I must confess that I am not a dessert person (therein lies my secret of being so slim) but for parties and festivities I do like to have home-made desserts. About 10 years ago, I took a trip to New Orleans and discovered how delicious pecan pie could be and since then using a simple recipe from a book, I have been making it. Believe it or not, it turns out great all the time and everyone loves it.
There are times when I like to mix the East and the West in the kitchen. Using garlic, onion, tomatoes, and curry powder, I have learned to make Indian curries at home. If you do not want to do it yourself, a variety of curry sauces are now sold in the ethnic food aisles of gourmet supermarkets. Then I added the scallops and got a great looking and delicious scallops curry. Just to add a touch of the West, I added slices of avocado and it provided a great contrast to the flavor.
When it comes to cooking I am very simple. After eating dozens of times in Thai, Caribbean and Indian restaurants, I realized that I did like the coconut flavor. That is when I decided that instead of having just steamed or stir fried veggies, I could provide more flavor by adding some coconut milk. Here you see a mix of carrots, zucchini, and French green beans that have been slightly cooked in coconut milk along with salt and pepper. If you like a little more exotic flavors, buy a coconut curry sauce in the ethnic food aisle of a gourmet supermarket.