21 luglio 2013

Black Rice Sea Salad ... in a fresh melon bowl

This month's challenge for the Creative Cooking Crew was Stuff it!
I'm still a newbie in this group, joined for the first time last month, but I really like so much the idea of a same theme for everybody and then see and virtually taste so many different performances about it ... cooking fantasy is definetely so wide and various!
Still a few days to post your dish (till July, 26th) and send link and picture to Joan, the round-up will be going live on July, 29th.

Small ripe sweet orange melons can be a fresh ingredient for an unusual sea salad, and the shell of the fruit an unusual but lovely fresh bowl to stuff!

insalata fresca di mare con riso venere

You need:

black rice or wild red rice
melons, small and ripe
one or two scampi head
fresh basil
fresh wild fennel
extra virgin olive oil
white wine
corn grains
red or yellow bell peppers

insalata fresca di mare con riso venere

- Boil the rice in plenty of lightly salted water for about 20 minutes or until cooked (I also had a handful of wild rice to give up and mixed with the black rice, but boiled in two different pots), drain, drizzle with a little oil and set aside. Rice can be cooked a day in advance as I did, just store in refrigerator (once cooled) in an airtight container.
- Halve the melon, remove seeds and take the pulp off, digging with care (for a more spectacular touch dig into many little balls with the appropriate tool). Spray a few drops of lime or lemon inside the shell of the melon and put it upside down on a plate to drain. Cut the flesh into small cubes and set aside.
- Rinse the shrimps, clean and wash the squids, making sure to remove  the entrails, eyes and the transparent bone and cut into rings (leave tentacles as they are).
In a pan heat a little oil, add squids and shrimps and cook on a low flame. Season with salt, sprinkle with just a  little of white wine and cook a few minutes, depending on quantity. Season with chopped basil and fennel and set aside.
- Peel the carrots and cut into small cubes, boil in lightly salted water, drain and set aside.
- Dice the pepper in cubes and boil in lightly salted water or fry in a pan with a little oil. Drain and set aside.
- Clams: put the clams to purge for a few hours in a bowl with cold water and a bit of salt. Change the water even 2/3 times, until the clams no longer leave the sand.
In a pan put a little oil, two cloves of garlic, chopped if you like, a little chili (optional), a tablespoon of chopped parsley and fry for a minute, then add the clams and sautée over high heat for a minute. Pour a dash of white wine, cover with the lid and cook 7/8 minutes until the clams are all open. Every now and then shake the pan so that all the clams take heat evenly. Do not add salt.
- Prawns: wash the prawns and cut with the scissors in the middle of the carapace along the lower side (the belly :-) so it will be easier then to be shelled. In a pan put a little oil and prawns, cook over high heat a minute or two on each side, with a lid.
- Prepare an emulsion with extra virgin olive oil and lime juice.
- Combine in a bowl rice, vegetables, squids and shrimps (without any cooking sauce). If the rice is cold from the fridge (as in my case), just warm it up a minute along with the vegetables in the pan. Then add the melon and drizzle with the oil emulsion and lime.
- Dry the inside shell of melons with paper towels, fill with the rice salad, arrange on a serving plate and garnish with clams and prawns.

insalata fresca di mare con riso venere

11 commenti:

Joan Nova ha detto...

Wow, this is beautiful and so unusual to mix fruit with seafood. Very creative. I love it!

Cindystar ha detto...

Joan, surprisingly delicious for me too! :-)

Tasty Trix ha detto...

This is an incredibly beautiful presentation - so glad to have you in the group!

Cindystar ha detto...

Trix, thanks :-)

Victoria ha detto...

This is beautiful and so colorful. Very well done :)

Unknown ha detto...

both lovely and creative! perfect summer dish :)

Jennifer Kendall ha detto...

oh my gosh - this sounds absolutely delicious! and such a beautiful presentation!

http://platanosmangoes.com ha detto...

Cindy this dish is a star....

Erica ha detto...

This dish looks beautiful!What a great and creative idea! Love everything about the recipe!

Angela ha detto...

A dish that seems fit for a king. Lovely presentation and pictures. Great for the challenge.

Deana Sidney ha detto...

That presentation is fantastic. I just love the way it looks in the melon and the flavors must be fantastic. Great job on the challenge!@

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