Fresh Summertime Ceviche

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Last week reached epic heat proportions, thus heat advisories were in full effect.  My AC ran on full blast with fingers crossed that a power outage wouldn’t occur due to overwhelming demand to cool off.  Rightfully so.   With record high heat, no one, and I mean no one really wants to turn on their stove and/or oven.  It’s anything frozen or over ice, salads and this Summertime Ceviche.  Ceviche is a simple and quick recipe to make.  Most of your prep time will be waiting for those citrus juices to “cook” the fish and then it’s toppings.  See, pretty effortless. You can use any type of fresh fish and add traditional toppings such as cilantro, onion and avocado.  For this recipe, I veered from tradition, and used watermelon radish and yellow beets.  I then topped it off with tons of ginger, cilantro, more lime and pomegranate seeds.  It’s a dish that’s truly a treat for the eyes.

Enjoy, Corynne

Fresh Summer Ceviche//makes 2 servings

Marinade
1-inch piece ginger, grated
1 ½ cups lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
½ lb. fresh white fish filets (sole, halibut, I used orange roughy)
Pinch of salt 


Toppings
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
½ cup pomegranate seeds
2 yellow beets, sliced thin
2 limes, juice and zest
2 watermelon radishes, sliced thin
1 red onion, diced
Kosher Salt
In a glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the fish, ginger, lime juice, lime zest and salt. Ensure that there is enough juice to cover the fish. The fish should float freely. Cover and refrigerate the fish and “cook” for 3-4 hours, until the fish no longer looks raw, but opaque. 
Slice the beets and watermelon radish with a mandoline (recommended) or a food processor with either the 4mm (what I have) or the 2mm. Or, if you have mad knife skills, slice thin as possible. Spread the slices of beet and radish at the bottom of your plate or bowl. Place the fish on top and garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime zest, cilantro and red onion. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top. Serve.

Pan Seared Salmon w/ Coconut Curry Sauce, Banana Hash & Jerked Black Beans & Quinoa

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Pan Seared Salmon w/ Coconut Curry Sauce, Banana Hash, & Jerked Black Beans & Rice

Here in Los Angeles, mornings are calling for sweaters and I’ve seen some people breaking out their boots.  I’m not there yet, although I love boot weather, but clearly fall is upon us.  However, my inspiration has brought me in another direction.  A Caribbean one.  As I was scouring my cookbooks and the internet for fall recipe inspiration, I came across this recipe from restaurateur, model, and cookbook author, B. Smith.  I had the pleasure of dining in her D.C. restaurant, which is now closed, years ago.  I remember delicious, elegant southern cuisine in an equally elegant atmosphere. 

I changed a few things with the recipe, opting for salmon instead of tuna and instead of the original pigeon peas and rice (the pigeon peas in the recipe aren't easy to find here in Los Angeles), I veered and created Jerked Black Beans and Quinoa instead.  Although I consider this a weeknight meal, there is a bit of preparing in advance.  You will want to prep the jerk seasoning and the coconut curry sauce a day ahead.   The meal will come together much quicker and the leftover sauces can be used later for tofu, chicken, fish, vegetables, and so on.

The most exciting part of this dish for me is the banana hash, which is a bit of a misnomer.  It’s plantain and it adds a subtle sweetness to the heat of this dish.  I don’t eat plaintain often as I usually fry it and honestly, that’s the only way I like to eat it. But, it was in heavy rotation growing up.  From the time I was nine, much of my childhood revolved around a lot of Caribbean cuisine.  This was in large part to my mother who met and married a man from Haiti.  I became exposed to a lot of French and Creole cuisine, so to say my gastronomic world opened up is an understatement.  Plaintain, Rice with black mushrooms, Soup Joumou (pumpkin based soup that’s out of this world), lambi (stewed conch) were all part of my weeknight/weekend meals.  My taste buds got what they needed and deserved.  For this dish, the plaintain is sautéed in coconut oil, which cuts down on the calories.

My other favorite part of this dish are the jerked black beans. They are flavorful with the right amount of heat and spice.  I love spicy food.  It's exciting and sexy to have a bit of spice in a dish.  However, I don't like my food spicy for the sake of spicy.  One should taste the flavors of the food first and the spices should be layered in to awaken and entice your taste buds.  To pleasantly get your attention.

To bring it all together, layer all your ingredients in a bowl and spoon the coconut curry sauce over the salmon.  Garnish with cilantro and parsley and dinner is served.  

Enjoy!

 

Pan Seared Salmon w/ Coconut Curry Sauce, Banana Hash & Jerked Black Beans & Quinoa//serves 4
Adapted from B. Smith’s Entertaining and Cooking for Friends

pan seared salmon
4 salmon fillets
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

coconut curry sauce
1 cup homemade fish stock or bottled clam juice
1 cup canned coconut milk
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
½ cup minced scallions
2 tablespoons chopped lemon grass (optional)
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

banana hash
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup chopped scallions
2 cups chopped ripe plaintains (about 2 medium)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

jerked black beans and quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups vegetable broth
2 bay leaves
1-15.5 oz cans black beans
1 cup quinoa
2 tablespoons jerk seasoning (recipe below)
1 teaspoon kosher salt

jerk seasoning
1 cup coarsely chopped scallions
1 coarsely chopped dried scotch bonnet chile pepper or other hot chile pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
¼ cup lime juice
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Start by making your jerk seasoning.  Place the jerk seasoning ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, and process until a smooth paste forms.  You may need to add a tablespoon of water at a time to form the paste.  Transfer the seasoning to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.  Or, cover and refrigerate for up to a week for later use.

Next, prepare the jerked black beans and quinoa.  Combine the quinoa in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and simmer the quinoa until the water has absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy, about 15 minutes.  Next prepare the jerked black beans by sautéing onions over medium heat until softened.  Add the black beans, vegetable stock, bay leaves and jerk seasoning.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves.  Combine the black beans with the quinoa.  Stir to incorporate and set aside.

To prepare the banana hash, add 2 tablespoons coconut oil and sauté the bell pepper for 2 minutes over medium heat.  Add the scallions and the plantains.  Continue to sauté for 10 minutes, or until the plantains are soft.  Stir in the salt and pepper and set aside.

Next, prepare the salmon with coconut curry sauce.  Combine all the sauce ingredients in a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove the pan from the heat and strain the sauce through a sieve, pressing as much of the sauce through as possible.  Return the sauce to a clean saucepan and keep warm. Rinse the salmon fillets and pat them dry with paper towels.  Season both sides with salt and pepper.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Reduce the heat to medium-low, then add the salmon fillets, skin side down.  You can cook the salmon pieces two at a time.  Press firmly in place for 10 seconds, using the back of flexible spatula.  This prevents the skin from buckling.  Cook, pressing gently on back of fillets occasionally until skin releases easily from pan, about 4 minutes.  If there is resistance with the skin, continue to cook until it lifts easily.  Flip salmon over and cook for another 4-5 minutes (or to taste). Repeat with the remaining pieces of salmon.

To assemble, place jerked beans and quinoa in a bowl, along with the banana hash.  Place a salmon fillet on top and spoon a pool of Coconut Curry Sauce in each bowl. Garnish with cilantro or parsley. Serve immediately.

10-Minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula

Hello everyone!

I have totally been in a fix it quick and healthy mode lately.  Perhaps it’s the heat, the summer vibes, or a combination of both.  Either way, I want to spend less time at the stove and more time catching those last hours of sunshine getting ice cream with my little ones and/or watching them play in the park.

My 10-minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula is dairy-free, bursting with flavor and is super-quick to prepare.  Wait, did you say dairy-free? Yes, I did.  I love a good cream sauce especially paired with seafood, but I also don’t like that weighed down feeling I get after I’ve eaten plate after plate of it.  I just can’t do one plate.  So, I used almond milk as a base for the cream sauce.  I’m relying on the brininess of the shrimp and the intense, tangy, yet sweet flavor of the sundried tomatoes to flavor the sauce.  The remaining ingredients required are fettuccine, garlic, arugula or whatever green you have on hand, vegetable stock and cornstarch to thicken.

I made sure I made enough to have for L & D the next day as cream based pasta meals are a total hit in my household.  So, add this to your week day meal rotation. It is clean eating at its best.  Stay tuned for my summer healthy eats.

Bye for now.

Hello everyone!

I have totally been in a fix it quick and healthy mode lately.  Perhaps it’s the heat, the summer vibes, or a combination of both.  Either way, I want to spend less time at the stove and more time catching those last hours of sunshine getting ice cream with my little ones and/or watching them play in the park.

My 10-minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula is dairy-free, bursting with flavor and is super-quick to prepare.  Wait, did you say dairy-free? Yes, I did.  I love a good cream sauce especially paired with seafood, but I also don’t like that weighed down feeling I get after I’ve eaten plate after plate of it.  I just can’t do one plate.  So, I used almond milk as a base for the cream sauce.  I’m relying on the brininess of the shrimp and the intense, tangy, yet sweet flavor of the sundried tomatoes to flavor the sauce.  The remaining ingredients required are fettuccine, garlic, arugula or whatever green you have on hand, vegetable stock and cornstarch to thicken.

I made sure I made enough to have for L & D the next day as cream based pasta meals are a total hit in my household.  So, add this to your week day meal rotation. It is clean eating at its best.  Stay tuned for my summer healthy eats.

Bye for now.

 

10-Minute Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine w/ Sundried Tomatoes & Arugula//serves 4

creamy fettuccine
1-lb fettuccine
2 tablespoons oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
¾ pound large shrimp (about 16), shelled and deveined, tails removed
4-oz sundried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
1 ¾ cups almond milk
1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups baby arugula

In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté minced garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add shrimp and cook for 2 more minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through.  Remove shrimp and set aside on a plate.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes and stir fry for 1-2 minutes to release their flavor. Reduce the heat, and add the almond milk and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the cornstarch and water mixture and stir until thickened.  Add the arugula and allow to wilt in the sauce.  Return the shrimp to the skillet and stir through.  Serve immediately.  Garnish with red pepper flakes and parsley if desired.

In the meantime, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving some pasta liquid.  Add cooked pasta to creamy shrimp fettuccine and garnish with additional crushed red pepper and herbs.