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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Red Snapper with Raspberry Dressing and I'm back!



 Hi Everyone, I'm back!

Hope you had a great Halloween and enjoyed your costume :)

First off, thank you all so much for stopping by here while I was gone, and for voting for me on the mushroom challenge. Although I didn't win, I really appreciated your support! The 1st place winner's recipe looks great. So, here it is. There are many great recipes!

Since I've been gone, it seems like many new things have happened in this blogosphere. The creative juices from you guys are all over the cyber world. I really need to keep up with all of you! One thing that I can feel is the warm welcome from the lovely friends here.

I had a blast during the vacation. Among the 4 cities I went to, I like Barcelona, Spain the most. It's also a no-tip country! I wish I knew more Spanish. People there are pretty fashionable! Boots and leather jackets are in trend for girls. I felt good when girls checked me out. haha.  For Rome, I would go back just for the food. Homemade pasta was so good.  We ordered a simple dish - cheese and black pepper pasta, but it was so delicious. It was fresh and the sauce was light and tasty: just right. This really makes me want to get myself a pasta maker seriously. Tomato sauce was not as acidic as tomato sauce in the States. They said they used Roma tomatoes. For Paris, I would go back for the romantic atmosphere. What a beautiful city at night. Beautiful artwork, love story, history, cold weather, and being with your life partner can make your eyes watery.

While we were cruising on the Seine River at night, a tour guide on the cruise mentioned Van Gogh's  famous quote, "Be mysterious, be in love, and you will be happy". There are a lot of love stories!

Luckily, my phone had unlimited international emails. I emailed my friends a lot for help and one of them was so good at getting back to me. I assigned her to be our cyber travel consultant, haha. We ate a lot during the trip. My game plan was to wear dresses almost everyday so that I had room to eat more. To see some of the food we ate, you can click to see on my Facebook page here. I've got a lot of inspiration and ideas to cook from!

Before going to the photos I'm going to share, let's see this beautiful dish. My friend has lent me a cookbook called "Fish & Shellfish - Superb ways with seafood", for sometime now. I chose to make the red snapper with raspberry dressing for the first dish. It's easy, light, and delicious.


Red Snapper with Raspberry Dressing
Yield: 4

8 red snapper fillets, scaled
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs raspberry vinegar
1 package of mixed green salad
salt and black pepper


For the dressing:
1 cup raspberries, puree and sieved
2 tbs raspberry vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4-1/2 tsp sugar


  • Lay the red snapper fillets in a shallow dish. 
  • Whisk together olive oil and raspberry vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle the mixture over the fish. Cover and let marinade for 1 hr.
  • While waiting, whisk dressing ingredients and season to taste.
  • Pour the dressing on the mixed green vegetable; toss lightly.
  • Heat a skillet or pan untill very hot (need to be hot otherwise fish's skin will stick to the pan), put in the fillet and fry for 2-3 mins on each side or until cooked. 
  • Cut the fillets diagonally in half.
  • Arrange sald on a plate and place fillets on top with the remaining dressing spooned around. 
  • I garnished with radish sprouts that I had left.
  • Serve and enjoy!
No further ado, here are some photos from each city.

Parc Guell, Madrid

The Palace,  Madrid

Parc dela Ciutadella, Barcelona

One of Gaudi's works, Barcelona
Beach, Barcelona

Colosseum, Rome

Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Nortre Dame, Rome

Pantheon, Rome

Eiffel Tower, Paris. We were lucky to see a light display before we left.

Le Louvre, Paris

Arc de triomphe, Paris

One more shot of Eiffel Tower

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

HI TANANTHA!!!! So glad to see your post :) I LOVE the raspberry dressing - it looks so rich, so vibrant, so fruity! I wouldn't have thought to pair it with fish, but I have combined salmon with cranberry dressing before, so of course this gorgeous pairing would work!

Sorry you didn't win the mushroom challenge, but it does sound and look like you had a fabulous time on your trip. I'm a huge fan of Gaudi! One of the things on my to-do-before-I-die list, is to see the Sagrada Familia. Hope I make it there someday. Thanks for the virtual walk through :)

Foodessa said...

Well certainly know how to come back with a bang. Not only do you have stunning travel photos to share...a very appetizing fish recipe too got posted! Where do you get all that energy? LOL.

Welcome back and sorry that your entry didn't win...however, one day, I'm sure your talents will shine right through to the finish line ;o)

Ciao for now,

Roxan said...

Sighhh.. I want to go to Spain and Italy SO BAD!!! France, I do eventually want to go there but there's so many other places i'd like to go first.

This fish looks so good T! I love that the ingredients aren't overly complicated. Why complicate a good thing, right? ;]

Savory Sweet Living said...

Welcome back! Thanks for the red snapper recipe, it looks delicious! Also great to hear about your trip and the photos are amazing.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I'm glad you had a blast in Europe! I'm so jealous of your trip. Among the ones you have mentioned, I think Paris is my favorite.
I love the raspberry dressing! Great Idea

lequan said...


so glad you had a wonderful time on your trip. i'll bet not only the women were checking you out, but a lot of men too...teehee. i've never been to Paris before and that's one that's on top of my places to visit list. hubby is an engineer and i know he would love looking at the beautiful buildings and structures.

i love that you thought about wearing dresses so you could eat more, my kinda gal :-D. i always bring "baggier" fitting clothes with me when i go on vacation too, nothing wrong with enjoying good food right? such beautiful pictures you shared with us here.

your red snapper looks gorgeously plated. loving the raspberry dressing. i've never worked with raspberry puree before and everytime i see you post something with raspberries, it makes me want to run out and buy some. although they're hard to find here now :(
beautiful dish all in all and i'm glad you're back safe and sound. good to see you posting again :-D

Evan @swEEts said...

Youre back!!! So happy to have you home :) Although your vacation looks like one for the books! I love that part of the country and your pictures are fantastic.

This is a lovely post to have as your first one back after vacation.. it looks amazing!

Mo said...

Hi, Tanantha! It's a bummer you didn't win - I made sure to vote for you. :(

I'm going through all of your food pictures - so amazing! (psst: "Camembert roti au miel et thym" is roasted Camembert with honey and thyme. ;))
I'm super jealous of all your travels. I'm so happy you had fun!

Your snapper looks so delicious. Snapper is one of my favorite fish. :)

Pacheco Patty said...

Welcome home from a fabulous trip and thanks for sharing your photos.
You're right things are always happening on the blogosphere:) I love your snapper with the raspberry dressing, it does look flavorful and delicious. Take care and enjoy settling back into your routine:)

Monet said...

Welcome back sweet girl! I've missed you! I'm so glad to hear (and see) that you had a lovely trip. Ryan and I went to Spain last year for our honeymoon, and it truly is a special place! Your snapper looks delicious. I'm bummed that your mushroom recipe didn't win...good things will come, though! Thanks for sharing your trip and a recipe!

Lazaro Cooks! said...


What a way to come back strong with a lovely dish. Great flavor profile, execution and amzing presentation. 5 Star dish for sure.

Glad you had a wonderful trip. You really took some amazing photos.

Be Good...

Angie's Recipes said...

The raspberry dressing...I will have to give it a try.
I am glad that you are back and share all the great pictures you took in Europe with us. :-))

Jessie said...

I'm so glad to see you back, Tanantha! I think you had a mighty good excuse for being away - you were off being a world traveler! ;) Thanks for sharing wonderful pictures of your trip! It must have been so nice to see some of the greatest landmarks of the world, in person! I'm glad you were able to see the Eiffel Tower all lit up :)

Gorgeous snapper with raspberry sauce! I love to cook fish, but I've never actually cooked snapper, so this is going on my "must do" list. I'm sorry you didn't win the mushroom challenge :( I thought your recipe was so good that I voted for it!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time on your trip! Glad you are back :)

The raspberry vinaigrette looks really good. Love the color!

Magic of Spice said...

Welcome back...missed you!
This is a gorgeous snapper dish, love the flavor pairing and color :)
Sorry about the mushroom contest, I am sure there are some great dishes there.
Gorgeous photos of your trip...glad you had such a good time :)

Tunde said...

Looks like you had a lovely trip. The images are spectacular. Red snapper and raspberry sauce. Splendid, It looks like a light flavorful dish

Stella said...

Oh Tanantha! I'm so glad you had fun. I mean, I don't know who you could not have with all the awesome places you visited (smile)...
Oh, and your fish looks so pretty and delicious. I love healthy seafood dishes like this. Plus, your raspberry sauce looks so easy to make. I've got to try it next time I treat myself to some fresh fish!

~Lisa~ said...

Great to have you back! And Love the photos. Homemade pasta is definitely a treat and so delicious. Glad to hear you had a fabulous time on your vacay!

Marisa said...

Tanantha, looks like you had an amazing trip. What a great experience! The photos of all the places you visted are just stunning. You hit some of the top spots that I think everyone would be lucky to see at least once in their life--I hope I am too some day!

Great dish! It sounds really refreshing. I think I would really like the sweet tang of the raspberry dressing over the fish.

Spicie Foodie said...

Welcome back Tanantha! I'm glad you had such a great time on your trip to my side of the world, hehe. I can't wait to check out your photos. This recipe sounds delicious. Even my husband walked by and said, wow what is that, it look so good. Glad to have you back and looking forward to all of your great recipes you share every week. Have a great weekend. Nancy

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had an amazing time on your trip! You must share more details with us, especially about all the different food you must have enjoyed! We were just in Paris as you know, I'm sure. And we were in Barcelona for our honeymoon almost 10 years ago, and loved the city although I know the dining scene there is much improved now so we would love to go back and visit sometime.

I'm loving your red snapper dish and especially admiring your raspberry dressing - what a gorgeous color, wow! It must taste amazing!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

welcome back! i really love how pretty this dish looks:) and the dressing sounds awesome.

Chefs Resources said...

Your trip must have been wonderful, and I bet it has potential for multiple blog posts! Love your raspberry snapper recipe. It looks light, yet full of flavor. And the vibrant red vinaigrette makes the plate jump.

She's Cookin' said...

Welcome back! Your photos are fabulous - I'm a Gaudi lover so Barcelona is at the top of my list. Your red snapper dish looks fabulous - all the fish I had in France (and that's mostly what I chose for dinner - even though many menus are weighted towards meat and offal) is always prepared it with the skin on for the most flavor.

Le said...

lovely photos from your trip! and this dish looks so good! The raspberry dressing got me drooling haha

Juliana said...

Wow, the pictures are awesome and the red snapper looks the raspberry dressing :-)

Stella said...

Hey Tanantha, I just stopped by to see if you posted. You must be busy, so I'll be back (smile)!
Have a relaxing weekend. XO, Stella

Chef Dennis said...

Hi Tanantha
I am so happy to see you back in action!! That Red Snapper looks absolutely delicious, and what a wonderful pairing with that Raspberry Dressing!
I hope you had a great time on your trip, I would love to hear more about it!

Z-Tawan said...

Red snapper and raspberry? I would never thing of them together, but it looks so good!

Your trip sounds amazing. I hope you have a lot of fun. I just came back from Thailand trip too and still couldn't get myself back to blogging!

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