This was a great lesson for me - an insanely perpetual planner - to see that sometimes the most amazing, tastiest things happen when I just stop planning for a few seconds.
Who knew that on the week I decided not to participate I would end up discovering and making not one, but two, recipes and that they would both be so tasty!
So, without further adieu, I will share both of these wonderful dishes from the sea.
Sea Scallops With Saffron Aioli - from Claire Robinson
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, plus 1 tsp zest
1/8 teaspoon (pinch) saffron threads
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 to 16 large sea scallops
Freshly cracked black pepper
Squeeze the orange and grate 1 tsp of zest.
Put the orange juice and saffron in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Cook for about 1 minute, until orange juice is infused with the saffron; stir in the zest and remove from the heat to cool slightly.
Whisk the orange mixture and the mayonnaise in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and set aside while you cook the scallops.
Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and season well with salt and pepper.
When the oil is rippling, add the scallops and sear, turning once, until golden brown but still opaque in the center, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Remove the scallops from the skillet to serving dishes and drizzle with the aioli (or just dip the scallops in the aioli). Serve immediatelyI'm not normally a huge fan of citrus flavours in main course dishes but this was delightful! The combination of the saffron and the orange juice and zest made for a sweet yet zingy aioli. Forget the scallops, the aioli itself was delicious. I may or may not have even dipped my broccoli in it once or twice. We thought it would make a really nice dipping sauce for homemade chicken fingers, as well!
Beer Boiled Shrimp - from Claire Robinson
3 bottles beer
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns
1 lemon, juiced, halves reserved
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, shell left on, rinsed well
In a large pot, bring the beer, water, shrimp boil seasoning, salt, peppercorns and the juiced lemon halves to a boil over medium heat.
Allow mixture to boil covered for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, melt butter in a small saucepan and add the lemon juice.
Add the shrimp to the pot of boiling beer, cover, and turn off heat.
Check shrimp after 3 minutes for a pink color throughout.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp and transfer to serving bowls.
Add 1/2 cup of the beer boiling liquid to the butter and simmer for 2 minutes, then transfer to small serving bowls.
Serve the warm shrimp with the butter dipping sauce on the side, and don't forget the empty bowls for the shrimp shells and some nice, crusty bread to sop up the extra sauce. Enjoy!
My mom and I served these two seafood dishes with steamed broccoli and couscous.
We made all of this to feed just the two of us. And we sure did a number on it! I'm pretty sure that the two of us consumed half of the Atlantic ocean. Here's proof...