Tuesday, August 31, 2010

French Recipe ~ Sauteed Scallops ~

Coquilles Saint Jacques Meunière
Fast and delicious!

1 pound of shelled scallops
2 Tbsp of butter
2 Tbsp of dry white vermouth
1 Tbsp of finely chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste

  • Rinse scallops under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Heat half the butter in a frying pan large enough to hold all the scallops in one layer.
  • Saute the scallops for 3-5 minutes, turning until golden brown on both sides and firm to touch.
  • Remove to serving platter and cover to keep warm.
  • Add the vermouth to the hot frying pan, swirl in remaining butter, add parsely and pour sauce over scallops. Serve immediately.
  • Serves 2.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

French Proverb

Vouloir, c'est pouvoir.
"To want, that is to be able." (Where there's a will, there's a way.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

French Recipe

Salmon Crepes

12 crepes
1 lb fresh salmon fillet's
1 large leek, sliced thin
3 T butter
3 T flour
1/4 c dry white wine
1 1/2 c whole milk
1/2 c grated Gruyère cheese
1/8 tsp nutmeg
salt and pepper

Prepare the crepes and set aside.

Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until they start to soften - about 3 minutes. Add in the salmon fillets, flaking into small pieces.

When the fish is cooked, sprinkle on the flour and stir to mix completely with the fish and leeks. Pour in the wine and milk. Cook, stirring until the mixture boils and thickens - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 c of cheese. Let cool about 5 minutes. Stir in nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

For each crepe, mound a generous 1/4 c of the salmon in the center of the crepe. Fold over about 1/2 inch of the sides to hold in the filling, then roll up. Place the crepes seam-side down in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c of cheese.

Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

"People have stars, but they aren't the same. For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they're nothing but tiny lights. And for still others, for scholars, they're problems. For my businessman, they were gold. But all those stars are silent stars. You, though, you'll have stars like nobody else."

"What do you mean?"

"When you look up at the sky at night, since I'll be living on one of them, since I'll be laughing on one of them, for you it'll be as if all the stars are laughing. You'll have stars that can laugh!"

And he laughed again.

"And when you're consoled (everyone eventually is consoled), you'll be glad you've known me. You'll always be my friend. You'll feel like laughing with me. And you'll open your window sometimes just for the fun of it...And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you're looking up at the sky. Then you'll tell them, 'Yes, it's the stars; they always make me laugh!'"

From The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry