In one of my favourite movies, No Reservations, Kate is the head chef at a trendy restaurant when life intervenes. She inherits her niece after a tragic car wreck that kills her sister, and if that isn’t enough, she gets a new sous chef, a puppy-eyed bachelor, when her friend has a baby. One of the most important dishes to the movie plot is seared scallops with Kate’s secret saffron sauce. Of which, I have found and tested.
- 1/4 cup white wine or cooking sake
- 2 minced Kaffir Lime Leaves (Kate’s secret ingredient)
- 1 minced shallot
- 1/2 pinch of Saffron
- 1 1/4 tbsp heavy cream (not whipping cream)
- 3/4 stick of butter
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper
Put the first 3 ingredients in a sauce pan, reduce by half. Add cream and saffron. Add butter, 1 tbsp at a time until each is melted, whisking constantly. Do Not Boil! Remove from heat, squeeze in the lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
- 8-12 large scallops (depending on size)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 tspn thyme
- 1/4 tspn oregano
- 1 tbsp lemon pepper
- olive oil
Mix flour, salt, thyme, oregano, lemon pepper in small bowl. Coat Scallops. Place scallops in med-high skillet coated with olive oil. Sear each edge of scallops until golden (2-3 minutes per side). Plate 1/2 scallops on two plates, drizzle liberally with Saffron Sauce.
Note: I found the Lime leaves at the local Thai Market.