As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Not to mention some great meals.

Having pretty much no fresh food in the house after a succession of trips, I found myself scrounging through the freezer to make something for dinner. I decided to make some sort of pasta with scallops.

From the freezer, I grabbed and defrosted three “Woodle Orange” tomatoes (I wash my end-of-the season tomatoes and freeze them whole), some sea scallops, and an individual-sized ciabatta roll. I heated up some lemon-infused olive oil, then threw in some chopped frozen fennel bulb, the defrosted tomatoes (cored and de-skinned), and a tablespoon of homemade pesto (frozen in ice cube trays). I added a bit of chopped garlic and a touch of salt, and that was my sauce. I simmered the defrosted scallops in the sauce while I boiled some Papardelle noodles, and toasted the bread.

The unanimous opinion was that the result was definitely a restaurant-quality dish. Not bad for spur-of-the-moment freezer food.

We had it with a glass (or two) of Ménage à Trois wine. Don’t judge me. I sent Larry down to the wine cellar for some “light red”, and this is what he came up with. Not really what I had in mind, but it worked surprisingly well.

I should have taken a photo of it in the serving bowls, but I didn’t know it would be so blog-worthy. But here you can see what the sauce looked like – orange with flecks of green from the pesto.

I’d definitely make this again on purpose, instead of just as a last-minute thrown-together dish.



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6 Responses to zOMG

  1. Suzy says:

    Looks so yummy…you might want to sent this directly to Menage a Trois on FB…could be fun. Cheers.

  2. jill says:

    Yummy, indeed. We gobble up our garden fare leaving none to freeze. We must plant more! I would enjoy this winter-meets-summer serendipity!

  3. margene says:

    Yum! I’ve had the wine and think it’s an inspired choice with the pasta!

  4. vicki says:

    I’m really happy that I’m reading this as lunch is warming up! Sounds delicious!!

  5. Chris says:

    It does sound delicious!

  6. Cookie says:

    Oh, honey, there’s nothing with wrong with a threesome after such a wonderful sounding dinner. :^)

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