I have so much blogging and delicious meals to catch up on from my birthday week! But I really wanted to post this piece as soon as possible, and thank MM publicly for making me a delicious dinner last night for my birthday.
I requested some kind of seafood, since we had feasted on a lot of meat all weekend. After some googling, he settled on scallops with tropical salsa, and went to the local grocery store to get his ingredients. I received a text from him saying, “Safeway has no scallops, trying another store since I already got everything else I need for the recipe.” After going to Whole Foods AND my go-to grocer, Falletti Foods, he finally got the right amount of scallops and headed over to my place to get to work.
Let it be noted that MM didn’t follow any particular measurements, but this is pretty much how the recipe went:
- 1 mango, diced
- 1 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (with some seeds left in for extra spice)
- 1 TB lime juice
- 10-12 sea scallops (the large kind)
- salt and pepper to taste
- cooking spray
He chopped the mango, pineapple, cucumber, peppers and cilantro and mixed into a bowl, topping with lime juice and salt and pepper.
After the salsa was ready, he heated a heavy skillet and sprayed it generously with cooking spray. He seared the scallops for about 8 minutes over medium-high heat, turning a couple times. The was a little extra moisture in the pan, so he drained that out at one point to speed up the searing process.
After the scallops were finished, he plated them and topped with the tropical salsa. It was very refreshing, light and delicious! I needed a healthy meal after all the indulging we did over the weekend, and this was perfect. I think I will ask MM to cook for me more than just once a year 🙂