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Shrimp and clementines, an approximate recipe - Input Junkie
December 5th, 2011
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Shrimp and clementines, an approximate recipe
1 pound shrimp (medium-sized)
2 clementines
1 lemon (just the juice)
a couple of tablespoons or so of chopped mint
4 or 5 tablespoons of chopped flat parsley, maybe a little more
about half a cup of dried black trumpet mushrooms
maybe a couple of tablespoons of Auntie Arwen'd Muchi Mughul Curry Blend (tumeric, cumin, black pepper, ginger, coriander, foenugreek, garlic, celery seed, cloves, red pepper, caraway seed, white pepper, mace)-- she describes it as a sweet curry, I'd have said it was a medium-hot
likewise for her Ultimate Garlic Insanity which doesn't seem to be listed on the website, but which is toasted garlic, onion, parsley
and rather more of Italian Herb Blend (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, marjoram)
salt
brown rice
olive oil
butter

Rehydrate the mushrooms in warm water. This probably took 10 minutes or so.

Put the olive oil on low heat, and add the spices, salt, and parsley. After a few minutes, add the mushrooms. and then the lemon juice. I think that's when I added it.

I can't remember at what point I added the clementine segments.

Butter went in late in the process. I'm experimenting with not eating dairy, but this dish was demanding butter. For the not eating dairy project, not using cheese as a staple for quick meals will do for now.

I turned up the heat for the shrimp, which took about five minutes, I think. The main thing with shrimp is to stop when they're pink.

Add the mint when it's done. I had it with brown rice, which worked well enough. I'd have used jasmine rice if I had it.

The dish was surprisingly spicy. There might have been a weird interaction between the mint, the citrus, and the spices.

The dried black trumpet mushrooms had been sitting in the cabinet for quite a while. They didn't contribute much but a little texture and making the sauce darker.

Anyway, the shrimp were decent-- I don't know if I overcooked them a little. The reason this is worth writing up is that the clementine segments cooked in hot spices were spectacular-- good enough to stand as a dish on their own.

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From:nancylebov
Date:December 5th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
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I don't think the peppers are essential. Do you know if there's a way to do satisfactory curries without (bell) peppers?

More generally, I think cooking clementine segments with just about any strong and hot spices (just getting them hot, not cooking them down) would produce pleasing results. I bet you could get something nice just with garlic, or maybe garlic and salt. Garlic and cinnamon? I was operating in the spirit of "what spices seem reasonable and interesting?".

I'm not trying to limit fat. A fairly high fat diet seems to be necessarily for my peace of mind. I get unhappy and jittery from two moderately low fat meals in a row (say, tofu stirfry with a normal amount of oil), and I think it's physiological, not neurotic.

I have nothing against cooking with chicken or duck fat, but it seems like an odd choice for this particular dish. Experimentation would be needed to whether it would make a difference-- it could be that the spices are so dominant that the type of fat wouldn't matter, or maybe shrimp and chicken fat would be more compatible than I think.

My notion about dairy, sugar, and wheat is that they're the foods that I'm dubious about in terms of my energy level and mood, so some checking should be done.

I was very interested to see someone on by flist mentioning that they'd gotten a comprehensive check on their food sensitivities, and found that chicken made them miserable.
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From:rachelpage
Date:January 15th, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
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This is a good recipe for the weekend.
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From:nancylebov
Date:January 20th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
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If you tried it, how did it turn out?

I'm not sure what I was thinking when I wrote two tablespoons of curry. In retrospect, that seems like an awful lot.
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