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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy belated Easter! Anyone else been visited by the Tight Pants Fairy as well as the Easter Bunny?

I have to admit I dropped the ball (egg?) with making Easter treats this year. Across the globe food bloggers have been..

There has also been a spate of Passover baking to add a bit of oy vey to my feelings of baking inadequacy.

I'd like to say I was too busy knitting socks for war orphans to bake delicious Easter treats, but the sad truth is that I was too busy eating. Sure, I also spent the Easter break catching up with my family and getting in a couple of good tennis matches with my sister, but the rest of the time was spent either eating or hurriedly digesting to allow for more eating.

The eating started off in fine style on Good Friday, with my family's traditional Good Friday seafood extravaganza gorgefest. Extended family members brought along a selection of salads and some fresh bread, while Mum and Dad put on an impressive spread of blinis, smoked fish, cooked cray tails and prawns, baked fish with lemon butter, fried whiting, pickled occy and some rosemary skewers of scallops and chorizo. The chorizo was a new addition to the Good Friday eating, and we felt quite naughty about it, though I'm sure God was too busy hanging out at all the church ceremonies to notice.

Despite my lack of Easter baking, I did at least contribute one dish to this meal - Salmon and Scallop Ceviche which I also made last Easter. There is such a delicious freshness to this dish, and it is worth any dribbles of juice down your arms as you bite into the fishy lettuce parcels.

Salmon and Scallop Ceviche
by Valli Little in the delicious June 2004 issue

Serves 6

400g salmon fillet, pin-boned
300g scallops, roe removed
1 cup (250ml) fresh lime juice
4 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped (I used 10 baby romas)
3 long green chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped
6 spring onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped coriander leaves, plus extra to garnish
1/2 telegraph cucumber, peeled, chopped (I used 1 Lebanese cucumber, unpeeled)
1 avocado, flesh chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil (I used around 40 mL)
Baby cos lettuce leaves (1-2 per person, depending on size), to serve

1. Cut seafood into small cubes, place in a bowl and pour the lime juice over top. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
2. Drain off juice, add tomato, chilli, spring onion, coriander, cucumber, avocado and oil, and season with sea salt and pepper.
3. To serve, place the lettuce leaves on plates and pile the ceviche on top. Garnish with extra coriander leaves and serve immediately, with extra lime wedges, if desired.


Food lover April 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

Happy Easter! The ceviche looks great and also very healthy - better than the 10kg of chocolate I ate during the break! Will use your recipe to get back into shape :)

penny aka jeroxie April 6, 2010 at 6:56 PM  

Happy easter sweetie! I have hidden all the eggs in the garden... and was worse with the ramen challenge. I feel like humpty dumpty.

Agnes April 6, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

Sounds like you had a good weekend! I didn't do any baking during Easter either, but we ate a scary amount of ramen to compensate for the lack of Easter baking carbs.

Rose April 6, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

Pretty sure that God will be like, "is all good, dudes". If they even notice it nestling in between all that gorgeous looking food.

Panamahat April 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM  

Happy Easter to you too! You (and your devilled eggs, and crunchy noodle salad) were sorely missed. xx

A cupcake or two April 6, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Ceviche is so my thang. I love it. My dad makes a mean ceviche when he has his boys nights. They eat it while drinking beers and playing poker. Oh its the best. It would have been fabulous with all that salmon and scallops. I have never had a ceviche with scallops. I have to give this a try. Your post always make me laugh. Too busy making sock bahaha.

vickys April 6, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Happpy Easter! I';ve never had ceviche before coz it always sounds exotic and mildly scary but I see I've been mistaken.

Read about the ABBA horrors through your Tweets, proud of you for surviving! :) My dad does the same with michael jackson.

NikiTheo April 6, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

I attempted to join the ranks ofr crazy Easter bakers w/ a carrot cake cheesecake. Sad, but that was one big fat FAIL!
Oh well. I just told everyone I didn't bake b/c I was also too busy eating :)

Evelyne @ CheapEthniEatz April 6, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

Tight Pants Fairy was in Montreal...I confirm a sighting in my pant drawer. Great selection of recipes to share and you seafood contribution looks delish!

Simply Life April 6, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

wow! that looks so good!

Amy @ cookbookmaniac April 7, 2010 at 12:17 AM  

Oh this salad is right up my alley. I love all the ingredients individually. I can imagine it would be dynamite all together. Yummo!

Hannah April 7, 2010 at 12:19 AM  

I no longer care that my Easter passed with nary a scrap of gifted chocolate to be seen... now ym heart is full of indescribable sadness at not being an adopted member of your family.

Pickled octopus! And scallops! And ceviche! (Actually, thanks muchly for the last one - I've been meaning to try making ceviche for yonks, and your recipe looks mighty doable.)

Trissa April 7, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

Hey Conor, if you were too busy to post because of eating, not a problem - that excuse beats making socks for poor orphans anyday!

Pam April 7, 2010 at 2:20 AM  

Wow - this looks so delicious. I love how colorful the dish is. YUM!

lis@whiskygreentea April 7, 2010 at 4:44 AM  

wow..that looks so refreshing !! I didn't do any baking either..just a lot of eating.. :)

Betty @ The Hungry Girl April 7, 2010 at 5:41 AM  

Happy belated easter to you too! All those easter posts made me crave so many different things at a time! Not good! The salad looks wonderful.

Karine April 7, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

Oh my I want some of your ceviche!

Happy Easter (I know, I am late..)

SilverMoon Dragon April 7, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

That looks so good! If only we were a seafood eating household!

April @ My Food Trail April 7, 2010 at 8:16 AM  

Happy Easter! Looks like you had a great feast even without any Easter baking! I can just imagine how fresh tasting the ceviche would be!

tasteofbeirut April 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

I loved your ferocious reporting on blogger's feasting and posting this season! Fun!
As for the ceviche, wonderful! You spurred me to make one asap!

Chef Fresco April 7, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

Great Easter post! I like how you added salmon to your ceviche. Looks tasty!

lori @ wannabegourmand April 7, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

Conor...you are a woman after my own heart...scallop and salmon in a ceviche (trifecta of my favourite foods)......

Is it wrong to be craving (partially) raw seafood at 10 in the morning....

I want to make this tonight!

Ps. Tight Pants Fairy paid a very unwelcome visit...

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella April 7, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

Happy Easter Conor! I was visited by the tight pants fairy I have no doubt but I'm too afraid to check. Now I'm on steamed vegetables undo Easter!

Belle@Ooh, Look April 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

That's why they call it Eatster :) Glad you had a good one, it's always good practice considering that Christmas is only 9 months away.

Jo - SecondHelping April 7, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

I outsourced the baking to my other half (The Beloved) who did a great job of the hot cross buns. Somehow I only got to eat one?!

Happy Easter and thank you for sharing the ceviche recipe - I'm sure it tastes as wonderful as it looks.

I think the Tight Pants Fairy is on The Easter Bunny's payroll. Either that or he gets a kickback from the folk at Lindt.

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite April 7, 2010 at 11:02 PM  

Gorge fest indeed! Luckily we were hundreds of thousands of kilometres apart this weekend, I can only IMAGINE what a festival the tight pants fairy would have had!!!!!

5 Star Foodie April 8, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

Sounds like you had a wonderful feast for Easter and your ceviche looks and sounds excellent!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 8, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

Food lover - Don't worry, I followed up the ceviche and 10kg of other seafood with 10kg of chocolate too. Back to the gym this week thank goodness.

penny aka jeroxie - Oh me too, I hope noone pushes us off the wall.

Agnes - well now I feel like not only was I a lame baker, but a lame ramen consumer as well ;)

Rose - phew

Panamahat - aw thanks :) Sounds like it was a goodie, hope all are fully recovered by now!

A cupcake or two - hehe thanks :) Your dad sounds awesome. Do they wear those green visors when they play? ;)

vickys - yeah it is actually super easy to make! Oh god the ABBA horror almost killed me, thank god it was only an hour long show. Just the music I could probably handle, but the tapping/whistling combination did me in.

NikiTheo - I can imagine a carrot cake cheesecake would be all kinds of awesome. Or all kinds of fail, apparently ;)

Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz - damn, that fairy gets around. Thanks!!

Simply Life - thank you :)

Amy @ cookbookmaniac - dynamite in my belly, oh yeah!

Hannah - well, I'm sure we'd be very happy to adopt you, but I doubt my parents would be any better than yours at securing a pony for your return. They might however be able to bring back a camel from Broome for you?

Trissa - hehe thanks :D

Pam - thank you!

lis@whiskygreentea - so glad to know I'm not the only one!

Betty @ The Hungry Girl - you would think our crave receptors would be burnt out by now, right?

Karine - never mind, I was late posting so we're even ;)

SilverMoon Dragon - let me convert you!

April @ My Food Trail - You know, it was probably for the best that I didn't bake, we surely had enough to eat and there's only so much stretching clothes can handle before disaster strikes.

tasteofbeirut - thank you! I hope you do :)

Chef Fresco - thanks! I'm a salmon fiend, I can't help myself ;)

lori @ wannabegourmand - oh you have good taste! It is not wrong at all, it is so so right. Goddamn tight pants fairy can bugger off. There seems to be a lot of them around, it must be a franchise.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella - oh me too! And back hard at the gym. If all else fails, at least winter is almost here ;)

Belle@Ooh, Look - hehe, eatster, I love it. Good god, you're right! Best to keep my stomach nice and stretched!

Jo - SecondHelping - only one?!?! How many were made? Two giant ones? Yes there is definitely something fishy going on here. I reckon he also gets commission from Jenny Craig and those shake makers.

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite - if we combined the powers of this seafood feast with the powers of your giant ham, we would have exploded - poof!

5 Star Foodie - thank you, it surely was a great weekend!

Rachel@Coconut Crumbs April 8, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

haha..eating is a worthy activity as well! and I guess family time too : ) Happy late Easter! random observation, but I love the word "dribbles!" thanks

Karen Harris April 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

Oh yes, the Tight Pants Fairy visits me every year and not just at Easter! Fantastic post and beautiful recipe. By the way, Kevin says g'day back at ya!

Krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com April 8, 2010 at 1:19 PM  

your ceviche looks wonderful! fresh, colorful, and delicious. can i have some?

Gastronomy Gal April 9, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

Salmon and Scallop Ceviche looks fabulous and a very healthy edition too :)

And thanks for stopping by my blog! Hooray for guest posts indeed ! You are more than welcome to post a healthy recipe for healthy eating month if you desire:)

Jen (jenius.com.au) April 9, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Yum! I feel healthier just looking at your ceviche (meanwhile in my other hand, i'm still eating Easter eggs but shhhh)

Emma @CakeMistress April 10, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

Those refreshing greens are looking mighty appealing about now. Never thought I'd crave lettuce before :)

Kitchen Butterfly April 10, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

Thanks for the shout-out!!!!!! Love the roundup and the ceviche looks yum@

pierre April 11, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

hi conor your ceviche is so fresh : thst's great we start to have here a marvelous weather in Paris ! Pierre

Arlette April 11, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

This is an amazing platter, with beautiful colors..The Ceviche is gorgeous... I wish we can have a taste ...

Cakelaw April 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Loving the ceviche! LOL - the tight pants fairy definitely came to my house. Curious about pimping a creme egg - I heart those things.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

Rachel@Coconut Crumbs - I'm so glad you agree :D Dribbles is a great word. It just sounds so dribbly.

Karen Harris - Ban the Tight Pants Fairy! One of just just needs to catch him and put him in a jar where he can do no more harm. Haha, that's great, hope the gecko is doing well (I love love love geckos).

Krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com - Yes you surely can! I'll swap you for some southwest chicken and rice :)

Gastronomy Gal - Yes, a great healthy meal. My pleasure, glad to have found your blog! Thanks so much for the offer, hopefully I will have time to do so.. will get in touch if I do :)

Jen (jenius.com.au) - Oh I know, me too. How can I possibly still have Easter eggs while I've been seemingly chain-eating them?

Emma @CakeMistress - Oh god, try travelling in a large group on a bus in Russia. You will crave lettuce like you've never craved anything in your life. (way too many preservative filled snacks and not enough fresh food.. I felt like I was dying from the inside out)

Kitchen Butterfly - My pleasure! Always happy to promote beautiful food and photos. Thanks!

pierre - thank you! Oh I'm happy for you, not jealous at all oh no not me :|

Arlette - thanks! Gotta love a colourful spread :)

Cakelaw - We need a fairy hunter. I fear the Tight Pants Fairy will be a regular visitor as winter approaches ;)

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge April 14, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

Oh easter, it was all but one week ago, how I long to turn back time and do all that eating all over again! I didnt do any easter baking either, I was distracted by shiny foil wrapped around chocolate.....someone had to remove all that foil...it has no place touching chocolate.....and then I was left with loads of naked chocolate...I ate it to protect its innocence.

Great ceviche recipe!

Iron Chef Shellie April 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM  

LOL! I'd love to say I was knitting socks for war orphans too, but I also was too busy stuffing my face :P

Hope you had a great Easter. I think I'll be making this recipe on a Good Friday too :)

Conor @ HoldtheBeef April 21, 2010 at 9:53 AM  

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge - oh me too! Still, I guess we have anzac biscuits this week to see us through? And big winter meals for a couple of months? I guess we'll somehow survive...sigh... HAHA! Poor nakey choc, you're such an angel.

Iron Chef Shellie - don't know about your knitting skills, but those poor sockless orphans are better off without anything I knitted, I think. Thanks, you too, and please do! It's a great warm weather dish :)

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