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Christmas Cooking Project: Scallops with Chorizo and Saffron Sauce

16 Dec

Photo-0256Festive Tidings from downtown Vancouver to all 🙂









After a long walk taking beautiful festive photos, what more can be satisfying other than a warm dish of scallops. Scallops were amongst my favorite dishes. As a kid, my family would always order gai lan and 3 types of seafood. The seafood consisted of shrimp, scallop and squid. Scallops to my recollection was subtly sweet and succulent thus it was no surprise that I chose to make this sweet dish again. I have always wanted to try making an European inspired dish; imagine my delight when I found a recipe that used both scallops and chorizo sausages. To compliment the dish with some creaminess, I made a saffron sauce.

When making the scallops, first wash them to rid them of access sand particles afterwards marinate them in wine, salt and pepper. While the scallops are marinating, chop up some green peppers, onions and chorizo for sauteeing. To make the saffron cream, combine the chicken stock and white wine and reduce to 1/2. Only when the liquid was reduce, add the cream, saffron and lemon juice. Keep simmering until the sauce was furthered reduce and set aside. Assembly: Pat dry the scallops with a paper towel. On medium heat, pour in some olive oil and pan fry the scallops until golden brown on both sides. Next, sautee the onions and pepper. Add the chorizo sausages while sauteeing and keep stirring until the chorizo browns as well.


The onions and pepper will be seasoned from the chorizo’s oils and juices. Lastly combine the scallops with the rest of the dish and stir until combined.


Rice Wine
Salt and Pepper

Saffron Sauce
Chicken Stalk
Lemon Juice
White Wine
Saffron Threads

Onions and Green Peppers


Wow, I found this dish quite delicious. It was my first time using chorizo but it definitely added dimension. When drizzled with saffron sauce, the chorizo flavour enhanced, adding a zesty creamy tang to the dish. I can now see why Spanish Paella was such a popular dish.

Festive Greetings!!!


Seared Digby Scallops with Saffron Sauce

25 May

I have always wondered how saffron tasted in a sauce. Dubbed one of the most expensive spices in the world as it was the actual stigma of a saffron crocus, it possessed a mild sweet floral smell to it. I first came across it from watching No Reservations with Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart, a heartwarming film about love and food. No ReservationsI was fascinated as to how a tiny stigma could be such a delicious addition to a sauce. Well, I guess, it earned its reputation as I found a saffron sauce recipe from a blogger and true to its word, that little bit of saffron added another dimension to the sauce. I first did the sauce, by combining chicken stock with dry white wine and reduced it to 1/3. I then added some salt and pepper for flavouring. DSC_0345 Next came the whipped cream and finally added the pinch of saffron threads. As an option, I added some cornstarch to the sauce so that the sauce would not be as runny. As for the scallops, I washed them and marinated it with salt and pepper. As a tip from another blogger, for a searing effect, pat the scallops dry first prior to placing them on a hot pan. Once the scallops were seared on both sides, I took them out to prevent over cooking and arranged them. I then julienned come carrots, a poor job I must say, and then drizzled the sauce on top. Serve hot.

Chicken Stock
Dry White Wine
Whipped Cream
Salt and Pepper

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