Sunday, December 14, 2008

Seared Scallop & Clemetine Arugula Salad

We saw some great scallops at Johnny YI's @ Reading Terminal Market and wanted to pull a simple salad around some seared scallop goodness.

We had just bought a case of Clementines last week from Whole Foods Elizabeth remembered seeing a salad recipe using some citrus.

Here's the link to the recipe.

We left out the pomegranate seeds and grapefruit, but the result was still a good balance between the bright citrus and the sweet caramelized sear of the scallop.

The arugula & red onion gave it a peppery background; make sure you cut the onions as thin as humanly see-through that you won't get any overwhelming onion bite. You can also soak the red onion in cold water for about 10 minutes to lift out the more offensive flavor.

Prosciutto Ham & Hirtenkase Cheese Pastry

Elizabeth saw this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa and changed up the ingredients a bit.

Here's the link to the original...

We bought some prosciutto and a German cheese called Hirtenkase to replace the ham & Gruyere. The Hirtenkase is a super-strong cheese, like an Emmentaler or strong Swiss cheese with the crunch of a Parmesan. Elizabeth left out the mustard because the cheese was so strong and had that bit of zestyness that Dijon would've brought.

This came out of the oven golden brown and delicious...we sliced it up into pieces to have with some wine, but saved some an reheated it for breakfast.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Yelp Review: Cedars Middle Eastern Restaurant

Cedars Middle Eastern RestaurantA very clean atmosphere...suitable for dinner, not just a little lunch or grab and go establishment.

My wife & I dropped in to sample some appetizers for a light lunch and were pleasantly pleased. The service was attentive & friendly.

We ordered:

Dolmades - The rice-stuffed grape leaves were served warm with lemon...perfectly seasoned.

Foul Moudamas - This is a blend of cooked fava beans, lemon and garlic. The beans had been cooked to a semi-soft consistency and made a rich broth. I'd never tried this before and was pleasantly surprised.

Falafel - A simple well crisped patty of beans, served with pickle, tomato & a tahini sauce...this went great with the pita bread they serve at the table...we rolled them up and had mini-falafel sandwiches.

I'm not sure if the prices are reasonable or not for the entrees, but I'd keep coming back for the appetizers, which comprise about half the menu...they even have a meze tasting that is nothing but a cavalcade of apps...might be the next thing we try.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Yelp Review: Under the C @ Comcast Market

Comcast Market & Under the C

Lots of options here for lunch, but there were some good take-home after-work stores too in this upscale food court.

Of course you've got some good sweets to take home with Termini Bros. and there's Di Bruno Bros. for everything else. I also saw a produce stand with your basics and quite a few asian ingredients.

Under the C was a seafood market (clever play on words) that sold pre-made food as well as fresh seafood.

We sampled their shrimp toast (layered in cheese, the shrimp nuggets were good...they nearly sold out while we were waiting), shrimp dumplings & coconut shrimp.

Because it was the end of the day we got 50% the prepared food...the seafood looked fresh...they had a good deal on skate wing when I was there but I can't say if the fish was overpriced.