Dish of the Day: Seared Diver Sea Scallops

    IMG_4181      Welcome back! For the dish of the day, I’ve selected Seared Diver Sea Scallops. You might be wondering, what are Diver Scallops? This exceptional choice of seafood is hand-harvested unlike typical wet or dry scallops, and in turn has a smoother texture to it. It  can usually be found in restaurants, as a fine dining go-to.  Overall, scallops are a simple, delicate dish, best prepared without a fuss. I chose to pan-sear mine, giving it a  brown, crispy crust, but preserving the moist tender inside. So as not to offset the flavor, I paired this with a creamy vegetable risotto, as well as white asparagus, a softer, sweeter version to its traditional namesake. I doused the platter in saffron beurre blanc, a supple buttery dressing perfectly suited for delicate seafood dishes. For a deeper look at this dish and my other culinary creations, you can visit my instagram page @chef_nigel1 or follow my hashtag #chasethetaste

Bon Appetit,

Chef Nigel

April 16, 2016

Dish of the Day: Sticky Pork Belly

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      Welcome back! Today’s dish is Sticky pork belly. This recipe involves tender cuts of pork belly, slow-cooked until succulent and tender, then glazed in a sweet and spicy Asian sauce. This caramelized combination of melt-and-your-mouth goodness and pan-crisped crunch makes this meal an ideal choice for a simple, tasty dinner. Below the pork, we have a Vietnamese style salad, adorned with crushed peanuts, radishes, mandarin oranges, snow peas and a chili garlic lime vinaigrette. If you love Asian-fusion and healthy, bright meals as much as I do, you’ll love this meal. For a deeper look at this dish and my other culinary creations, you can visit my instagram page @chef_nigel1 or follow my hashtag #chasethetaste

Bon Appetit,

Chef Nigel

April 13,
2016

Dish of the Day: Bento Box

Bento Box      Welcome back! Today’s dish is something quite unique, a traditional Teriyaki Salmon bento box. Bento boxes are single-serve on-the-go lunches common in Japanese cuisine. Typically, it contains rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, packed in lacquered colorful boxes.  Bento boxes are simple, but contain a beautiful balance of aesthetic and nutrition.

     In my bento box, I began with a teriyaki salmon fillet, flavorful and savory, yet still a lean source of protein. Next, we have a crowd-favorite: California roll. A California roll is different take on traditional Japanese rice rolls. Filled with avocado, crab, and cucumber, it’s fresh and crunchy, and adds Americanized nuances to the platter. In the bottom corner of the box is sushi rice, sticky white rice topped with sesame. Finally, to add a splash of green,  I made a crisp Asian salad, and dressed with a piquant carrot ginger vinaigrette. For a deeper look at this dish and my other culinary creations, you can visit my instagram page @chef_nigel1 or follow my hashtag #chasethetaste

Bon Appetit,

Chef Nigel

April 11, 2016