Another Year, Another Birthday
Today the fan club and I along with close family celebrated my recent birthday. As you might guess by now, I just love to show my love by preparing special dishes for friends and family. Well, I am friends and family too. So today I got a to eat some really tasty food, and make it too.
Here's the love I came up with for all us. Seafood was heavy ingredient again in observance of Lent 2011.
Tonnarelli al Nero di Seppie con Frutti di Mare
(black squid ink Tonnarelli pasta with fresh seafood)
|Tonnarelli al Nero di Seppie|
1/2 lb of medium scallops
1/2 lb of calamari rings (no tentacles please !)
1 lb of medium shrimp
1 large yellow bell pepper
a handful of grape tomatoes
fresh basil leaves
S/P , EVOO
pignoli nuts as garnish
When cooking the seafood, make sure to observe the right timings was you add the ingredients. I added the Frutti in this order - calamari , scallops, and shrimp. Cooked over low heat with a lid to keep the moisture from escaping , The base sauce of EVOO , and herbs was prepared as a first step.
Grouper Steak in Garlic Sauce
|Grouper Steaks in Garlic Sesame Sauce|
Did you happen to notice some fish scales her ? My technique left some of scales on the bottom of the steaks for two reasons. To add some flavor as well as protect the fish as it cooked and steamed.
By the way , there was more Antipasto and desserts such as espresso cheesecake. But the were not the stars of this feast.
Happy Birthday To Me.!