The Covent Garden Market calendar has a great recipe for the month of March using maple syrup - Lemon and Maple Shrimp Fettucine. Man oh man was it ever good!!
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced from Havaris or Doris Produce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 cloves garlic, minced from Havaris Produce
- 24 raw, peeled and de-veined shrimp
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley from Doris Produce
- 350g fresh pasta (fettuccine, angel hair, linguini or spaghetti) from Glenda's
- butter and olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
The pasta, however, was easy for me to find. Without doubt, I knew that I'd end up at Glenda's in the market. Glenda's has many different fresh pastas to choose from. For this recipe, for instance, I chose the lemon pepper linguini. It was the perfect choice.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and garlic. Place the raw shrimp in the bowl with the marinade, stirring until all the shrimp are coated. Marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator, for 1/2 hour to 1 hour, no longer.
Meanwhile, heat water in a large pot. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions, usually 3-5 minutes.
Begin cooking the shrimp while the pasta is cooking. Add a bit of olive oil to a saute pan and heat over medium high heat. Scoop the shrimp out of the marinade and saute, tossing them in the pan so they cook evenly.
When pasta is done, drain it and put it back in the pot, adding a bit of butter and olive oil so it doesn't stick together. Season it with salt and pepper, and toss in the freshly chopped parsley. Place pasta on a serving dish, top with hot shrimp, and serve.
All I've gotta say is 'YUM'!! Even my daughter ate it so that says a lot! I'll definitely make this recipe again.
For an online version of the Covent Garden Market Calendar see this link: http://www.coventmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2012-Market-Calendar.pdf
For other blog posts about the Covent Garden Market (and the calendar) see here: http://southwesternontariofoodie.blogspot.com/search/label/Covent%20Garden%20Market
April Recipe for the calendar? Ontario Rhubarb Pudding Cake...Ooohh...that means we can look forward to rhubarb coming into season! Yay for Spring!
NOTE: don't forget - the outdoor farmer's market will be open the Saturday of the Easter long weekend in April!