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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Scallops - Will The Real Ones Please Step Forward

Scallops served on a bed of chopped salad - just choose your favourite ingredients

Some General Information About Scallops:

Buyer's guide:
Scallops can be bought in or out of their shells. The two main varieties available in the UK are the larger king scallop and the tiny queen scallop. Look out for scallops that have been harvested by hand-diving - this method has less impact on the environment than dredging for scallops does (though carefully monitored dredging at limited times is less damaging to the sea bed than random dredging).


Preparation:
Scallops can be steamed, fried or grilled but should be cooked gently and only for a very short time or their delicate flavour and texture will be spoiled. Steam them in wine with aromatics as you would mussels, or wrap them in prosciutto and grill or fry for a few minutes. Scallops go well with Asian ingredients: try pan-frying them in oil with ginger and fresh coriander. They're also a good complement to hearty flavours such as bacon, chorizo, black pudding or watercress. Take care not to over-cook them: serve as soon as they are firm and opaque. You’ll need about four to five king scallops per person for a main meal or about a dozen queen scallops.

Above words taken from here



Sesame Seeds 'Scallops'

These 'scallops' pictured above was inspired by the beautiful and humble turnip, a vegetable that when peeled and cooked, reminds me of a scallop. Prepared in this way, the turnips were slightly soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The sweetness of the vegetable came through ... with the braising and then pan-frying, allowing the natural sugars to caramelize. Anyone (even kids!) would enjoy turnips prepared this way! If you’re not already a fan of turnips, I recommend buying some the next time you go grocery shopping. Including different veggies into your diet each week is a great way to expand your nutrient-intake, and make cooking (and eating) more exciting!

Turnips are a nutrient-dense and delicious cruciferous vegetable. One cup of cooked turnip has 30% RDA Vitamin C, 5% RDA Calcium, iron, and 3 grams of fibre. Turnips are significantly lower in carbohydrates and sugars than potatoes, making them an appropriate alternative for diabetics and those who wish to lose weight. 

These words above are from Danielle Levy, she is a Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, to see how she cooked these wonderful turnip sesame seed 'scallops' use this link here

I think both recipes are great - would you agree?

All the best Jan

11 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

I can't eat shellfish, unfortunately

Jo said...

I've never tried scallops but I do want to. I enjoy seafood so I'm sure I'd like them.

Galina L. said...

I discovered for myself too that tossing almost anything on the top of a fresh salad works great. It could be a stir-frayed beef, a chopped roasted pork, sauteed fish or any seafood. Very carbsensitive people may even eat safely starchy ingredients in small quantities if they put it on the top of their salads if they miss the taste. It is a quick and easy to eat meal, perfect for the one who stopped being obsessed with a food and cooking, like me.

Galina L. said...

@Crafty Green Poet ,
I can't eat shell fish too, but many recipes mostly give only an idea. You can use a pork or a beef tenderloin or a chicken breast instead.

Tom said...

I love scallops!

Dewena said...

I have decided that I must order scallops at a restaurant because I will never get up my nerve to cook them at home. Or next time I must beg one of them off a son's plate when he orders them out. I love most seafood, except mussels, but have shied away from scallops for some reason. Your recipe looks delicious!

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I love scallops, but I have not had them in a long time.
Your recipe sounds so good.
Carla

Lisa said...

Never tried these but they are something I am keen to give a go, maybe with the asparagus?!
Lisa x

Debbie said...

yes, i agree!!! scallops, one of my favorites, i ate them last night, (with pasta, i am holding my head in shame)!!!

Conniecrafter said...

I bet the sesame seeds would add an interesting flavor, I really do need to have more selections of foods I eat

David Gascoigne said...

Cook scallops any way you choose and I will be first in line!