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Recipe of the Week:
Spicy Coconut Scallops on a warm salad of Asparagus, Watercress & Mint
Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time : 20 min Serves : 4
Spicy and Sweet Piquant Pepper Paste
150 g Peppadew Piquant Peppers, drained
½ tsp black pepper, ground
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves
4 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 lime, zest
2 tsp sesame oil
good pinch salt
Pop all ingredients in a food processor and blend or whizz to a smooth paste with a hand blender.
12 Asparagus spears
Peanut or Olive oil
Knob of butter
125ml Piquant Pepper Paste
200ml Coconut Cream
200g Watercress (or Rocket)
100g Mint leaves, thinly sliced
1 lime (juice only)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a frying pan, over a medium heat, pop your oil and butter and pan fry your asparagus for 3 – 5 minutes on all sides, season and remove from the pan and set aside. Keep warm.
Take your scallops and using some kitchen paper, carefully pat dry all over.
In the same pan, add a little more oil, turn up the heat, when cooking scallops, you want the pan to be nice and hot, so you get that lovely sizzle. Cook your scallops in batches (if necessary, as you don’t want to crowd the pan) for 3 minutes each side.
For the perfect scallop, you want to caramalise the outside, whilst the inside is just warm and translucent. Remove from the pan and set aside – keep warm.
Reduce the heat and place your paste in the warm oil, cook, stirring for 3 – 5 minutes, until nice and fragrant, then pour in the coconut cream. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
Take your sauce and season with salt, pepper and juice of a lime.
Serve : Slice your asparagus, toss with the watercress and mint. Place on the plate. Lay your scallops on top and drizzle with the amazing coconut sauce.