This very special blog post is about courage, strength, support and the power of pink. The fact that I’m posting a lovely scallop recipe is really secondary.
Last month I received word that the twenty-nine year old daughter of a fellow food blogger was diagnosed with breast cancer and is beginning a multi-month course of treatment. Several bloggers offered to do guest blogs for her as a way for her to keep her food blog going, and giving her a break as well. I was happy to be part of this effort and submitted the following post to her. You’ll note that I have also added a badge on my site that will take you to the donation page for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, should you wish to make a contribution. However you can lend support, the important message, as stated at the end of my post, is that we will never stop fighting until there’s a cure.
Greetings to all the Creative Culinary followers! My name is Ann and I write a small food blog called Dinner Is Served, which was the name of the personal chef business I started right after graduating from culinary school (way back when). I am honored to be a part of Barb’s food world, as she takes the time she needs to support her daughter, Lauren in her fight with breast cancer.
Like many, cancer has affected my immediate family as well, with my younger sister undergoing extensive treatment for and ultimately winning the battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma about fifteen years ago. This post is dedicated to all who bravely face this disease, their family and friends, and the doctors, nurses and care givers who heal and cure.
I told Barb I would focus on a pink theme in honor of breast cancer awareness. I was inspired by a bounty of fruits, vegetables, seafood and spices, all in varying shades of pink. So much so, I created a special Pinterest board called “Pretty in Pink.” It was a reminder to me of the simple beauty of nature.
I settled on this scallop recipe because, well I LOVE scallops, and I was intrigued with the idea of incorporating pink grapefruit into a buerre blanc sauce. The result went beyond my expectations. The sauce has a nice balance of richness and acidity. And the pink grapefruit garnish is not only beautiful to behold, they really compliment the flavor and texture of the scallops. A perfect first course or entrée for an elegant spring dinner.
I leave you with these words from a breast cancer badge I found online:
We can survive, inspire, remember, empower, love and hope
Let’s never stop fighting for a cure.
Scallops with Pink Grapefruit Buerre Blanc
8-10 ounces large sea scallops (about 8 scallops)
1 TBS all-purpose flour
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 TBS olive oil
¼ dry white wine
2 TBS fish stock or bottled clam juice
1 TBS minced shallot
1/3 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
½ tsp grated pink grapefruit zest
½ tsp sugar
3 TBS cold unsalted butter, diced
1 TBS thinly sliced scallions or chives
Fresh pink grapefruit segments for garnish
Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Pat scallops dry. Heat oil in a large, preferably nonstick, skillet over moderately high heat. Lightly coat the scallops in the flour, shaking off the excess and add to the hot oil. Sear scallops on one side for about two minutes, then carefully turn and continue cooking them until they are just firm and lightly golden, about two minutes longer. Transfer the scallops to a plate lined with paper towels and lightly tent with foil to keep warm.
Add the wine to the skillet, deglaze the skillet, scraping up the brown bits, and stir in the clam juice, minced shallot, grapefruit juice, grapefruit zest, and the sugar. Boil the liquid until it is reduced to about 1/3 cup and strain the mixture through a fine sieve set over a saucepan.
Set the pan over low heat and whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time, lifting the pan from the heat occasionally to cool the mixture and adding each new bit of butter before the previous one has melted completely. Taste the sauce and add additional sea salt and pepper if necessary.
Arrange the scallops on a warmed plate and spoon the sauce over. Garnish with scallions or chives and serve with fresh grapefruit segments.