48 AM

My favourite vodka is whisky.

Posted by: Rethabile Masilo at April 6, 2004 07:41 PM