White Wine

Prawn & Zucchini Scampi

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Looking for a quick and easy dinner option? Look no further. From start to finish this meal takes under an hour to make! It is served with a light yet creamy white wine sauce with a hint of lemon.

Ingredients:

  • 375g Pasta of your choice (I used 1 pack of linguine)
  • 20- 30 Raw Prawns (peeled & de-veined)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Medium Shallot
  • 1 Medium Zucchini
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • Juice from 2 ½ Lemons
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • ¾ Cup Dry White Wine
  • ½ Cup Whipping Cream
  • ½ Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Seasoning Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp White Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Oregano
  • ½ Tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh Chives and Parsley to garnish
  • Fresh Parmesan for Garnish

How To: 

  1. Peel your prawns, if you did not purchase de-veined ones you will need to do so now.
  2. Cook your pasta according to instructions on box, depending on the type of pasta you choose the cooking time varies. TIP: Once your pasta is cooked, strain and run under cold water to prevent it from sticking together. Set aside.
  3. Dice your shallot, zucchini and pepper and set aside each one separately.
  4. In a large skillet, melt your butter on high heat and add the shallot. Lightly brown the shallot then add your green peppers. Let them cook approx. 3 minutes until they are getting softer.
  5. Add your water and zucchini and mix. Cook for approx 4 minutes until zucchini is starting to get soft.
  6. Add your garlic, paprika, seasoning salt, black pepper, white pepper, oregano & Italian seasoning. Mix everything together and cook for another minute or 2.
  7. Add your lemon juice and mix.
  8. Add the prawns and mix. Let them cook for about 2 minutes or until they turn pink.
  9. Add your wine and mix. Cook everything with a cover on for about 5 minutes to allow the wine to evaporate a bit.
  10. Add in the cream and mix. Lower heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Add your pasta and combine everything.
  12. Once everything is combined serve and garnish with chives, parsley & Parmesan.

 

Portobello Mushroom & Herb Risotto

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I cannot believe I have never attempted a Risotto in this house before. After watching the show Chopped on the Food Network and learning what definitely not to do I set out to make my own. It is in fact super easy and while it takes a bit of time to make it is totally worth it!. This can be a meal in itself or serve it up as a very filling side dish. Either way you will have leftovers if you are cooking for just two people.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth (I used low sodium, No MSG)
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio Rice
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (divided)
  • 1 Medium Shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp White Truffle Oil
  • 2 Tsp Pepper
  • 3 Medium – Large Portobello Mushrooms (chopped)
  • ½  Cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves (if you use dried Thyme use 1 Tbsp)
  • ¼ Cup Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Chives (chopped)
  • 5 Tbsp Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

How To:

  1. In a pot bring your broth to a boil and set it aside.
  2. In a skillet, melt 2 Tbsp of butter then toss in your mushrooms.
  3. Drizzle the truffle oil over the mushrooms while they cook.
  4. Add in the pepper and thyme and combine. Allow the mushrooms to cook down for about 3-4 minutes. Set aside and cover.
  5. In a large pot melt the remaining butter with the olive oil. Add in the shallots and garlic and allow them to cook until golden.
  6. Add the rice and combine until the rice takes on a golden color as well.
  7. Pour in the wine and allow it to cook down.
  8. Add in 1 large ladle of broth and stir. Reduce the heat to medium. Once the liquid is cooked down add in another ladle of broth. (I had to add another ladle in every 3-4 minutes so keep the pot of broth close by)
  9. Continue stirring occasionally and adding the broth in in increments until all the broth is used.
  10. This process should take 20 – 30 minutes. By the end your rice will be perfectly soft and cooked.
  11. Once the rice is ready, add the cooked mushrooms with all their juices, parsley, chives and Parmesan, stir to combine.
  12. I served ours with some fresh chives and Parmesan on top but this is optional.

Mussels in a Bacon, White Wine Garlic Cream Sauce

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Alright, I am finally back in the swing of things. It has been a crazy April thus far and needless to say I have been delinquent with my blog writing. This past weekend my husband and I went on a wonderful getaway to the stormy West Coast of Vancouver Island. Hiking in the pouring rain with our pup sure worked up an appetite. On our final evening in our beautiful hotel set a top a cliff overlooking the stormy waters below, we had an outstanding dinner! That dinner was the inspiration for this post and last night’s dinner. The chef prepared a massive bowl of fresh mussels served up in a bacon, white wine and garlic cream sauce which is what I tried to re-create. So below is my version of this meal, granted the professional chef at the 5 star restaurant did a far better job but if I do say so myself these mussels were pretty outstanding! Next time I will use more bacon because you can never have enough of that 🙂

Hope you enjoy this simple, rich and quick to make dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kg Fresh Mussels (scrubbed and de-bearded) *when buying them make sure they are closed, this means they are fresh*
  • 3 Large Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Small Shallot (minced)
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 4 – 6 Strips of Smoked Bacon
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 3/4 Cup Cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp White Pepper
  • 1 Handful of Chives (finely chopped)
  • 1 Handful of Italian Parsley (finely chopped)
  • Seasoning Salt to taste

How To:

  1. In a Large non-stick pot cook your bacon until it is crispy. Set it aside on some paper towel.
  2. Turn heat down to medium and put in your shallots and garlic and saute them in the bacon grease (approx. 1 minute)
  3. De-glaze the pot with your wine. Cook until the alcohol evaporates (approx. 8 minutes)
  4. Add in your Thyme and seasonings.
  5. Pour in your cream and bring to a boil and let the tastes combine for about 5 minutes.
  6. Place the mussels in the pot and cook them covered until they open (approx 5 minutes)
  7. Stir the mussels in the sauce for a few more minutes to let them take on the cream sauce flavor.
  8. Finely chop up your crispy bacon.
  9. Toss in the bacon bits, chives and parsley and stir.
  10. Place everything into a deep bowl and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

 

 

Tipsy Lobster and Scallops in a Gin and Tarragon Sauce

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Last nights culinary experiment was a touch of gourmet with a hint of Paleo. I gotta say it turned out pretty tasty 🙂

I had a bunch of frozen lobster meat in our freezer from a while ago when I was going to attempt a lobster bisque. Life got in the way and the soup was never made but I wasn’t about to let that go to waste! So I got to thinking of dinner options I could make with this lobster and a pack of scallops I had recently bought. I wanted something not too heavy or creamy since scallops and lobster are already rich in themselves. What I had in my fridge was fresh tarragon, garlic, shallots and oh ya! GIN! So I decided to try and make all that work together.

I have to say the combination of flavors was simply delightful with just the right amount of richness. And best of all it was easy and quick to make 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pack of Scallops (mine had 25 pcs)
  • 1/2 Lbs Lobster Meat (cubed)
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Tarragon (finely chopped)
  • 1 Handful of Italian Parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 Medium Shallot (finely chopped)
  • 4 Shots of Gin
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine (I used a chardonnay)
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne
  • Seasoning Salt and White Pepper to taste

How To:

1) In a large saute pan heated to high, melt 3 Tbsp of butter and add in your scallops and lobster. Let the meat brown (8-10 mins)

2) De-glaze the pan with 2 shots of Gin and some lemon juice. (I used 1/4 of the lemon) Season the meat with the garlic powder, cayenne, salt and pepper and let it cook for 1-2 more minutes to allow the alcohol to cook off. Set the meat aside on a platter or plate once it is done.

For the Sauce:

1) In the same pan, heat the rest of the butter and brown your shallots. Add in the garlic, tarragon and parsley followed by the 1/4 cup of water. Bring it to a boil then add your Gin and Wine. Bring it up to a boil again and let the alcohol cook off (approx 5 mins)

2) Add in the rest of the lemon juice and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

3) Add in your cooked seafood and coat the meat.

Serve and Enjoy 🙂

I served ours up on a bed of cooked spaghetti squash to keep it Paleo and it went very nicely with the tastes.