Note: 1) I used 2 spoons to shape the puff paste, not a pastry bag, 2) “pump up” the excitement by brining the shrimp and scallops in 8 cups of water and 1 tablespoon sea salt for 10 minutes, use salted butter, and sprinkle fine sea salt from a high place over the shrimp and scallops [when I did this, I used a brine with 4 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of sea salt for 10 minutes, and despite being exciting, they may have been almost too savory][a restaurant may add vegetable oil to the clarified butter][butter that is not clarified adds the flavor of browned butter, I like this], 3) consider browning the scallops until the tops are completely brown, 2) after removing the fat from the top of the clarified butter, pour the butter into a different container to remove the fat at the bottom of the original container
In America, the postal carrier delivers advertisements from grocery stores. During the Christmas season, these advertisements offer people a discount on ham and seafood. Some people may want to have a ham dinner with scalloped potatoes and corn. This year I chose seafood. The savory puff pastries are shrimp puffs. My mother liked these very much. I was able to recreate the recipe last year.
I brined the scallops and shrimp in 4 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of sea salt for 5 minutes (see notes above). Just above medium heat, I sautéed the shrimp. The scallops where browned on high. I steamed the king crab legs and lobster tails for 6 minutes. The muscles simmered in their sauce for 3 minutes. I defrosted 1 stick of unsalted butter in the microwave and I removed the fat with a spoon. I used 2 tablespoons of clarified butter with the shrimp and I used 2 tablespoons of clarified butter with the scallops. I squeezed 1/2 lemon over the shrimp, and I squeezed 1/2 lemon in the remaining clarified butter. I sprinkled fine sea salt from a high place over the shrimp and scallops. I added sea salt to the clarified unsalted butter.
I was listening to the radio somewhere on planet earth on Christmas Eve. I fell asleep and I had a vivid and shocking dream. A living puppy was served on a plate next to something similar to mashed potatoes under a large transparent glass dome. The puppy was hairless and wrinkled. Once the puppy was placed on a table, the waiter used a powerful cattle prod to electrocute the puppy through the glass. Two bright currents of electricity cooked and electrocuted the puppy through the chest of the puppy. After the glass dome was removed, I tasted the meat of the puppy. The meat was sweet. The meat had a delicate texture. I liked it!
Romans were pagans that appreciated prostitution. Christian women that denied Romans pleasure were humiliated and punished by being forced to work as prostitutes. St. Nicholas saved children that someone sold to be prostitutes. This Christmas, I had to pawn my kids. Fortunately for them, Santa Clause, being similar to St. Nicholas, paid to have my kids freed. Christianity is a blessing for all people. The all-mighty God is the god without a creator. All other gods are lesser than the God of Abraham.
St. Augustine used two passages in the Bible to relate to the shortest and longest day of the year. St. John the Baptist said about the Lord Jesus Christ in John 3:30, “I must decrease while he must increase.” Jesus said “I am the Light of the world” in John 9:5. Thus the Catholic Church, and supposedly the Western world, celebrates the birthday of John the Baptist on June 24 (when sunlight starts to decrease) and the birthday of Jesus on December 25 (when sunlight starts to increase).
Justice is probably a Christian value. In the folklore of the South, where the culture of a Christian includes the stories of the Old Testament, a person should be humiliated as a murderer to prepare, in advance, to defend the state or population from unjust people. The common interpretation of the story of David and Goliath is corrupt without knowing that David was anointed to have the Spirit of the Lord. Since most people are not David, people must worry about retaliation when defending innocent people. Americans may survive because of “mutually assured destruction.” I was raised to defend the “American Way Of Living.”
Clarifying Butter Using Defrost In Microwave
1. Thomas Keller: ad hoc at home (New York: Artisan, 2009), 88.