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NEW Fragrance Review : Yves Saint-Laurent Belle d’Opium via [basenotes, vex in the city, and nstperfume]

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YSL Belle D’Opium

My Mum is a huge fan of the original YSL Opium fragrance, it’s her favourite perfume. I on the other hand am not. I find it far too spicy, heavy and heady for my sensitive snout and I was a little apprehensive about trying Belle D’Opium, the new sister fragrance to this iconic scent.
I’ll never forget the day I bought Opium for my Mum knowing how much she loves it. I had a sniff one day and it almost blew my head off! It takes one hell of a woman to rock Opium and Belle D’Opium despite being dubbed as the ‘next generation’, younger version doesn’t quite match up to the original. It still has those woody tones to it, but I find it lighter and easier to wear.
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Am I the only one reminded of that those Turkish Delight adverts that used to come on in the 80s when they look at this promo shot? I don’t find the image very alluring, despite that clearly being its intention.

Its notes are a combination of casablanca lily, sandalwood, jasmine absolute, white pepper, gardenia and hookah accord, it’s less spicy than the original Opium, yet, still a warm scent which compliments this time of year and which I think would bode well as an evening perfume.
I’m a big fan of the bottle, which I think is sexy, unique and looks attractive amongst my other perfume bottles. I am indeed a sucker for pretty packaging!

Love the bottle!

My initial thoughts on the scent itself? It doesn’t last very long, it had all but faded away within an hour, leaving a faint trace of amber-like goodness in its wake. I think this will be disappointing for fans of the original as it’s basically a watered down version. I don’t dislike the scent but it doesn’t blow me away. I’d rather keep re-purchasing my beloved Bath & Bodyworks Sensual Amber for a fraction of the price instead, which lasts for hours and dare I say it, smells much nicer!
No doubt my Mum will still love this being the Opium obsessive she is!

Prices start at £39 for 30ml

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Yves Saint Laurent Belle d’Opium ~ fragrance review

Posted by Angela  

Yves Saint Laurent Belle d'Opium advert

On first smelling Yves Saint Laurent Belle d’Opium, two words came to mind, and they weren’t “must buy.” No, they were “hairspray oriental.” I like some of Opium’s flankers — the lovely Fleur de Shanghai* is a treat on a summer’s night. But rather than referring to Belle d’Opium as a flanker, YSL calls it the “next generation” of Opium. If that’s the case, somebody please talk to Opium about birth control.

Perfumers Honorine Blanc and Alberto Morillas developed Belle d’Opium, giving it notes including Casablanca lily, sandalwood, gardenia, white pepper, jasmine, and narguile accord. After a generous spray of Belle d’Opium, I smell a hint of orange before gardenia takes over. The gardenia isn’t the wet, tropical gardenia of Estée Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia or even Jovan Jungle Gardenia, but is a thin, synthetic flower coated in Aqua Net. A thread of tobacco and fruit run through the gardenia. The tiniest bit of jasmine hums along, too. Because of a little resin and amber, Belle d’Opium does smell like a high-pitched relative of Opium, but without Opium’s drama and deep, clove-y spice.

Just when I thought I had Belle d’Opium pegged as a synthetic, screechy gardenia-based oriental, a thin, woody musk asserted itself. The fragrance began to reorient itself to what some perfume companies have been calling a “modern chypre,” smelling more to me like bug spray than bergamot-oakmoss-patchouli-wood-labdanum of a real chypre. This foul accord has torpedoed too many department store launches over the past three years, and I hope it ends soon. For me, it’s a one-way ticket to a migraine. I’ve read reviews of Belle d’Opium lamenting its lack of persistence, but on me it lasts a good four hours.

In an article in Elle magazine**, perfumer Calice Becker compares mainstream perfumes to formulaic romantic comedies. “With mass perfume, it’s the same: We go for the stars that we know everyone likes.” But the same article goes on to quote Vera Strubi, the former president of Thierry Mugler perfumes. About Angel‘s launch, she says, “That’s when I realized that if you want a fragrance to be memorable, it can’t please everybody.”

Yves Saint Laurent Belle d'Opium perfume bottle

Opium took a bold stance over 30 years ago, and it still sells well, offending and delighting across the globe. Belle d’Opium, on the other hand, tries to be a romantic comedy, if with a vaguely oriental feel. I doubt Belle d’Opium will never win an Academy Award. Heck, I’d be surprised if it made it to Dancing With the Stars.

Yves Saint Laurent Belle d’Opium is available in 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Parfum.

*If anyone at Yves Saint Laurent is reading, please bring back Fleur de Shanghai!

**April Long, “As You Like It.” Elle, November 2010, page 242.

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Belle d’Opium (2010)
by Yves Saint Laurent

Belle d’Opium Fragrance notes

Casablanca lily, Sandalwood, Gardenia, White pepper, Jasmine, Narguile

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SPAGHETTI WITH BROCCOLI, WALNUTS, AND RICOTTA via [atlantishome]

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SPAGHETTI WITH BROCCOLI, WALNUTS, AND RICOTTA

Pasta

This is the third recipe I’ve tried from my new book, Market Vegetarian.  You can view it here. We all really liked this one.  It called for regular spaghetti, but we substituted whole wheat spaghetti.  The fresh lemon zest was wonderful!

Garlic

There was lots of fresh garlic.

Walnuts

The toasted walnuts were an excellent addition.

Brocoli

And lots of broccoli.  One of my favorite vegetables.  Recipe from Market Vegetarian.

SPAGHETTI WITH BROCCOLI, WALNUTS, AND RICOTTA

2/3 cup walnut halves

1 head of broccoli (about 1 pound)

3 tablespoons of light olive oil

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley-chopped

finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon

7 ounces of fresh ricotta cheese

14 ounces of spaghetti  (I used whole wheat, I thought it went well with this recipe)

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, shaking the sheet occasionally, until they start to brown.

To prepare the broccoli, trim off the gnarly part, about 1 inch from the stem end, and discard. Thinly slice the stem until you reach the point where it starts to branch into florets.  Slice off the individual florets.  Heat the oil in a skillet, add the stems, and cook for about 2-3 minutes, turning often, then add the florets and cook for about 5 minutes, until the broccoli has softened.  Add the garlic, parsley, lemon zest, and walnuts and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Reduce the heat to medium and stir through the ricotta and lemon juice.  Season to taste with the salt and pepper and leave in the skillet to keep warm.

Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions.  Drain well and return it to the warm pan with the sauce.  Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.


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Easy Summer Eats: Sexylicious Celebrity Recipes via [InStyle]

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Summer Entertaining 2010

Ginnifer Goodwin's Bok Choy (&

Ginnifer Goodwin’s Bok Choy (& “Chik’n”) Salad

INGREDIENTS
•1 medium head organic bok choy, washed, cored and dried
•1 bunch organic green onions, chopped
•2 3 oz. packages Nissin Top Ramen Oriental instant noodles (no need to use the flavor packet)
•2½ oz. organic sesame seeds
•1 2 oz. package organic sliced almonds
•2 tbsp olive oil
•Garlic powder and salt to taste
•2 tbsp soy sauce
•¼ cup rice vinegar or cider vinegar
•½ cup organic sugar
•1 package Gardein Crispy Tenders vegetarian “chick’n,” prepared as directed on the package 

DIRECTIONS
1 Chop bok choy into 1-inch pieces; add onions, place in bowl, and refrigerate. 2 Break up uncooked ramen noodles into bite-size chunks. 3 Sauté noodles, sesame seeds, and almonds in oil, about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. 4 Add garlic powder and salt. Cool and store in covered container. 5 In small saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Boil for 1 minute. 6 Combine all parts of salad and toss with “chick’n” pieces. For variety, try with chopped pimientos or mandarin orange wedges. Serves 6.

Potato, Arugula, Pecorino & Mozzarella Pizza

Potato, Arugula, Pecorino & Mozzarella Pizza

INGREDIENTS
•1½ lb. store-bought pizza dough (makes 6 pizza crusts)
•2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
•2 tbsp grated pecorino cheese
•¼ lb. mozzarella, sliced
•1 small (about ¼ lb.) cooked potato, thinly sliced
•4 tbsp olive oil
•2 cups baby arugula 

DIRECTIONS
1 Preheat oven to 450°F. Adjust rack to center of oven. Place baking sheet(s) in oven to heat. Divide dough into six equal balls. Working in batches, roll out two balls at a time to form 8-inch circles. Transfer each onto parchment paper. 2 Sprinkle garlic, pecorino, mozzarella, and potato slices onto two dough circles. Drizzle 1 tbsp oil on each. 3 Carefully remove hot baking sheet from oven. Drizzle 2 tbsp oil onto preheated sheet. 4 Use parchment paper to slide formed dough onto sheet, then discard paper. 5 Pierce dough with fork several times. Bake 10–12 minutes or until crust is crispy. 6 Remove from oven and top with fresh arugula.

Katie Lee's Deviled Eggs

Katie Lee’s Deviled Eggs

INGREDIENTS
•12 large eggs
•2 tbsp white vinegar
•1 cup mayonnaise
•1 tbsp Dijon mustard
•¼ tsp kosher salt
•¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
•1 small container inexpensive black caviar (as garnish) 

DIRECTIONS
NOTE: Steps 1-5 can be done up to two days in advance and boiled eggs refrigerated.
1
Hard-boil eggs in pot filled with water and vinegar. 2 Drain water; let eggs cool. Remove shells. 3 Halve each egg lengthwise; remove yolks and place in food processor. Arrange whites on a serving platter. 4 Blend yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper until smooth. 5 Scoop yolk mixture into resealable plastic bag. 6 Use scissors to snip off bottom corner of bag; use as pastry bag to pipe yolk mixture into egg whites. 7 Sprinkle each egg with caviar and serve. Serves 12 (24 pieces)

Have A Sexy Picnic for Two via [cosmo]

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This time of year just begs for casual outdoor dining, where you can
relax, get cozy, eat with your fingers, and, if you’re feeling sappy,
feed each other little bites.

By Katie Lee

greek food

There’s something so intimate about a picnic with your guy. And as
the temperature begins to rise, eating outside becomes refreshing and
romantic. But no boring ham-and-cheese sandwiches or store-bought potato
salad here! Entice him with an exotic Middle East-themed menu of foods
rich in bold flavors. Pack a colorful blanket or tapestry and a few
pillows for lounging. Find a pretty spot to settle down or, if the
weather doesn’t cooperate, spread out on the floor of your apartment.
Between the aromas and tastes, you’ll be transported.

Meze Platter with Herbed Pita Crisps

Meze is traditional in Greece and Turkey and is the equivalent of
tapas or finger food. Make these homemade pita crisps, and buy the rest
in the deli at your grocery store. A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
and a squeeze of lemon juice brighten up all the flavors.

2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
1 T minced fresh herbs
(parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc.)
2 pitas, split in half, and each
half cut into fourths (use whole wheat for a healthy alternative)

Salt
Hummus
Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip)
Dolmades (stuffed
grape leaves)
Greek olives
Tabbouleh salad
Feta cheese

Lemon wedges
Extra-virgin olive oil

For the pita crisps: Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a
fork to mix butter and herbs in a bowl, then spread onto the pita
slices. Sprinkle with salt, and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes.

For the meze platter: Arrange hummus, baba ghanoush,
dolmades, olives, tabbouleh, feta, and lemon on a platter. Drizzle
with extra-virgin olive oil, and serve with the pita crisps.



Moroccan Mint Tea

On my trip to Israel this past summer, we drank a refreshing mint tea
at the end of every meal. Store tea in a thermos, and pack it in your
picnic basket. I like to serve this tea in decorative Moroccan glasses.
Bonus: After drinking, your breath will be fresh and you’ll be ready
to smooch!

3 c. water
1 green-tea bag
1 c. fresh mint leaves
4 T
sugar

Boil water. Place tea bag, mint leaves, and sugar in a teapot. Add
water, and stir. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and serve.

Couscous Salad with Shrimp

Couscous is a staple throughout the Middle East. The traditional
stuff takes some time to prepare, but quick-cooking couscous, like in
this recipe, is still very tasty. Couscous is usually served with a
stew, but I like it as a salad for a lighter alternative that’s easy to
transport.

1 6-oz. box herb-flavored couscous
10 medium shrimp, cooked,
tails removed
1/2 c. chopped cucumber
1/2 c. sliced grape
tomatoes
2 T chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
3 T extra-virgin
olive oil
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

Prepare couscous according to the package instructions. Let cool. In a
large bowl, combine the couscous with shrimp, cucumbers, tomatoes, and
parsley. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and toss to combine.
Chill until serving time.

For dessert: Bring dried fruit — like apricots,
dates, prunes, and figs — to enjoy with your tea.

Perfect for a picnic: I love the chic Sofia Mini
Blanc de Blancs — small cans of sparkling wine inspired by Sofia
Coppola. (sofiamini.com)


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Have A Sexy Picnic for Two via [cosmo]

This time of year just begs for casual outdoor dining, where you can
relax, get cozy, eat with your fingers, and, if you’re feeling sappy,
feed each other little bites.

By Katie Lee

greek food

There’s something so intimate about a picnic with your guy. And as
the temperature begins to rise, eating outside becomes refreshing and
romantic. But no boring ham-and-cheese sandwiches or store-bought potato
salad here! Entice him with an exotic Middle East-themed menu of foods
rich in bold flavors. Pack a colorful blanket or tapestry and a few
pillows for lounging. Find a pretty spot to settle down or, if the
weather doesn’t cooperate, spread out on the floor of your apartment.
Between the aromas and tastes, you’ll be transported.

Meze Platter with Herbed Pita Crisps

Meze is traditional in Greece and Turkey and is the equivalent of
tapas or finger food. Make these homemade pita crisps, and buy the rest
in the deli at your grocery store. A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
and a squeeze of lemon juice brighten up all the flavors.

2 T unsalted butter, room temperature
1 T minced fresh herbs
(parsley, rosemary, thyme, etc.)
2 pitas, split in half, and each
half cut into fourths (use whole wheat for a healthy alternative)

Salt
Hummus
Baba ghanoush (eggplant dip)
Dolmades (stuffed
grape leaves)
Greek olives
Tabbouleh salad
Feta cheese

Lemon wedges
Extra-virgin olive oil

For the pita crisps: Preheat oven to 400°F. Use a
fork to mix butter and herbs in a bowl, then spread onto the pita
slices. Sprinkle with salt, and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes.

For the meze platter: Arrange hummus, baba ghanoush,
dolmades, olives, tabbouleh, feta, and lemon on a platter. Drizzle
with extra-virgin olive oil, and serve with the pita crisps.



Moroccan Mint Tea

On my trip to Israel this past summer, we drank a refreshing mint tea
at the end of every meal. Store tea in a thermos, and pack it in your
picnic basket. I like to serve this tea in decorative Moroccan glasses.
Bonus: After drinking, your breath will be fresh and you’ll be ready
to smooch!

3 c. water
1 green-tea bag
1 c. fresh mint leaves
4 T
sugar

Boil water. Place tea bag, mint leaves, and sugar in a teapot. Add
water, and stir. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and serve.

Couscous Salad with Shrimp

Couscous is a staple throughout the Middle East. The traditional
stuff takes some time to prepare, but quick-cooking couscous, like in
this recipe, is still very tasty. Couscous is usually served with a
stew, but I like it as a salad for a lighter alternative that’s easy to
transport.

1 6-oz. box herb-flavored couscous
10 medium shrimp, cooked,
tails removed
1/2 c. chopped cucumber
1/2 c. sliced grape
tomatoes
2 T chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
3 T extra-virgin
olive oil
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

Prepare couscous according to the package instructions. Let cool. In a
large bowl, combine the couscous with shrimp, cucumbers, tomatoes, and
parsley. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and toss to combine.
Chill until serving time.

For dessert: Bring dried fruit — like apricots,
dates, prunes, and figs — to enjoy with your tea.

Perfect for a picnic: I love the chic Sofia Mini
Blanc de Blancs — small cans of sparkling wine inspired by Sofia
Coppola. (sofiamini.com)


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Very Sexy Summer Salads

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Sexy seafood salad for your pretty soul. via TeaNoir.com

Posted by ilyana

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Ingredients

    200gm surimi meat (aka the pricier version of crabmeat)
    1/2 an avocado, diced
    2 tablespoons mayo
    some coriander
    a pinch of pepper
    a drop of extra virgin olive oil

Mix well and chill before serving. This salad is very versatile, spread it over a thick slice of herby focaccia bread like I did or mix it with some fusilli for a nice pasta salad ;D

I originally posted this up on my livejournal but thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you guys here. Enjoy!

Killer Salads via Amateur Gourmet.com

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I’ve been making some killer dinner salads lately and I’d like to share with you my technique.

I subscribe to the “stuff” philosophy of salad-making which is, essentially, that the best part of a salad is the “stuff,” not the lettuce. So my salads have no lettuce: just lots of stuff mixed together in a bowl with a homemade vinaigrette. The salad above, for example, has chopped up carrots, peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bacon, avocado and blue cheese. The salad below, on the other hand, has peppers, carrots, onions, green beans, and chickpeas:

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Paella Salad via Recipeczar.com

Shrimp Paella Salad

Ingredients

Directions

  1. 1

    Prepare rice according to package directions, omitting any oil and salt.

  2. 2

    Set aside.

  3. 3

    In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, lemon juice, oil, basil, black pepper and cayenne pepper, set dressing aside.

  4. 4

    In a large bowl combine the cooked rice with the shrimp, artichoke hearts, green pepper, peas, tomato, pimentos, red onion and prosciutto, mixing well.

  5. 5

    Pour the dressing over the rice mixture, tossing to coat.

  6. 6

    Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

A VERY Sexy Salad
by Piablog.com

We shot this picture for Maria last year and it is still one of my personal favorites. Pia, our hostess with the mostess, was in charge of the styling of course and Jeroen van de Spek took the picture (click here to see all the pics from the shoot).

Sexy Summer Salad

1 melon: Cavaillon melon, Galia etc.

for the syrup:
0.5 liters of white wine
100 grams sugar
4 star anise
the seeds from 1 vanilla pod (keep the pod too)
the peel of 1 lemon

Rosemary Oil:
The leaves of 3 twigs of rosemary
150 ml light olive oil
juice of half a lemon
pepper and salt

for the salad:
1 head of raddichio
4 sprigs of red or green basil
8 thin slices of Parma ham
2 buffalo mozzarella cheeses
50 grams of beautiful young salad leaves: mizuna, rocket, mustard leaf

Use a melon scoop to create nice little melon-balls. Spread them out on a deep plate.
Heat the white wine in a saucepan and add the sugar, spices and the lemon-peel. Simmer for 20 minutes on very low heat. Pour over the melon. Let completely cool down.
Make the rosemary oil: Whizz the rosemary with the lemon juice in a food processor. Pour in all the olive oil, while whizzing, taste the dressing for salt and pepper.
Arrange the radicchio leaves on four plates. Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and divide them together with with the Parma-ham, melon balls and the young leaves over the plates. Drop some syrup over it. Sprinkle with torn Basilicum and finish off with the rosemary oil, serve immediately with crisp bread.

You can also conserve the melon in this syrup. Pour this 2 x this quantity of syrup over the balls of at least 2 melons in a clean pot (2 liters) and cook it in boiling water for about 10 min.
It will keep for about a month!

Enjoy!

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Ben Franken

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Serves 8

1 small (about 5 lb.) seedless watermelon, cut into 8 slices
2 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper
2 bunches watercress, trimmed
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup crumbled goat cheese

Heat grill. Brush watermelon slices with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill watermelon 1–2 minutes on each side.

In medium bowl toss watercress with vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

To assemble, sprinkle each grilled watermelon slice with goat cheese. Top with watercress mixture.

Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Ben Franken

Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Serves 8

½ cup pomegranate juice
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 shallot, sliced
2 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup each canola oil and olive oil
12 cups arugula, cleaned and trimmed
2 white or yellow peaches, pitted and sliced

In small heavy saucepan reduce pomegranate juice by half. Pour juice into bowl; let cool.

Add vinegar, shallot and mustard. Whisk in canola and olive oils. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange arugula leaves and peach slices on serving plate. Drizzle with dressing

French Potato Salad
(recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa)
serves 6
3 pounds mixed fingerling potatoes
4 tablespoons good dry white wine
4 tablespoons chicken stock
4 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup minced scallions
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chiffonade of fresh basil leaves
kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
10 tablespoons good olive oil
Boil the potatoes in salted water for 20-30 minutes until they are cooked through.  Drain and let cool, then cut in half.  Place in a medium bowl and toss gently with wine and chicken stock and let sit to soak up the liquid.  Combine the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk with olive oil.  Add the vinaigrette and vegetables/ herbs and toss.  Serve at room temperature.
Lobster-Avocado Salad

Douglas Friedman

Lobster-Avocado Salad

Serves 12

1 large shallot, minced
1/3 cup champagne vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 cooked 1½ lb. lobsters with meat removed (or 4 to 5 lb. cooked meat)
2 ripe avocados, cut into slices
3 heads Boston lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

Combine shallot, vinegar, mustard; whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cut lobster into bite-size pieces; toss with avocado and desired amount of dressing. Line serving plates with lettuce. Top with lobster.

Chicken-and-Caper Caesar Salad spears

Lisa Hubbard

Chicken-and-Caper Caesar Salad spears

Serves 20

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 lb. cooked, boneless, skinless chicken, cut into thin slices
60 small romaine lettuce leaves
Capers and shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish

In small bowl combine first seven ingredients. Place a few chicken slices on each lettuce leaf. Top with dressing, and garnish with capers and Parmesan shavings.

Citrus Shrimp Cocktail

My kids will eat shrimp cocktail like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, if we go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, they’ll wipe you clean and more than likely, we’d get those nasty glares from the staff for eating more than our family’s share. However, that’s the kids, not me. I’m not a fan of rubbery, tasteless shrimp dipped in a cocktail sauce that you’d find in most restaurants – with the exception of this shrimp cocktail recipe from Grove Park Inn, Asheville NC!

So despite the name of this “Citrus Shrimp Cocktail” recipe, it’s so very different. The shrimp are split and grilled, not boiled to death and then tossed in a mixture of fresh mint, grapefruit and orange segments.

So where’s the “cocktail” part?

Ah-ha. Glad you asked!

Add in a little mixture of your choice of sparkling wine, champagne or prosecco plus the juice from the citrus adds a tickly zing. The recipe comes from Victoria Allyson, an Executive Chef and Pastry Chef who tweets at @StrawberryToast. She came to my rescue when I asked for shrimp recipe ideas on Twitter.

By the way, this is a perfect appetizer for Valentines Day!

For a non-alcoholic version, you can use sparkling cider or sparkling water. Just something with bubbles.

In goes the fresh squeezed grapefruit and orange juice (squeezed from the membranes after segmenting the citrus):

Pour it over the grilled shrimp and the citrus segments.

Add in a touch of chiffonade fresh mint.

Spoon it in a pretty dessert or even a wide mouthed wine glass:

Garnish with a mint sprig and it’s beautifully elegant.

Citrus Shrimp Cocktail
recipe adapted from Victoria Allyson

I love butterflying and grilling my shrimp with the shell-on. The shell has so much flavor and protects the delicate shrimp from the hot pan or grill. You can butterfly them with the shell off – I’ll leave that decision to you. See how to butterfly shrimp video.

It’s important to add toss everything together at the last minute, right before serving. If you let the shrimp sit in the citrus juice for too long, the acidity of the juice can make the shrimp a bit rubbery.

Oh, one last thing. Make sure you do not overcook the shrimp!

serves 4 as appetizer

1 pound jumbo shell-on shrimp
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 grapefruit
1 orange
10 fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
1 cup sparkling wine, champagne, prosecco or sparkling cider

1. Section the grapefruit and the orange, reserving the membrane. Squeeze the membranes to extract the juice and discard the spent membranes.

2. Use small kitchen shears to snip off the shrimp legs, if still attached. Devein and butterfly the shrimp while keeping the shell on. Toss the shrimp with the olive oil. For healthier version, just spray both sides of shrimp with cooking oil.

3. Heat a frying pan or grill. When hot, lay all the shrimp opened and flat on the grill. Cook each side for 1-2 minutes, or until just barely cooked through. When the shrimp begin to change color, you can remove from the hot pan.

4. In a small bowl, combine the sparkling wine and citrus juice. In a large bowl, toss together the grilled shrimp with the orange/grapefruit sections and the mint. Divide and spoon into 4 small dessert bowls. Pour in the sparkling wine/juice mixture into each bowl.


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