Dish of the Day: Thai Shrimp Pineapple Fried Rice

IMG_7366-2Welcome Back! Today’s dish is Thai Shrimp Pineapple Fried Rice. This piece is a spin-off of fried rice as you know it, incorporating the sweet, caramelized pineapple with savory vegetables, like ripe red onion and bell peppers. The myriad of ingredients are brought together by traditional Thai spices, such as Thai basil and chili pepper. Typically this rice is served with cashews, but that can be omitted for allergies or personal preference. In addition shrimp is optional as well, but its buttery, slightly sweet taste gives this rice its robust flavor.This sir-fried rice is a perfect weeknight dish, quick and easy, yet delicious and impressive. 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 Apetit,
Chef Nigel
July 12, 2016

Dish of the Day: Crab-Stuffed Fillet of Sole

imageWelcome back! Today’s dish is crab-stuffed fillet of sole. This seafood dinner is a lighter, healthier option to heavy red meat, but with the same satisfying flavor. Sole is a fish with a delicate taste and thin, firm fillets, making it an ideal choice for stuffing. I chose crab meat as a filling for its sweetness, lending a more dimensional flavor to the dish. This is paired with wild rice pilaf, as well as sauteed baby and pattypan squash. These summer squashes are a more tender alternative its larger counterparts, with a taste similar to zucchini. To finish, I drizzled this platter with a saffron beurre blanc sauce and breadcrumbs, offering a contrast between buttery and crunchy texture. 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

May 20, 2016

Dish of the Day: Caprese Salad

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     Welcome back! For today’s dish, I’ve chosen Caprese Salad. Known in Italy as Insalata Caprese, this appetizer has a rich history. it originated in Capri as a dish to please visiting royals and politicos. In addition, It serves a dual purpose: a patriotic display of Italy as well as the best products the it has to offer. The red, green and white ingredients juxtapose the country’s flag, while juicy beefsteak tomatoes, creamy buffalo mozzarella and hand picked sprigs of fresh basil, mingle in perfect balance, boasting the cuisine of the nation. Contrary to American practices, this dish isn’t traditionally topped by balsamic vinegar, but rather high-quality olive oil. A dressing of extra virgin, some salt, and cracked pepper pair finely with the sweet tomato and juicy mozzarella. This dish is incredibly simple, yet delicious and impressive, perfect for summertime dinners. 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 6, 2016

 

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