Now I'm relaxing and enjoying some wine and chocolate...in the form of a molten chocolate cake and some Spanish wine I ordered on WineShopper.com. Have you been there? It's a great idea...kind of like Groupon for wine, they have specials everyday. It allowed me to buy $45.00 worth of wine for $16.00 plus shipping. (I don't get anything from Wineshopper for saying that, but if you're interested and want to do me a favor, I could get referral credits for recommending it. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Anyway, I also made an excellent dinner. Recently, I had an amazing and unexpected meal at one of the Thai restaurants in town. It was called 'Tamarind Shrimp', and when I ordered it, I thought it was going to be fried, breaded shrimp, tossed in a citrusy sauce, and served with rice. I was less than excited. Lo and behold, when it arrived, I was greeted with stir fried shrimp in a tamarind sauce over fresh spinach, with rice. It was so fresh and so good, and I wanted to make it at home.
First, I started with some chopped scallions - about a cup - added to a tsp or so of olive oil.
Then, I added some asian flair -
Finally, I invited a friend from my childhood over...doesn't it look just like PacMan?
Or, some people might prefer to think of it as a friendly dinosaur head...see the speck of an eye and the nose bump at the top? Maybe I'm just too imaginative.
Well, OhMyDarling went into the sauce as well, causing quite the commotion and steam.
I plated it up just like it was served in the restaurant (please, please notice the effort....a nice rice cake, beautiful greens...I'm trying here, people!) and added a side of sauteed zucchini.
Then, I ate it. And the fiance ate it. And we declared it delicious. Here's the short recipe-style for those of you in a hurry:
3 servings medium, tail on, raw shrimp. Peel and de-tail.
1 tsp olive oil
1 c chopped scallions
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp tamarind concentrate (substitution: double or triple the amount of citrus fruit juice)
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp Ponzu or soy sauce
Juice of 1 clementine or any citrus fruit
Saute scallion and garlic in olive oil. Add shrimp and ginger. Add sauce components. Stir until shrimp are pink. You may need to add 1/4-1/2 c water to keep it from sticking to the pan too much. Sauce should be like a clear/pink gravy.
Serve hot on raw greens. Rice on the side. Enjoy!
SCIENCE ALERT!I read some crazy article this week about how highly correlated obesity is among friends - i.e. if you have fat friends, you are also likely fat. This was a survey-based article and it indicated that, despite having a negative opinion about overweight people and unhealthy habits, people clustered into groups that had a high correlation with weight class. It also indicates that having overweight family members highly correlates with being overweight or obese. I'm wondering if this is due to social norms, where you are friends with people you feel understand you and have commonalities, and therefore because you are overweight you pick overweight friends? I mean, I might have it completely wrong. I'd like to see a social experiment like 'The Colony' where random people settle in a town, some overweight and some not, and see what kind of social groups form. I think that would be more informative than a survey.
What do you think about the 'cluster behavior' study?