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2017 Cookery Project — Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Lunch today came from a recipe for Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp on Chungah Rhee’s Damn Delicious website. More on that later.

I’m in the process of putting my house in order, both literally and figuratively. One of the things I’m doing is replacing an old, wobbly, handmade kitchen shelving unit with a tall new wire chrome replacement. But first I want to repaint the wall in back of the shelving. Until I do that, most of the equipment I need to cook anything more complicated than toast is resting in boxes on my living room floor.

I’m great at starting things, but finishing them is another matter entirely, so it may be a while before the kitchen is usable again. Fortunately, I live in a restaurant-rich city, I really love Thai food, and sending out for Thai is easy, in this best of all possible worlds. As for the living room, I can always fall back on my standard excuse that I’m planning a yard sale. It’s worked for years.

On to the recipe.

I shelled and cleaned the shrimp, dusted them with cornstarch, and dipped them in beaten eggs, wondering yet again why shrimp tails are always left on. Two minutes in the pan and a quick flip was as much as they needed. The kicker was the sauce, which was made with honey, orange juice and orange zest, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, and ground ginger, cooked down to a syrupy texture. I plated the shrimp on a bed of rice, and poured the sauce over the top.


Now, about that website…

Is it for real?

Everyone pictured on the “Meet Our Team” page is seriously good-looking. Like, model-beautiful, which isn’t really surprising, because their on-line bios are heavy with actor/fitness trainer/model work histories. This isn’t quite what you’d expect of people identified as “Brand Manager” and “Operations Manager.” I also noticed that their individual websites have the look and feel of being created by the same web designer. The websites don’t look alike, but they share a similar aesthetic.

And who is Chungah Rhee?

The Damn Delicious website give includes brief biographical notes, but “Chungah Rhee” does not appear to have a Wikipedia entry. Is she real, or a construct?

Maybe I’m looking to solve a mystery that doesn’t exist.

And besides, from Betty Crocker to Aunt Jemima to Captain Crunch, our food history is full of mythological creators, so whether Chungah Rhee is real, fictional, or a combination of the two probably doesn’t matter.

I sometimes wonder about Alice Waters , though….


I’ve decided to start rating these experiments on a five-star scale, The boldface entry is my evaluation of the current dish.

★ Disaster. Inedible. Poisoned the cat.
★★ OK, but once is enough.
★★★ Mixed results. Something went wrong, but might try this again.
★★★★ Good, but lacks that special something.
★★★★★ Excellent. Goes into my “This is a winner” file.

2017 Cookery Project — Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Something a bit different this time. Instead of a main, I made a couple low-effort but very flavourful appetizers/starters.

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

I’m really into asparagus this spring, and this Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto dish couldn’t have been easier. All I had to do was wrap slices of prosciutto around the stalks of asparagus, put them on a baking tray and drizzle olive oil over them, and bake until crisp.

Simple, but elegant.*

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Making the Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp was similar, but more complicated. The finished dish had a more complex flavour.

Using a recipe from the Food Network’s website, I marinated a pound of large, peeled, and deveined shrimp in a mixture of garlic, paprika, fresh thyme, and olive oil. After it had chilled in the refrigerator for an hour, I wrapped each shrimp in half a slice of bacon, put them on a baking tray, and poured the marinade over them. Then I broiled them, flipping them once, until the bacon started to crisp, about 10 minutes total.

Addictive.


* FWIW, “Simple But Elegant” is my middle name.