The very restricted phase of Bev’s diet came to an end, which means she still can’t eat carbs from grains or beans, but she can have a little dairy and fat, so she requested a special dinner. She wanted grilled shrimp basted with a butter sauce so it would flare up and char them a little – “like I had at Ye Olde Steakhouse” and seasoned with blackening seasoning.
So I peeled the shrimp, dried them well, lightly sprayed with Pam, gave them a nice dusting with kicked-up Emerils Essence, which is what I use for blackening seasoning, and into the fridge for about 30 minutes. I made a simple butter sauce of:
½ stick butter
Juice from 1 lemon wedge
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Bev never thinks I get her shrimp done enough, so I cooked them 2 minutes on side one, flipped and brushed on a coat on butter sauce, then did it again for a total cook time of 8 minutes. When I took them off, I flipped onto the plate and gave them another coat of the butter sauce. Each buttering created the required flare up which put a nice little char on them. I believe I’ve discovered a key to good grilled shrimp – throw the butter to them - we all thought they were very good.
The other day, Bev wanted to make a strawberry spinach salad and asked me to find a dressing, but they all contained oil, which she couldn’t eat yet. I finally found and made one from berries, which I was skeptical of (I lost the website address):
1 cup chopped strawberries
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (will try balsamic next time)
1/8 tsp black pepper
I tossed it all into the mini-food processor and gave it a long spin in hopes of reducing the size of the seed pieces and I thought it was pretty tasty. When Bev came home, she sampled and added another ½ - ¾ tsp of vinegar and half a packet of artificial sweetener. She liked it so well, she plans to eat it regularly, diet or not.
She likes her meat on her salad and this is her plate – she added a few chopped pecans and bleu cheese crumbles.
I finally found out how to shoot close up shots with the camera, so my pictures should improve some, as soon as I learn to steady the camera and not cast a shadow that is - these were my first two.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.