Icelandic Langoustine Stew

A few years ago when we visited Iceland, we had an amazing langostine stew at Fjörubordid near Reykjavik. It was so good, we detoured to return on our way back through. This recipe (which we haven't made yet) looks close to replicating it.

  • 2 lb. shell-on whole langoustines
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (for stock)
  • 2 carrots, minced (for stock)
  • 2 stalks celery, minced (for stock)
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced (½ for stock)
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. paprika
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Adapted from Bon Apetit, ~4 servings

Leche De Tigre

  • ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ ají limo or habanero chile, seeded, halved lengthwise

  • ½ small red onion, chopped

  • ½ cup bottled clam juice (optional)
  • Kosher salt

Purée first 4 ingredients and 4 large ice cubes in a blender until smooth. Add onion; pulse 3–4 times. Strain liquid into a medium bowl. Stir in clam juice, if desired; season with salt. Cover and chill.

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Good, lightly oaked, balanced chardonnay; we had it at Firefly.

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Oyster Po-Boy salad

For the salad, toss lettuce, avocado, diced red bell pepper, onion, and tomato with a sour-cream or mayonnaise based dressing spiked with a bit of tabasco sauce.

Mix 1:1 flour and cornmeal with salt, cayenne and cajun seasoning to taste. Toss in pre-shucked, drained oysters and shake until coated. If using shrimp, toss shrimp first in a scrambled egg, then in the breading.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown, drain and cool slightly, serve on top of the salad.

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Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon

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Bright fruit notes with a smoky, tabacco background. Medium bodied, strong but not heavy. Goes well with stronger flavors like blue cheese, grilled meats and dark chocolate.

Leonard Kreusch Reisling Sekt

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Available at Schneider's on Capitol Hill.

Crisp, lightly effervescent Riesling.

Gatão Vinho Verde

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A mildly sparkling vinho verde with a crisp, strong grapefruit taste.

Cristobal 1492 Verdelho

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A sharp and full-bodied verdejo from Argentina. Bought at Schneider's on Capitol Hill. Floral and acidic with a very light effervescence. Lacking oak.

Shrimp a la plancha and Grits with Creole Chutney

Creole Gambas

This was inspired by the Jose Andres' Gambas a la Plancha recipe, and having some fresh shrimp from Arganica. I was feeling a craving for a more cajun-y shrimp-and-grits setup, however. So, I figured there's no reason not to just do both. I left the grits simple, and focused on the shrimp and the chutney-like goop.

A ton of salt
3 whole shrimp per person
grits, plus water and butter for their preparation.

For the creole chutney:

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 mild jalapeno
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La Finca Chardonnay

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A well-balanced Mendoza style Chardonnay - light, very little butteryness. Crisp. Goes great with cream sauces and fish.

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