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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 4, Day 4

New Year's Eve Dinner
Coquilles Saint-Jacques
Basmati Rice Red Pepper Pilaf
Broccoli with Shallots and Mustard

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for "menu"  instructions

      New Year's Eve. If you're not going out, try this lovely dinner with a bottle of Champagne.  It's festive, pretty and easy. 

Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Total time: 30 minutes
     If you are getting scallops in their shells, the shells make a lovely presentation.  I love scallops but do not like the coral.  Remove it or not as suits you.  Be careful not to overcook the scallops.  This used to be very decadent ... I made it recently and trimmed back the fat a bit.  Still...  I only do it once a year.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Basmati Rice Red Pepper Pilaf

Total time: 20 minutes
    Fragrant Basmati rice, finished with sautéed red pepper, onion and garlic, makes a pretty side dish.

Basmati Rice Red Pepper Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Broccoli with Shallots and Mustard

Total time: 25 minutes 
    The broccoli is steamed, just until done, but should retain a bit of crispness.  It's finished with a pungent mustard and shallot sauce.

Broccoli with Shallots and Mustard Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
2 small saucepans, 1 lid, large skillet, medium skillet,
small skillet, medium saucepan with steamer basket
and lid, small baking dishes for scallops

Turn oven on 375F (190C)
Mince/chop all shallots
Trim, slice mushrooms
Chop pepper
Cut broccoli, place in steamer, do not heat
Heat stock, wine, bay leaf in skillet
Start to sauté shallots for scallops
Add scallops to stock, cook
Add mushrooms to shallots, sauté
Remove scallops, put in baking dishes
Reduce cooking liquid
Melt butter in saucepan
Add shallots, mushrooms to scallops

Add flour to butter, stir
Add cooking liquid to flour, stirring
Add crème fraiche, finish sauce, pour over scallops
Sprinkle with crumbs, cheese
Sauté rice
Add stock to rice, cover, simmer
Bake Scallops
Start to steam broccoli
Sauté peppers, shallot for rice
      Pause while it all cooks
      Open Champagne, relax
Remove broccoli, sauté shallots
Add rice to pepper / shallots, stir to combine
Remove scallops
Finish broccoli, serve all
Relax and toast the new and old years
Coffee?  Chocolates? 

                    Happy New Year!