Crab Tower (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)
1/4 cup cucumber, diced
5. Garnish the crab tower with alfalfa sprouts.
I browsed through my cookbook collection to find a recipe that would showcase these wonderful scallops but failed miserably. Most of the recipes were too complicated and required ingredients that were not readily available in my fridge. In the end, I pan seared them and created a white wine sauce to highlight their subtle taste. I was very happy with the result! The scallops were sweet, juicy, and tender! The key is not to overcook them so they do not turn tough and rubbery. These scallops were absolutely delightful!
2 cups of crushed ice
Everything tastes bland when I am sick especially with a diet consisting mainly of soup and congee. My taste buds are craving for chocolate and lots of it.
I wanted something quick and simple so I made a batch of brownies.
These chocolate brownies are dense, fudgy, and full of chocolate goodness.
If you like your brownies cakey, this is not the recipe. They taste amazing while still warm and paired with a glass of milk.
This is the perfect pick-me-up!
It has been a week since I bought passion fruits from the Hillcrest Farmers Market. I was happy to see the purple skin becoming brittle and wrinkly, which means they are ripe and ready to be eaten. Passion fruits bring back fond memories of my rotation in Vietnam. For lunch, I frequented a local restaurant walking distance to the pharmacy school, where I was introduced to passion fruit, or “chanh day,” for the first time in my life. I still remember my first sip, an intense flavor, both sweet and sour, hitting my taste buds, unmatched by any other fruits. I would enjoy a bowl of banh canh and a glass of “chanh day” while taking in the crowd, motorcycles zooming by, and the hot, humid weather of Saigon.
Ever since I came back to the states, I have not been able to find passion fruits until this fall. Passion fruits are only available in early spring through summer so I definitely hit the jackpot. I was wavering between passion fruit mousse, sorbet, or crème brulee. In the end I went with something unexpected, panna cotta, an Italian dessert, and used the passion fruit pulp as the topping. What an amazing combination! The intense flavor of the passion fruit complimented the lightness and delicate taste of the panna cotta. The seeds added a wonderful crunch. It was a perfect dessert to end the weekend. I am looking forward to growing my own passion fruits one day!
Buttermilk Panna Cotta and Passion Fruit Pulp (adapted from Miette)