Thursday, April 29, 2010

Provencal Scallops And Vegetables With Herbs

I have decided to make more fish and less red meat because fish is so much healthier for us. I must admit that although cooking is my passion I hardly have fish recipe's. I added sautéed mushrooms to this delicious Provencal Scallop recipe from the Barefoot Contessa.

1 pound fresh bay or sea scallops
black pepper
All purpose flour for dredging
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter divided
1/2 cup chopped shallots
2 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 lemon cut in half
*1 tablespoon butter
*6 large mushrooms

Sprinkle the scallops with salt and pepper. Toss the scallops with flour and shake of the excess flour. In a large saucepan heat 2 tablespoons of butter over high heat until sizzling and add the scallops in one layer. Lower the heat to medium and allow the scallops to brown lightly, 3 to 4 minutes. (*In a separate pan, melt some butter and slice the mushrooms. Sauté the mushrooms until brown. Sprinkle the mushrooms with a little salt.) Melt the rest of the butter in the pan with the scallops and add the shallots, garlic and parsley and sauté for two more minutes tossing the seasonings with the scallops. Add the wine and cook for one minute and taste for seasoning. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice.

I served a roasted vegetable couscous salad with the scallops that is tasty and healthy. See the recipe on my January 3, 2010 post

Vegetables with herbs
This butternut and squash vegetable dish is so easy to make and is another option to serve with the scallops. I took one small butternut and one squash and sliced it. I drizzled it with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned it with salt and pepper. I went to my herb garden and took almost every herb I could find and placed it on top of the vegetables. I placed the lid on the dish and baked it in the oven at 350*C for 20 to 25 minutes. The taste of the different herbs in the butternut and squash is unique but wonderful!

All images taken by me

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pearls And Flowers

There is something about pearls and flowers!

Pearls are a symbol of purity, honesty, integrity, innocence and faith to me, qualities that I value and try to emulate.

Flowers exude a symphony of scents and perfumes. I love closing my eyes and breathing in the rich aromas that they so freely give. I am also soothed by their beautiful lines, pure forms and deep colors!

Pearls and flowers....what joy they bring to our lives!

All images taken by me

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Naples, Florida, USA

I have met so many wonderful people all over the world that live in beautiful places and therefore decided to share some photographs of where I live. We have lived in beautiful Naples, Florida in the USA since moving here from South Africa thirteen years ago. A favorite saying of mine is, "Bloom where you are planted!" We have done just that!

All images taken by me

Thursday, April 8, 2010


After a long and cold winter here in Florida......spring has arrived! I have decided to share some photographs with you of things I enjoyed these past few days! (Click on image to enlarge)

Delicious fresh berries...!! We had it for breakfast...I don't think I have ever had berries with CREAM for breakfast. (I like to do things that is not the

Our kitty cat watching life go by at our kitchen window.....

A mommy duck with her little ones enjoying the first rain water....... All these pictures of the ducks were taken on the golf course outside our kitchen.

A beautiful bird singing in the tree....

Outside my window a few days before Easter.......what I saw was an answer to prayer! Isn't it amazing?

All images taken by me


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