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Friday, March 21, 2014

Scallops Night, "Food Photography"



Scallops with Lemon and Maple Syrup Dressing
 
The Scallops, bought at Costco, Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/13sec, ISO200
I got that recipe from one of my sister, Johanne, and it's so delicious, that I had to share it with our dear friends Marge and Tom Bell.
We invited them for a celebration dinner the last one before my husband third back surgery schedule for March 25 at 7:30am.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 shallot, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoon of lemon zest, minced
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup of 35% cream
  • ½ tablespoon of pink peppercorns, crushed 
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 1/3 lbs of large scallops, bought mine at Costco, they were huge
  • I added few cooked shrimps, at the last minute!
Method
  1. Melt butter and sauté shallot in a pan.
  2. Deglaze with lemon juice and white wine and let simmer until reduced by half.
  3. Add the lemon zest, maple syrup and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the cream and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring throughout.
  5. Add the peppercorns and season with salt, to taste.
  6. Set aside and keep warm.
  7. Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat.
  8. Gently cook the scallops either 2 minutes on each side, or on one side only and until the top turns slightly opaque, add shrimps at the last minute!
  9. Serve immediately with the sauce and a side of seasonal vegetables.


  • Melt butter and sauté shallot in a pan.
  • Deglaze with lemon juice and white wine and let simmer until reduced by half.

  • Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/15sec, ISO200

    Add the cream and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring throughout. Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/30sec, ISO200 
    ½ tablespoon of pink peppercorns, crushed, Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/30sec, ISO200 


    Add the peppercorns and season with salt, to taste. Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/15sec, ISO200 

    Gently cook the scallops either 2 minutes on each side, or on one side only and until the top turns slightly opaque, add shrimps at the last minute! Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/20sec, ISO200 


    Served with microwaved green beans flavored with sundried tomatoes in olive oil, and mashed  potatoes ( 2 orange yams, I purple yam, 5 pounds of Yukon gold yellow flesh potatoes, butter, milk, and Greek seasoning), wash down with a lot of great wine.  

     
    Serve immediately with the sauce and a side of seasonal vegetables. Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/3sec, ISO200 

    Perfect Celebration Dinner Recipe.  Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, Tripod, f11, 1/4sec, ISO200 

    One of the bottle was a pleasant discovery, one of the best Malbec I had the chance to taste.  

    Cameron Hughes Lot 358, 2011.  Canon 5D Markiii, Canon 100mm Macro, f6.3, 1/60sec, ISO640, LED lamp 

    Lot 358,  Cameron Hughes 2011 Mendoza Malbec (Argentina)
    Description from Cameron Hughes Website;

     Lot 358 Malbec has juicy texture and lush fruit flavor, but is most lovable for its drinkability. Violet in color, with flavor aromas of black cherry and plum that carry through to the palate. There is a nice richness, it is very balanced, not an over-the-top style. It has a long and lovely finish with firm tannins. You could age a couple years, but why bother when its drinking so well now.

    Style
    Full, Bold

    Flavors
    Cherry, Plum

    Vintage: 2011
    Appellation: Mendoza 100%
    Grape: Malbec 100%
    Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
    Production: 6,000
    Drink/Hold: Now through 2019

    Note from Cameron Hughes Website;
    This Malbec was made with our longtime producer partner in Mendoza. We have worked together now for five years, and our relationship continues to deepen with each release. 2011 was an epic vintage in Luján de Cuyo and the neighboring Valle de Uco. We identified vineyard blocks in both valleys that reveal the sheer power and balance for which Malbec is famous. If you enjoyed Lots 258 and 275, this wine will stop you in your tracks.
    They are completely right, I have to get more, if you try it let me know what you think!
    Cheers,
     


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