Hokkaido scallops have a meaty texture and sweet flavour that make them particularly suitable for this raw preparation in which the lime juice does the “cooking.” Classic Mexican flavours of red onion, cilantro, and just a dash of heat from serrano pepper make this a fresh and scrumptious way to get a party started.
Hokkaido sea scallops, so called because of their origins in the Hokkaido region of Japan, are farm-raised and have earned both Ocean Wise and Marine Stewardship Council certification.
Choose commercially frozen scallops that are frozen quickly at a very low temperature. Thaw them overnight before using by removing them from the original packaging and placing them in one layer in a glass container with a cover. Drain off any liquid as it thaws.
When you add lime juice to your ceviche, the acid in the lime juice works to change the protein structure of the scallops, resulting in a firmer texture. You can see it working as the colour of the scallop changes from very pale pink to milky white.
Note: Consuming raw shellfish may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. It’s recommended that pregnant and immunocompromised people avoid raw seafood.
In shallow, nonreactive bowl or glass container with fitted lid, add sea scallops, lime zest, and lime juice to completely cover scallops. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
To scallop bowl, add serrano pepper, mango, onion, cilantro, orange zest, orange juice, and salt to bowl and return it to refrigerator for a further 40 minutes.
Spoon into individual glasses and serve with a spoon.
A nonalcoholic full-bodied red wine works well with this Mediterranean staple-with-a-difference. But if you’re looking to keep it light, simply fill a glass with ice, sparkling water, and equal parts fresh mint and lemon slices. It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that.
With its smoky paprika and subtle earthy flavours of saffron, anyone eating this paella will be looking for seconds. It’s a delightfully cozy dish and easy to make ahead for a crowd. Serve with crusty bread, a dish of roasted Spanish olives, and roasted peppers; finish with a drizzle of good quality olive oil. Beautiful bomba Paella can be made with most types of rice, but for best results, “bomba” rice is the ideal way to go. It has the ability to absorb plenty of liquid and will hold its shape after cooking. Otherwise, spring for arborio rice, which is typically used for making risotto but works well for paella too. Make-ahead tip When rice mixture is cooked, remove from heat and cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to a day or overnight. To finish cooking, transfer to oven-safe dish with tight-fitting lid. Heat in 350 F (175 C) oven for 30 minutes. Add chickpeas, asparagus, and prawns and continue to heat in oven, covered, until piping hot. Add more seasonings, to taste, and garnish before serving.
This one-dish curry is a perfect dish to have on hand when the fire’s cozily crackling and guests are lingering. It takes just minutes to prepare and no time to cook. Serve ladled over steaming forbidden black rice, it’s comfort in a bowl. Plus, it’s low on dishes too! Add some more wow Break out some additional colourful veggies for this dish. Add broccolini spears to simmering rice near the end of cooking just until bright green but still crisp. Using tongs, remove and set aside. Then serve curried dal over rice with broccolini placed on top of each serving. Make it even more visual and tastefully delicious with halved cherry or grape tomatoes and wedges of lime. Join the nobility Black rice is called “forbidden rice” because it was, at one time, grown only for aristocracy. It’s available in most fine food stores. Substitute with risotto or quinoa, if you wish.