If you've purchased my book, (if not, click here!) you've seen that I dedicated it to my mother. She is the one that taught me to understand that having people around your table is a sacred gift. And that nourishing them is the highest calling one can have. So, when I started to create a recipe to celebrate Mother's Day, I drew on some deeply held beliefs about what it means to serve others.
Getting out of our own way in terms of how we define success is a bit convoluted these days. We are bombarded with messages centered around what you deserve. And although I whole heartedly agree with focusing on living an authentic life, the sentence for me should read, "living an authentically grateful life." For all that we reach for to obtain the stamp of success, the lesson only comes into focus when things are removed from us. That is how we learn patience, tolerance, perspective, and yes, gratitude.
As a recipe developer whose self-proclaimed mission is about shifting the perspective of the home cook for him or her to view food through a lens of wonder, it's vital we feel we're a partner in the process, not a victim. For instance, when a recipe comes together and makes you jump up and down, I don't call that a happy accident, I call it happy inspiration. And when I reach for a jar of Raven's Originals Hot Peach Jam, owned by my good friend Monica Smith and based right here in Waxhaw, NC, I know collaborating with their ingredients is going to yield something amazing and worth obsessing over.
Okay, so get ready to salivate because a quick marinade (And this recipe does get food on the table quickly!) made with sesame oil and honey pairs like heaven with a hot fruit glaze that finishes these baby scallops and makes them shine on a plate full of healthy vegetables. A flourish of cilantro (you can leave this out if it's not your favorite,) and parsley and every bite delivers that hearty "mmmmmm.." every mom deserves!!!
If this plate of jewels is something you want to serve Mom, recipe is below. Or find it on my recipe page under main dishes and search for seafood!
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Pan Seared Scallops with a Hot Peach
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.