|Shrimp and lump crab tossed in a creamy garlic flavored sauce
with some fresh asparagus and a touch of noodles…
To serve 2-3 generously
Cook the noodles Al-Dente and drain. Toss with a Tbsp of OO and keep aside.
In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the asparagus for 2-3 minutes. Drain and and “shock” in cold ice water for about 3-4 minutes. (Blanching). Drain.
In a pan, saute the onions, garlic and the bacon/pancetta in the butter and a Tbsp of OO (about 3-4 minutes). Cook till the onions turn a pale pink and the meat crisps. Add the shrimp and the asparagus. Cook till the shrimp turn opaque. (Another 4-5 minutes)
Add the wine and season with salt, black pepper, red cayenne. Bring to a boil. Add the cream and the crab meat and toss gently. Bring to a gentle boil and toss the noodles in batches.
Check for seasoning to your liking. Toss with the fresh parsley and grated cheese right before serving.
🙂 (Really, what else do you expect from me anyway?)
We revisited the Spice route and created some delicious Indian food..
Here’s the menu and a scrap book of pics.. Recipes below. !
What a fun day to “cook” our weather blues away!!
All recipes to serve 2-3
1 clove of garlic minced
2 Bay leaves
1/2 Tsp whole peppercorns
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
Saute the dry spices in a Tbsp of OO (or any vegetable oil) for a couple of minutes till you can smell the aroma.
Add the onions and garlic and saute till the onions turn pink. (about 4-5 minutes). Add the mushrooms and continue cooking for about 4-5 minutes till the onions turn a cool brown and the mushrooms wilt. Add the rice and toast for a couple of minutes. Add the seasonings and Add 2 cups of water( including the mushroom water). Cover the pot and cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the mint leaves and the ghee and stir gently. Cook for about 3-5 minutes more till all the water is absorbed and rice flakes easily with a fork.
Optional garnish- Squeeze some fresh lemon juice before serving.
Cook the lentils in about 1 1/2 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder in a covered stock pot till completely done (About 18-20 minutes). If using a pressure cooker, cook for about 10-12 minutes. Keep aside.
Saute the mustard seeds, the whole red chilies and the curry leaves in 2 Tbsps of OO till the seeds start to sputter. Add the onions, garlic and tomatoes and continue to cook for about 5-6 minutes till the onions turn pink and the tomatoes cook down. Add the mangoes and saute them with the rest of the mixture. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add the tamarind juice , salt, sugar and curry powder and bring to a boil. Add the lentils to the mango tamarind party and mix everything well. Simmer on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes. (Add more water and seasonings to your taste).
Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves before serving.
Kesari Meethi Lassi
You know there comes a time atleast once in a woman’s life where she has to decide who she wants to give her heart to.
In my case, I think that time has come. But alas, I’ve been pushed to make that decision. See till now, the two loves of mine had me in their grasp of promising love and bliss. I had all their attention and they had mine. Never did I have to make a decision to choose just “one” but today all that changed.
Sigh.. I was at a store and I saw this pair of shoes.. They were perfect. Lime green wedges. Perfect for spring, summer, rain oh I don’t care for winter! They saw me and I saw them. We flirted..a couple of stolen glances later, I had to bring them home.
As I walked towards the cash register, my eyes met with .. Wait for it..the best looking dutch oven! Yes, it was perfect. Robust, sturdy oh so masculine. I just had to have it. But my pockets made me choose one. Just one! Why can’t I have it all?!
Sigh.. I chose the dutch oven 🙂 I brought it home feeling a bit guilty for my actions but who can control the heart’s desires. I cannot wait to feature it in my next recipes and posts.
On a second thought, Maybe just maybe, I don’t have to make a choice just yet. Maybe the shoes and I can be on a “break” till I figure out what I really want from “this relationship”. Maybe just maybe, the shoes will understand that I’m just a woman. A woman in love. In love with anything food. (For now). 😉
Happy weekend all!!