All posts filed under: Shellfish

Lobster Roll

Maine lobster spring rolls with avocado, pineapple & vanilla coconut sauce. Perhaps, when we think of spring roll’s, we think of fatty, deep fried, brown rolls that are usually dipped into an undefinable sauce.  Although this calorie packed food has its place, there is, I believe, a much better and healthier alternative – the Vietnamese style spring roll!  In contrast to the well known, deep fried spring roll – which is most likely made using flour, the Vietnamese roll is made with rice paper and is often eaten without cooking.  This is a food you may find in a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant and is mostly served with a sweet peanut sauce. I truly enjoy working with rice paper and in my opinion it is actually a quite perfect food.  It has hardly any calories, it is made from rice, it can be eaten without cooking and you can use it in sweet or savory applications. For our wonderful dish, we decided to combine lobster and avocado, which are both delicious served slightly chilled – it is summer after all! …

Scallop & Tequila! Oh Yeah …

Seared Scallops, Grilled Watermelon, Grapefruit & Aperol. I recently had a chance to work with Chef Adam Kenworthy in SOHO.  We had a great time working together in the kitchen.  After work, Adam decided to make a couple of margaritas and they were incredible.  Since I don’t regularly consume alcohol but really enjoyed these flavors, I decided to create a dish around this delicious combination.  I learn something new about my profession every day! So here it goes!  Don’t eat and drive & please, always eat responsibly! For my initial inspiration I used Adam’s fantastic margarita.  Adam mixed together fresh grapefruit juice, aperol, fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime and organic tequila (Del Maguey VIDA Mezcal) , finishing everything off with some fresh basil. I absolutely love fresh, jumbo scallops – especially seared hard with lots of salt – and they only seemed a logical choice to highlight these incredible flavors.  I really don’t like to admit, but I actually like the super caramelized crust the best 😳.  If you are able to sear a scallop hard …