October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
Lentil soup is a staple in my house. I always have the ingredients on hand and the preparation time is quick. For this lentil soup, I used curry flavors to give it a little spice.
Curry is a unique blend of both savory and sweet spices. Different brands of curry powder will include different spices. The one I used included cumin, coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, mace, ginger, cayenne, pepper, mustard, and cinnamon. There is a good amount of heat within these spices so be sure to taste before adding any extra heat!
October 29, 2011 § 3 Comments
What is the difference between a prawn and a shrimp? This is the question many people ask me when I tell them about spot prawns. The terms prawn and shrimp are generally interchangeable. There are some differences in body structure, but to a non-crustacean connoisseur, they look pretty much the same. A spot prawn is the largest out of 7 types of shrimp species harvested along the west coast of the US and Canada. One particular harvesting destination for spot prawns is the Santa Barbara channel. That is why these are Santa Barbara Spot Prawns!
Spot prawns are known for their sweet and firm texture. I paired the prawns with a lightly flavored lemon butter linguine. I wanted the dish to focus on the delicate flavor of the spot prawns and not be overpowered by a heavy sauce.
October 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
Dessert is subjective. Sometimes you want a thick, rich piece of chocolate cake. Other times, you want a creamy, velvety custard. Today, it’s all about the times when you want a light, fruity, and a not-too-sweet dessert.
This lemon pound cake with strawberry white wine compote is more about the natural sweetness of the strawberries that are mixed with mildly sweetened white wine syrup served over a light and tender pound cake.
October 25, 2011 § 2 Comments
I was recently shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond and I found these cute little tart shells. The picture on the package was of a Quiche Lorraine and I suddenly got an intense craving…oh how easily marketing gimmicks get me!
October 20, 2011 § 5 Comments
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. When I was young, I used to love getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating around my neighborhood. There was this one house that always gave out KING size candy bars – we always went there first! Now that I am a little too old to go around to my neighbors asking for candy, I love to make my own Halloween treats!
October 19, 2011 § 1 Comment
Risotto is a laborious dish to make. It takes constant stirring and patience for the rice to slowly cook. This sage and pancetta risotto, however, is well worth the effort!
October 18, 2011 § 1 Comment
This was the hardest food photo shoot I have ever had because I could not stop eating these green beans. They are so addictive!
This dish has great umami flavor from the soy sauce and a spicy kick from the chili flakes. I blanched the beans first and then sautéed them. Using this method ensures perfectly cooked green beans that are not overly done and still a bit crunchy!