Monthly Archives: June 2013

Yummy Delights Picked from Seas

Life is a lot more than what it seems; similarly when you are asked to choose seafood recipe, chances are high that you may feel lost amidst a sea of choices. A seafood dinner party will demand you to being a little more understanding and careful since your choice of food will determine whether the menu includes a great selection or not. After all, you can’t simply wait to hear from your guests on how delicious the food has actually been. Here are recipes you will like to try to earn a name as a good chef.

First, start with a beverage; an interesting one like a cool breezy cocktail, will taste appropriate. Now, this beverage is easy to prepare. Let us look how:

• Cranberry juice
• Grapefruit juice
• Vodka lime wedge

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Take a cocktail shaker and place ice and all the other ingredients in it. Now, shake it hard and serve the cocktail in a glass tumbler. Done with this? It’s time to include appetizers. Though the choices may seem endless, you will need to be quite intelligent while choosing the starters that should essentially match with the main course. Shrimp in garlic sauce seems quite satisfying for the menu list. Moreover, the recipe is not likely to consume much of your time. It will hardly keep your guests waiting.

Ingredients

• Thinly sliced, medium garlic cloves
• Olive oil
• Shelled and deveined shrimps,
• Dried red chilies
• Salt
• French loaf for serving

Take a skillet and in it pour the olive oil and garlic slices. Now, mix well and cook over medium flame. Stir occasionally with the help of wooden spatula till the garlic slices become golden. Add shrimp and red chilies and cook for some time. Stir the shrimps frequently till they turn opaque. Now, season the shrimps and serve it with French loaf. After all good seafood recipes are not hard to find and are surprisingly easy to prepare.

Time to move on!! Here is the main-course recipe everyone will love to have and it is the most important of the entire three course meal. The lobster Thermidor is worth trying especially if you are trying your luck in seafood dinners. Comparatively easy to cook, the Lobster Thermidor will have your guests drooling for more.

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Ingredients

• Shallots, 2
• Pre-cooked lobsters, 1.5kg
• Gruyere cheese, 50g
• Kosher salt
• Black pepper (ground)
• English mustard, 1 tsp
• Pinch of cayenne
• Béchamel sauce, 200ml
• Butter, 25gm
• Chopped tarragon, 2tsp
• White wine, 125ml

First cool the cooked lobster meat and take it off the shell. Split the lobsters lengthwise. Remove tail meat and chop the meat roughly. Scrape out the brown meat from heat, if there are any. Eliminate the gut and also the small sac that lies just behind the lobster’s mouth. Set aside the shells. Next, sauté shallots in a sauté pan and add the white wine to it. Now, simmer till wine evaporates and add the béchamel sauce along with the mustard. Stir well. Remove heat and add tarragon, cayenne and some portion of the cheese. Stir the mixture till the cheese melts.

Pour sauce over lobster meat and keep stirring till each piece is well coated. Season it for added flavors. Pile meat into shells and scatter the cheesy mixture on it. Now place it inside a hot grill and brown till bubbling hot.

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Enjoy an Ultimate Seafood Treat with Cajun Magic Shrimps

When it comes to savouring seafood, we tend to look for either lip-smacking lobsters or sumptuous crabs. But what about having freshly harvested shrimps topped with Worcestershire sauce and accompanied with a chilled glass of lemon juice? Well, being a seafood lover, it’s pretty hard to say no for such a treat that would not only leave your taste buds satisfied but contribute a lot to your health. In fact, if you are a true foodie and you love trying new sea delicacies from time to time, go for the Cajun Magic shrimp.

Savouring fresh Cajun Magic Shrimps will be no doubt be fascinating since this is indeed a special seafood that assures to leave every sea foodie amazed. Whether you are making plans for a beach party or want to dine with some of your dearest buddies, trying these super delicious shrimps are bound to add a zing to your party celebration.

Well, if you are willing to cook Cajun Magic Shrimps at home, just ensure that you are not buying frozen shrimps. Since they take almost no time to lose their freshness, you must get fresh ones so that you can enjoy the real flavour. In fact, you can give your dad a big surprise on the upcoming Father’s Day by preparing this wonderful dish in style.

So, take a look here the ingredients you need to prepare Cajun Magic Shrimps:

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Ingredients:

• Butter – 1 cup

• Chopped onion – 1

• Crushed red pepper – 1 teaspoon

• Black pepper – 1 teaspoon

• Minced cloves garlic – 2

• Thyme – ½ teaspoon

• Rosemary – ½ teaspoon

• Oregano – ¼ teaspoon

• Beer – ½ cup

• Chicken broth – ½ cup

• Worcestershire sauce – 1 teaspoon

• For dipping – French Bread

• Cooked white rice for serving

• Large shrimp – 1 lb

Methods of preparation:

1. Take a skillet and melt ½ of butter into it

2. Add onions along with all the ingredients including the shrimp

3. Take just 1 minute to cook by stirring it constantly

4. Add the chicken broth along with the remaining butter

5. Once done, take 2 to 5 minutes to cook by stirring it well in beer

6. Cook for another 2 minutes till the shrimp is done

7. Place the skillet with rice and bread and then start serving.

So, you see how easier it is to prepare Cajun Magic shrimps and that too without taking even half an hour. Now, start collecting the ingredients to prepare an awesome seafood dinner with your loved ones.

Health Benefits of Seafood and a Quick Recipe for the Forthcoming Event

The connoisseurs of good food swear by sea foods. The main reasons contributing to the consumption of sea foods are their scrumptious taste and lots of health benefits. Yes, besides being delicious to your taste buds, sea foods can also have positive impacts on your body and mind.

Health benefits of sea foods

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Researches over the years shows that sea foods contains heaps of nutrients and minerals. These nutrients and minerals are quite helpful in brain development and reproduction. Sea foods also play an important role in improving certain health related conditions in the human body.

It is a known fact that seafood-eating population in the Arctic reasons are less prone to the heart related diseases. Doctors and researchers have found a strong link between the sea foods and healthy hearts. A recently carried out study suggests that including a seafood diet once in a week can cut short the chances of heart attacks to half.

Sea foods contain less saturated fat and abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids that help to lower the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in blood. Cholesterol and triglycerides, in excess, increase the chances of heart related diseases.

Perhaps these are the reasons why sea foods are consumed around the world. They are the prime source of animal protein in the body.

Sea foods are highly perishable, handle with care

However, as sea foods are perishable, an improper harvesting, handling, storage or preparation can have food safety risks. People should avoid eating raw or partially cooked sea foods, as they are likely to cause illness. One should also try to avoid catch and eat sea foods on own, as the ones found from lakes, rivers or bays are more likely to get contaminated by environmental pollutants.

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Crabs are one of the most consumes sea foods in the world. They are scrumptious to taste and healthy as well. Most people prefer to include a crab recipe on the special occasions and weekends. Besides, these also make one of the most quick seafood dinner ideas and great culinary dishes.

A spicy Sushi Mayo recipe tastes great with crab cakes, you can include this recipe in the forthcoming party that you are organising to celebrate rendezvous of old-time friends.

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Here is a list of ingredients and preparation method

Ingredients

• Mayo, 3 Tablespoons

• Sriracha chili sauce, 1 Tablespoons

• Lemon/lime juice, 1 teaspoon

• Soy sauce (optional), 1/4 teaspoon

Preparation method

• Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients until smooth

• Serve with jumbo Maine crab cakes

This recipe is prepared by following minimalistic preparation method and has the quality to leave your friends bemused with your culinary skills.