Monday, February 08, 2010

THYME FOR A 'ROMANTIC' APPETIZER ~ SEA SCALLOPS with RASPBERRY SAUCE

"Life without love is like a tree
without blossom and fruit."
~ Khalil Gibran



CYMBIDIUM ORCHID
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SEA SCALLOPS with RASPBERRY SAUCE

1 (10 oz.) package frozen raspberries
1 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbsp. minced shallots
1 stick plus 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 lb. large sea scallops 3-4/person)
sea salt & freshly ground pepper
1 pint fresh raspberries
sprigs of fresh thyme

  • Combine raspberries, wine and thyme in small bowl. Let rest for 1 hour. Press raspberry mixture through strainer into small saucepan. Add shallots and heat to boiling. Cook until reduced to about 1/3 cup; strain again and return to saucepan.
  • Over low heat, add 1/2 cup butter, 1 Tbsp. at a time, whisking until each addition is just incorporated. Cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, sprinkle scallops with salt & pepper. Brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter. Grill or broil scallops 5-6 minutes until just opaque.
  • Spoon sauce onto appetizer plates. Top with scallops. Garnish with fresh thyme springs and fresh raspberries. (4 servings)


"In a pale stream

slowly rising bubbles pour

down our throat & whisper

softly the secret sounds

of that pink mystery."

~ Larry Mawby

~ Pop open a sassy 'provocative' blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay hand-picked grapes ~ M. Lawrence Sex Sparking Wine. A fun Michigan find.



22 comments:

Kate said...

Hi;
I have a cymbidium chasing away my winter blues, too.

Stopped over to say.. your chili and cookie recipes were a huge hit at the super bowl party. This one looks pretty yummy, too!

nancybond said...

What an absolutely gorgeous orchid! It just sings of love. :)

joey said...

Cymbidiums are gorgeous, aren't they, Kate! Glad you enjoyed the goodies. We too enjoyed great friends, great food and the great game!

Thanks Nancy ... these pink cymbidiums, a gift from a dear friend, ARE especially lovely.

Shady Gardener said...

Joey, They ARE gorgeous! Is that one plant? I hope they last a long time. :-)

Tim said...

Can't wait to try this one....perhaps for supper club this weekend! Seems perfect for Valentine's Day!

Lindalou said...

Beautiful orchids and really great photos.

Not a huge scallop fan, so I may have to pass on this one. Although the raspberries, wine and thyme sounds really interesting.

fairegarden said...

Wooohooo, Joey! That was one romantic post! The cym is amazing, what perfect colors for Valentine's! I am intrigued by the raspberry sauce, but more so by the wine blend. :-)
Frances

Carol said...

Sea scallops and raspberry sauce... yummy!!! Your photos are lovely Joey! I have some buds!! Beautiful creatures... your montages are always so artistic and unique. ;>)

Catherine said...

Hello Joey! I've been away too long! Trying to catch up on all you're beautiful post's! You really have a way with Orchids, Gorgeous!
And with the camera ~stunning photos as always! :)
Big Hugs!!
Cat

Di said...

Ok Joey, enough already for I know I sound redundant. :)) Beautiful photos and a recipe that sounds wonderful.

joey said...

Lucky Shady ... just popped back from your site. May the sun shine on both of us :)

I love these yummy (one rich bite at a time) scallops, hope you do too, Tim. Happy Valentine's Day!

Very rich, understand scallops aren't for everyone, Lindalou, but one of Mr. Ho-Hum's favorites (especially diver scallops). Love Michigan Mawby sparkling wines (champagne) ... give them a try ... you'll be impressed!

Frances, we all need a bit of romance ... kind of what we do in our gardens, introducing our plants to agreeable neighbors and ... can we talk about pollination! Will take you to Michigan wine country when you come :) The land is so fertile and rich, you will fall in love. <3

Hello (did I see a lovely new profile photo) Carol! From your fine eye, a big thank you. Although these are cut orchids, I have the best success with re-blooming cymbidiums. Good luck with your baby!

And there you are, dear Cat! So on my mind watching the Feb. amazing full moon. As always, I thought of yoU, hoping all is well. *BIG HUGS*

joey said...

Ships passing in the night, Di, I missed this while commenting ... so happy so see you visited my dear Bloggin' Sister, Cat. Isn't she wonderful!

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

Hi, Joey! My dining room table is sporting a cymbidium orchid much like the one you are sharing here, so now I will add you to the association, twin orchid ladies on different sides of the country! xoxox

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I'm in two minds (yes and no) about whether I would like raspberry sauce on scallops. I like each separately, so I guess, why not?!

kanak7 said...

Joey, such exotic looking blooms and your collage is awesome! Love the close-ups and the quotes. Your recipe sounds yummy! Truly a romantic appetizer!

Bull Rhino said...

I just don't think there is a more beautiful flower than an Orchid. I'm not into it enough to know the varieties or even how many there are, but I know they are beautiful. Your photos and your collages are beautiful also.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments. I hope you'll come and visit me again. I'll be back.

Scott at World’s Best Photography Blog

joey said...

I would imagine you to be an orchid lover too, dear Kathryn. Returned from your sunny site with a *sigh* ... looking at my grey gardens!

Be adventurous, Monica, and give them a try! Looks like you're getting your snow wish today ... enjoy!

Thank you, dear Kanak. Wondering ... do you celebrate anything like our romantic Valentine's Day?

Orchids are certainly beautiful, Scott, and fun to photograph. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments. Hope to see you again :)

Kiki said...

Wow..this looks brilliant! Fabulous recipe ! Gorgeous orchids too!Just in time for valentines..this dish is on my radar!
Kiki~

Roses and Lilacs said...

Your orchids are so elegant.

Scallops are one of my favorites. With raspberry sauce, aahhh!
Marnie

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

My, my, that sounds good, and that orchid makes my mouth water already. What splendid color for winter! Stay warm.~~Dee

Gail said...

One of those creative fun things I wanted to do was paint ..."Cooking like love should be entered into with abandon or not at all" on my kitchen wall. Your quote would be wonderful in the garden! A beautiful post! xxoo gail

joey said...

Glad to hear that, Kiki. Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!

Good combo, Marnie. I love scallops and prepare them in many different ways, this recipe (my Valentine gift to you) a fun favorite :)

Thank Dee. It might be hard to stay warm today ... all schools are closed, the grandboys are here ... and ... we just might build a snowman!

Ooh, I like that quote, thanks Gail! Happy Valentine's Day <3