The other night I enjoyed a fantastic dinner at my close friend and fellow food lover Lauren’s house. We have this tradition of getting together every so often and cooking a delicious meal. They seem to always revolve around some sort of seafood and then we come up with various sides to compliment the seafood of choice. This past dinner was unfortunately my last dinner with Lauren before I make the big move to Brooklyn. But do not fret…Lauren already has her flight booked to visit where you can be sure, some delicious dining will occur! (being the food nerds we are, we’ve already chosen one of our restaurants!)
Lauren was definitely the head chef for this dinner….she cooked up some delicious scallops in a paprika syrup with sautéed spinach and toasted pine nuts and scrumptious spelt (which Lauren learned is the same thing as Farro) with mushrooms. If you’re not familiar with spelt/Farro it’s a whole grain that tastes kind of like a cross between barley and wheat berries. Both recipes come straight from Cooking Light Magazine…which we both happen to have a subscription to and I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by one of their recipes. I highly suggest you check out their website!
The links to the scallops can be found here: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/scallops-with-spinach-paprika-50400000111096/
The link to the spelt can be found here: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spelt-wild-mushroom-pilaf-10000001672996/
Once we mixed everything together on the plate, the flavour of the syrup, spinach, and spelt went perfectly together! In fact, I would probably add some sautéed spinach to the mushroom spelt pilaf the next time I make it!
Thank you Laur for an amazing dinner! I can’t wait to return the favour when you come visit!