Seafood + Sweets

July 21, 2008

Geez, I’ve been moving around nonstop since I got home – unpacking, organizing, unpacking, cleaning, unpacking, helping with dinner, cleaning, unpacking! My tiredness went away mid-afternoon but I have a feeling its about to catch up with me.

I paused for a snack around 4:30 – Fage (~1/2 c), cantaloupe (~1/2 c) and leftover homemade granola (2-3 tbsp) –


Andrew and Karen joined us for a dinner of scallops + shrimp stir-fry.


In one pan we seared 8 jumbo scallops and about 12 shrimp in a blend of canola oil and Smart Balance.


In another pan, we sauteed bell peppers, mushrooms, sugar snap peas and a jalapeno in a bit more canola oil. Once the veggies were getting tender, we added the following:

  • Tamari (1 tbsp?)
  • Rice wine vinegar (1 tbsp?)
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Garlic clove, pressed

Lastly, we splashed on lemon and orange juice to finish them (and used the same combo to de-glaze the seafood pan and get up all the brown bits!). We tossed the shrimp + veggies together and kept the scallops on the side. Along with a piece of sourdough


In addition to flowers and clean house, I came home to find a HUGE homemade chocolate zucchini cake (with a bourbon glaze!) in the fridge that the husband and Karen had made while I was gone.



There were so many complex flavors – zucchini, bourbon, cinnamon, and of course chocolate. The buttercream icing was fabulous!

I requested a small sliver since I had a lot of sweets on my trip (that’s a 4" appetizer plate and a tiny appetizer fork for perspective!)


But it was good. So I had another sliver. Just call it a total of one small piece :mrgreen:


Off to beddddddddddd……….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Previous post:

Next post:

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becca A July 21, 2008 at 7:45 pm

The cake looks excellent!


2 VeggieGirl July 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I agree with Becca A – that cake looks PHENOMENAL!!!


3 ModelBehavior July 21, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Wow, I would love to see the recipe for that cake if you have it!

And thanks for the email, it was really helpful!


4 Megan July 21, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Your dinner and dessert look absolutely delicious. I am a sucker for any asian food.


5 Christy July 21, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Think you can convince the husband to give up the recipe for the cake? It looks fabulous! And I need a new way to use up all my fresh zucchini we are growing. 😉


6 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 21, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I would also love the recipe for the cake!


7 Tina July 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Kath, I’m wide open that weekend in August. Keep me in the loop about your plans! :)


8 sarah July 21, 2008 at 8:26 pm

i am so impressed you had a dinner party the day after you returned! i usually need a ton of recovery time from a whirlwind trip like that.

also i think that cake picture just made me drool.


9 Suzanne July 21, 2008 at 8:28 pm

DROOOLLL…..that cake looks so good. Oh no, now I have a craving for sweets! Ok, I’m going to go to bed now and ignore the craving.

Is this cake a full-fat/calorie version? Regardless, I’d like the recipe too! :)


10 Justy2003 July 21, 2008 at 8:55 pm

That cake looks/sounds amazing. I’m with the others…recipe??
Glad to see you finally made it home! I’m sure your body clock is all outta whack now though!


11 katherine July 21, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Wow that cake looks and sounds delicious!!! YUmm


12 Nicole July 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm

while the cake does look yummmmmmmy, I have to totally unrelated question! I know that plain/regular coffee has a trivial amount of calories (I think..anyway), but do the flavored, packaged coffees have an increase in calories? I saw some cinnabon flavored coffee in the grocery store today that I’m verrryy tempted to try (ingredients, of course: ground coffee beans, natural and artificial flavors), but if that means I’m downing a bunch of unnecessary calories without realizing it, I wanna know! thanks!!


13 ModelBehavior July 21, 2008 at 9:30 pm

So all this talk about Kath visiting other places and meeting up with people in different cities has me thinking, if anyone comes out to Lincoln Nebraska look me up, we’ll do lunch!

HAHA! I know it’s hard to read sarcasm, but I hope you all see the humor in that statement. If you consider Lincoln Nebraska to be a vacation spot, you need to get yourself to a coast, ASAP!


14 Jennifer July 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Welcome home! That cake looks amazing. I’m pretty jealous, my husband can barely make a bowl of cereal. Is the husband willing to share the recipe?


15 Deb July 22, 2008 at 12:37 am

I would also LOVE the recipe for the cake and any suggestions to slenderize it *if at all possible!! Somehow bourbon, cinnamon, chocolate and zucchini are 4 words I would never think to utter in the same sentence, but I have a feeling this is mind blowing.


16 C July 22, 2008 at 5:45 am

I have to agree, that cake looks amazing. I have a friend that makes a vegan chocolate cake with sauerkraut that tastes excellent.


17 Sidi July 22, 2008 at 5:48 am

That plate looks great. We first eat with our eyes, right?


18 Chelsea July 22, 2008 at 6:24 am

I wish I liked scallops :( Oh well, we can’t have everything now can we?

See? I have the greatest husband in the world (for me) but he would never ever ever bake me a cake. Flowers? Yes. Clean House? Yes. Genius with Electronics? Yes. Cook? Um NO. Bake? Even bigger NO!

But that’s okay, I still love him madly. =D


19 hk July 22, 2008 at 6:41 am

Me too for the boston weekend :) Already looking forward to it!! Dinner looks great, glad it was a fun night back with the guys!


20 Heather July 22, 2008 at 7:20 am

The scallops look really really good… I’ve always been too scared to try cooking them myself, but maybe I’ll give it a shot.

And that cake? WOW. Chocolate + bourbon glaze sounds amazing.


21 adria July 22, 2008 at 8:15 am

My great aunt love anything you can make with zucchini- mainly which is zucchini cake. Whenever I’m around she puts chocolate chips in it- for some texture and extra yumminess. I’ve never tried it with icing though- even though icing is sometimes the best part of a cake. Maybe next time I’m over there we can put icing on it!


22 mh July 22, 2008 at 9:29 am

I don’t think flavored coffee has any calories. I’ve been buying folgers hazelnut ground coffee for years and I mix it with regular so I don’t have to put any sugar or sweetener in it! Just a splash of milk! give it a try! Yumm kath- dinner and dessert look delish!


23 molly July 22, 2008 at 9:39 am

cake recipe please!!!!


24 laura July 22, 2008 at 9:59 am

hey model behavior….i live in lincoln, NE!!
and dear anyone, i’m going on this trip with my high school running team for around 10 days. we have to stay in a cabin, and i wont really have any control over my food. how should i eat healthy while having no control? HELP!


25 sweet potato Amy July 22, 2008 at 10:09 am

ModelBehavior–I’m in Omaha! So maybe a KERF vacation / get together would be possible in Nebraska someday :)


26 Lauren July 22, 2008 at 10:15 am

I have never had chocolate zucchini cake, but I *love* chocolate zucchini bread! I wonder how similar they are in overall ingredients and preparation? Anyway, I too would love to know that recipe; the cake looks fantastic.


27 SweetsandSweats July 22, 2008 at 11:03 am

Oh wow, can you please post that recipe. That looked mouth watering good.

This also shows that I need to teach my husband how to bake!!


28 Lindsey Beth July 22, 2008 at 11:09 am

Enjoyed meeting you at BlogHer! I’m from Charlotte, too (met at Ruby Skye). The restaurant I heard was great that you should try whose name I couldn’t remember is Terra. In Myers Park on Providence Rd. The shrimp and scallop dinner looks fab! I’ll have to try it. Glad to have met you and found your blog!


29 Kath July 22, 2008 at 11:27 am

Recipe: I asked Karen for the recipe and will share it when she brings it over.

Tina + HK,
Awesome!! We’re thinking Friday night dinner at Henrietta’s at Harvard Square. My sister picked it out. Do you think that would be a good place? I want to do something that promotes conversation because it’s hard to talk in lots of loud places.

sarah ,
The husband did most of the work :) But I cooked the scallops and shrimp!

Suzanne ,
Most definitely not low fat :(

Nicole ,
Flavored coffee doesn’t have added calories. The flavors come from flavor oils. Here’s a website that explains it:

I’d love to come to Nebraska someday – if only getting there was as easy as emailing!

Chelsea ,
But you have one of the sweetest husbands in the world! That’s priceless :)

Lindsey Beth,
Hi!! Welcome home! I think I’ve heard of Terra but I’ll definitely check it out. Let me know if you’d like to do lunch someday soon :)



30 Tina July 22, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Henrietta’s Table is one of my favorites! I’ll put it in my planner! :)


31 Justy2003 July 22, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Laura: Since you won’t have much control over the types of food that will be there I would pay more attention to your portions. Eat lots of the low calorie options (fruits & veggies if there are any!) and watch portions of bread, cheese, meat, sweets, etc. You’ll probably be pretty active camping, so I wouldn’t worry toooo much about it. Also, you could take some things with you (bars, apples, bananas, trail mix, cereals, etc.) that won’t go bad quickly. Have fun on the trip!


32 Michelle July 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Your creations are truly amazing!!! I love how it looks and i am sure it tastes even better!!!


33 Shannon July 23, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I have the same fork! I love it. It’s perfect for making me slow down and enjoy my food better, especially for decadent desserts. 😀


34 Samantha September 2, 2008 at 9:34 am

I was just wondering if the recipe for the zucchini cake had ever been posted?


35 Kath September 2, 2008 at 10:02 am

I have the recipe, but it’s really long and would take me a long time to type out. I think you could probably find other zucchini cakes that are just as good on the internet, but let me know if you’re just dying for this one and I will post it. (It wasn’t a low-fat recipe or anything special).



36 Samantha September 5, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I apologize…I shouldn’t have asked. I just noted that several people had asked for it and you’d mentioned posting it when you got it. No worries, I’ll look for one elsewhere.


37 Kath September 5, 2008 at 12:01 pm


No need to apologize!! Thank you for asking.



Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: