Monday, August 31, 2015

Warm Brown Butter Shrimp Rolls - Folly of a Foody

Found this recipe on Epicurious for BROWN BUTTER CRAB ROLL -- and yum, did it look good:

But when I got to the grocer and priced "good quality fresh crabmeat" that the recipe called for, I left without buying any. $20 for about 1/2 cup worth? I don't think so. Silly me. But I DID buy the Old Bay seasoning which I had never tried, just in case...

I already had hot dog buns (whole wheat) in the freezer, and I had a bag of frozen cooked shrimp, and I thought why not? So I made BROWN BUTTER SHRIMP ROLL instead.

Melt butter in a fry pan over medium heat and toast buns, cut side down, until golden.

Add more butter and let it get brown, carmelized, but NOT burnt, and add
the thawed shrimp,
a tablespoon of Worchestershire sauce,
2 tablespoons lemon juice,
and 1 teaspoon of Old Bay
to the pan, and cook until shrimp are hot and "sauce" thickens a bit. Spoon out with a slotted spoon onto the warm buns and I added very finely minced red onion to the top. (recipe called for chives which I didn't have)

Well, it was just the best thing I ever ate.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mammatus Clouds

How could I possibly live this many years without ever hearing of these clouds before?

Not only that! I don't believe I have ever SEEN them in all these decades?!! Have YOU?

From Wiki:

Mammatus are most often associated with the anvil cloud and also severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds.[citation needed] In the United States, sky gazers may be most familiar with the very distinct and more common cumulonimbus mammatus. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or maybe even a tornadic storm. Due to the intensely sheared environment in which mammatus form, aviators are strongly cautioned to avoid cumulonimbus with mammatus. They also attach to the bottom of other clouds.

Mammatus may appear as smooth, ragged or lumpy lobes and may be opaque or translucent. Because mammatus occur as a grouping of lobes, the way they clump together can vary from an isolated cluster to a field of mammae that spread over hundreds of kilometers to being organized along a line, and may be composed of unequal or similarly-sized lobes. The individual mammatus lobe average diameters of 1–3 km and lengths on average of 0.5 km. A lobe can last an average of 10 minutes, but a whole cluster of mamma can range from 15 minutes to a few hours. They are usually composed of ice, but also can be a mixture of ice and liquid water or be composed of almost entirely liquid water.

True to their ominous appearance, mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. Typically composed primarily of ice, they can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction and individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. While they may appear foreboding they are merely the messengers - appearing around, before or even after severe weather.

Guess it's the writer in me....something is bound to come from THIS discovery. Here's more! (all thanks to Twisted Sifter)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dinner Party

The menu for Saturday night's dinner was Beef Stroganoff (over zucchini noodles) and Green Bean/Feta Cheese/Cherry Tomatoes/slivered almonds/red onion salad. And Key Lime Pie for dessert!

Our photographer: Dwight

And the guests: Angela, Sunny and hostess, moi:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Diet Update

Some friends have inquired how I'm doing since I lost the 25 lbs. (it settled in at a 24 lb. weight loss). The answer is: I'm maintaining! is still my daily companion, and I enter my foods religiously. It only takes a couple of seconds. (once your food choices are in the data base, you can recall them with a click of the mouse). My maintenance is 1350 calories (versus 1200 calories per day on the diet) and I seem to have grown habits that keep me in that range. I haven't gained any weight!

For sure I've changed my eating habits, and I'm thrilled with the Spiralizer gadget that turns vegetables into pasta. (see earlier post). My new favorite is making spiralized broccoli stems. I always hated throwing the stems away, but they didn't appeal to me. Turning them into pasta makes them not only DELICIOUS but seems to much better than discarding good food.

I saute this broccoli pasta in a little olive oil and garlic, add the florets of broccoli, parmesan, some garbanzo or cut up tomato. Endless pairings are wonderful in this dish. It will change the way you look at broccoli forever.

This week I'm on a fish taco feast however. I have baked fillets of tilapia and grouper (hanging out in the freezer for a while) in orange juice, white wine, garlic and red pepper flakes. And I made a big bowl of fresh salsa with cut up peaches, mango, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, and lime juice. Throw some fish and salsa onto a flour tortilla (medium size) with a little siracha, and you have yum, fish tacos!

I don't feel deprived in the slightest. I am eating healthier and tastier food than I ever have in my life.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

If Not Now, When?

Okay, the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan with 156,000 miles on it is starting to kick. New tires needed, and the a/C has stopped for the second time in the year I've owned this behemoth. I considered how I want to spend the rest of my years. It is NOT driving this hulking monster, (and I thought the dogs would LOVE the hugse back seat space but they just want to be in the front with ME) so I decided to bite the bullet and trade it in.

I am not in a position to do such, but I will make it work because that's the kind of crazy I am. Some might say impulsive. Others might say crazy. And more would just shake their heads. I know. I know. Probably NOT smart. Fuck it. Induldge me.

This is the latest addition to the family - the smart car. (It's a 2009 with 19K miles and it's a convertible. Come winter I'm gonna be jubilant).

Meet Maxwell Smart. Max, for short.