A simple compound butter with the bright citrus flavor from orange and the complex anise flavor of tarragon marry wonderfully and bathe gorgeous lobster to create a treat light and fresh for spring - or anytime of year!
Ah, the things we do for love. Setting the stage for a romantic evening is a bit of work but that's part of the fun. Sure, we remember the flowers and the chocolates and the romantic flickering candles and the scented massage oils (oh wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves with that last one) when preparing for that special Valentine's Day meal, but how much thought do we give to the salad?
Well now, if you really want to knock the socks off your special someone (yes, just the socks...for now!), take the time to prepare this Twin Hearts Apricot Glazed Shrimp and Peppadew Salad. It's a love letter on a plate!
Who knows what caused the fierce animosity between the main ingredients -- shrimp and chicken -- in this dish? Perhaps it started off with simple name calling: "You're a shrimp!" would certainly have been countered by, "Oh yeah? Well you're chicken!" It's a short step from there to centuries-long enmity.
Still, there are signs of detente: some recipes are now referring to the dish as Dragon and Phoenix, as in this soup version.
But whatever the outcome, this delicious combination of crisp vegetables and fierce foes will always be a safe bet.
There's an unmistakable moment when you know you've made something really, really good. It's when your guests take that first bite, close their eyes, and nearly swoon with pleasure -- murmuring 'oh my god' or 'wow' as they slowly and reluctantly return to their senses.
As cooks, we live for those moments, don't we?
Well, this recipe is one of those. It's unashamedly chock full of sinful amounts of butter, crab, and Parmigiano Reggiano. But so what? It'll make you forget the past and look forward to a buttery, garlicky, sunshiny future.
And that, my friends, is the best way to start a new year.
(FYI: If the world does end in 2012, it's highly unlikely anyone will be saying to themselves, 'Darn, I wish I hadn't eaten so much real butter.' Just a thought...)