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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lemon Tahini Orzo with Seafood



My summer vacation is coming to and end...


...only one week left, before I have to go back to work at the school. Don't want to take much time in the kitchen making dinner...so here's a quick one.



First off these were the only photos I was able to get, and my camera just would not focus (really, it's stuck). Then it was too close to dinner so it was all eaten up! This is another versatile dish you can really add to it what you like or what you have in the fridge.



It was good warm and I'll bet it would be good cold or room temperature if it lasted that long! Great in a bento lunch.

I really didn't want to post this photo, but you can get an idea...next time I make it I'll be sure to change the photos.


Ingredients:
Cooked orzo (I really don't know how much I had, but you can eyeball it, probably 1 cup dry)
1 tablespoon white miso paste
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste - you can find some nice tahini in a middle eastern store if not your grocery store)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 table spoons water
1-2 clove garlic minced
1-2 teaspoons capers
sea salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
a handful cilantro or parsley chopped
1 tablespoon perilla oil (Korean) you can use any nut oil like walnut, hazelnut or even olive oil
Use what you have, any greens or veggies, I had snow peas, broccoli florets, pan grilled shrimp and sage leaves (that wasn't a hit with my husband, I would probably chop them) imitation crab.

Method:

I marinated the shrimp in Makoto's Sesame Ginger dressing for about 30 minutes the cooked them on a grill pan. Near the end of the cooking time of the orzo I tossed in the broccoli flowerettes and the snow peas, cooked and drained with the pasta.

In a medium bowl add the miso, tahini, water, lemon juice...stir to mix it all together and loosen up the miso and tahini paste. Stir in the garlic, capers and set aside. In large bowl or in a pan mix together the cooked orzo, vegetables, cilantro, oil, crab, and shrimp. Salt and pepper to taste, I thought it needed a little something so I added a little garlic powder, and a little soy sauce, but this is optional of course anything is optional.


I have some photos to brighten up my post since my food pics were so bad. Before summer ends we had to again visit the nation's number one beach!

...we do visit it often anyway since it's just minutes from our house, this was at 10:00 AM everyone is already in the water...



...a bright sunny day with clear skies... not like today...

...and filling up fast, even though our peak season is in the winter...good thing it's a large beach!

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