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Friday, December 2, 2011

Ginger Lime Seafood Skewers

Okay a lot has been going on, as with all of you too I'm sure. I just don't handle it as well as you all do. Some fun things...a new teacher (this year) at our school co-owns the magazine Edible Sarasota, and they were throwing a launch party for Edible Sarasota Cook's, all the staff at our school was invited to this closed event for only 250 guests. It was held outside, in front of Whole Foods where they closed off that part of the street. The booths were offered to everyone who advertised in the magazine. It was fun to mingle with co-worker and some foodies in Sarasota. I just wish I could meet Jaden Hair, from Steamy Kitchen, and some new blogger twitter friends The Three Kitcheneers.

There was plenty of good food, from ahi tuna nachos, truffle oil, chocolate truffles, to pesto penne, brisket sliders, vegan brisket, and the best clam chowder! I was too busy trying and tasting everything to get many photos. Now I know what I have to work on before I go to any big food event! I will post the nachos, my favorite later. We all received a gift bag...

these plates were in our gift bag from a company called VerTerra, the plates are made from fallen palm leaves. They come in an assortment of sizes, and at the event that many booth used them to serve their food on, (I wasn't thinking, I should of saved some of those, now I really need to buy some more, I love them). In our gift bag we were given 8 appetizer size. So I had to try them out! Using my new hand crafted glass snowman appetizer skewers, Gulf shrimp and salmon...I made some tapas!

1 pound mixed seafood, I used salmon and shrimp
1 clove garlic chopped
1 shallot chopped
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoon lime juice
lime zest
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon black and white toasted sesame seeds
salt and pepper to taste (and red pepper flakes if you like)

Whisk together the ingredients in a non-metallic bowl, except shrimp, salmon, and sesame seeds. Clean and devein the shrimp, and cut the salmon into bite size pieces, you can remove the skin if you like. Add the seafood to the marinade, cover and let marinate for 25-30 minutes in refrigerator.

Thread the shrimp and salmon onto the skewers, if you are using wooden skewers be sure to soak them when the fish are marinating so they won't burn. Sprinkle with salt pepper and sesame seeds.

Grill, broil or use a grill pan, cook for 3 - 6 minutes until done. You can garnish with cilantro and lime or mint. Serve with a dipping sauce, but they were actually good just as they are.

This year for Thanksgiving, I went to my aunt and uncle's, I usually make the pies and a vegetable to bring. One of the students I take care of at school, her mother owns a French bakery, and my daughter and I usually visit there on Saturday mornings or Wednesday evenings when my husband participates in a 5K run held by Mr Beery's a couple of doors down from the bakery. Just look at the beautiful pie that she gave me the night before Thanksgiving...such a good thing to go there at closing time...and knowing the owners!

Of course I had to sneak some beach photos in my post. A few weeks ago they held the second annual Masters Sand sculptor completion at Siesta Beach. I was there early...before the crowds, but got to watch some of the artist at work.

The fine, white, quartz sand is perfect for this kind of thing. They gather piles of the sand in front loaders for each team. After them completion on Monday they let them stand until 5:00 they bulldoze them down. It seems such a shame, almost as bad as when they wash down the streets and sidewalks after the chalk art fair the week before. I guess it disposable art at it's finest!

Oh I made sesame noodles to go with the seafood skewers...Maranda gobbled them up!
More tapas to come....I received some beautiful salt plates too!
See you soon!


  1. The seafood skewers look fantastic, Lyndsey, I am sure the lime juice added a nice tangy flavour too. Btw, I cannot help but notice the cute snowman skewers, adorable :)!

  2. That marinade sounds absolutely perfect! Those sculptures are awesome!

  3. Sounds like you have been busy...those skewers look delish...I love the plates and the snowman skewers.

  4. Love this Lyndsey look delicious:) about you askes me today when I enter something said " here is an script that make slowly to open" that is but not worry I always try to enter, the porblem I dont know waht is the scrip:)

  5. What a lovely post, I love the skewers that you made, and the shrimps of course...those pies look delicious!

  6. sounds like you really had lots of fun these few weeks. Those are sand sculptures? they look really amazing! the pie on the right look special, is that apple pie? i see that you're doing some kind of asian style of prawn skewers here..yum!

  7. what a delicious sounding (and looking!) recipe! Im going to grab a coffee and read more, so glad i found your blog :) Belle

  8. These seafood skewers were making me salivate. Is it dinner time? Not even! The beach photos too, except I wish it was summer already. I have no use for the cold season/ Happy upcoming holidays!

  9. Love those skewers, I want some :)) Diane

  10. There are items that will enhance a Christmas table. Love the the snowman skewers, so pretty. The pies looks festive and yummilicious! Great job!

  11. Lyndsey, I have so enjoyed the Edible Sarasota book you shared with me. The cover photo was incredible It sounded like a fabulous event. Your snowman skewers are so cute and go great with the seafood.

    Sarasota is much more of a foodie city than I had imagined with Whole Foods & Sur la Table. I may have to drive up more often. Would have loved to have seen those sand sculptures.

  12. CG - Thanks, Ha! you know the bento-maker in me I couldn't resist the snowman skewers!

    Belinda - thanks for stopping by!

    Bo - That's only part of it! :) I want to try to pick up some more of the plates.

    Gloria - thanks for your help!

    Jeannie - Thanks you...and my aunt said they were good, but she liked my pies better ;)

    Lena - Yes those are sand sculptures, and they are incredible. These are artists that have already won other events and this is a invitational "master" contest. It's unbelievable what they can do with sand.

  13. Great seafood skewers and I love the x'mas sticks. So lovely. Now I am ready for the sweets. Both pies look splendid!

  14. What great looking skewers, really tasty. The palm plates are fab, I'll have to see if I can find them here. GG

  15. What tasty looking skewers and so cute with the festive snowmen! The pies look delicious!

  16. Belle - thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy it here.

    tasteofbeirut - good thing you can eat these anytime! We still have beautiful beach weather here in just gets crowded when everyone is trying to escape the cold and comes down.

    Diane - I couldn't resist those little skewers!

    Quay Po - Veron these are fun for the season!

    Sam - you are so welcome, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Next time you come up give me a call. I'll let you know when we go down to Ft Meyers. Would love to see you again.

    Angie - thanks a little touch for the season

    GG - I will have to look where you can get them, the name on the package is Verterra.

    Reeni - thanks, they were good.

  17. I made similar shrimp skewers quite recently - lime, no ginger but with red chili pepper powder!

  18. jealous of your plates!


  19. Oh Lyndz, I'm sure you had a great time there at your aunt's place. The desserts look really tempting too. Oooo.... those gift plates sure look fantastic. Love it too.

  20. The marinade for your seafood skewers are incredible. Just love the way it turned out, so delicious!
    The plates are so practical, and very clever, very environment conscious!
    The sand sculptures are amazing, we have a huge exhibit, as well, that they actually transferred from the beach to downtown!
    Thanks for sharing, Lyndsey. I enjoyed everything you posted:D

  21. Hi Lyndsey! I have to make these prawn skewers when I come back. I love the Asian ginger + lime marinade you made. The noodles on the side is very appealing right now. I wish to show the sand sculptures to my kids... They are amazing!

  22. The plates are made by a company called Verterra, they are amazing people too! Lyndsey, this is Tracy, the editor of Edible Sarasota, could you please email this blog to me and I will share with the owner of Verterra. Great post, I really enjoyed and hope you can make it to more of our events this year!

  23. The plates are made by a company called Verterra, they are amazing people too! Lyndsey, this is Tracy, the editor of Edible Sarasota, could you please email this blog to me and I will share with the owner of Verterra. Great post, I really enjoyed and hope you can make it to more of our events this year!

  24. Seafood skewers are just awesome, I would love to have one too!:)


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