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Caribbean Crab Pilaf Recipe (Matete) Recipe

When I went back to Paris last summer, Papa told me about their recent vacation to the magical islands of the French West Indies (Antilles francaises), Martinique and Guadeloupe. He told me about the food he ate there and about a particular dish he adored called Matété (also named Matoutou). It's a spicy crab pilaf and its preparation is very similar to our Vietnamese crab cua rang muối.

The difference from the Asian dish is the flavorings, which consist of fresh thyme, celery, flat-leaf parsley, bay leaves, green onions and fresh Scotch bonnet peppers. We planted hot chile seeds at the beginning of the summer and they're just about ripe and ready to be cooked!

 


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Lobster Tails in Spicy Broth Recipe

Lobster Tails in Spicy Broth

09.18.14 by Jackie

As I mentioned yesterday, we had a dinner guest the other evening. He lived in Japan for 20 years  and now he's back to the US. We've met several times in the past and I remembered his love for seafood, so I promised him a special feast the next time he came to visit.

I wanted to prepare a special dish with luxurious flavors. so I served out-of-this-world lobster tails in spicy broth.

Lobster tails were pan-fried first, then sautéed in Chinese chives, Thai basil leaves and garlic and then dipped in a spicy lobster broth. 


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Give Me Seafood Please! Recipe

Give Me Seafood Please!

09.17.14 by Jackie

If you follow the blog, you probably know that even though we have many family members in our household, baby Aria and I are the only non-vegetarians and the two of us love seafood! Shrimp, fish, crab, lobster -- you name it, we crave them all!

We recently had a dinner guest and since I knew of his love for crustaceans, I prepared a special meal for him. I'll post the recipe and photo tomorrow. My first hint is that in my opinion this seafood dish is probably the most luxurious meal, and our guest wiped the dish clean. I left a bowl filled with lemon water on the side for him to clean his hands...hehe.

In the meantime, here is a sample of the seafood dishes I've published so far on PhamFatale. Bon appétit!


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Mustard Roasted Sea Bass Recipe Recipe

Mustard Roasted Sea Bass Recipe

07.15.14 by Jackie

Whenever we host a formal dinner, I tend to serve a "surf and turf" as a main course. This means a combination of seafood and meat. And usually my choice of seafood is Chilean sea bass because it's such a delicate and exquisite fish.

For this marinade, I mixed Dijon mustard, soy sauce and molasses. The key is to first form an outer crust while pan-searing the fish and then complete the cooking in the oven. The fish dish is fairly simple but so elegant! 


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Shrimp Stuffed Dumpling Recipe Recipe

Shrimp Stuffed Dumpling Recipe

07.08.14 by Jackie

Ever since we were in Paris, baby Aria is finally enjoying the taste of meat and seafood. The idea of being able to feed her a wider variety of meals thrills me. During our stay, Maman served a lot of shrimp dishes. Yesterday, Aria requested dumplings. So I prepared and filled them according to my mom's recipe for the filling. Maman’s trick to give the shrimp a better consistency is to blend in a few baby squid with the shrimp. If that scares you, you can omit them; the dumplings will still be just as yummy.

Shaping dumplings can be a little tricky, and I think it's the biggest challenge the first time you try. So I simply shaped the dumplings and sealed the bottom with fresh, round pot sticker wraps. I also used unconventional flavors for the filling with fennel, carrots and green peas to please Aria's tastebuds. 


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