Cockles in White Wine Sauce

29. August 2007 Shellfish 3
The Dr. requested seafood for dinner in exchange for his accompanying me to Roosevelt Island. While preparing for our meal, I entertained him with a smoked salmon appetizer. With a roasted branzino stuffed with lemon slices, I also served cockles in white wine sauce. Ingredients: 1 bag of cockles, cleaned and scraped off 1 cup ...

Pasta with Baby Octopus

This recipe was adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Babbo Cookbook, from one of my favorite chefs, Mario Batali. He used bavette, a thin, ribbon-shaped pasta, but I substituted spaghetti instead because it was all I had handy. He also used jalapeño pesto, but I doubled the amount of red chili flakes from ...

Cod and Shrimp Stew

07. May 2007 Fish, Shellfish 1
Gourmet Magazine published this Moqueca Capixaba Brazilian fish stew in their food and travel issue. I remember reading the recipe on my way home and my mouth started watering. I knew the cilantro and lime were going to be key here so I ended up putting double the amount for both. This became one of ...

Adobong Pusit, Braised Squid

23. April 2007 Shellfish 1
Cameron asked me what else she can do with squid. Xe Lua does a really great crispy squid appetizer but most restaurants treat squid like shrimps–they overcook them until they’re chewy and rubbery. And really, calamares can’t be the only way. I once read that you either cook squid for two minutes or two hours. ...

Shrimp Hot and Sour Soup

20. January 2007 Shellfish, Soups, Stocks + Sauces 0
Brrrr. It’s winter in New York City! This soup warmed the deepest of my organs. Ingredients: 1 pound of shrimps with heads and tails saved, peeled and deveined chicken stock 1 bunch cilantro, thoroughly rinsed 1 bunch watercress, thoroughly rinsed 2 red chilies 1 small knob of galangal or ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 1 ...