Roast Camel Anyone?

Food is such an interesting topic to me. While at its core, it is needed for survival, there are so many odd things involved with food. Here are a few of those oddities (source Listverse):

  • The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poop. The small civet eats the coffee berries and then excretes the partially digested coffee beans. Apparently the beans make great tasting coffee. I think I’ll take their word for it.
  • The largest food item on a menu is roast camel. Um…I’ll have two for here and one in a doggie bag.
  • Refried beans are only fried once. The translation from frijoles refritos actually means “well-fried beans”.
  • Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish. How come it smells sooooo much better than asian fish sauce?
  • Dynamite is made with peanuts. A component in peanuts is glycerol which can be used to make nitro glycerine.
  • Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma. I’ve thought of taking rum via IV, not coconut water.

Photo Jun 22, 5 25 22 PM

This picture is a little dark but the scallops here are perfect with a great sear on each side. A delicious dish!
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I bought my scallops at the local fish monger.

Photo Jun 22, 5 25 25 PM

Making the butter sauce.

Seared Scallops with Herb-Butter Pan Sauce

Makes: Serves 2 to 3 (Scaled)


  • 2 lb. dry large sea scallops
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into six pieces
  • 4 Tbs. finely diced shallot (1 medium shallot)
  • 1/2 cup dry white vermouth or dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley and chives
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 6 lemon wedges for serving


Remove the tough abductor muscle from the side of each scallop (some scallops are sold with the muscle already removed). If you feel any grit on the scallops, rinse them under cold water. Pat the scallops dry with paper towels; surface moisture impedes browning.

Heat a 10- or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the oil and butter, if using, and heat until quite hot. Pat the scallops dry once more and put them in the pan in a single, uncrowded layer. Season with salt and pepper and let sear undisturbed until one side is browned and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. Using tongs, turn the scallops and sear until the second side is well browned and the scallops are almost firm to the touch, 2 to 4 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, transfer the scallops to a plate, and set them in a warm spot. Let the pan cool for a minute before you make the sauce.

Return the pan to medium heat. Add a piece of the butter (1/2 Tbs.) and the shallots and sauté until the shallots begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add the vermouth or wine and simmer until reduced by about half, another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the herbs and lemon zest. Reduce the heat to low, add the remaining butter, and whisk constantly until the butter melts into the sauce. Return the scallops and any accumulated juices to the pan. Gently roll the scallops in the sauce to warm them through. Taste for salt and pepper and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side to squeeze over the scallops.

Nutritional Info:

nutrition information (per serving): Size : based on three servings; Calories (kcal): 346; Fat (g): 22; Fat Calories (kcal): 195; Saturated Fat (g): 9; Protein (g): 26; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10; Carbohydrates (g): 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): 668; Cholesterol (mg): 80; Fiber (g): 0;


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Categories: Fried, Fruit 2, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Recipes, Seafood, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “Roast Camel Anyone?”

  1. March 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    When I read the title and saw the pic I thought “Camel balls?” I knew about the coconut water, but the best coffee comes from civet poop? I need to Google civet … and how many civets need to poop to produce a pot of coffee? Interesting facts though and the scallops look yummy.


  2. March 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    Just one question…when you order camel, do they ask you if your want one hump or two?


  3. April 8, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    dang I actually thought you were gonna cook camel!


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