Something New

No, not that movie with Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker where "Kenya" realizes that interracial love is ok. I'm talking about deveining shrimp.

I've been waiting for a certain shrimp to go on sale for about two months. I've never had to wait that long for shrimp sales! Anyways, in the Wednesday circular there was an advertisement for shrimp. I went to a store that I do purchase from, but never for shrimp, and bought two bags. In my haste, I didn't process what I had purchased. I just remember reading that the shrimp was wild caught in the U.S. and it was fresh frozen. Ok, I had a certain meal in mind, but after I reread the bag, I realized that the shrimp wasn't deveined! I always buy E-Z Peel shrimp (shell-on, deveined). This wasn't E-Z Peel. Needless to say I had to change my recipe.

The internet is a blessing. I googled "deveining shrimp" and was fortunate to find this really simple video on deveining:

Deveining was a tedious task and I'm so glad I only bought two bags. I'll be a little more careful next time. E-Z Peel all the way!

As my meal plans changed, I decided to use some of the rice I purchased at the Old City Market in Charleston, SC. The recipe was written for chicken and rice, but I converted it to use shrimp and I used the Old Bay Garlic and Herb seasoning as the main accompaniment. I sauteed some onion and garlic in butter then sauteed the rice mixture before adding the water. I can't tell you the spices that were in the rice, but I can tell you that they smelled delicious cooking up. While the rice was going, I seasoned my cleaned shrimp with some of the same Old Bay seasoning and put it in the fridge. When the rice was almost done, I re-seasoned the rice and then added the shrimp. Since there was no salt in the rice mixture, I added a little Lawry's Seasoned Salt.

If it hadn't been for the deveining process, this meal would have been done in no time. I'm eating while I'm blogging and you'll have to take my word for it, but this dish is good. Don't worry, I'll get my veggies in. I've got some of that cooked salad from grandma's in the fridge that needs to be reminded why it was picked in the first place!


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