Skewered Scallops

Scallops are fast food!

These sweet, succulent, toothsome tidbits smelling of the ocean are too delicious to eat only on special occasions.

Scallops are fast food. If you cook them too long they will become rubbery and inedible.

Bay scallops must be very fast. Smaller bay scallops are usually quickly cooked in a fast stir-fry, or in a sauce for pasta, or in a soup.

This recipe is unusual in that the little scallops are skewered, sauced, and broiled.

The scallops are fine served at room temperature so would make a nice appetizer or snack with drinks.

Buta Shabu: Pork Shabu Shabu

pork shabu shabuIn Japan a small bird says “pii pii”
a cat meows “nyaa nyaa” and purrs “goro goro”
a chicken clucks “ku-ku-ku-ku”
a dog barks “wan wan”
a frog groaks “kero kero”
a horse’s hoof beat is “paka paka”
and meat swooshed through simmering water says “shabu shabu!”

Japanese Chicken Curry

Japanese curry ingredientsCurry was introduced to Japan in the late nineteenth century and quickly became popular, according to Ms. Shimbo. It was the English who brought curry dishes from their Indian colony; as a result, curries were seen as sophisticated Western food and were prepared by chefs who had mastered French cuisine. Japan has made curry its own: it is not very much like Indian curry. So here I am, a descendant of Finn-landers and living in the middle of the U.S. making Japanese curry!