No Recipes vol. 17

Crudo

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season. I’m back at home in my frigid NYC condo reminiscing about the good food and company I had over the weekend in the SF Bay Area, and I wanted to share some of the choice morsels No Recipes style.

Uni with Butter on Crostini
Uni with Butter on Crostini – Thin slices of baguette, brushed with olive oil and toasted until crisp are then rubbed with raw garlic. This is topped with a thin curl of butter and a healthy slab of sea urchin. To finish, a few glowing orbs of salmon roe along with a couple grains of coarse sea salt add some contrast to this one bite delight.

Sea Bream Crudo with Meyer LemonsSea Bream Crudo with Meyer Lemon Zest – Thin slices of sea bream (tai) are fanned out and topped with some olive oil, meyer lemon zest, chervil and salt. It’s a simple prep, but with fish as fresh as this, simple is often best.

Geoduck Crudo with Red ShisoGeoduck Crudo with Red Shiso – Geoduck (mirugai) is a type of shellfish with a very long siphon (looks like a neck). It has great flavor and a very interesting rubbery crunchy texture that’s more pleasant than it sounds. I put a thin slice atop a green shiso leaf, drizzled it with some olive oil, meyer lemon juice and a pinch of red shiso salt.

Cioppino
Cioppino – This was our main course for Christmas dinner. I made my own seafood stock from the heads and shells of shrimp as well as about 2 lbs of fish heads/bones. The Cioppino itself had dungeness crab, shrimp, sea bass, and manila clams. It was a half-day undertaking, but the resulting soup was a perfect melding of sun kissed tomatoes, bracing aromatics, and the sweet taste of the sea. Stay tuned for the full recipe.

Kabocha Cream Cake
Kabocha Cream Cake – Since winning an award for this cake, my mom’s been asking me to make it for her. Given her birthday fell on Christmas day, it seemed like a fitting finish for our Christmas dinner. click for recipe

  • Julie

    Looking forward to the cioppino recipe!

  • Julie

    Looking forward to the cioppino recipe!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ Fig&Cherry

    Merry Xmas Marc! I scrolled down your post going ‘ooh’, ‘ahhh’, yes, out-loud! :)

  • http://www.figandcherry.com Christie @ Fig&Cherry

    Merry Xmas Marc! I scrolled down your post going ‘ooh’, ‘ahhh’, yes, out-loud! :)

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Season’s Greetings! The cioppino looks and sounds amazing!

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Season’s Greetings! The cioppino looks and sounds amazing!

  • http://www.tinygreencabins.com/ tiny house

    I like your main course! It looks so delicious! Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.tinygreencabins.com/ tiny house

    I like your main course! It looks so delicious! Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.kalofagas.ca/ Peter

    We’ve dined together and you know my love of fresh seafood! Surely you had a fab holiday and you were gracious enough to share the array of “No Recipes”.

  • http://www.kalofagas.ca Peter

    We’ve dined together and you know my love of fresh seafood! Surely you had a fab holiday and you were gracious enough to share the array of “No Recipes”.

  • http://foodmayhem.com/ Jessica@FoodMayhem

    Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to mom! Do you have a place to buy sea urchin in NYC?

  • http://foodmayhem.com Jessica@FoodMayhem

    Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to mom! Do you have a place to buy sea urchin in NYC?

  • http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ Chef E

    I can only hope a get a Christmas present one day as lovely as this food, and a son who can prepare it for me :)

    Happy Holidays Marc…

  • http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ Chef E

    I can only hope a get a Christmas present one day as lovely as this food, and a son who can prepare it for me :)

    Happy Holidays Marc…

  • http://deltakitchen.blogspot.com/ Andreas

    Happy Holidays.

    I like the uni crostini.

  • http://deltakitchen.blogspot.com/ Andreas

    Happy Holidays.

    I like the uni crostini.

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Aw, Merry Christmas! Your Christmas feast looks a lot more healthy and light than my roast-upon-roast-upon-multiple-puddings, although that cake…I read the recipe, sounds wonderful. I do enjoy a good vegetable-based cake!

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Aw, Merry Christmas! Your Christmas feast looks a lot more healthy and light than my roast-upon-roast-upon-multiple-puddings, although that cake…I read the recipe, sounds wonderful. I do enjoy a good vegetable-based cake!

  • http://kitchen-em.blogspot.com/ Kitchen M

    Wow, so fancy and elegant! I seriously thought that it was restaurant food. Your family is really lucky to have a great chef like you! Have a happy new year!

  • http://kitchen-em.blogspot.com Kitchen M

    Wow, so fancy and elegant! I seriously thought that it was restaurant food. Your family is really lucky to have a great chef like you! Have a happy new year!

  • http://trissalicious.com/ Trissa

    Oh my – that uni on the crostini looks delicious. What a great idea. I only recently discovered your blog but really enjoy coming here – very inspiring!

  • http://trissalicious.com Trissa

    Oh my – that uni on the crostini looks delicious. What a great idea. I only recently discovered your blog but really enjoy coming here – very inspiring!

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